|Date:||Thursday April 5, 2011 (Night)|
|Result:||Won by 91 points|
|Goalkickers:||J Waite 5, C Judd 3, J Garlett 3, E Betts 2, K Simpson 2, M Murphy 2, C Yarran, H Scotland, K Lucas, M Kreuzer, S Hampson, Z Tuohy 1.|
|Umpires:||S. Grun, T. Pannell & M. Stevic|
Game ReviewA beautiful, balmy Maundy Thursday evening in Brisbane greeted the Blues for their first interstate venture of season 2012. The opening game of round two offered some intrigue after both the Lions and Blues had comfortably accounted for their round one opponents with some pundits even suggesting the Lions start favourites. Carlton named an unchanged outfit dismissing rumours that both Michael Jamison and Nick Duigan would be brought back in to stiffen up the defence. Jordan Russell donned the green vest as the substitute.
With the Gabba surface appearing impeccably manicured and the temperature in the mid twenties, conditions were near perfect for football. Despite this, many players appeared a little fumbly early on, but that could have just as easily been the hint of dew on the otherwise sparkling surface. The Blues applied sustained tackling pressure during the opening minutes, setting the tone for the quarter and keeping the Lions under constant pressure when taking possession. Carlton opened their account with two goals early on in a quarter that what would become something of a shoot-out. Kane Lucas continued where he finished off the previous week for Carlton's first. Andrew Carrazzo was dominating the stoppages, and claiming first hands on the ball time and again, while Jarrad Waite was marking most balls that came his way inside forward 50. He marked strongly and kicked truly for the Blues second. At the other end of the ground Jeremy Laidler started well again, while Lachie Henderson had his hands full with Brisbane man-mountain Daniel Merrett. The Lions eventually got on the board with a scrubby goal from a ruck-contest, before the Blues answered with their third soon after. It was to and fro for much of the latter part of the term before the Lions gained the ascendency and finished the stronger of the two with six goals to the Blues' five. Waite marked on a tight angle just before the siren and lined up for his third, the subsequent miss reducing Brisbane's lead to a mere two points at the break.
Murphy setup Garlett to open the third after a couple of minutes, before Garlett loaded up for Matthew Kreuzer who marked strongly and comfortably popped through his first. The procession started as goals began raining down, first to Waite (his third) then from Kade Simpson after Judd's smother made its way to Murphy for a bullet-like pass. Ferocious tackling pressure in the middle of the ground created the opportunity for Garlett to explode into space and finish wonderfully from 50m for the Blues fifth in a row. The icing was to come as Yarran casually cruised down the wing towards goal before sending one in the Betts direction. Eddie took flight once again with a stunning vertical leap skyward. Unlike his first, this was a one-grabber and the slight clip to his legs in the pack made his horizontal style landing all the more spectacular. A more than worthy second submission for Mark of the Year. All great marks seem that bit better when a goal results, and so it was, as Betts kicked the Blues sixth for the term to stretch the lead out to 57 points nearing the final break.
Though the Lions finally broke Carlton's run of eight consecutive goals with a scrubber for the opener of the final quarter, the game was over as a contest. The Blues answered with another run of six consecutive goals. Judd swooped when Murphy's deft touch to keep the ball alive near the point post allowed him a clear run along the goal line before poking it through. Judd followed with his third soon after when first Henderson then Garlett delivered long and accurate passes. Simpson, Scotland and Yarran all chimed in with goals before Waite finished out the match with two more giving him five in a very solid contribution. The final margin of 91 points a reasonably accurate reflection of Carlton's dominance on the night.
Subs: Jordan Russell, came on for Jeremy Laidler in the last quarter
|B:||18 Paul Bower||23 Lachlan Henderson||13 Chris Yarran|
|HB:||42 Zac Tuohy||15 Jeremy Laidler||4 Bryce Gibbs|
|C:||44 Andrew Carrazzo||5 Chris Judd (C)||6 Kade Simpson|
|HF:||38 Jeffery Garlett||30 Jarrad Waite||27 Dennis Armfield|
|F:||19 Eddie Betts||22 Shaun Hampson||32 Bret Thornton|
|Ruck:||8 Matthew Kreuzer||12 Mitch Robinson||3 Marc Murphy|
|Interchange:||9 Kane Lucas||29 Heath Scotland||35 Ed Curnow|
|Substitute:||2 Jordan Russell|
|Emg:||14 Brock McLean, 16 Andrew Collins, 17 Sam Rowe|
Milestones100 Games (As Coach): Brett Ratten
Interesting Fact: This was the first time since Round 20, 2010 that Carlton had an unchanged side in consecutive matches
Interesting Fact: It would be a further 10 more seasons before we were 2 and 0..... wowee
Brownlow Votes3. Chris Judd, Carlton
2. Marc Murphy, Carlton
1. Jarrad Waite, Carlton
Best & Fairest VotesChris Judd 44, Marc Murphy 43, Andrew Carrazzo 38, Jarrad Waite 29, Chris Yarran 27, Eddie Betts 24, Ed Curnow 24, Zach Tuohy 22, Lachie Henderson 12, Paul Bower 11
|1||West Coast||2||2||0||0||302||145||208.28||+2||W 2||8|
|6||North Melbourne||2||1||1||0||285||158||180.38||+4||W 1||4|
|7||St Kilda||2||1||1||0||224||136||164.71||+5||W 1||4|
|12||Port Adelaide||2||1||1||0||175||196||89.29||-5||L 1||4|
|14||Western Bulldogs||2||0||2||0||151||218||69.27||+2||L 2||0|
|17||Gold Coast||2||0||2||0||115||276||41.67||+0||L 2||0|
|18||GWS Giants||2||0||2||0||91||283||32.16||+0||L 2||0|
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