|Venue: Telstra Dome|
|Date: Sun 17 August 2008, 2:10pm||Result: Lost by 51 points|
|Umpires: S. Jeffery, S. Meredith, M. Vozzo||Crowd: 43,406|
|Goalkickers: Fevola 6, Cloke, Fisher 2, Judd, Kreuzer, Russell, Scotland 1.|
|Reports: Wiggins (Carlton) for charging Harding (North Melb.)||Injuries: Nil|
Game ReviewThe first quarter was a very exciting shoot out, with a combined total of 11 goals. The Blues went into the quarter time break with a one-goal lead and all signs pointed to a close game. The next 3 quarters proved anything but with the Kangaroos playing like a team vying for a top 4 spot. Poor skills and loose checking cost the Blues dearly, as the Kangaroos ran away 51-point victors and all but ended any chance the Blues had of playing finals.
It was the 8 goal burst in the second that won the game for the 'Roos - a mix of hard running and great skills, but it has to be said that Carlton fans were left scratching their heads over some rough umpiring. From one particular kick-in, an Umpire up the ground awarded a 50 metre against Grigg, but the Umpire near Fevola did not hear this and called the North player to play on. Fev, looking a little confused but following the nearby Umpire, strips the ball from Port player. Rather than recalling the ball or showing some common sense, a second 50m was paid against Fev gifting the Roos a goal. People may get frustrated at Fevola giving up frees occasionally, but this wasn't his fault at all. By the end of the game Brendan Fevola actually became only the third Blue to kick 90 goals in a season!
In team stats, Marc Murphy was one of the few Carlton players who had a good game, finishing with 29 disposals, 9 contested possessions, 5 clearances and 2 assists. Captain Chris Judd had 23 disposals at 87% efficiency, 8 contested possessions, 6 clearances and a goal while Andrew Walker continued his good form since returning from his shoulder injury with 24 disposals. Brendan Fevola made the most of the limited opportunites he had and managed to boot 6 goals, including 5 in the first half.
|B:||44 Andrew Carrazzo||40 Michael Jamison||9 Jason Saddington|
|HB:||32 Bret Thornton||30 Jarrad Waite||27 Dennis Armfield|
|C:||16 Shaun Grigg||5 Chris Judd (c)||29 Heath Scotland|
|HF:||34 Simon Wiggins||1 Andrew Walker||6 Kade Simpson|
|F:||3 Marc Murphy||25 Brendan Fevola||8 Matthew Kreuzer|
|Ruck:||28 Cameron Cloke||4 Bryce Gibbs||24 Nick Stevens (vc)|
|Interchange:||2 Jordan Russell||14 Brad Fisher||15 Steven Browne|
|22 Shaun Hampson|
|Emg:||7 Adam Bentick, 19 Eddie Betts, 18 Paul Bower|
MilestonesLast game: Jason Saddington
Goal-kicking records: Brendan Fevola kicked the 3rd biggest bag by a Blue in our history with 90 goals in a season
Opponent Winning Streaks: This loss equalled Carlton's greatest ever losing streak of 6 against North Melbourne.
Attendance: The crowd attendance of 43 406 was the greatest ever between these two teams at the Telstra Dome.
Brownlow Votes3. Brent Harvey, North Melbourne
2. David Hale, North Melbourne
1. Daniel Harris, North Melbourne
Best and Fairest Votes30 Andrew Carrazzo, 24 Brendan Fevola, Marc Murphy, 13 Shaun Grigg, 11 Andrew Walker, 10 Cameron Cloke, 7 Matthew Kreuzer, 4 Chris Judd, Kade Simpson, Simon Wiggins
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