|Date:||Saturday, August 29, 2015. 1.45 pm|
|Result:||Lost by 81 points|
|Goalkickers:||T. Bell, B. Boekhorst , A. Everitt, J. Tutt, A. Walker, B. Walsh, M. Watson 1.|
|Umpires:||L. Fisher, N. Foot, S. Hay, B. Wallace (4 umpires for the 3rd game in a row)|
|Injuries:||D. Ellard (concussion), C. Yarran (hamstring)|
Game ReviewDespite a much-needed win over Melbourne the previous week, and a positive reaction to the appointment of Brendon Bolton as Carlton’s senior coach for 2016, the Blues were slapped down again when the GWS Giants overwhelmed their visitors in the second half of this match and won by 81 points. Already stricken by injury, Carlton had lost another three players in the lead-up to the game, and couldn’t hold the Giants when they surged after the long break.
Captain Marc Murphy, veteran Andrew Carrazzo and swingman Kristian Jaksch were the trio ruled out on selection night, replaced by Chris Yarran, Cameron Wood and Bradley Walsh – with the latter named as the Blues’ substitute. Western Sydney provided a gorgeously sunny late-winter afternoon - and a customary sparse crowd of less than 10,000 - as Tom Bell and Sam Rowe ran out to play their 50th games in navy blue. The first quarter was a scrappy, crowded affair, riddled with mistakes. Pat Cripps’ long kick to Matthew Watson on the lead for Carlton’s first goal was a highlight, as was Blaine Boekhorst’s conversion from free kick 40 metres out. At the other end of the ground, Michael Jamison and Sam Rowe were holding a resolute Blues defence together, and at quarter-time Carlton led by a point.
As the second quarter unfolded, both sides missed gettable shots on goal, until Andrejs Everitt ran onto a pass by Sam Docherty and kicked truly. Tom Bell followed up with the goal of the match - on the run, hard up against the boundary at right half-forward – soon after David Ellard had left the field heavily concussed. Meanwhile, Matthew Kreuzer was being out-jumped by the Giants’ impressive young ruckman Tom Downie, who was involved in successive late majors to put the home side five points ahead at half-time.
Carlton’s hopes of an upset were shattered from the opening bounce of the third quarter, as GWS put their foot down and in a thirty-minute blitz, slammed through 8.3 to 1.0. The Blues’ only goal for the term – indeed, their only score for the quarter – came from Walker, who followed up with another of his spectacular high marks on centre-wing. A melee erupted right on the three-quarter time siren, but by then the difference between the sides was 50 points and the final margin was the only real talking point.
After being well-held in the first half, the Giants’ star full-forward Jeremy Cameron had inspired his team’s third-quarter charge by kicking four goals. In the final term, Cameron added another three, as the Giants continued their rampage by kicking 7.1 to 2.0. The only glimmer for Carlton came from Bradley Walsh, who had replaced Ellard at half-time. Eighteen minutes into the quarter, the teenager launched a bomb from just inside the 50-metre arc, and it sailed through for his first career goal.
Nevertheless, when the final siren echoed across the near-empty terraces, Carlton had suffered another massive defeat, and the only consolation left was that there was only one more week of this awful season to endure. Not for the first time, consistent efforts from Carlton players were hard to find, although Pat Cripps (30 disposals) Ed Curnow (26) Kade Simpson and Tom Bell (24 apiece) all tried hard to lift their team at various stages.
|B:||15 Sam Docherty||40 Michael Jamison (Acting Captain)||17 Sam Rowe|
|HB:||31 Matthew Dick||42 Zach Tuohy||13 Chris Yarran|
|C:||12 Blaine Boekhorst||2 Troy Menzel||22 Jason Tutt|
|HF:||6 Kade Simpson||33 Andrejs Everitt||28 Tom Bell|
|F:||10 Matthew Watson||1 Andrew Walker||46 David Ellard|
|Ruck:||8 Matthew Kreuzer||9 Patrick Cripps||35 Ed Curnow|
|Interchange:||7 Dylan Buckley||24 Mark Whiley||36 Cameron Wood|
|Substitute:||34 Bradley Walsh|
|Emergencies:||20 Nick Holman||25 Clem Smith||37 Tom Fields|
ChangesIn : Chris Yarran, Cameron Wood, Bradley Walsh.
Out : Marc Murphy, Andrew Carrazzo, Kristian Jaksch.
Subs: Bradley Walsh replaced David Ellard during the second quarter.
Milestones50 Games : Tom Bell, Sam Rowe
First Goal : Bradley Walsh
Last Game : Chris Yarran, Bradley Walsh
Brownlow Votes3. Jeremy Cameron, GWS
2. Adam Treloar, GWS
1. Tomas Bugg, GWS
Best & Fairest VotesTom Bell 4, Dylan Buckley 4, Patrick Cripps 4, Ed Curnow 4, Matthew Dick 4
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