|Date: Sun 13 April 2008, 2:10pm||Result: Won by 23 points|
|Umpires: Jeffery, McBurney, Sully.||Crowd: 77,873|
|Goalkickers: Fevola 7, Fisher 2, Stevens , Hadley, Betts, Gibbs, Grigg, Simpson, Russell & Setanta Ó hAilpín|
|Reports: Stevens (Carlton)-cleared Maxwell (Collingwood)-1 week||Injuries: Nil|
Game ReviewPlayed on a fine Sunday afternoon at the MCG, this game will be remembered for Brendan Fevola’s superb effort at full-forward, on the day that the Carlton Football Club rediscovered its self-belief and avoided creating a new record for the longest losing sequence in the club’s history.
The Blues were always going to lift against our fiercest rival, however Collingwood once again went into the match as clear favourites, following their impressive destruction of Richmond the previous week. On the other hand, Carlton were winless after three rounds and staring down the barrel of a fifteenth consecutive loss.
But sparked by a fiercely-competitive ruck division and a dominant midfield that helped keep the pressure off a defence that showed real signs of maturity, Carlton led at every change and withstood a late rally by the Magpies to run out 23-point winners.
Brendan Fevola was the focal point at full-forward, and kicked 7 goals in a scintillating display. Benefiting from some neat delivery of the ball from a winning midfield group, Big Fev marked strongly on the lead and perhaps should have had a couple more. The highlight of his performance came late in the game, when he chased hard and laid two strong tackles in succession. The ball spilt into the path of Shaun Grigg, who kicked the sealer from close in.
In addition to Fevola's 7 goals (from 8 marks), Jarrad Waite held Anthony Rocca to 6 disposals, 1 mark and 1 goal while picking up a career-high 26 disposals and 13 marks himself. Paul Bower played his best game yet for the Blues; keeping Travis Cloke to 9 disposals and 1 goal while helping himself to 20 disposals and 8 marks. Chris Judd was able to lift a gear when it mattered most in the final quarter, picking up 14 disposals to take his match tally to 26. Marc Murphy recovered from a heavy hit early in the game to finish with 22 disposals, 6 inside-50's, 3 assists and not one error. Bryce Gibbs also played a great game; picking up 19 disposals, 8 tackles and a spectacular goal.
This game is remembered fondly by Carlton fans, and is considered one of our best wins in the Home & Away rounds of the 2000's. For more games like this, please click here.
|B:||40 Michael Jamison||30 Jarrad Waite||32 Bret Thornton|
|HB:||4 Bryce Gibbs||18 Paul Bower||44 Andrew Carrazzo|
|C:||6 Kade Simpson||5 Chris Judd (c)||29 Heath Scotland|
|HF:||3 Marc Murphy||14 Brad Fisher||16 Shaun Grigg|
|F:||19 Eddie Betts||25 Brendan Fevola||17 Setanta Ó hAilpín|
|Ruck:||28 Cameron Cloke||10 Richard Hadley||24 Nick Stevens|
|Interchange:||2 Jordan Russell||8 Matthew Kreuzer||31 Jordan Bannister|
|36 Darren Pfeiffer|
|Emg:||7 Adam Bentick, 15 Steven Browne, 22 Shaun Hampson|
|In:||Shaun Grigg, Setanta Ó hAilpín|
|Out:||Ryan Houlihan (hip), Shaun Hampson|
Milestones50 Games (Carlton): Jordan Bannister
400 Goals: Brendan Fevola
First Win (As Coach): Brett Ratten
Score Records: This win ended a record equalling run of 14 losses
Score Records: This win, and great defensive effort, ended a Carlton-record, and near AFL record, of games where over 100 points was conceded by a team
Interesting Fact: This was the first win experienced by Paul Bower, Michael Jamison, Matthew Kreuzer, Shaun Grigg and Darren Pfeiffer, and the first in Navy Blue for Chris Judd and Richard Hadley
Brownlow Votes3. Jarrad Waite, Carlton
2. Brendan Fevola, Carlton
1. Andrew Carrazzo, Carlton
Best and Fairest Votes46 Brendan Fevola, 40 Jarrad Waite, 39 Michael Jamison, 34 Paul Bower, 33 Marc Murphy, 27 Bret Thornton, 23 Heath Scotland, 17 Chris Judd, 12 Kade Simpson, 11 Brad Fisher
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