|Date: Sat 12 May 2007, 2:10pm||Result: Loss by 24 points|
|Umpires: S McBurney, D Margetts, S Wenn||Crowd: 77,321|
|Goalkickers: Fevola 4; Lappin 2; Betts, Carrazzo, Fisher, Kennedy, Russell, Simpson, Waite, Young|
|Reports: Nil||Injuries: Thornton (late withdrawal - shin)|
Game ReviewThe Blues were downed by the Pies by 4 goals in this blockbuster at the MCG. Collingwood kicked 13 goals to 6 in the second half to nab the game from us, after we were 3 goals up.
In an even opening half, the Blues' accuracy in front of goal was the key, with Fev nailing 4. In amongst 2006 and 2007 this feels odd to say, but in this game it was the Pies that couldn't convert. Positionally, the Blues tried Setanta Ó hAilpín in the ruck to assist Ackland, and threw Whitnall back to defence. But Collingwood surged and converted in the second half to run over Carlton to take the game and move to the Top 4 on the ladder. The Blues meanwhile stayed 14th with a record of 2 and 5.
Despite being a pretty good game of football, the day may end up being better remembered for the melee sparked at half time. Pies fans will blame Brendan Fevola who slightly bumped Alan Didak while Didak was tying up his laces; Carlton fans would blame Didak (among others) for roughing up Marc Murphy and Andrew Carazzo. In the end, the fans loved it, no one was suspended and the AFL was about $33,000 richer due to fines allocated to 16 players involved!
In terms of the non-financial statistics for the day, Andrew Carrazzo would top the list with 34 - the highest in his career - 1 ahead of Heath Scotland who would continue his fine season. Jason Saddington, in his first game for 2007, would be a late replacement for the injured Bret Thornton and would take 12 marks in a fine return for the team. Ross Young would kick the first goal in his AFL career in his second game. Keeping the first goal theme going, Fevola's first major for the night was his 350th career goal.
|B:||33 Ryan Houlihan||30 Jarrad Waite||9 Jason Saddington|
|HB:||1 Andrew Walker||8 Lance Whitnall (c)||18 Paul Bower|
|C:||4 Bryce Gibbs||7 Adam Bentick||6 Kade Simpson|
|HF:||12 Matthew Lappin||14 Brad Fisher||41 Ross Young|
|F:||5 Josh Kennedy||25 Brendan Fevola||19 Eddie Betts|
|Ruck:||17 Setanta Ó hAilpín||29 Heath Scotland||44 Andrew Carrazzo|
|Interchange:||3 Marc Murphy||11 Cain Ackland||2 Jordan Russell|
|43 Anthony Koutoufides|
|Emg:||26 Joe Anderson||13 Luke Blackwell||9 Jason Saddington|
|In:||Paul Bower, Brad Fisher, Anthony Koutoufides, Jason Saddington|
|Out:||Joe Anderson (omitted), Luke Blackwell (omitted),|
Cameron Cloke (shoulder), Bret Thornton (late withdrawal - shin)
Milestones50 Games: Kade Simpson
350 Goals: Brendan Fevola
Brownlow Votes3. Dane Swan, Collingwood
2. Tarkyn Locker, Collingwood
1. Andrew Carrazzo, Carlton
Best and Fairest VotesAndrew Carrazzo 21, Heath Scotland 15, Jason Saddington 14, Kade Simpson 10, Adam Bentick 8, Lance Whitnall 5, Marc Murphy 2
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