|Venue : MCG|
|Date : May 17, 2009||Result : Won by 51 points|
|Umpires: M. James, S. Grun*, S. Ryan *J. Dalgleish *Dalgleish replaced Grun during the 1st qrtr||Crowd: 82,834|
|Goalkickers: Betts 4, Waite 3, Murphy 2, Austin, Kreuzer, Yarran, Hampson, Judd, Stevens, Robinson 1.|
|Reports: Nil||Injuries: Wiggins (back/hamstring) replaced in selected side by Browne|
Sadly, the less said about the second quarter of this game, the better, as it was the poorest football by both sides for ages. Collingwood scored their first goal for the match at the 14 minute mark of the term from a free kick, and frankly the standard of play all round was not an endorsement of the game.
Of exception was the brilliance of Blues' captain Chris Judd whose entire performance was exceptional. Two kicks in particular, early in the game, both of which resulted in goals to Betts and Austin, just had to be seen to be believed. He even took a sensational pack mark in front of goal in the third quarter, and no doubt earned three Brownlow Medal votes.
A huge umpiring blunder occurred during the last term when Dayne Beams scored one of Collingwood’s goals. Carlton defender Bret Thornton was manhandled, grabbed around the neck and slung to the ground by Magpie John Anthony - right in front of the most respected field umpire in the League in Mathew James - and nothing was paid. But then again, an emphatic 51-point victory over Collingwood was all that mattered in the end, and the club song was once again sung with gusto.
Mark Austin brought up his first career goal when he sent the ball through the middle during the first quarter. Brendan Fevola held goalless, but assisted in several. One of his kicks during the third quarter was enormous, from near the boundary line on the MCC wing to the Punt Road end goal. After 172 games, Fev had scored a major in 150 of them. Of the 22 games in which he hadn't kicked a goal, Carlton had won only eight.
This crowd was the third biggest for the season, only 1,995 less than the ANZAC day clash between Essendon and Collingwood. Carlton's Round 1 match against Richmond was the largest, drawing 86,972 to the MCG.
Carlton sat sixth on the AFL ladder after this game, ahead of Hawthorn, Essendon and Sydney on percentage.
|B:||45 Aaron Joseph||40 Michael Jamison||18 Paul Bower|
|HB:||27 Dennis Armfield||32 Bret Thornton||2 Jordan Russell|
|C:||29 Heath Scotland||5 Chris Judd (c)||6 Kade Simpson|
|HF:||3 Marc Murphy||30 Jarrad Waite||24 Nick Stevens (vc)|
|F:||22 Shaun Hampson||25 Brendan Fevola||12 Mitch Robinson|
|Ruck:||8 Matthew Kreuzer||10 Richard Hadley||4 Bryce Gibbs|
|Interchange:||13 Chris Yarran||15 Steven Browne||19 Eddie Betts|
|21 Mark Austin|
|Emg:||14 Brad Fisher, 28 Cameron Cloke, 34 Simon Wiggins|
-* Browne replaced Wiggins (back/hamstring) in selected side
Chris Judd, Carlton
2. Bryce Gibbs, Carlton
1. Jarrad Waite, Carlton
Chris Judd, 40 Kade Simpson, 38 Heath Scotland, 37 Bret Thornton, 35 Bryce Gibbs, 35 Marc Murphy, 24 Mitch Robinson, 23 Jarrad Waite,
7 Paul Bower, 6 Jordan Russell
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