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Our Second Wooden Spoon

2005

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2005 Summary

Season 2005 was one of extreme contrasts. It began full of promise, as the Blues would take all before them in the Pre-Season Wizard Cup, winning all 4 of its games, to secure its first Pre-season Championship in 8 years against eventual Grand Finalist West Coast. This would create a real sense of optimism amongst fans, after an improved 2004 and help lift membership to a record 33,534. Coach Denis Pagan was signed up for an additional 3 years off the back of the Wizard Cup win, offering experience and stability as the Blues truly looked to rebuild.

Early on in the real season, the Blues would be competitive, with close but not entirely convincing wins over Essendon and Hawthorn, an away draw against reigning premiers Port Adelaide and close losses to the Kangaroos, Fremantle and Collingwood, to be 2 1/2 wins from its first 6 matches. But it would seemingly never recover from its round 7 thrashing at the hands of Richmond. This would start a run of 11 straight losses, which would not end, ironically, until the return clash against the Tigers in Round 18. By this time it had plummetted to bottom place of the ladder. It would only win one further match, in round 20, against a depleted Collingwood but Carlton would end up with only its second wooden spoon at season's end. Injuries to key defenders Bret Thornton and Luke Livingston and a 2 match suspension to full forward Brendan Fevola would prove costly, followed by a prolonged absence for ruckman Barnaby French.

2005 would be a sad year for many long time supporters, with the final game played at Princes Park in Round 9 against Melbourne. This was the first year in which all but one of its home games would be played at either TD or MCG, with all home games to be played there from 2006.

Ladder


PosTeamWinsDrawsLossesPointsForAgainst%
1Adelaide170568301.264.2070219.203.1517136.5
2West Coast170568328.293.2261267.222.1824124
3Sydney150760287.252.1974245.226.1696116.4
4St Kilda140856355.277.2407268.198.1806133.3
5Kangaroos130952301.247.2053301.263.206999.2
6Geelong1201048310.274.2134281.220.1906112
7Melbourne1201048317.269.2171328.298.226695.8
8Port Adelaide1111046295.258.2028300.266.206698.2
9Western Bulldogs1101144352.273.2385342.299.2351101.4
10Fremantle1101144304.217.2041291.292.2038100.1
11Brisbane Lions1001240314.255.2139313.286.216498.8
12Richmond1001240294.258.2022323.252.219092.3
13Essendon801432314.234.2118337.280.230292
14Hawthorn501720280.224.1904343.259.231782.2
15Collingwood501720270.264.1884357.283.242577.7
16Carlton411718293.258.2016400.270.267075.5


People of 2005

Captain: Anthony Koutoufides
Coach: Denis Pagan
Leading Goal-kicker: Brendan Fevola - 49 goals
Best and Fairest: Anthony Koutoufides

Milestones

200 Games: Matthew Lappin
150 Games: Nick Stevens
100 Games: Ryan Houlihan, Brendan Fevola, Barnaby French
50 Games: Ian Prendergast, Jarrad Waite
Debuts: Eddie Betts, Setanta Ó hAilpín, Chris Bryan, Jordan Russell
Debuts (Carlton): Callum Chambers, Troy Longmuir


2005 Pre-Season
Round: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22
Playing List | Debuts | The Rookies | Stats Leaders | Brownlow Votes | B&F Votes
Big Stories: Wooden Spoons
Summaries: Wins and Losses: 2002 to 2007
2004 | 2006