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The start of something wonderful?

2008

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2008 Summary

SIT THE 2008 QUIZ - Before you reminisce, see how you go....

Despite another disappointing season on-field in 2007, the Blues would enter Season 2008 filled with supreme hope after not only securing another #1 Draft Pick in Matthew Kreuzer, but by luring one of the best - if not the best - players of the competition to Carlton in Chris Judd. This was nothing short of a coup in the AFL, and one that created impetus to all of the old rivalries - suddenly the Blues weren't pitied, but remembered as the foe of yesteryear. And didn't the Carlton fans know it as well, climbing on board with a massive new membership record of over 40,000, almost 5000 more than our previous record!

In the pre-season, Carlton set out to play some of our exciting kids (and new players) were not able to back up last year's NAB Cup win, but in a well attended pre-season practice match, about 10,000 people turned up to see Judd's first game in Navy Blue in another sign of the emerging force we hoped to be.

And then...the season proper. Expectations were high, but perhaps just for improvement given the arrival of Judd, Kreuzer and Richard Hadley from the Lions. Despite a surprisingly slow start, losing to Richmond, the Blues made it to 3 and 4 at the Round 7 Break with stirring wins against Collingwood, Melbourne and a fantastic away victory against the Eagles - only our second away win in 32 matches! Further wins against Fremantle, Port (in a stunning comeback) and then the Pies (again) had Carlton in the 8 for the first time mid-season since 2001.

From there on, Carlton faced three teams just on the cusp of the 8, and if we had beaten all 3, you'd feel as though we deserved to be playing finals. But losses to Essendon and St Kilda, despite a win over Richmond, and Carlton turned for the finals straight (last 7 games) a win outside the 8 and having to play 6 of the top 8 teams.

Despite another stunning win over Brisbane from a record 32 points down, Carlton would rue close losses to Adelaide and Sydney in the run home, narrowly missing out on finals action in a most welcome increase in output for the year. The Blues finished 2 games off 6th place in a year which had a group of about 7-8 clubs fighting out for the bottom spots in the finals. At year end we remained close to the 8 - but still of a significant distance away - but had shown tremendous improvement on our record of 2003-2007.

Off the field, in addition to the record Memberships, Carlton were able to celebrate a number of anniversaries; first, the 100th anniversary of our 3rd Premiership, second, the 70th anniversary of our 6th Premiership in 1938, and third, a full Spirit of Carlton function for the 40th anniversary of our 1968 Flag. It was indeed a year that Carlton got that glint in its eye back...

Perhaps it would be next year which would bring the reward so keenly sought by Carlton players and fans alike.

Ladder


PosTeamWinsDrawsLossesPointsForAgainst%
1Geelong 21018426721651161.84
2Hawthorn 17056824341846131.85
3Western Bulldogs 15166225062112118.66
4St Kilda13095221261923110.56
5Adelaide13095220171838109.74
6Sydney 12195020951863112.45
7North Melbourne1219502121218796.98
8Collingwood120104822672038111.24
9Richmond11110462228228897.38
10Brisbane10012402156220098.00
11Carlton10012402217235494.18
12Essendon 8014322130260881.67
13Port Power 7015282118220895.92
14Fremantle6016241988212193.73
15Eagles4018161670253565.88
16Melbourne3019121629260262.61


Game
No.
Yr. Rd. . . . . . . . . . . .
%
Ladder
Posn.
Win
2244 2008 1 Ca 4. 3 9. 6 10.10 11.13 79 Ri 4. 3 8. 5 11. 5 17. 7 109 72.48
14
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2245 2008 2 Ca 4. 4 6. 6 6.10 12.13 85 St 2. 5 8. 7 12. 9 19.11 125 70.09
14
.
2246 2008 3 Ca 5. 2 9. 4 18. 6 21. 8 134 Es 6. 4 11. 8 17.11 23.12 150 77.60
14
.
2247 2008 4 Ca 6. 0 10. 2 12. 6 17. 9 111 Co 3. 4 6. 6 7. 9 13.10 88 86.65
12
1326
2248 2008 5 Ca 3. 3 10. 6 12.10 15.11 101 Me 1. 3 4. 5 4. 9 9.14 68 94.44
11
1327
2249 2008 6 Ca 5. 7 7.11 9.13 11.15 81 Ad 3. 3 6. 7 12.11 16.15 111 90.78
11
.
2250 2008 7 Ca 2. 4 10. 7 12. 8 17. 9 111 We 2. 1 2. 7 8. 9 10.14 74 96.83
11
1328
2251 2008 8 Ca 2. 2 4. 8 9.14 12.20 92 Br 8. 3 11. 8 16.13 18.17 125 93.41
11
.
2252 2008 9 Ca 4. 3 7. 7 11.10 14.13 97 Fr 3. 1 7. 1 13. 1 14. 4 88 94.99
9
1329
2253 2008 10 Ca 2. 2 6. 3 6. 4 12. 5 77 Ge 2. 7 7.10 13.18 19.19 133 90.38
11
.
2254 2008 11 Ca 1. 4 2. 9 3.12 10.15 75 Po 3. 5 6. 8 8.12 8.15 63 91.98
10
1330
2255 2008 12 Ca 2. 7 3.10 9.13 17.17 119 Co 1. 4 5. 8 9.13 12.17 89 95.01
8
1331
2256 2008 13 Ca 1. 2 5. 4 9. 6 15.11 101 Es 7. 5 8. 9 12.13 20.16 136 92.94
10
.
2257 2008 14 Ca 1. 5 5. 9 10.12 17.16 118 Ri 2. 7 7. 9 10.13 12.16 88 95.44
9
1332
2258 2008 15 Ca 2. 8 5. 9 8.12 12.15 87 St 2. 4 9. 7 14. 9 18.11 119 93.74
10
.
2259 2008 16 Ca 5. 5 10. 9 15. 9 18.11 119 Sy 2. 1 8. 5 14.10 18.13 121 94.07
11
.
2260 2008 17 Ca 2. 4 5. 8 12.13 18.18 126 Fo 3. 3 10. 4 15. 6 15. 8 98 95.97
11
1333
2261 2008 18 Ca 4. 4 7. 6 9. 8 12.14 86 Ad 1. 7 6.11 12.14 13.16 94 95.74
11
.
2262 2008 19 Ca 4. 7 8.16 12.22 18.24 132 Po 1. 4 2. 5 5. 8 9.12 66 99.28
10
1334
2263 2008 20 Ca 6. 2 9. 3 10. 5 14. 6 90 No 5. 2 13. 5 17. 8 22. 9 141 96.88
11
.
2264 2008 21 Ca 7. 2 11. 3 12. 4 18. 7 115 Br 3. 4 7. 9 16.12 16.13 109 97.31
11
1335
2265 2008 22 Ca 2. 3 4. 5 8. 6 12. 9 81 Ha 6. 4 10. 7 16.13 24.15 159 94.18
11
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People of 2008

Captain: Chris Judd
Vice Captain: Nick Stevens
Leadership Group: Andrew Carrazzo, Heath Scotland, Kade Simpson, Nick Stevens
Coach: Brett Ratten
Leading Goalkicker: Brendan Fevola - 99 goals
Best and Fairest Winner: Chris Judd
National Representatives: Marc Murphy, Kade Simpson

Milestones

200 Games (AFL): Nick Stevens
150 Games: Brendan Fevola
150 Games (AFL): Heath Scotland, Chris Judd
100 Games: Heath Scotland, Jarrad Waite, Simon Wiggins
50 Games: Marc Murphy, Jordan Russell
Debuts: Jake Edwards, Darren Pfeiffer, Matthew Kreuzer, Steven Browne, David Ellard, Dennis Armfield
Debuts (Carlton): Chris Judd, Richard Hadley

2008 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
2008 Hall of Fame Game
Playing List | Debuts | The Rookies | Stat leaders | Brownlow Votes | B&F Votes | Records
Big Stories: Losing Streaks | Tank Talk | The Youngest List | Hitting the 8 | Finals Droughts | Fev's magic year | The Ratten Era
2007 | 2009

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