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2011 Pre-Season        

2011 Pre-Season

The 2011 Pre-Season featured more tinkering than usual for the AFL - which is really saying something. Commencing with a form of '20/20' Football, Round 1 of the NAB Cup comprised a mini lightning premiership between 3 teams on 6 occasions, fitting in the new Gold Coast Suns and GWS Giant outfits...

Our first round opponents were Richmond and Collingwood with a total crowd of 40,300* for the 3 games:

NAB Cup Round 1 - Game 1

Carlton 0.1.1 7 0.6.5 41
Richmond 0.3.4 22 0.3.5 23
Venue: Etihad, Docklands
Date: Saturday, 12 February
Result: Won by 18 points
Crowd: 40,300*
Goalkickers: Robinson 2, Kerr 2, Simpson, Ellard
Reports: Nil
Umpires: C. Donlon, M. Leppard & T. Pannell
Injuries: Nil

Game Review

After an Ashes thumping, attention turned to Football a little earlier than normal. And so on February 12, the Blues took on Collingwood and Richmond in a 3-way preliminary round to commence the silly football season.

A slow start by Carlton - punctuated by continual offending of the 'free kick for any out of bounds rule' - was overturned as the Blues turned on the gas in the second 'half' of this perennially modified pre-season competition. Best players for the Blues were Marc Murphy, David Ellard and Heath Scotland.

Team


B:13 Chris Yarran 32 Bret Thornton 34 Nick Duigan
HB: 29 Heath Scotland 10 Matthew Watson 18 Paul Bower
C: 15 Jeremy Laidler 46 David Ellard 9 Kane Lucas
HF: 12 Mitch Robinson 17 Setanta O'Hailpin 1 Andrew Walker
F: 6 Kade Simpson (c) 30 Jarrad Waite 2 Jordan Russell
Ruck: 11 Robert Warnock 3 Marc Murphy 27 Dennis Armfield
Interchange: 36 Rohan Kerr 28 Jaryd Cachia 39 Wayde Twomey
45 Aaron Joseph 41 Levi Casboult 31 Marcus Davies
Substitutes: 26 Andrew McInnes 47 Mitchell Carter
Coach: Brett Ratten
Emg: TBD


Milestones

Senior 'Night' Debut: Jaryd Cachia, Mitchell Carter, Levi Casboult, Nick Duigan, Rohan Kerr, Andrew McInnes, Wayde Twomey and Matthew Watson.
Senior Carlton 'Night' Debut: Jeremy Laidler

NAB Cup Round 1 - Game 2

Richmond 0.1.1 (7) defeated by Collingwood 0.7.8 (50)

NAB Cup Round 1 - Game 3

Carlton 0.1.4 10 0.3.8 26
Collingwood 0.3.2 20 0.5.3 33
Result: Lose by 7 points
Goalkickers: Walker 2, Betts
Reports: Nil
Umpires: J. Schmidt, M. Stevic & S. Gleeson
Injuries: Nil

Game Review

As the team playing the first and third games in this 3-way contest, Carlton were afforded extra flexibility in the final match of the night with allowance of up to a squad of 40 Blues. As such, Waite, Warnock, Thornton and Murphy (among others) made way for Gibbs, Hampson and Jamison (among others) as the Blues split the squad for the 2 matches.

A brighter start than the earlier game was not converted into scoreboard pressure, and the Pies opened up a handy break by the end of the first half - mainly through good ball control and running out wide, plus the supreme footskills of Steele Sidebottom.

Alas the Blues were not done and put together a few goals in a row to start the second to keep the pressure on. A brilliant team goal provided real impetus after sensational work through the middle, and then Walker's ripping 40 metre left foot stab pierced the sticks to suggest the pre-season talk of Walker playing a different role may have some legs. It wasn't enough in the end, but the difference was neither here nor there - except as far as staying in the NAB competition goes. We were out and had to face the NAB Challenge...

Team


B:2 Jordan Russell 40 Michael Jamison (c) 10 Matthew Watson
HB: 13 Chris Yarran 18 Paul Bower 31 Marcus Davies
C: 6 Kade Simpson 46 David Ellard 9 Kane Lucas
HF: 12 Mitch Robinson 1 Andrew Walker 27 Dennis Armfield
F: 19 Eddie Betts 41 Levi Casboult 36 Rohan Kerr
Ruck: 22 Shaun Hampson 4 Bryce Gibbs 45 Aaron Joseph
Interchange: 35 Ed Curnow 42 Zach Tuohy 39 Wayde Twomey
26 Andrew McInnes 17 Setanta O'Hailpin 34 Nick Duigan
Substitutes: 28 Jaryd Cachia 47 Mitchell Carter
Coach: Brett Ratten
Emg: TBD


Milestones

Senior 'Night' Debut: Ed Curnow and Zach Tuohy.

NAB Challenge Cup - Carlton v GWS

Carlton 5.3 33 16.6 102 26.7 163 29.9 183
GWS Giants 1.0 6 3.1 19 4.1 25 4.2 26
Venue: Manuka Oval, Canberra
Date: TBD
Result: Won by 157 points
Crowd: 5,991
Goalkickers: Betts 6, Thornton 5, Warnock 4, Yarran 2, Judd 2, Kerr 2, Scotland, Murphy, Casboult, Carter, Laidler, Gibbs, Duigan, Armfield
Reports: N/A
Umpires: TBD
Injuries: N/A

Game Review

The Blues travelled to Canberra to take on a team that wouldn't even enter the competition until 2012. As such, it was a game of men v boys and Carlton destroyed the young Giants.

Team


B:37 Joe Dare 32 Bret Thornton 34 Nick Duigan
HB: 13 Chris Yarran 18 Paul Bower 21 Mark Austin
C: 5 Chris Judd 4 Bryce Gibbs 42 Zach Tuohy
HF: 39 Wayde Twomey 26 Andrew McInnes 29 Heath Scotland
F:19 Eddie Betts 11 Robert Warnock 27 Dennis Armfield
Ruck: 41 Levi Casboult 35 Ed Curnow 3 Marc Murphy
Interchange: 38 Jeffrey Garlett 22 Shaun Hampson 28 Jaryd Cachia
15 Jeremy Laidler 36 Rohan Kerr 47 Mitchell Carter
Coach: Brett Ratten
Emg: TBD


NAB Challenge Cup

Carlton
Adelaide
Venue: Princes Park
Date: March 4, 2011
Result: Won by 24 points
Crowd: TBD
Goalkickers:
Reports:
Umpires: TBD
Injuries: Nil

Game Review


Team


B:13 Chris Yarran 40 Michael Jamison 43 Simon White
HB: 34 Nick Duigan 18 Paul Bower 15 Jeremy Laidler
C: 6 Kade Simpson 4 Bryce Gibbs 29 Heath Scotland
HF: 16 Andrew Collins 30 Jarrad Waite 32 Bret Thornton
F: 12 Mitch Robinson 1 Andrew Walker 27 Dennis Armfield
Ruck: 11 Rob Warnock 5 Chris Judd 3 Marc Murphy
Interchange: 9 Kane Lucas 46 David Ellard 38 Jeffery Garlett
22 Shaun Hampson 19 Eddie Betts
Got a run in the second: 45 Aaron Joseph 31 Marcus Davies 35 Ed Curnow
Coach: Brett Ratten


NAB Challenge Cup - Last Match!

Carlton
Geelong
Venue: Princes Park
Date: March 12, 2011
Result: Lost in a close one
Crowd: TBD
Goalkickers:
Reports:
Umpires: TBD
Injuries: Nil

Game Review


Team


B:13 Chris Yarran 40 Michael Jamison (c) 43 Simon White
HB: 2 Jordan Russell 18 Paul Bower 34 Nick Duigan
C: 9 Kane Lucas 4 Bryce Gibbs 29 Heath Scotland
HF: 16 Andrew Collins 30 Jarrad Waite 27 Dennis Armfield
F: 38 Jeffery Garlett 23 Lachlan Henderson 1 Andrew Walker
Ruck: 22 Shaun Hampson 12 Mitch Robinson 6 Kade Simpson
Interchange: 44 Andrew Carrazzo 35 Ed Curnow 15 Jeremy Laidler
5 Chris Judd 10 Matthew Watson 41 Levi Casboult
Got a run in the second: 39 Wayde Twomey
Coach: Brett Ratten



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