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2012         Began with promise; ended in a whimper. The Blues' 2012 was a mediocre year, and Ratten lost the Coaching role off the back of it.

2012

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2012 Summary

Three successive years of Finals Action; three successive years of improved respect, yet three successive years of early exits and of failing to impact on those last few games in September (October in some cases). The Blues may have been coming for a while but their arrival time was yet to be finalised. How would the season pan out? Well, the Club was targetting a top 4 finish...

The Blues quickly set aside a winless pre-season to begin the season in front of 70,000 fans with a customary win against Richmond. But what was not customary was to follow it up with two strong wins over Brisbane and Collingwood to go 3 and zip, the first time we'd achieved this since 1995. Premiership Favouritism sat well with the Blues at this stage, particularly with how we'd outmuscled and outran the Pies.

But season 2012 would throw up many hiccups and as it turns out, many premiership favourites on the way through.

The first chink in our armour was a surprise loss (to us, not them) to the impressive Bombers, who should arguably have won by a lot more. An away win against the tight Dockers saw us at 4-1 and facing a month of winnable games and all was still good with the world. But that seemed to be the beginning of the end. Those winnable games were not won, other than a boring affair against Melbourne, as Carlton plummeted out of the 8 and well out of contention with 6 losses from 7 matches. Form, injuries, an inability stop a team on a roll and 4 weeks to Chris Judd for a 'chicken-wing', and Carlton's season fell apart to be 7 and 8 at Round 16. Two wins in Rounds 17 and 18 against lowly opponents steadied the ship, but was the season gone?

The answer was yes, but it took one final kick in the guts to not only nail the season but to end the tenure of Coach Brett Ratten. And the kick came from a surprising source - an away loss to the Gold Coast. In a match where the Blues appeared to be putting a good 22 together, they failed to turn up - no chasing, no defence, no hard running and a forward line that could take a mark but could not kick a goal - and the Blues were out. In the ensuing week Carlton announced that 'Ratts' would finish up, and in the Round 23 clash he would Coach his last game for Carlton.

A season that began with so much promise ended with a whimper. The Blues were coming but we were all wondering whether we'd caught the same train.

Ladder


PosTeamWinsDrawsLossesPointsForAgainst%
1Hawthorn17056826791733154.6
2Adelaide17056824281833132.5
3Sydney 16066422901629140.6
4Collingwood16066421231823116.5
5West Coast 15076022441807124.2
6Geelong15076022091886117.1
7Fremantle14085619561691115.7
8North Melbourne14085623592097112.5
9St Kilda 120104823471903123.3
10Carlton 110114420791925108.0
11Essendon110114420912090100.0
12Richmond101114221691943111.6
13Brisbane 10012401904209291.0
14Port Power5116221691214478.9
15Bulldogs5017201542230167.0
16Melbourne 4018161580234167.5
17Gold Coast3019121509248160.8
18GWS Giants 202081270275146.2




2012
Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
Agst RI BR CO ES FR GW ST AD ME PO GE WE BYE HA CO NO FO RI SY BR ES GC SK
Carlscr 125 154 122 79 65 110 98 55 107 45 85 69 0 70 85 96 102 95 71 113 156 86 91
OppScr 81 63 62 109 57 43 122 124 49 99 97 79 0 120 62 149 84 91 93 77 60 98 105
W/L 44 91 60 -30 8 67 -24 -69 58 -54 -12 -10 0 -50 23 -53 18 4 -22 36 96 -12 -12
Ladder 4 2 2 4 3 2 4 7 6 7 9 9 9 10 9 12 11 11 11 11 9 10 10
% 154 193 194 152 146 157 140 122 128 118 115 113 113 107 108 103 104 104 103 105 110 109 108



People of 2012

Coach: Brett Ratten
Captain: Chris Judd
Leading Goalkicker: Eddie Betts
Best & Fairest: Heath Scotland

Milestones

Debuts: Josh Bootsma, Andrew McInnes, Tom Bell, Levi Casboult, Frazer Dale, Patrick McCarthy, Luke Mitchell
50 Games: Mitch Robinson, Shaun Hampson, Chris Yarran
50 Games (AFL): Lachlan Henderson
100 Games (Carlton): Chris Judd
100 Goals: Jeffery Garlett, Kade Simpson
150 Games: Eddie Betts, Andrew Carrazzo, Jarrad Waite
150 Consecutive Games: Kade Simpson
250 Goals: Eddie Betts
Departures: Bret Thornton, Jordan Russell, Rohan Kerr, Nick Heyne, Matthew Lodge, Blake Bray

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 | 23
Playing List | The Draft | Debuts | The Rookies | Statistical leaders | Brownlow Votes | B&F Votes | Records | Image Gallery
Big Stories: Supernova: Our Suns' Explosion | The End of the Ratten Era
2011 | 2013


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Page last modified on Saturday 30 of May, 2015 19:02:03 AEST by molsey.

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