|Venue: AAMI Stadium|
|Date: Sun 8 June 2008, 4:10pm||Result: Won by 12 points|
|Umpires: T. Keating, B. Rosebury, M. Stevic||Crowd: 29,240|
|Goalkickers: Kreuzer 3, Fevola 2, Gibbs, Armfield, Waite, Betts & Simpson 1.|
|Reports: Jordan Russell (Carlton) reported for forceful contact with Paul Stewart (Port Adelaide)||Injuries: Betts (ankle)||Ladder Position:|
Game ReviewCarlton and Port were both at 4 and 6 for this Sunday evening game at AAMI Stadium, sitting in 10th and 11th place respectively. We expected a good game, but came away with something that will stick in the memories for years.
Initially, Port were more organised and efficient up forward, whilst the Blues struggled to get anything through the big sticks. Although Inside 50's were even through the game, Port could kick to advantage to forwards, whilst the Fev-conscious Blues couldn't isolate him amongst the swarm of Port defenders. We struggled and struggled, missing easy shots (although many under pressure), whilst Port could get the occasional goal, some from our own defensive errors (Murphy taking a kick in delivering perfectly to them 2 metres out, and a few errant handballs in defence creating turnovers). But only the most optimistic Blue - or one who had taken odds of up to $8 for a win during the week, could have expected the last quarter....
Some how the Blues turned a 30 point deficit into a 12 point win, through 7 brilliant goals to Port's nothing. Initially, it was a great pack mark to Matthew Kreuzer, who had been quiet but was switched up forward. Eddie Betts soccered a brilliant goal. Then a supreme Jarrad Waite pick up from a Motlop error, bounce and 60 metre shot went through. And then the game hit fever pitch - the Blues were supreme around the packs, with Marc Murphy and Chris Judd clearing the ball at will and great work at half forward saw Matthew Kreuzer score again and then Kade Simpson kick truly to put us in the lead. As the siren was about to sound Brendan Fevola kicked his second and somehow the Blues were up by 12 in an inspirational, fantastic and Blue-Dreaming victory.
Chris Judd was clearly best on ground while Marc Murphy also played a brilliant game, picking up a career-high 33 disposals. Bret Thornton also managed to beat his direct opponent, the in-form Daniel Motlop. Bryce Gibbs kept Port Adelaide star Chad Cornes very quiet while playing really good himself and kicking Carlton's first goal. Adam Bentick and Kade Simpson were also very good but the hero was no 1 draft pick Matthew Kreuzer, who kicked 3 goals in the last quarter to catapult the Blues to their first victory over Port Adelaide at Football Park since 2001.
It was not surprising that coach Brett Ratten was next to the two South Australians in the circle after the game when the Blues sang their theme song, for he had nominated Bryce Gibbs (for his role on Chad Cornes) as Carlton’s best on ground and thought his role was outstanding, while Jordan Russell, after being down in the first half, (when he couldn’t hit a target that resulted in two of Port’s goals during the 2nd quarter) and then his fight back in the second half and especially his effects in the last quarter was fantastic. Russell during the last quarter had 4 marks 4 handballs and 4 kicks, all of which hit their targets and most resulted in goals for Carlton, but it was his 1% effects that was the real eye opener, his spoils, sheppards, knock down or knock on to advantage and making a contests and putting his body on the line that really stood out. Even after Russell was reported for forceful contact to Port’s Stewart when Stewart dive on the ball and cannoned into to Russell when they were both going for the ball with 11 minutes of actual play to go, he didn’t go into his shell and kept on presenting at contests and his effects were telling, including his pass to Simpson to score the goal that put Carlton into the lead for the first time during the match with only 2 minutes to go.
Carlton was down by 30 points at the last break and ended up winning by 12 points. This is the most Carlton has been down at the last break and won and is also the 3rd time it has happened. The other occasions were Round 15, 1942 against Fitzroy at Brunswick Street when Carlton scored 10 goals 6 behinds to 3 goals 1 behind and in Round 4, 1944 against Essendon at Princes Park, when Carlton scored 6 goals 3 behinds to 3 points. Field umpire Morgan was the umpire in both these matches.
This was Carlton’s best comeback since the Round 2, 2005 game against Essendon when they were down by 40+ points during the 3rd quarter and were 28 points down at the last break and won by 4 points and they were down by 48 points against Essendon with 3 minutes of play to go in the 2nd quarter of the Round 3, 2007 match and scored 3 goals in those 3 mintues and ended up winning the match by 3 points. It was also the first time that they have won two interstate matches in a row since 2001 when they won in Round 1, 2001 against Fremantle at Subiaco and Round 12, 2001 against Port Adelaide at Football Park. Their only other win interstate since these matches was Round 11, 2004 against Adelaide at Football Park when Carlton was 25 down at the last change and won by 4 points.
This game is remembered fondly by Carlton fans, and is considered one of our best wins in the Home & Away rounds of the 2000's. For more games like this, please click here.
|B:||44 Andrew Carrazzo||17 Setanta Ó hAilpín||32 Bret Thornton|
|HB:||4 Bryce Gibbs||30 Jarrad Waite||27 Dennis Armfield|
|C:||7 Adam Bentick||5 Chris Judd (c)||29 Heath Scotland|
|HF:||2 Jordan Russell||14 Brad Fisher||3 Marc Murphy|
|F:||19 Eddie Betts||25 Brendan Fevola||8 Matthew Kreuzer|
|Ruck:||28 Cameron Cloke||6 Kade Simpson||24 Nick Stevens (vc)|
|Interchange:||15 Steven Browne||16 Shaun Grigg||22 Shaun Hampson|
|34 Simon Wiggins|
|Emg:||21 Mark Austin, 37 Jake Edwards, 36 Darren Pfeiffer|
MilestonesRising Star Nominees: Matthew Kreuzer
Interesting Fact: This was Carlton's first win against Port Adelaide at Football Park since Round 12, 2001.
Score Records: This was the equal biggest deficit Carlton has ever come back from at three-quarter time, before being overtaken by a bigger comeback later in the year
Interesting Fact: This is the first time Carlton has won consecutive games in the alternate clash guernsey
Interesting Fact: This win, our 5th for the year, put Carlton out of range of a priority pick for the end of the season.
Brownlow Votes3. Marc Murphy, Carlton
2. Chris Judd, Carlton
1. Matthew Kreuzer, Carlton
Best and Fairest Votes45 Chris Judd, 42 Marc Murphy, 39 Bryce Gibbs, 29 Bret Thornton, 25 Kade Simpson, 19 Setanta o’hAilpin, 11 Shaun Grigg, 9 Matthew Kreuzer, Jordan Russell, 8 Adam Bentick, 6 Andrew Carrazzo, 4 Simon Wiggins
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