|Venue: Telstra Dome|
|Date: Fri 15 June 2007, 7:40pm||Result: Loss by 100 points|
|Umpires: M Avon, S McBurney, K Nicholls||Crowd: 53,459|
|Goalkickers: Fevola 3; Fisher 2; Koutoufides, Murphy, Simpson, Waite, Walker, Whitnall, Wiggins|
|Reports: Nil||Injuries: Ackland (broken nose); Walker (dislocated shoulder)|
Game ReviewThe scene was set - the Blues, coming off 2 great wins a row, with record membership and an off-the-field announcement of a massive financial windfall to improve our finances were to take on the more-than-emerging third placed Hawthorn Football Club, in a massive Friday Night Encounter in front of a record crowd. There was a massive buzz all week, which continued into the ground, along with an early fog in Melbourne that had found its way into the closed roof.
Both teams were unchanged at team selection (although Hawk up & comer Franklin would miss on the night) and each set of fans were confident. Some expected yet another shootout, some expected Hawthorn to apply the brakes to our scoring with a new, young defensive unit who had impressed all year.
The opening quarter was an excitable affair, going goal for goal and all but one from a set shot, with a series of marks Inside 50 to both teams. Brendan Fevola would kick 2, Jarrad Waite 1 and Marc Murphy our fourth. But the Hawks would kick the last 2 to end the quarter up by 14 points. It was end-to-end stuff but the Hawks were already owning the corridor, and the Blues had a reputation for being good starters...
What followed was outright annihilation at the hands of the Hawks. A mass of marks Inside 50 (38 for the game) as the Hawks midfield and defence ran riot with great teamwork and exceptional ability to clear the ball from contests blew the Blues away. 7 goals in the second quarter before 2 Blue consolation goals, was followed by a 14 goal to 5 second half as the Hawks scored their highest score and greatest winning margin against Carlton.
A 100 point margin - ironically in Pagan's 100th game as Coach - was a true measure of difference between the Clubs. Carlton would enter the long break with some serious wounds to address.
Best for the Blues were Andrew Carrazzo with 30 possessions, again our top possession winner and Kade Simpson with 26 and a series of great efforts against the flow in the second half (demonstrating real leadership). Brad Fisher continued his happy knack of kicking 2 a game, whilst Fevola kicked 3 from limited opportunities. In the wash-up to the game, it was revealed that Andrew Walker had dislocated his shoulder not once but twice during the game, yet played on throughout in a fantastic display of courage.
|B:||9 Jason Saddington||8 Lance Whitnall||32 Bret Thornton|
|HB:||33 Ryan Houlihan||1 Andrew Walker||4 Bryce Gibbs|
|C:||29 Heath Scotland||7 Adam Bentick||6 Kade Simpson|
|HF:||12 Matthew Lappin||30 Jarrad Waite||3 Marc Murphy|
|F:||14 Brad Fisher||25 Brendan Fevola||34 Simon Wiggins|
|Ruck:||11 Cain Ackland||31 Jordon Bannister||44 Andrew Carrazzo|
|Interchange:||2 Jordan Russell||13 Luke Blackwell||17 Setanta Ó hAilpín|
|43 Anthony Koutoufides|
|Emg:||18 Paul Bower||41 Ross Young||23 Adam Hartlett|
Milestones100 Games as Coach (Carlton): Denis Pagan
Interesting fact: The crowd figure of 53,459 set a new AFL record for the Telstra Dome
AFL Life Membership: Anthony Koutoufides automatically qualified for Life Membership of the AFL in this game with his 300th League match, (made up of 273 Carlton games, 26 pre-seasons games and one State of Origin game.
Interesting fact: This was only one of two occasions in 2007 in which Carlton were the older team on average
Score Records: This is Hawthorn's highest ever score and greatest winning margin against the Blues
Score Records: This was the opening loss of a record-equalling 14-game losing streak
Brownlow Votes3. Luke Hodge, Hawthorn
2. Sam Mitchell, Hawthorn
1. Shane Crawford, Hawthorn
Best and Fairest VotesAndrew Carrazzo 24, Kade Simpson 17, Brad Fisher 13, Bret Thornton 11, Bryce Gibbs 6, Jordan Russell 3, Andrew Walker 1
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