|Date: Sat 30 June 2007, 2:10pm||Result: Loss by 77 points|
|Umpires: M Avon, G Fila, S McBurney||Crowd: 36,307|
|Goalkickers: Waite 5, Young 2, Lappin, Ó hAilpín, Bentick, Hartlett, Fisher & Fevola|
|Reports: -||Injuries: -|
Game ReviewThe Dockers had been in the news for all the wrong reasons leading into this Round 13 game against Carlton - players Tarrant, Headland and Farmer were all being talked about for off-field performances, and the resignation of Demon Coach Neale Daniher saw much speculation about the tenure of Docker Coach Chris Connolly. Of course, the Blues had also copped a hiding - both in the recent game but also in the press. Which team would come out on top?
The Dockers began well with the opening 3 goals, one from a double-50 metre penalty against Brendan Fevola who would have a shocker of a day, and the others from precise passing into an open forward line. The Blues fought back magnificently with incoming Ross Young booting 2 opportunist goals, Setanta, Lappin and Bentick all kicking others. We would kick 5 of the next 6 goals to end the opening quarter up.
The game was up for grabs as the Dockers shot out of the blocks in the second with a series of similar goals - gather at half back, rotate the ball until a marking or running option was free up field, and then precise delivery. The Blues were clearly trying hard but were unable to match the movement forward. Adam Hartlett scored our only goal for the second quarter with a hard-fought goal - Harts was playing at Centre Half Forward in the match.
The last half was a continuation of the second quarter. Carlton's inability to stop momentum of our opponents - and their goal scoring with Freo racking up a record score against us - came to the fore. This was the 12th game in a row that Carlton would give up 100 points or more, moving us into the Top 10 of all time (after 25 games to Sydney, 1992 - 1993).
Stand-in Skipper, Jarrad Waite had a quiet first half but managed 4 last quarter consolation goals, but the Dockers kept on pulling ahead.
Overall, it was a disappointing game for the Blues - this was a massive loss to a team that sat deep in the Bottom 8. Until that last quarter our much vaunted forward firepower was very quiet with Fev, Waite and Fisher all well held. In fact, the most likely option up forward was second gamer Adam Hartlett (who scored his first goal for Carlton) and fourth gamer Ross Young, although mainly in the first half. Anthony Koutoufides topped the stats with 27 from the midfield, with support from Andrew Carrazzo, Kade Simpson and Adam Bentick.
In the wash-up the the game, Fevola would be disciplined by the Club in the face of some on-field discretions, and would face disciplinary action from the Club in the form of a 1 week 'holiday'.
|B:||23 Adam Hartlett||9 Jason Saddington||31 Jordon Bannister|
|HB:||29 Heath Scotland||32 Bret Thornton||4 Bryce Gibbs|
|C:||33 Ryan Houlihan||7 Adam Bentick||6 Kade Simpson|
|HF:||34 Simon Wiggins||30 Jarrad Waite (a/c)||14 Brad Fisher|
|F:||17 Setanta Ó hAilpín||25 Brendan Fevola||19 Eddie Betts|
|Ruck:||11 Cain Ackland||44 Andrew Carrazzo||3 Marc Murphy|
|Interchange:||2 Jordan Russell||12 Matthew Lappin||41 Ross Young|
|43 Anthony Koutoufides|
|Emg:||5 Josh Kennedy, 13 Luke Blackwell, 18 Paul Bower|
|In:||Eddie Betts , Adam Hartlett, Ross Young,|
|Out:||Lance Whitnall (knee), Andrew Walker (shoulder), Luke Blackwell (omitted)|
MilestonesStand-in Skipper: Jarrad Waite would take the reins as part of a Captaincy rotation in the absence of Lance Whitnall. This would be the only game in the mooted rotational captaincy that Waite would skipper, with Simpson taking the reins until the return of Whitnall.
Score Records: This is Fremantle's highest ever score and greatest ever winning margin over Carlton
Brownlow Votes3. Des Headland, Fremantle
2. Matthew Pavlich, Fremantle
1. Jeff Farmer, Fremantle
Best and Fairest VotesAndrew Carrazzo 25, Adam Hartlett 9, Adam Bentick, Anthony Koutoufides 8, Jarrad Waite 7, Kade Simpson 6, Ryan Houlihan 4, Marc Murphy, Ross Young 3, Bryce Gibbs 2
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