|Venue: AAMI Stadium|
|Date: Sat 11 August 2007, 2:40pm||Result: Loss by 23pts|
|Umpires: L Farmer D Margetts R Chamberlain||Crowd: 27,603|
|Goalkickers: Fevola 4; Fisher 3; Simpson 2; Betts, Carrazzo, O'hAilpin, Saddington, Waite|
|Reports: D Motlop (Port Adelaide) reported by field umpire R Chamberlain for allegedly striking B Thornton (Carlton) in the fourth quarter- dismissed||Injuries: Houlihan (corked thigh)|
Game ReviewAfter a shocking first half and a goalless first quarter, the Blues came out firing in the 3rd quarter and at one stage kicked 8 goals straight mainly off the back off Brendan Fevola's 4 goals in that term. The final term was a familiar story for the Blues who had won only 2 final quarters for that whole season but the 23 point margin wasn't a true indication of how close the game was. It was a very brave effort by the Blues and they definitely sent a scare through the 3rd-placed Port Adelaide team.
Heath Scotland was Carlton's leading ball-winner with 29 disposals. Jarrad Waite picked up 24 disposals, 11 marks and a goal while providing great run off the half-back line. Captain Kade Simpson tried his heart out and was the best player for the Blues with 20 disposals and 2 goals while Brad Fisher played his best game yet with 19 disposals, 13 marks and 3 goals.
Remarkably, this week's team was even younger than the preceding week owing to the incoming Walker being younger than the outgoing Bentick. Although the news that the Round 18 team was the youngest Carlton team in 37 years, and in fact, one of the 20 youngest to play for Carlton, made the news, this week's younger team received no fanfare whatsoever despite being the 21st youngest on record at the time. If one of the 2 young emergencies in Austin or Hampson had have played, it may have...
|B:||33 Ryan Houlihan||9 Jason Saddington||31 Jordan Bannister|
|HB:||6 Kade Simpson (a/c)||32 Bret Thornton||29 Heath Scotland|
|C:||2 Jordan Russell||44 Andrew Carazzo||16 Shaun Grigg|
|HF:||30 Jarrad Waite||14 Brad Fisher||4 Bryce Gibbs|
|F:||13 Luke Blackwell||25 Brendan Fevola||19 Eddie Betts|
|Ruck:||11 Cain Ackland||3 Marc Murphy||1 Andrew Walker|
|Interchange:||18 Paul Bower||38 Ryan Jackson||17 Setanta Ó hAilpín|
|40 Michael Jamison|
|Emg:||21 Mark Austin, 7 Adam Bentick, 22 Shaun Hampson|
MilestonesInteresting fact: This team was even younger than the Round 18 team, given the inclusion of the younger Andrew Walker at the expense of Adam Bentick.
Brownlow Votes3. Michael Wilson, Port Power
2. Brendan Lade, Port Power
1. Michael Pettigrew, Port Power
Best and Fairest VotesKade Simpson 22, Brad Fisher 18, Heath Scotland 16, Brendan Fevola 9, Jordan Bannister, Eddie Betts, Jason Saddington, Jarrad Waite, Michael Jamison 2
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