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Round 2, 2011         Carlton obliterated the red & yellow newcomers with a stunning 119 point thrashing at the Gabba

Round 2, 2011

Carlton 9.559 15.797 21.10136 26.15 171
Gold Coast 1.17 3.523 6.844 7.1052
Venue: Gabba (night)
Date: April 2, 2011
Result: Win by 119 points
Crowd: 27,914
Goalkickers: J Garlett 5, A. Walker 5, B. Thornton 4, E. Betts 2, C. Judd 2, J. Waite 2, R. Warnock 2, E. Curnow, M. Murphy, M. Robinson & K. Simpson 1.
Reports: Nil
Umpires: C. Kamolins, S. McBurney & M. Nicholls
Injuries: Nil
Ladder: 2nd


Game Review

On this significant night for the game in general and the Carlton Football Club in particular, the Navy Blues celebrated captain Chris Judd’s 200th career game in grand style, by demolishing the much-heralded Gold Coast Suns by 119 points at the Gabba.

In a hype-filled prelude to the debut of the Suns - the AFL’s 17th team – some commentators saw it as a danger game for Carlton. After all, the new Gold Coast side was packed with potential. They had scooped up the cream of the country’s available junior talent during 2009 and 2010, while recruiting a group of established players from other clubs, including their inaugural captain; 2009 Brownlow Medallist Gary Ablett.

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Still awaiting the completion of their new stadium at Carrara, the Suns had agreed to play their early matches at the Gabba, and the Queensland capital provided another beautiful warm autumn evening when a responsive crowd of almost 28,000 filled the ground. The novel idea of 20-second count-down to the opening bounce – flashed up on the scoreboard – immediately got the crowd involved. It was the Blueboys however, who exploded off the blocks, and they stamped their authority on the game with five unanswered goals in the first twelve minutes.

From then on, the game was a training session for the visitors, who rammed through nine majors in the first quarter, and six in the second to lead by 74 points at the main break. Gold Coast forward Charlie Dixon wrote his name into the history books when he kicked the Suns’ first goal late in the first quarter, and they at least got some system going after half time to post three in a row. To be fair, the Suns’ youngsters – twelve of whom were playing their first senior match – were nervous, and mostly over-awed by a slick, determined Carlton combination that had winners all over the ground.

The final margin was a whopping 119 points - our 25th win by 100 or more - in a fitting tribute to Chris Judd in his milestone game. Cheered to the rafters by large, appreciative sections of the crowd, he was chaired off the ground by his team after another dominant performance that surely earned him another three Brownlow votes. Also excellent all night was Jeffery Garlett, who finished the match with five goals after slicing through the Sun’s defence at will. Jeff kicked one of the goals of the year in the first quarter, when he skirted the boundary in the right forward pocket and threaded through a pearler. A bona fide star of the game in his third season, he just gets better week by week.

Relishing his new role up forward, Andrew Walker was lively and also booted five goals, while Bret Thornton too, started in attack to stretch the Suns’ defence. He presented well, took some good contested marks and finished with four goals. In the midfield, Marc Murphy built on his super start to the year with another 36 possessions, and Bryce Gibbs cruised around like a vintage Rolls Royce, collecting 36 touches and rarely wasting a kick. Chris Judd helped himself to 29 quality possessions, while second-gamer Ed Curnow stepped up again to gather 26.

Playing off half-back, Chris Yarran showed poise and class in probably his best game to date. His 24 collects included three exhilarating dashes downfield, followed by long shots at goal – all of which missed, but boy, it was good to watch! Jeremy Laidler and Nick Duigan were solid in defence, while first-gamer Matthew Watson’s booming left-foot clearing kicks had already started to attract the “woof “ response by the final siren.

In Carlton’s only injury concern, Shaun Hampson suffered a corked thigh, and was replaced by Dennis Armfield at three-quarter time.

Team


B: 10 Matthew Watson 43 Simon White 15 Jeremy Laidler
HB: 13 Chris Yarran 2 Jordan Russell 34 Nick Duigan
C: 4 Bryce Gibbs 5 Chris Judd (C) 29 Heath Scotland
HF: 38 Jeffery Garlett 30 Jarrad Waite 6 Kade Simpson
F: 19 Eddie Betts 22 Shaun Hampson 32 Bret Thornton
Ruck:11 Robert Warnock 12 Mitch Robinson44 Andrew Carrazzo
Interchange: 1 Andrew Walker 3 Marc Murphy 35 Ed Curnow
Substitute: 27 Dennis Armfield
Coach: Brett Ratten
Emg: 9 Kane Lucas, 23 Lachie Henderson, 46 David Ellard


Milestones

Debut: Matthew Watson, who interestingly, became the fifteenth Blue to debut in a 100 point victory. Prior to Matthew, the last player to achieve this distinction was Simon Beaumont in Round 10, 1995
200 Games (AFL): Chris Judd
Interesting Fact: 5 goals was a personal best for Andrew Walker, beating a few cases of kicking 3 in a single game.
100 Point wins: This was Carlton's 25th victory by 100 points or more, and the equal 6th best win in our entire history. The last time we celebrated a three-figure win was Round 10, 2001, when the Blues thrashed West Coast at Princes Park, and the margin was exactly the same - 119 points.
Round 2 Facts: This was also is the fourth time that Carlton has won by 100-plus points in round 2. The other occasions were 1936 when we destroyed Essendon by 102 points, 1969 (128 points over Hawthorn - still Carlton’s highest score of 30.30.210) and 1985, when St Kilda were hammered by 140 points. The very first time Carlton won by the ton was 100 years ago, in 1911 against St. Kilda. The difference that day was 114 points.
Interesting Fact: This would be the last time for 7 years where two Blues would kick 5 or more goals for Carlton

Brownlow Votes

3. Marc Murphy, Carlton
2. Bryce Gibbs, Carlton
1. Robert Warnock, Carlton

Best & Fairest Votes

Jeffery Garlett 36, Chris Judd 36, Marc Murphy 36, Bryce Gibbs 35, Andrew Walker 32, Andrew Carrazzo 27, Ed Curnow 23, Chris Yarran 19, Jeremy Laidler 12, Heath Scotland 5, Bret Thornton 5

Ladder


2011 rd 2
P W D L For Agn
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1 Collingwood 2 2 0 0 298 136 219.12 8
2 Carlton 2 2 0 0 275 136 202.21 8
3 West Coast 2 2 0 0 208 186 111.83 8
4 Geelong 2 2 0 0 137 125 109.60 8
5 Sydney 2 1 1 0 182 177 102.82 6
6 Essendon 2 1 0 1 206 156 132.05 4
7 Adelaide 1 1 0 0 105 85 123.53 4
8 Western Bulldogs 2 1 0 1 181 158 114.56 4
9 Hawthorn 2 1 0 1 207 182 113.74 4
10 Fremantle 2 1 0 1 172 181 95.03 4
11 St Kilda 2 0 1 1 142 143 99.30 2
12 Richmond 2 0 1 1 179 199 89.95 2
13 Melbourne 2 0 1 1 161 206 78.16 2
14 Port Adelaide 2 0 0 2 178 271 65.68 0
15 Brisbane Lions 2 0 0 2 137 217 63.13 0
16 North Melbourne 2 0 0 2 144 235 61.28 0
17 Gold Coast 1 0 0 1 52 171 30.41 0

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