|Venue: Telstra Dome|
|Date: Sat 28 April 2007, 7:10pm||Result: Loss by 12 points|
|Umpires: C Donlon, M James, M Head||Crowd: 33,598|
|Goalkickers: E Betts, C Cloke, B Fevola, K Simpson, L Whitnall 3; M Lappin, M Murphy, A Walker 1|
|Reports: Nil||Injuries: R Jackson (hand)|
Game ReviewThere was a lot to like about this game. The first half was a superb advertisement for the game of AFL with both teams full of running and an open game saw high scores posted. Carlton created much of the play in the first two stanzas by winning a lot of contested ball and good foot skills ensured the scoreboard kept ticking over. The 2nd quarter was very high scoring with the Blues breaking the record for their best ever 2nd quarter against the Lions with 9.2.56 eclipsing the previous record of 8.5.53 set in Round 10, 1987 at Princes Park to earn themselves a 13 point lead at the main break. After such scintillating football from both sides, and some freakishly accurate kicking from the Lions, the scene was set for a real humdinger in the second half.
Ultimately though, the second half disappointed and a quick look at the goal tally tells the story. Just four goals in the second half to Carlton could not match the eight goals kicked by Brisbane. On reflection, the Lions ground out this win by grabbing the initiative at the start of the third quarter. Carlton did manage to stretch their lead to 19 points, but determined play from the Lions saw this cut to just two points at the last change.
The last quarter was the most disappointing for Carlton. They started well and looked to have too much run for Brisbane, but unlike the first half the Blues could not make the Lions pay where it mattered - on the scoreboard. The Lions managed to wrestle back the momentum and in kicking a few quick goals they set the tone for the rest of the quarter. Carlton tried hard but just could not get back into the game and their only goal in the quarter came after the final siren.
There were some very encouraging signs for the Blues in this game, but in the end, this was the first game for the year in which the Blues did not close out with better running than their opponent. It was definitely a game that got away from Carlton.
In the finish, some nice take-away highlights for the boys included a 3-goal in 5 minute cameo in the second quarter from Eddie Betts, the first, second and third goals in Blue for Cameron Cloke, a welcome return to form in the first and front half for Captain Lance Whitnall with 3 goals, and more and more game time for our burgeoning young list. Top stats winners were Ryan Houlihan with 30 both in defence and midfield (and 10 Inside 50's) - nominated as Carlton's BOG in the Best and Fairest Count - and Heath Scotland with 26.
In his 31st game at the Dome Brendan Fevola scored his 100th goal for Carlton with his first goal for the night at this venue. Cameron Cloke scored his only goals for Carlton in this game until the end of the 2007 season, lets hope he scores many more in 2008 and belong.
|B:||4 Bryce Gibbs||17 Setanta Ó hAilpín||32 Bret Thornton|
|HB:||33 Ryan Houlihan||30 Jarrad Waite||29 Heath Scotland|
|C:||12 Matthew Lappin||7 Adam Bentick||1 Andrew Walker|
|HF:||44 Andrew Carrazzo||8 Lance Whitnall (c)||6 Kade Simpson|
|F:||19 Eddie Betts||25 Brendan Fevola||5 Josh Kennedy|
|Ruck:||11 Cain Ackland||2 Jordan Russell||3 Marc Murphy|
|Interchange:||26 Joe Anderson||28 Cameron Cloke||38 Ryan Jackson|
|34 Simon Wiggins|
|Emg:||13 Luke Blackwell||18 Paul Bower||23 Adam Hartlett|
|Out:||Brad Fisher (cheekbone)|
Brownlow Votes3. Jonathan Brown, Brisbane
2. Simon Black, Brisbane
1. Heath Scotland, Carlton
Best and Fairest VotesRyan Houlihan 24, Heath Scotland 21, Kade Simpson 15, Matthew Lappin 7, Eddie Betts 5, Cameron Cloke 2, Lance Whitnall 1
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