|Venue :||Docklands Stadium|
|Date:||2.10 pm, Sunday, May 30, 2010|
|Result:||Won by 29 points|
|Goalkickers:||S. O’hAilpin 3, C. Judd 2, M. Robinson 2, J. Garlett 2, B. Gibbs, H. Scotland, E. Betts, S. Browne, M. Murphy, L. Henderson (1)|
|Umpires:||R. Chamberlain, J. Dalgleish, M. Nicholls|
|Injuries:||Heath Scotland (ankle)|
Game ReviewCarlton were always going to start firm favourites in the round 10 match up with West Coast, but as last week’s debacle against Hawthorn proved, favouritism and weight of expectation don’t always sit comfortably on their shoulders. The media delivered their now standard lines about Chris Judd versus the Eagles and of course Josh Kennedy matching up against the Blues got plenty of air time too. Both players featured prominently in a lack lustre game, but it was the Blues with just a little bit too much class and polish through the midfield finishing with the points.
The results of the bruising encounter with the Hawks were still ringing loudly in the ears of the selectors when the squad was announced on the Thursday evening. All out due to various injuries were Dennis Armfield, Chris Johnson, Chris Yarran and Simon White. Back came Andrew Walker (after a four week lay-off while his collarbone recovered) and Brock McLean also returning from injury. Richard Hadley and Steven Browne both got their first call up for the season and in the process put to rest the theory that Hadley and McLean should never been seen in the same team.
With the lights on and the roof closed at Etihad Stadium and the yellow footies in use you could have been forgiven for thinking we were about to witness another classic night footy encounter. Perhaps this same anomaly (or maybe it was the change of time zone) explained why the Eagles seemed to start the game at least partially asleep. On the contrary the Blues were bright eyed and switched on right from the word go getting off to a cracking start with an early Judd goal after dashing clear from a stoppage in his signature style. Intensity, chasing, tackling, forward line pressure - they had them all, in stark contrast to the previous Sunday.
Mitch Robinson set the tone with a couple of crunching tackles and Hadley got his hands on the ball early with several crucial clearances. Setanta O’hAilpin learnt something from last week which was clearly apparent after he marked about 15 metres out from goal. He stopped, turned around, and walked calmly back to his mark to slot through the first of his two goals for the quarter. When Judd spun free out of the congestion and curled his second over his shoulder the lead had grown to 27 points, but two late goals to the Eagles flattered them slightly on the scoreboard.
The Blues commenced the second as they’d finished the first, plenty of opportunities up forward for little result after some wasteful finishing. In the 25 minutes of play that bookended the quarter time break the Blues managed just 1.7 as the Eagles clawed back to within two goals. The second part of the term was much improved in terms of accuracy as O’hAilpin first gave off to Eddie Betts for a goal and then got on the end of a bullet from Walker and finished truly for his third. Walker had provided a much needed spark off half-back with some wonderful dash, but on more than one occasion the ground gained with his line breaking run was quickly conceded after an errant disposal. Robinson bombed through his second from a set shot close to the break as the Blues looked to be in control with a four goal lead.
The third term got off to the best possible start when inside the first 30 seconds Heath Scotland found himself on the end of a chain of several blistering handballs through the middle of the ground before tumbling home a goal. Scotland, along with Bryce Gibbs and Marc Murphy were very busy during the third quarter launching many of the attacks forward and dominating possession during Carlton’s most impressive period of the match. The Blues kicked the first four goals of the term to extend their lead to a commanding 50 points. Jeff Garlett’s superb chase and tackle, and the goal from the resulting free kick, was one of the many highlights. The Blues seemed to take the foot off as they neared three quarter time and again the Eagles managed a couple of late goals to narrow the lead to 32 points at the final change.
The goal of the match came early in the last when, after crumbing the ball from his own marking contest, Murphy somehow managed enough space near the boundary line to squeeze the ball onto his boot and dribble it along the ground following the perfect arc through the goals. The goal virtually snuffed out any faint hope the Eagles had of a comeback.
The only things that remained to be seen were whether Bryce Gibbs could manage 50 possessions and if Andrew Carrazzo could continue his dominance over Eagle Shannon Hurn in his defensive forward role. In the wash up Gibbs managed a club record 45 possessions (so no) and Hurn managed just 11 possessions (so yes). Jeff Garlett rounded off one of his best games for the Blues with a lovely goal off the outside of his boot after another free-wheeling chain of handballs through the guts. A goal on the siren to the Eagles reduced the final margin to 29 points which to most observers wasn’t an accurate reflection of the Blues’ dominance. A percentage booster gone begging.
|B:||32 Bret Thornton||40 Michael Jamison||45 Aaron Joseph|
|HB:||1 Andrew Walker||2 Jordan Russell||4 Bryce Gibbs|
|C:||29 Heath Scotland||5 Chris Judd (c)||6 Kade Simpson|
|HF:||12 Mitch Robinson||23 Lachlan Henderson||19 Eddie Betts|
|F:||8 Matthew Kreuzer||17 Setanta Ó hAilpín||44 Andrew Carrazzo|
|Ruck:||39 Sam Jacobs||10 Richard Hadley||3 Marc Murphy|
|Interchange:||7 Brock McLean||15 Steven Browne||26 Joe Anderson|
|38 Jeffery Garlett|
|Emg:||16 Shaun Grigg, 31 Marcus Davies, 33 Ryan Houlihan|
Milestones100 Games (AFL) : Brock McLean
100 Games as Captain : Chris Judd captained his 100th match at AFL level - 49 with the Eagles, and 51 with the Blues.
Brownlow Votes3. Bryce Gibbs, Carlton
2. Marc Murphy, Carlton
1. Setanta Ó hAilpín, Carlton
Best & Fairest Votes42 Bryce Gibbs, 39 Marc Murphy, 37 Jeffery Garlett, 34 Andrew Carrazzo, 31 Heath Scotland, 27 Mitch Robinson, 23 Andrew Walker, 17 Matthew Kreuzer, 5 Chris Judd
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