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Round 15, 2011         Carlton destroys a meek Richmond by 103 points at the MCG

Round 15, 2011

Carlton 5.2 32 11.7 73 20.13 133 28.16 184
Richmond 1.4 10 4.6 30 6.8 44 12.9 81
Venue: MCG
Date: July 2, 2011
Result: Won by 103 points
Crowd: 59,650
Goalkickers: Betts 5, Walker 4, Waite 3, Garlett 3, Robinson 2, Judd 2, Murphy 2, Simpson 2, Carrazzo, Gibbs, Ellard, Thornton, Russell 1.
Reports: Nil
Umpires: M. Nicholls, J. Schmitt & M. Vozzo
Injuries: Waite (groin), White (knee)
Ladder: 3rd


Game Review

After a disappointing loss in round 14 the Blues were out to get back on the winner’s list when they met the Tigers. Returning to the MCG on a Saturday afternoon in front of 60,000 fans the Blues looked determined to set the record straight from the moment they ran onto the ground. In the lead up to the game they had been warm favourites with tipsters and bookmakers alike and justifiably so as it turned out.

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With the disappointing knee injury to number one defender Michael Jamison taking its toll on the defensive unit it was with some relief that the revolving door welcomed back a couple of other important pieces of the puzzle. Jeremy Laidler and Simon White returned to go some way towards plugging the massive hole that Jamison’s absence created, while Jarrad Waite added a much needed marking target up front and the relentless grunt work of Mitch Robinson (sorely missed against the Eagles) adding another dimension to the midfield. Omitted from the side were Dennis Armfield, Mark Austin and Rhys O’Keeffe.

As the long, spindly arm of Robert Warnock reached skyward at the opening bounce to win the first of numerous hit outs for the day the signs were ominous for Richmond. Chris Judd made the first centre clearance and was then involved again shortly after with the handball to Mitch Robinson who neatly check-sided the opening goal after 25 seconds. It was to be a clear sign of things to come. With Lachie Henderson in defence standing along side Jack Riewoldt much of the play going inside 50 was channelled through Waite, whose marking seemed to know no bounds. The Blues had all the possession in the opening ten minutes but (aside from a second goal, this time to Andrew Carrazzo) didn’t seem to get a whole lot of value for their effort whilst in possession. The openings in the Richmond defence were too numerous to mention and the Carlton mids seemed spoilt for choice. They subsequently made the mistake of looking for a better or closer option, sometimes at the expense of going with the first more obvious choice. After a brief stale-mate the scoring opened up for the Blues mid-way through the term with goals to Kade Simpson, Bryce Gibbs and Robinson for his second. Gibbs’ goal was noteworthy for the contest that Kreuzer provided to put the ball to Gibbs’ advantage whereupon he executed a lovely piece of evasion and finishing. With the Tigers barely venturing into their forward 50 for the term they were thanking their lucky stars they were only 22 points adrift as the quarter ended.

Eddie Betts kept the scoreboard ticking over with the Blues first goal of the second term after a mark deep in the forward pocket. It came after Judd’s brilliant (or lucky depending on how great you believe his powers to be) left foot centring ball whilst at full tilt. Betts played on from the resulting mark and curled a lovely left footer through for full points. Betts was involved again after a wonderful chase and tackle turned the ball over and allowed Jeff Garlett to accept the easiest of goals. Bret Thornton then bobbed up as the surprising source of the next goal to put the Blues seven goals clear. The Tigers still couldn’t get anywhere near it, but were granted a few minutes respite from the battering while the Blues regrouped before launching another attack. Three goals came in a productive five minute period all from set shots, first to David Ellard, then Andrew Walker and finally Betts’ second in a lively term for him. The Tigers grabbed a late one in the shadows of half time to reduce the margin to 43 points to barely keep themselves in the game.

It was party time for the Blues during a stunning nine goal third quarter that left the result of the game beyond any slight doubt there may have been at the half. Judd got the party started with a lovely curling left footer early in the term. His next one was a step back to Judd circa 2006, roving Warnock’s palm from the centre bounce he went one-two with Murphy before exploding out of the centre circle and launching from about five metres inside the centre square. It bounced through for a whopping goal that just made you shake your head in wonder at just what else the man is capable of. If they weren’t already, the flood gates opened. Seven goals followed in a steady stream shared between Betts, Walker, Waite and Murphy. Warnock continued to palm the ball virtually wherever and to whomever he pleased, and with Judd, dominated the clearances. Robinson was just about best afield and was still throwing himself around without fear (despite the Blues being 80 odd points clear) prompting one Carlton supporter sitting near me to holler “suicide” every time Robbo went near it. A lazy 89 point lead to the Blues at the final change.

The game opened up in the last quarter with the defensive aspect nowhere to be seen, perhaps going down into the rooms at the three quarter time break, there to stay. Fourteen goals rained down for the term, another eight of them to the Blues. The lead stretched into record territory before the Tigers kicked four of the last five in junk time to reduce the final margin to 103 points when the hooter sounded. In the end it was a healthy percentage booster for the Blues, but that aside, there was not a lot to be gained for either side.

Subs: Substitute Ryan Houlihan replaced Simon White late in the third quarter (26 minute mark)

Team


B: 42 Zach Tuohy 23 Lachie Henderson 32 Bret Thornton
HB: 13 Chris Yarran 2 Jordan Russell 15 Jeremy Laidler
C: 4 Bryce Gibbs 5 Chris Judd (C) 29 Heath Scotland
HF: 3 Marc Murphy 30 Jarrad Waite 38 Jeffery Garlett
F: 19 Eddie Betts 1 Andrew Walker 8 Matthew Kreuzer
Ruck: 11 Robert Warnock 12 Mitch Robinson 44 Andrew Carrazzo
Interchange: 6 Kade Simpson 43 Simon White 46 David Ellard
Substitute: 33 Ryan Houlihan
Coach: Brett Ratten
Emg: 18 Paul Bower, 21 Mark Austin, 45 Aaron Joseph


Milestones

Interesting Fact: Carlton reached our 200,000th point in this match, our 2,325th game since joining the League in 1897. We have now scored 28,343 goals, 30,024 behinds a total of 200,082 points at an accuracy rate of 48.56%; and have had scored against us 25,527 goals, 27,745 behinds a total of 180,907 points at an accuracy rate of 47.92%. A percentage of 110!
Score Records: Carlton would break their highest score record against Richmond, a score that had lasted since the 1972 Grand Final!
Highest Scores: This would break into Carlton's top 10 scores of all time.

Brownlow Votes

3. Chris Judd, Carlton
2. Mitch Robinson, Carlton
1. Marc Murphy, Carlton

Best & Fairest Votes

Chris Judd 41, Mitch Robinson 39, Jarrad Waite 37, Marc Murphy 33, Eddie Betts 32, Andrew Carrazzo 28, Andrew Walker 18, Kade Simpson 17, Robert Warnock 14, Jeffery Garlett 6, Bryce Gibbs 6, Heath Scotland 6

Ladder


  2011 Rd 15 P W D L
Byes
For Agn % Pts
1 Geelong 14 13 0 1 R6 R22 1462 1046 139.77 52
2 Collingwood 13 12 0 1 R7 R13 1517 894 169.69 48
3 Carlton 14 10 1 3 R8 R23 1463 1058 138.28 42
4 Hawthorn 14 10 0 4 R6 R17 1426 1101 129.52 40
5 West Coast 13 9 0 4 R5 R15 1285 1026 125.24 36
6 Fremantle 14 8 0 6 R6 R16 1270 1298 97.84 32
7 Sydney 14 7 1 6 R5 R19 1134 1106 102.53 30
8 Essendon 14 6 1 7 R10 R24 1410 1312 107.47 26
9 Melbourne 14 6 1 7 R5 R16 1290 1303 99.00 26
10 North Melbourne 14 6 0 8 R3 R21 1347 1293 104.18 24
11 Western Bulldogs 14 6 0 8 R4 R20 1251 1306 95.79 24
12 St Kilda 13 5 1 7 R4 R14 1027 1105 92.94 22
13 Richmond 14 5 1 8 R11 R19 1364 1577 86.49 22
14 Adelaide 14 4 0 10 R2 R16 1065 1372 77.62 16
15 Brisbane Lions 14 3 0 11 R4 R19 1110 1399 79.34 12
16 Port Adelaide 14 2 0 12 R12 R18 1119 1593 70.24 8
17 Gold Coast 13 2 0 11 R1 R9 942 1693 55.64 8

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