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It was Murder at the MCG as Carlton copped another 8-goal hiding from Collingwood.

Round 18, 2010

Carlton 2.0 12 2.1 13 3.2 20 9.3 57
Collingwood 3.5 23 9.9 63 11.14 80 15.15 105
Venue: MCG
Date: 2.10 pm, Saturday, July 31, 2010
Result: Lost by 48 points
Crowd: 76,980
Goalkickers: Hampson 2, Walker 2, Grigg, Fisher, Betts, Simpson, Johnson 1.
Reports: Nil
Umpires: S. Meredith, T. Pannell, M. Stevic
Injuries: Armfield (concussion) replaced in selected side by Ellard, Judd (chest/shoulder)
Ladder: 7th


Game Review

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, it did. Much pomp and ceremony was dedicated to the meeting of traditional rivals in an old fashioned block-buster in an old fashioned time slot on a Saturday afternoon. In the lead up Brett Ratten spoke of the enormity of the occasion, the history, the importance. But it’s one thing to talk it and another altogether to walk it. The Blues continued their dismal late season form delivering an insipid performance which, most pundits agreed, was their worst for the year. On the other hand, Collingwood showed why many have them as Geelong’s main rival for the 2010 crown with a powerful 48 point victory.

With the initial squad announced only David Ellard missed the boat. Back from a long lay off due to his bionic (LARS) knee installation Brad Fisher got the call up. His inclusion suggested that the match committee thought a dose of strong marking might be the order of the day for our forward line. In the final wash up Ellard ended up with a life-line when it was deemed Dennis Armfield’s injured neck might not quite stand up to the rigors of another full contact outing.

The opening moment was like a gift. A soft free in favour of Shaun Hampson, in the unmissable range, and the nerve settler was ours. Sadly, the equaliser came a couple of short moments later. In the time before that moment Carlton’s intensity had looked good and their disposal had looked ok. Perhaps the occasion had brought out their best? Maybe they were switched on, up for it even, raring to go? The second came after a few more minutes of relative stability when Shaun Grigg got on the end of a Chris Judd pass that found him dead in front. He made no mistake and the lead was ours again. Then all too quickly a change came over the game. It was as though the Carlton players realised they were inferior; as though the Magpies had grown wings. Two Collingwood goals and a string of behinds gave them an 11 point lead by the first break, but it really should have been a lot more.

When Grigg’s goal went sailing over the goal umpire’s head in the seventh minute of play you probably would’ve scoffed had someone suggested 67 minutes would pass before said umpire would wave their flags again to confirm the next Carlton goal. Sad as it sounds, that was the reality. A solitary behind edged the Blues to 2.1 by half time while Brad Fisher got his name in the scorebook with Carlton’s only goal for the third quarter. It was possibly the most one-sided period of play I’ve ever witnessed. Getting the footy inside our half was infrequent, inside 50’s like hen’s teeth. The Carlton defence was totally under siege for much of the period, panic reigned, confidence evaporated. Credit to Collingwood who completely out-everythinged Carlton and flexed their considerable muscle.

With three of the first four goals in the last Collingwood’s lead sat at 73 points and with Judd off injured keeping it under 100 was looking like a tough ask. With the game long over as a contest it would be tempting to ponder whether the Pies put the cue in the rack, perhaps they did? Regardless, the Blues finally found something, it wasn’t much, but it was something. They kicked five unanswered goals to give the scoreboard a modicum of respectability, but there’s no hiding the fact that the 48 point margin flattered Carlton enormously. Collingwood reigned supreme.

Both losses to Collingwood in season 2010 had been of a similar margin, 53 points in round 6, and 48 points in round 18. In a strictly numerical deduction you might argue Carlton have improved by about a goal in the three months that have come and gone in that time, but having witnessed both outings we could confidently say that the margins conveyed little of the real story. The round 6 contest was the best nine goal hiding we’ve seen, because it simply didn’t feel like a nine-goal loss. On the contrary, the eight goal loss we had just witnessed seemed so much more painful; it could’ve just as easily been 18 goals. Despite all that, Carlton were hanging on in the eight by a thread - living to fight another day with another blockbuster against another traditional rival, Essendon, to come.

Team


B: 45 Aaron Joseph 40 Michael Jamison 30 Jarrad Waite
HB: 1 Andrew Walker 18 Paul Bower 2 Jordon Russell
C: 29 Heath Scotland 5 Chris Judd (c) 6 Kade Simpson
HF: 19 Eddie Betts 23 Lachlan Henderson 4 Bryce Gibbs
F: 38 Jeff Garlett 14 Brad Fisher 22 Shaun Hampson
Ruck: 11 Robert Warnock 44 Andrew Carrazzo 46 David Ellard
Interchange: 13 Chris Yarran 16 Shaun Grigg 9 Chris Johnson
46 David Ellard
Coach: Brett Ratten
Emg: 27 Dennis Armfield, 12 Mitch Robinson, 31 Marcus Davies


  • Ellard replaced Armfield in the selected side

Milestones

Last Games : Brad Fisher and Chris Johnson
Interesting Fact : Too many quiet Septembers of late? Well, with this game, Carlton had played 243 games since our last Grand Final, a new club record...

Brownlow Votes

3. Scott Pendlebury, Collingwood
2. Dayne Beams, Collingwood
1. Alan Didak, Collingwood

Best & Fairest Votes

31 Robert Warnock, 11 Kade Simpson, 3 Marc Murphy

Ladder



. . P W D L For Agn
%
Pts
1 Collingwood 18 14 1 3 1931 1360 141.99 58
2 Geelong 18 14 0 4 2039 1388 146.90 56
3 St Kilda 18 12 1 5 1517 1312 115.63 50
4 Western Bulldogs 18 12 0 6 1876 1328 141.27 48
5 Fremantle 18 12 0 6 1880 1626 115.62 48
6 Hawthorn 18 9 1 8 1607 1506 106.71 38
7 Carlton 18 9 0 9 1672 1629 102.64 36
8 Sydney 18 9 0 9 1572 1553 101.22 36
9 North Melbourne 18 8 0 10 1521 1827 83.25 32
10 Melbourne 18 7 1 10 1490 1567 95.09 30
11 Adelaide 18 7 0 11 1490 1621 91.92 28
12 Essendon 18 7 0 11 1647 1889 87.19 28
13 Port Adelaide 18 7 0 11 1397 1717 81.36 28
14 Richmond 18 6 0 12 1361 1846 73.73 24
15 Brisbane Lions 18 5 0 13 1445 1815 79.61 20
16 West Coast 18 4 0 14 1486 1947 76.32 16
Game
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11
Posn
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8
10
7
6
9
7
5
6
6
5
% 187.5 122 106.39 120.25 125.96 108.82 117.81 119.18 110.44 112.81 116.328
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14
15
16
17
18
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21
22
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6
6
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% 112.03 110.24 114.24 107.8 104.51 .105.97 102.64 . . . .



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