Carlton defeated Melbourne by 58 points at the MCG in a workmanlike victory...nothing pretty about this game.
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Round 9, 2012

Carlton 3.3 21 7.8 50 8.14 62 15.17 107
Melbourne 3.4 22 5.7 37 6.10 46 6.13 49
Venue: MCG
Date: May 27, 2012 Sunday
Result: Win by 58 points
Crowd: 28,371
Goalkickers: E. Betts 5, M. Robinson 3, S. Hampson 2, A. Walker 2, D. Armfield, M. Kreuzer, Z. Tuohy 1.
Reports: Nil
Umpires: C. Fleer, M. Nicholls, B. Ryan
Injuries: A. Collins (knee)
Ladder: 6th


Game Review

Two consecutive losses can add that little bit of extra pressure to a coach's job when expectations have been set high, even when your opposition coach has suffered eight in a row of his own. So with the coaches pressure index sitting nearer the high end of the scale for both Brett Ratten and Mark Neeld there was probably more on the line than your usual seventh versus bottom clash. Despite any pressure the coaches may have been feeling the Blues still went in the warmest of warm favourites on this cool and windy Melbourne day.

There were changes a plenty to the Carlton side with injury continuing to take its toll. The most notable was of course the disaster that was Marc Murphy's shoulder. A cracked shoulder blade, so they say, and missing for anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks. It doesn't make for good reading. Throw in Nick Duigan's calf strain, Bret Thornton's glut strain, the late withdrawals of Chris Yarran and Lachie Henderson, plus the omission of the lost soul that is Jordan Russell and you have a very different side running out on to the ground to that which faced Adelaide a week earlier. In to the side came Robert Warnock (one third of the "three talls" experiment) and Andrew Collins for their first run of the season after various injuries and ailments delayed their starts to 2012. Plus recalls for Aaron Joseph, Brock McLean, Kane Lucas and cult-hero Josh Bootsma.

The grey and gloomy skies above the MCG threatened rain and it certainly didn't make for a positive atmosphere particularly when Melbourne had two goals on the board and the Blues had hardly breached their own forward 50. Shocking misses for McLean and Mitch Robinson just added salt to the wound. The contest at the stoppages and the all important clearances were always going to be a major focus of this game and it set out like this from the word go. The Blues were holding their own with Warnock's long reach giving them first use, but it wasn't translating to any sort of early advantage. Disposal from both teams was sub-standard and finishing at goal equally poor, Melbourne's probably keeping the Blues in it for much of the first quarter. It was the 19th minute before Shaun Hampson clunked a mark a short distance from goal and duly followed up with Carlton's opener. Hampson's marking had been an early feature, proving to be Carlton's only real target up forward, and this one was no exception. The Dees responded a short time later to stretch their lead to two goals before Robinson got some scoreboard reward for all the grunt and crunch he'd been dishing up all over the ground. Oh for a couple more with his endeavour. With the Blues finally starting to gain some momentum, Eddie Betts got on the end of a long kick from that man Robinson again deep in the forward pocket. The siren rang as Eddie was lining up, but he composed himself nicely and banana-ed through Carlton's third for the term to reduce the Melbourne lead to a solitary point at quarter time.

Robinson was in the thick of it again as the second term opened with a bang. The Blues managed to get the opening clearance with some good work from Heath Scotland, Robinson goaled for his second after receiving from McLean. If you thought the flood gates were going to open after Carlton finally got their nose in front you'd be wrong. The Demons answered soon after to square things up before the Blues finally put together a few consecutive goals. Betts again, followed by a lovely carry and finish from Zach Tuohy and then Dennis Armfield after a nice intercept mark. The lead had eked out to 19 points but aside from a few brief glimpses it was nothing to hang your hat on. Sure enough Melbourne got one back late in the quarter and there was little to show for all the hard in and under work at the contests from Robinson, Judd, McLean and Ellard. Blues by 13 at the half.

The threat of rain continued to hold-off, not that you would've known from the play, for it was the type of game where the skills on show could've easily been mistaken for those reserved for wet conditions. Both teams battled on with neither really able to string together more than a few effective disposals in a row. It was just one of those days. Carlton probably had the better of the play but only had Andrew Walker's goal mid-term to show for it. Melbourne countered with one of their own and but for a swag of rushed behinds the score-keepers probably could've retreated to a cosy bar for a nice cup of hot tea. The lead had increased marginally at three quarter time and stood at a measly 16 points but the game was still there for the taking for any team prepared to put together 15 minutes of decent football.

The Blues got the scoring underway after a couple of minutes of the final term when Matthew Kreuzer slammed one onto his boot and through the goals after a lightning handball feed from McLean, who had possibly his best outing in Carlton colours. The efficient Eddie Betts kicked his third goal with his fourth kick to extend Carlton's advantage to 29 points leaving the Dees needing at least five goals when they'd managed a mere six all day. It was a long way back and they duly wilted. The Blues poured on another five goals to finished with seven unanswered for the term. Betts continued his efficient ways ending up with five goals from a mere eight kicks, a solid days work in anyone's language. Carlton basically had a smidge more polish on the day and a quarter's more run as they finished all over the hapless 0-9 Demons. It was a workman like victory. Not pretty, not much to be gained from it, but a 58 point win nonetheless that marked Melbourne's 1,200th defeat in the League.

Subs:
Kane Lucas replaced Dennis Armfield during the third quarter.

Team


B: 18 Paul Bower 40 Michael Jamison 42 Zac Tuohy
HB:21 Joshua Bootsma 4 Bryce Gibbs 45 Aaron Joseph
C: 29 Heath Scotland 5 Chris Judd (c)6 Kade Simpson
HF: 38 Jeffery Garlett 8 Matthew Kreuzer 14 Brock McLean
F:19 Eddie Betts 1 Andrew Walker 22 Shaun Hampson
Ruck:11 Robert Warnock 12 Mitch Robinson 46 David Ellard
Interchange:16 Andrew Collins27 Dennis Armfield 35 Ed Curnow
Substitute: 9 Kane Lucas
Coach: Brett Ratten
Emg: 10 Matthew Watson, 13 Chris Yarran, 23 Lachlan Henderson

-*Late Changes Bower and Lucas replaced Henderson and Yarran

Milestones

100 Goals: Andrew Walker

Brownlow Votes

3. Mitch Robinson, Carlton
2. David Ellard, Carlton
1. Andrew Walker, Carlton

Best & Fairest Votes

Mitch Robinson 43, David Ellard 40, Brock McLean 39, Eddie Betts 37, Heath Scotland 28, Kade Simpson 28, Andrew Walker 24, Robert Warnock 19, Chris Judd 12, Michael Jamison 4, Matthew Kreuzer 4

Ladder


Pos 2012 Rd 9 Plyd Win Loss Draw For Agst % U/D Strk Pts
1 West Coast 9 8 1 0 987 692 142.63 +0 W 2 32
2 Essendon 9 8 1 0 997 711 140.23 +1 W 4 32
3 Adelaide 9 7 2 0 903 709 127.36 -1 L 1 28
4 Collingwood 9 7 2 0 824 743 110.90 +1 W 6 28
5 Sydney 9 6 3 0 895 685 130.66 -1 L 1 24
6 Carlton 9 6 3 0 915 710 128.87 +1 W 1 24
7 St Kilda 9 5 4 0 902 759 118.84 +2 W 1 20
8 Hawthorn 9 5 4 0 914 785 116.43 -2 L 1 20
9 Geelong 9 5 4 0 831 801 103.75 +1 W 1 20
10 Fremantle 9 5 4 0 679 711 95.50 -2 L 2 20
11 North Melbourne 9 4 5 0 1003 890 112.70 +1 W 1 16
12 Richmond 9 4 5 0 868 785 110.57 +1 W 1 16
13 Western Bulldogs 9 4 5 0 708 760 93.16 -2 L 1 16
14 Brisbane 9 3 6 0 717 818 87.65 +0 L 1 12
15 Port Adelaide 9 3 6 0 736 849 86.69 +0 W 2 12
16 GWS Giants 9 1 8 0 502 1061 47.31 +0 L 2 4
17 Gold Coast 9 0 9 0 600 997 60.18 +0 L 9 0
18 Melbourne 9 0 9 0 554 1069 51.82 +0 L 9 0

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% 154.3 193.7 194.6 152.3 146.51 157.8 140.2 122.2 128.8      
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Agst BYE Haw Coll N.Melb W.Bull Rich Sydney Bris Ess G.Cst St.Kilda  
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