|Date: Sun 15 July 2007, 1:10pm||Result: Loss by 62 points|
|Umpires: H Kennedy, C Kamolins, S Meredith||Crowd: 24,858|
|Goalkickers: Fisher, Lappin 3; Fevola 2; Houlihan, Bannister , S O'hAilpin, Betts, Simpson, Scotland, Koutoufides|
|Reports: Nil||Injuries: Gibbs (ankle), Hartlett (hamstring), Kennedy (calf)|
Game ReviewA bright opening by the Blues seemed to go against the flow of history, in which the Blues had not won in NSW versus the Swans since 1993. Carlton started ferociously attacking the ball and opponent with great vigour. On top of starving the Swans from the ball, they kicked four goals to start the game, the first to Houlihan, then to Bannister who was minding the dangerous Goodes, then returning forward Brendan Fevola and to Setanta, and the Blues were on their way. The unfortunate Adam Hartlett suffered another injury, to his left hamstring, playing in key defence and he took no further part in the game. A shame as he had shown some reasonable signs to that stage. The Swans made their inevitable fightback, but the Blues kicked the final goal through Betts to go in 12 points up at the first break.
If the Blues could have maintained the intensity shown at the start of the game then an upset may have been possible. If. As it was, from the opening moments of the second quarter when the Swans negated Betts' late first quarter goal, Carlton was swamped by a running wave of Sydney Swans. The Swans kicked eight goals to two in the second to set up their win. A further six in the third, and eight in the fourth saw them kick a record score against the Blues as we again lost by more than 10 goals. The game was briefly in the balance in the third quarter, when the Blues kicked five of the first eight goals including two to Lappin, but again they were unable to maintain their momentum and could not stop the rampaging Swans.
If we cast the spotlight on Brendan Fevola's game, following his reintroduction into the team, the stats will show he kicked 2.4, half of which was scored in the first quarter. Despite a few hard running chases out of the defensive 50 he appeared mostly ineffectual. He certainly did, at times, show a much greater team focus and probably ticked enough boxes to keep his place in the side for Round 16 against the Lions in Brisbane. Stephen Kernahan, interviewed on television at half-time, declared that Carlton's priority was to keep Fevola beyond 2007 if he showed sufficient commitment to his teammates and the club.
|B:||23 Adam Hartlett||32 Bret Thornton||34 Simon Wiggins|
|HB:||6 Kade Simpson (a/c)||30 Jarrad Waite||18 Paul Bower|
|C:||29 Heath Scotland||7 Adam Bentick||1 Andrew Walker|
|HF:||31 Jordan Bannister||14 Brad Fisher||3 Marc Murphy|
|F:||33 Ryan Houlihan||25 Brendan Fevola||4 Bryce Gibbs|
|Ruck:||17 Setanta Ó hAilpín||43 Anthony Koutoufides||44 Andrew Carrazzo|
|Interchange:||5 Josh Kennedy||12 Matthew Lappin||19 Eddie Betts|
|41 Ross Young|
|Emg:||2 Jordan Russell, 13 Luke Blackwell, 16 Shaun Grigg|
|In:||Brendan Fevola, Jordan Bannister|
|Out:||Jordan Russell, Shaun Grigg (all omitted)|
Milestones50 Games: Adam Bentick
Stand-in Skipper: Kade Simpson continued in the role of skipper for this game.
Last Game: Ross Young
Score Records: This is the Swans' highest ever score against Carlton, replacing their 23.13.151 - a record which had stood for over 70 years
Losing streaks: This loss was Carlton's 8th loss in succession to Sydney in Sydney since 1993
Brownlow Votes3. Brett Kirk, Sydney
2. Peter Everitt, Sydney
1. Adam Goodes, Sydney
Best and Fairest VotesJarrad Waite 21, Brad Fisher 18, Kade Simpson 17, Ryan Houlihan 7, Jordan Bannister, Heath Scotland 6
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