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Carlton went down to the reigning premiers, Collingwood, by 19 points at the MCG. Was it a good effort or were they just toying with us?

Round 17, 2011

Carlton 2.1 13 4.6 30 9.11 65 11.13 79
Collingwood 2.6 18 5.11 41 11.16 82 13.20 98
Venue: MCG
Date: Saturday July 16, 2011
Result: Lost by 19 points
Crowd: 85,936
Goalkickers: Walker 3, Murphy 2, Twomey, Scotland, Betts, Thornton, Garlett, Yarran 1.
Reports: Nil
Umpires: D. Margetts, S. Meredith, B. Rosebury
Injuries: Aaron Joseph (hamstring)
Ladder: 4th


Game Review

For the first time in many a season, this clash against old rival Collingwood was able to be billed as a block-buster with some legitimacy. At least you could expect first against fourth to be considered that way, regardless of how the game eventually pans out. Disappointingly much of the pre-match discussion was centred on who would be missing, with Carlton’s key posts Michael Jamison and Jarrad Waite absent through injury and Collingwood’s creative defender Heath Shaw suspended on match-eve after getting into hot water with the AFL for punting on an AFL game. With all the omissions weighed up the Pies still entered the match the warmest of favourites.

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In addition to Waite’s absence with a long term hip injury, both Jordan Russell and Ryan Houlihan would be missing from the team when the Blues ran out. Russell pulled up sore, whilst Houlihan felt the blade of the axe. Back into the side came Ed Curnow and Matthew Watson (his second game in a row against the Pies). The other inclusion was mature-aged debutant Wayde Twomey who, at 25 years of age, was far from your standard skinny-legged, fresh-faced teenager. Twomey’s chance came after consistently good form in the VFL won him promotion to the senior list.

With the magical final term of the 1979 Grand Final playing loud and proud on the scoreboard screen pre-game it was hard not to feel the slightest hint of optimism in the lead up to the first bounce, but it didn’t last long. Collingwood leapt out of the blocks with two goals in the opening minutes and it was with a degree of luck that the Blues weren’t made to pay further. But for some poor usage and finishing near goal Collingwood could have done significantly more damage during their period of ascendency in the first quarter. That said, both teams were guilty of squandering chances near goal and butchering the ball in general play. Marc Murphy finally got the Blues on the board in the 14th minute when the Collingwood press revealed a crack. Murphy got clear out the back and was able to kick accurately on the run from the edge of the centre square. Twomey appeared to have dispensed with any first game nerves as he calmly slotted Carlton’s second in the 24th minute after getting on the end of a short clearing kick from Matthew Kreuzer. His goal made the difference just three points which had crept out to five by the time the quarter ended.

The second quarter was played in fits and starts as one side had a period of dominance which seemed to be followed soon after by the other doing similar. Neither side was really able to capitalise on their particular periods of dominance, though it was Collingwood still looking the more threatening of the two, without being able to assert themselves on the scoreboard. The Blues had to wait until half through the term before Heath Scotland bounced through a long range bomb that inexplicably went untouched. It was then another long gap between drinks before Eddie Betts marked a Chris Yarran snap in the pocket before cleverly dishing to Murphy who snagged his second from close range. That goal closed the gap and despite only having four goals in the half the Blues only trailed by 11 points and were still well and truly alive.

Andrew Walker manufactured an impressive goal in traffic to get the Blues away in the second half, but they just couldn’t continue the momentum as Collingwood responded quickly. Bret Thornton found himself forward again and claimed Carlton’s next major to once again bring the Blues within a goal, but the Pies kicked away again with the next two to stretch their lead to 16 points. Carlton then hit back with consecutive goals of their own (to Walker and Betts) before Collingwood closed out the quarter slightly the better. Jeff Garlett finally ended his run of posters (four in total for the Blues) late in the term but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Magpies extending their lead to 17 points at the final change.

Collingwood got the vital first goal of the final term after a disastrous kick in from youngster Watson to further extend their lead. The Pies seemed to be controlling the game though without being able to build on the lead. Walker finally breathed a little life and hope into the Blues with his third midway through the quarter but they weren’t able to get the run on they needed to bridge the gap. Collingwood’s lead was out to four goals as the quarter entered time on and though Yarran got one back courtesy of a Betts handball the Blues never really looked like threatening their hold on the game. The final margin (19 points) finished up being somewhat flattering to the Blues, though they were far from disgraced.

Subs: Substitute Paul Bower replaced Aaron Joseph late in the third quarter (29 minute mark)

Team


B:13 Chris Yarran 23 Lachie Henderson 10 Matthew Watson
HB: 45 Aaron Joseph 15 Jeremy Laidler 34 Nick Duigan
C: 35 Ed Curnow 5 Chris Judd (c) 29 Heath Scotland
HF: 3 Marc Murphy 32 Bret Thornton 1 Andrew Walker
F: 38 Jeffery Garlett 4 Bryce Gibbs 12 Mitch Robinson
Ruck: 8 Matthew Kreuzer 6 Kade Simpson 19 Eddie Betts
Interchange: 11 Robert Warnock 39 Wayde Twomey 46 David Ellard
Substitute: 18 Paul Bower
Coach: Brett Ratten
Emg: 9 Kane Lucas, 27 Dennis Armfield, 42 Zach Tuohy


Milestones

Debut & First Goal: Wayde Twomey
50 Games: Aaron Joseph
Carlton v Collingwood: This was our 5th loss in a row against Collingwood; the first time since 1955 that we'd suffered so many consecutive losses against the Pies.

Brownlow Votes

3. Chris Judd, Carlton
2. Dale Thomas, Collingwood
1. Dane Swan, Collingwood

Best & Fairest Votes

Chris Judd 37, Kade Simpson 31, Bryce Gibbs 19, Andrew Walker 16, Robert Warnock 16, Heath Scotland 14, Mitch Robinson 8, Eddie Betts 5, Marc Murphy 5, Aaron Joseph 4

Ladder


  2011 Rd 17 P W D L For Byes Agn % Pts
1 Collingwood 15 14 0 1 1762 R7 R13 1003 175.67 56
2 Geelong 16 14 0 2 1683 R6 R22 1246 135.07 56
3 Hawthorn 15 11 0 4 1531 R6 R17 1164 131.53 44
4 Carlton 16 10 1 5 1611 R8 R23 1252 128.67 42
5 West Coast 15 10 0 5 1442 R5 R15 1196 120.57 40
6 Fremantle 15 9 0 6 1368 R6 R16 1385 98.77 36
7 Sydney 16 8 1 7 1327 R5 R19 1240 107.02 34
8 Essendon 15 7 1 7 1515 R10 R24 1378 109.94 30
9 Melbourne 15 7 1 7 1403 R5 R16 1395 100.57 30
10 St Kilda 15 7 1 7 1218 R4 R14 1219 99.92 30
11 North Melbourne 16 7 0 9 1519 R3 R21 1551 97.94 28
12 Western Bulldogs 16 7 0 9 1458 R4 R20 1517 96.11 28
13 Richmond 16 5 1 10 1500 R11 R19 1767 84.89 22
14 Adelaide 14 4 0 10 1065 R2 R16 1372 77.62 16
15 Brisbane Lions 16 3 0 13 1277 R4 R19 1637 78.01 12
16 Gold Coast 15 3 0 12 1063 R1 R9 1869 56.88 12
17 Port Adelaide 16 2 0 14 1264 R12 R18 1815 69.64 8

Game
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Adel Sydney St.Kilda BYE Geel Melb P.Adel
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% 123.8 202.2
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135.0 129.5 124.4 124.8 124.8 120.6 126.0 132.6 137.6
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Agst Sydney W.Cst Rich W.Bull Coll Ess N.Melb Melb Frem Haw BYE St.Kilda
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% 138.6 130.9 138.2 132.7 128.6 . . . . . .  



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