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Round 18, 2020         Carlton lost to the top team, Brisbane, in our last round for the year, in Simmo's last ever game...

Round 18, 2020

Carlton 4.0 24 4.1 25 6.1 37 10.1 61
Brisbane Lions 3.2 20 8.5. 53 9.7 61 11.12 78
Venue: GABBA, QLD
Date: Saturday 19th September, 2020 (7.40 pm).
Result: Lost by 17 points.
Crowd: 14,536 COVID-19 restricted
Goalkickers: H. McKay 3, M. Murphy, L. Casboult, J. Newnes, K. Simpson, T. Williamson, M. Gibbons, E. Curnow 1.
Reports: Nil.
Umpires: Robert Findlay, Justin Power, Alex Whetton.
Injuries: P. Cripps (shoulder)
Ladder: 11th


Game Review

Blue last charge falls short in Simmo's final game. By Marni Olsson-Young, Carlton Media.
Carlton has fallen 17 points short to top-of-the-table Brisbane at The Gabba. Despite valiant final quarter efforts, the Blues could not overcome a goalless second quarter deficit in Kade Simpson's final game in Navy Blue.Here is how it unfolded on Saturday night.

The Blues (7-10) got to celebrate Simpson’s 342nd and final match in style when he goalled early in the second half. However he heads into retirement with 215 career losses, the most in VFL/AFL history ahead of Kevin Murray (208), Doug Hawkins (200), John Rantall (199) and active Demons veteran Nathan Jones (198).

Q1 breakdown: If the opening term was anything to go by, it was set to be a fiery night at The Gabba. With Brisbane chasing a top-of-the-table finish and Carlton looking to send off a legend in style, neither team would let the final game of the home-and-away season pass them by. It was Brisbane with the opening goal, but Marc Murphy was quick to answer the call with a major of his own. The Blues continued to press in the opening minutes, with a crafty handball from Tom De Koning to Levi Casboult securing the lead. Despite a Lions response, it was the Blues who finished the quarter four points ahead. There were no late changes for either side. Brisbane got on the board first through Lincoln McCarthy, but Carlton then hit the front through Marc Murphy and Levi Casboult. A vintage Daniel Rich goal, from all the way near the edge of the centre square, then restored the Lions’ lead before McCarthy’s second major extended it. Then the Blues struck back through Harry McKay and Jack Newnes as a back-and-forth opening quarter finished with the visitors up 4.0 (24) to 3.2 (20). Lions captain Dayne Zorko flagged the need to take advantage of forward half turnovers in the second term, after they kicked just two goals from 14 of them in the first. He would’ve been thrilled then after Cam Rayner’s quarter-opening goal came from a Carlton mistake.

Q2 breakdown: Brisbane proved its ladder position in the second term at The Gabba, quickly demolishing Carlton’s lead in the opening minutes. The Blues’ defence was under siege with repeat entries from a Lions on the run. Sam Walsh remained busy through the centre, finishing the half the leading ball-winner on 17 disposals. Carlton was kept goalless in the second term, heading into the last half with a 28-point deficit. The rain started to pick up early in the second quarter as two goals for Mitch Robinson extended the hosts’ lead. Making matters worse, Carlton star Patrick Cripps was then forced off the ground with a shoulder complaint. “He was trying to stay out there but the shoulder’s just no good,” boundary rider Luke Hodge said. He was assessed in the rooms before returning to the field, but that couldn’t stop Brisbane's territory dominance, as they recorded 13 consecutive inside 50's. For the 18th time in 28 matches under David Teague, the Blues conceded a 30-point run without a goal themselves, allowing 22 inside 50s to three in the second term to trail 4.1 (25) to 8.5 (53). Teague ripped into his players in the rooms at halftime with an expletive-laden tirade.

Q3 breakdown: The third term was a steadying one for the Blues in the wet, stemming the Lions’ first-half attack. In a moment that felt almost pre-written, it was Kade Simpson who got the Blues back on track with what would be his last goal in Navy Blue. Sparked from the veteran’s goal in his retirement game, Carlton banked on the momentum with another defenders goal: this time off the boot of Tom Williamson. An eleventh-hour major from Brisbane dampened Carlton’s third quarter progress, it headed into the final term with a 24-point deficit. Kade Simpson delivered what everyone wanted to see with a goal in his retirement game to start the second half - funnily enough, his first goal for the season. A late free kick saw Cam Rayner goal after the siren, putting Brisbane up 9.7 (61) to 6.1 (37) at three-quarter-time. Blues fans were left fuming about the free kick count though it was hard to argue it was the reason why their team conceded so many inside 50s.

Q4 breakdown: Carlton came out firing in the final term, hoping to make the most of their last chance to steal the win from the Lions. After an opening goal from Brisbane, Michael Gibbons was quick to respond. What followed was an arm-wrestle featuring goals from Ed Curnow and Harry McKay. Despite valiant last quarter efforts, the Lions spoiled the comeback efforts to run out the 17-point winners.

Three things from the game:
1. Bluebaggers are coming to expect consistency from Sam Walsh. In only his second year of senior football, Walsh continues to run out games among the Blues’ best. He finished his final game of the season with an impressive 31 disposals.
2. Jack Newnes is the quiet achiever of the 2020 Blues. While the ex-Saint will always be remembered for that clutch goal, his presence continues to impact at both ground level and inside 50. He finished the game with 13 disposals and a goal.
3. Kade Simpson was a stalwart until the very end. After 342 games you might think he wouldn’t have much left in the tank, but in his retirement game the legend continued to impact in the backline with those familiar long sleeves busy across the four quarters.

Moment of the match:
Returning to the field after a goalless second quarter, the Blues needed a spark. Just minutes into the third term, it had to be the certain kick of of veteran Blue Kade Simpson in his retirement game. Sneaking forward to slot what would be his last AFL goal, Simpson capped off a 342-game career with Blues swarming from across the ground to celebrate alongside him.

5 out of Brisbane's last 8 Goals came from free kicks.

Best: S. Walsh, L. Plowman, T. Williamson, M. Kennedy, H. McKay.

Team


B: 11 Mitch McGovern 5 Sam Petrevski-Seton 14 Liam Jones
HB: 6 Kade Simpson 23 Jacob Weitering 20 Lachie Plowman
C: 31 Tom Williamson 9 Patrick Cripps (c) 32 Jack Newnes
HF:3 Marc Murphy 41 Levi Casboult 40 Michael Gibbons
F: 12 Tom De Koning 10 Harry McKay 19 Eddie Betts
Ruck: 27 Marc Pittonet 35 Ed Curnow 18 Sam Walsh
Interchange: 7 Matthew Kennedy 21 Jack Martin 28 David Cuningham
29 Cameron Polson
Coach: David Teague
Emg: 4 Lochie O'Brien, 26 Harrison Macreadie, 44 Matt Owies, 46 Matthew Cottrell


In: Jack Martin, Cameron Polson, Matthew Kennedy, Marc Pittonet
Out: Sam Docherty (calf), Zac Fisher (shoulder), Lochie O'Brien (omitted), Will Setterfield (calf)

Milestones

Last Game: Kade Simpson
Interesting Fact: This was the 276th time that Marc Murphy and Kade Simpson have played in the same team.
The other top 11 players to play the most games with Kade were Bryce Gibbs 226 games, Eddie Betts 191 games, Heath Scotland 188 games, Matthew Kreuzer 183 games, Andrew Carrazzo and Andrew Walker both 181 games, Ed Curnow 172 games, Jarrod Waite 152 games, Michael Jamison 174 games and Chris Judd 142 games.
Interesting Fact: Kade Simpson was a team mate with 178 different Carlton players in the seniors with 60 of them had played all their Carlton games with Kade with the most by Setanta O'hAilpin who played all his 80 Carlton games with Kade, (10 of these 60 debuted for Carlton this season).
8 Players never played a game as teammate with Kade in the seniors and were Brett Ratten (7 games), Laurence Angwin and Jim Pluckett (both 4 games), Blake Campbell (3 games), Andrew Eccles (2 games) and Andrew Merrington (1 game) all in 2003, Stephen Kenna 5 games in 2004 and Frazer Dale 2 games in 2012.

Interesting Fact: Accuracy kept the Blues in the game. The only behind Carlton scored, which was the Blues' only score involvement during a very one side second quarter, was rushed.
Michael Gibbons did have a difficult shot late in the final term to reduce the margin to 10 points, but kicked it out of bounds on the full.
In Carlton's 2,530 League games this score of 10.1.61 is Carlton's most accurate scoring rate at 90.91% beating the previous record of 80.95% in Round 3, 1955 against Fitzroy at Princes Park 17.4.106. Apart from the 3 games that Carlton failed to score a goal, their lowest accuracy scoring rate is 8.33% in Round 3, 1968 when they scored 1.11.17 against Essendon at Princes Park.
Twenty two times Carlton has had 11 scoring shots in a game with the worst being 1.10.16 with an accuracy rate of 9.09% in Round 11, 1991 (which is Carlton's 2nd worst accuracy rate).
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