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Round 21, 2010         Geelong handed out a reality check to Carlton, thumping the Blues by 42 points at Docklands.

Round 21, 2010

Carlton 5.2 32 8.3 51 10.7 67 12.7 79
Geelong 5.3 33 11.7 73 14.8 92 18.13 121
Venue: Docklands Stadium
Date: 7.40 pm, Friday, August 20, 2010
Result: Lost by 42 points
Crowd: 45,172
Goalkickers: Henderson 3, Waite 3, Robinson 3, Judd, Simpson, Warnock 1.
Reports: Nil
Umpires: S. McBurney, M. Nicholls & M. Vozzo
Injuries: Walker & Jacobs replaced Hampson & Joseph (both ankles) in the selected side
Ladder: 8th


Game Review

The thought of matching up against the Cats any time in the last few years had generally been a daunting one, perhaps more so when you strike them after they’ve just dished out a 100 point hiding to a fellow finalist. Even bearing in mind Carlton’s good fortune in recent clashes with Geelong any expectations (like many other Bluebaggers I suspect) for this game were set quite low. True to form, the Cats were too good, though not first without being pushed (perhaps nudged) by the Blues.

On the back of two large victories the match committee again dangled the “No Change” sign out front of Hotel Princes Park. It was to prove to be an optimistic gesture at best as both Shaun Hampson and Aaron Joseph limped out of the side with ankle injuries that failed to come up. The emergencies Andrew Walker and Sam Jacobs came into the side in their stead.

With the Cats on 26 and the Blues on 7 (thanks to a little Kade Simpson magic) midway through the first quarter the signs were looking ominous. The Cats had done pretty much what they liked unimpeded and their big bodied forwards were making the likes of Paul Bower look like schoolboys physically. As the Blues slowly steadied, perhaps the tiniest bit of maturity or self-belief was evident. The remainder of the quarter was played predominantly at Carlton’s end as they challenged the Cats and booted four of the next five goals. Jarrad Waite (two goals) and Lachlan Henderson (one) were providing legitimate options up forward and Andrew Carrazzo had stopped Gary Ablett’s influence (at least temporarily) at the other end. The one point Cat lead reflected a quarter played in two distinct parts.

The second term was Geelong’s. They stamped their authority on the game as they continued to dominate the Blues physically. The Blues couldn’t (or wouldn’t) tackle Geelong and the defensive intensity that is such a signature of Carlton’s winning football was sadly missing. That said, the Blues hung tough and answered with two goals just when Geelong’s lead had reached an alarming 33 points. Robert Warnock provided one, with a neat mark and finish, while Mitch Robinson snagged his after a great handball into space from Chris Judd. The half time margin was 22 points to Geelong, but the Blues were still alive and within reach.

Frustration was the word that sprung to mind during the third term. The Blues dominated the possession and control of the ball during the opening ten minutes, but really struggled to make it count on the scoreboard. With Marc Murphy, Bryce Gibbs and Judd all heavily influential it was disappointing that more hay wasn’t made. Henderson’s third was the only goal the Blues could scrounge during that period. Time and again the Blues would stream forward only for an ill-directed entry inside 50 to find a Cat defender, or when the Blues did get on the end of it the resulting shot at goal was wasted. Jeff Garlett sprayed one out on the full and after marking strongly Shaun Grigg missed from close range straight in front. These deflating missed opportunities prevented the Blues from making any decent inroad into the Geelong lead and eventually the Cat-machine wound up again. They finished with three goals for the quarter, and but for Robinson’s second mid-term, could’ve extended their lead further.

With a 25 point deficit to make up in the last the Blues were always going to be up against it. Waite raised hopes early when he banged through his third to open the term, but with the margin reduced to 19 points hopes faded fast as the Cats returned fire soon shortly after. Ablett’s normal domination had been curbed early by Carrazzo but as the game wore on he, like many of his teammates, got better and the Cats proceeded to run away with the game. His two goals snuffed out any slim chance the Blues may have harboured and another two unanswered to the Cats stretched their lead to 8 goals before Robinson’s third came in the shadows of full-time. The 42-point final margin reflected none of Carlton’s periods of ascendency, but there was no doubting Geelong were a far superior side on the night.

Team


B:18 Paul Bower 40 Michael Jamison 4 Bryce Gibbs
HB:1 Andrew Walker 2 Jordan Russell 27 Dennis Armfield
C: 16 Shaun Grigg 5 Chris Judd (c) 29 Heath Scotland
HF: 38 Jeff Garlett 12 Mitch Robinson 19 Eddie Betts
F: 30 Jarrad Waite 23 Lachlan Henderson
Ruck: 11 Robert Warnock 44 Andrew Carrazzo 3 Marc Murphy
Interchange: 10 Richard Hadley 31 Marcus Davies 39 Sam Jacobs
46 David Ellard
Coach: Brett Ratten
Emg: 17 Setanta O’hAilpin, 22 Shaun Hampson , 45 Aaron Joseph

-* Walker & Jacobs replaced Hampson & Joseph in the selected side

Milestones

100 Games : Marc Murphy, who became the third youngest Blue to have achieved this feat.
Interesting Fact : With Murphy's 100th, he became part of the first Grandfather - Father - Son group in history to each play 100 games.
Interesting Fact : It was the first game that Aaron Joseph had missed since his debut in Round 1, 2009. He had played 43 games straight before this match
Losing Streaks : This loss would mark the first of seven successive losses to the Cats, ending in 2016

Brownlow Votes

3. Paul Chapman, Geelong
2. Joel Selwood, Geelong
1. Gary Ablett, Geelong

Best & Fairest Votes

38 Marc Murphy, 31 Bryce Gibbs, 26 Lachlan Henderson, 24 Andrew Carrazzo, 23 Michael Jamison, 17 Jarrad Waite, 14 Dennis Armfield, 9 Jordan Russell

Ladder


. . P W D L For Agn % Pts
1 Collingwood 21 17 1 3 2254 1560 144.49 70
2 Geelong 21 16 0 5 2406 1634 147.25 64
3 St Kilda 21 15 1 5 1898 1526 124.38 62
4 Western Bulldogs 21 13 0 8 2067 1656 124.82 52
5 Sydney 21 12 0 9 1911 1795 106.46 48
6 Fremantle 21 12 0 9 2075 2000 103.75 48
7 Hawthorn 21 11 1 9 1946 1752 111.07 46
8 Carlton 21 11 0 10 2056 1890 108.78 44
9 North Melbourne 21 10 0 11 1817 2105 86.32 40
10 Port Adelaide 21 9 0 12 1627 2011 80.91 36
11 Melbourne 21 8 1 12 1760 1858 94.73 34
12 Adelaide 21 8 0 13 1698 1833 92.64 32
13 Brisbane Lions 21 7 0 14 1707 2052 83.19 28
14 Essendon 21 7 0 14 1852 2295 80.70 28
15 Richmond 21 6 0 15 1602 2226 71.97 24
16 West Coast 21 4 0 17 1705 2188 77.93 16
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% 112.03 110.24 114.24 107.8 104.51 .105.97 102.64 106.99 111.76 108.78 .



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