Carlton lost to Brisbane by 12 points - Telstra Dome

Round 5, 2007

Carlton5.63614.8 9217.1111318.16124
Brisbane6.13713.17918.3 11121.10136
Venue: Telstra Dome
Date: Sat 28 April 2007, 7:10pm Result: Loss by 12 points
Umpires: C Donlon, M James, M Head Crowd: 33,598
Goalkickers: E Betts, C Cloke, B Fevola, K Simpson, L Whitnall 3; M Lappin, M Murphy, A Walker 1
Reports: Nil Injuries: R Jackson (hand)

Game Review

There was a lot to like about this game. The first half was a superb advertisement for the game of AFL with both teams full of running and an open game saw high scores posted. Carlton created much of the play in the first two stanzas by winning a lot of contested ball and good foot skills ensured the scoreboard kept ticking over. The 2nd quarter was very high scoring with the Blues breaking the record for their best ever 2nd quarter against the Lions with 9.2.56 eclipsing the previous record of 8.5.53 set in Round 10, 1987 at Princes Park to earn themselves a 13 point lead at the main break. After such scintillating football from both sides, and some freakishly accurate kicking from the Lions, the scene was set for a real humdinger in the second half.

Ultimately though, the second half disappointed and a quick look at the goal tally tells the story. Just four goals in the second half to Carlton could not match the eight goals kicked by Brisbane. On reflection, the Lions ground out this win by grabbing the initiative at the start of the third quarter. Carlton did manage to stretch their lead to 19 points, but determined play from the Lions saw this cut to just two points at the last change.

The last quarter was the most disappointing for Carlton. They started well and looked to have too much run for Brisbane, but unlike the first half the Blues could not make the Lions pay where it mattered - on the scoreboard. The Lions managed to wrestle back the momentum and in kicking a few quick goals they set the tone for the rest of the quarter. Carlton tried hard but just could not get back into the game and their only goal in the quarter came after the final siren.

There were some very encouraging signs for the Blues in this game, but in the end, this was the first game for the year in which the Blues did not close out with better running than their opponent. It was definitely a game that got away from Carlton.

In the finish, some nice take-away highlights for the boys included a 3-goal in 5 minute cameo in the second quarter from Eddie Betts, the first, second and third goals in Blue for Cameron Cloke, a welcome return to form in the first and front half for Captain Lance Whitnall with 3 goals, and more and more game time for our burgeoning young list. Top stats winners were Ryan Houlihan with 30 both in defence and midfield (and 10 Inside 50's) - nominated as Carlton's BOG in the Best and Fairest Count - and Heath Scotland with 26.

In his 31st game at the Dome Brendan Fevola scored his 100th goal for Carlton with his first goal for the night at this venue. Cameron Cloke scored his only goals for Carlton in this game until the end of the 2007 season, lets hope he scores many more in 2008 and belong.


B:4 Bryce Gibbs 17 Setanta Ó hAilpín 32 Bret Thornton
HB: 33 Ryan Houlihan 30 Jarrad Waite 29 Heath Scotland
C: 12 Matthew Lappin 7 Adam Bentick 1 Andrew Walker
HF:44 Andrew Carrazzo 8 Lance Whitnall (c) 6 Kade Simpson
F: 19 Eddie Betts 25 Brendan Fevola 5 Josh Kennedy
Ruck: 11 Cain Ackland 2 Jordan Russell 3 Marc Murphy
Interchange:26 Joe Anderson 28 Cameron Cloke 38 Ryan Jackson
34 Simon Wiggins
Coach: Denis Pagan
Emg: 13 Luke Blackwell 18 Paul Bower 23 Adam Hartlett
In: Ryan Jackson
Out: Brad Fisher (cheekbone)

Brownlow Votes

3. Jonathan Brown, Brisbane
2. Simon Black, Brisbane
1. Heath Scotland, Carlton

Best and Fairest Votes

Ryan Houlihan 24, Heath Scotland 21, Kade Simpson 15, Matthew Lappin 7, Eddie Betts 5, Cameron Cloke 2, Lance Whitnall 1

Einstein on the Wing

Curate’s Egg turns into a theory of risk management

You don’t have to be Einstein to know that we live in a risky world, Digs and Bluebelles. When the phone rang at half-time on Saturday night, I took a risk in answering it. I did not rush into this risky decision to invite chaos theory to enter my living room that night.

First I consulted the entrails of the chicken breast sanga I was hoeing into; and, my trusty moon chart to observe the closeness of the New Moon waxing over Lygon Street. We were 13 points up and I was very comfortable where I sat on my Fat Albert bottom. There were ladders and black cats between me and the phone. It wasn’t worth the risk. It kept ringing, more in hope than the anticipation that I would eventually answer it…

It was my former good friend Seamus whose veins course with thick blue blood. He was marooned in Percy’s Bar and confirmed that the New Moon loonies had indeed arrived for ante natal drinks before their moon chat assigned ETA on Wednesday, May 2. He was watching the game under these appalling conditions and begged me to let him come in from the cold.

I relented. It was a mistake. It was bad risk management. In my book, risk can never be eliminated entirely; and it doesn’t obey the usual rules of mathematics – or “math” as Seamus would say as he was born in New York City where they speak funny.

He entered the hall with half the showroom from Dan Murphy’s cellars under his arm just as the green maggots bounced the ball for the third quarter. For me, the game was entirely spoilt from that moment on. I could smell a rotten egg – and not all of it was coming from the smelly runners that Seamus removed on his arrival.

Seamus tried to bamboozle me into believing that it was a game of two halves, or a Curate’s Egg of a game, as my hands began to tighten on his throat at the final siren: “Oh, no, my Lord, I assure you that parts of it were excellent!”

I remain to be convinced, Digs and Bluebelles, that a good first half can in anyway make up for a bad second half. Einstein’s first law of football science states: “Show me a loser and I’ll show you a loser.” Winners can not be partial losers, like Seamus.

The lesson from the game against the Brisbane white shoe brigade is that if there are ten things you could do to minimise your risk and you forget to do one of them, you are not 9/10ths risk-free: you are as at much risk as if you had forgotten to do all ten. It simply can not be the best of times and the worst of times in risk management. There isn't a continuous spectrum of risky-to-not-risky along which you can step your way at your leisure, pausing perhaps at an agreeable mix of risky and non-risky as a nice compromise: Like becoming a little bit pregnant.

Gold skull cap goes to Simmo with Silvers to Big Red, Eddie, Hoops, Skinny and Cloakroom. A big cheerio goes to Jacko, the rookie who broke his hand in his second senior game and Fish, after Fev accidentally rearranged his facial features.

I will not speak to Seamus again until Friday night when we plan to restore equilibrium to our azure karma by nicking the halo from the sanctimonious ones at the Optus Dome. Carna Blues! Ring 1300 72 79 81 if you want to pick up the few remaining seats in the peanut gallery. I will not be answering it. – TERRY MAHER and JAMES McCAUSLAND

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