Carlton lost to St Kilda by 43 points at Telstra Dome, whilst wearing our white "clash" strip for the first time.

Round 6, 2007

Carlton2.5174.11 3510.147411.1682
St Kilda4.3278.85613.11 8918.17125
Venue: Telstra Dome
Date: Fri 4 May 2007, 7:40pm Result: Loss by 43 points
Umpires: B Rosebury B Allen S Jeffery Crowd: 45,513
Goalkickers: Fevola 6, Whitnall 3, Betts, Walker
Reports: Nil Injuries: Nil

Game Review

A slow start saw the Blues concede the first three goals of the game. To their credit Carlton was able to get back into the game from there but inaccurate kicking really hurt them. Jarrad Waite started well on Nick Riewoldt and kept the big Saint pretty quiet early on. The second quarter followed much the same pattern with St Kilda scoring early forcing Carlton to work hard to get themselves back in it. A late goal to Brendan Fevola cut the margin to 21 points at the main break and gave the Blues a glimmer of hope.

For the third quarter running St Kilda got the first goal, and another one saw them extend their lead to 34 points. Carlton's fightback in the third quarter was their best of the game and the Blues played some good footy to kick 5 goals on end cutting the margin back to just 4 points. But they just could not get the better of the Saints who kicked on late in the quarter to go into the last change with a 15 point lead.

The last quarter was a pretty dogged affair with the first goal, St Kilda's again, coming close to the midway point of the term. Carlton did manage one goal but in what was a fairly lack lustre quarter of football St Kilda were just too strong. As the game developed they flooded Carlton's forward line and the Blues were unable to counter this tactic. Any ball that did get into Carlton's forward 50 was just worked out again by St Kilda's 8 man defence. There was no late fightback and the 43 point margin probably flattered St Kilda slightly, but the reality was Carlton was not in the game during the last quarter.

Waite continued his good work on Riewoldt throughout the game and was one of the better 4 quarter performers. Whitnall played a steady and solid game, continuing to improve from his slow start to the season. Luke Blackwell and Ross Young played well in patches during their first game of the year. Indeed, it was Young's senior debut and he offered his teammates a bit and didn't look out of place at this level. Fevola ended the game with 6 goals including some good contested marks, but he didn't really dominate the game at any stage. Overall it was a manful display from Carlton who were just outclassed by a better coached side.

For the trivia buffs, this was the first game in which Carlton wore their predominantly white clash guernseys.

In a disappointing weekend for the Baggers, back-up ruckman Dylan McLaren, David Teague and Jake Edwards would all suffer injuries for the Bullants, increasing our injury toll to Round 6 which already included Stevens, Fisher, Koutoufides, Wiggins, Grigg and Jackson. The run of injuries worsened at training through the week when Cameron Cloke hurt his shoulder in a ruck drill, ending his season, and Bret Thornton succumbing to injury received in this game. 5 players out in any one weekend of football was a massive hit to the Blues list.


B:44 Andrew Carrazzo 17 Setanta Ó hAilpín 2 Jordan Russell
HB: 32 Bret Thornton 30 Jarrad Waite 29 Heath Scotland
C: 12 Matthew Lappin 7 Adam Bentick 1 Andrew Walker
HF:4 Bryce Gibbs 8 Lance Whitnall (c) 3 Marc Murphy
F: 19 Eddie Betts 25 Brendan Fevola 28 Cameron Cloke
Ruck: 11 Cain Ackland 33 Ryan Houlihan 6 Kade Simpson
Interchange: 5 Josh Kennedy 13 Luke Blackwell 26 Joe Anderson
41 Ross Young
Coach: Denis Pagan
Emg: 18 Paul Bower 23 Adam Hartlett 9 Jason Saddington
In: Luke Blackwell, Ross Young
Out: Ryan Jackson (broken hand), Simon Wiggins (hamstring soreness)


Debut: Ross Young
Guernseys: This was the debut game for the white Carlton alternate strip.

Brownlow Votes

3. Nick Dal Santo, St Kilda
2. Heath Scotland, Carlton
1. Luke Ball, St Kilda

Best and Fairest Votes

Jarrad Waite 25, Brendan Fevola 19, Heath Scotland 16, Lance Whitnall 9, Luke Blackwell, Bret Thornton 2, Ross Young & Andrew Walker 1

Mike and Dan

Mike & Dan’s Play of the Week: Scotland the Brave

How many times is this bloke going to fill the hole in our defense without recognition? While many of our opponents have 3 or 4 guys flooding into the hole, Heath Scotland is not only backing back to assist our defense pretty much on his own but is also our key playmaker running forward. After yet another great game for the Blues, Mike & Dan tried to contact Scotland, and after being given Cameron Cloke’s mobile number instead only hours after his shoulder injury, upsetting the big fella even more, finally spent a few minutes with Heath.

You’ve won Mike and Dan's POTW was for your brave efforts in running back into packs for the Blues. How does it feel to win such a prestigious award? Not sure … is that an internet thingy is it? Mike & Dan will be sure to contact our publicist to ensure that the standing of this award is made known to the footy world. Mental note – hire a publicist.

The team combined to cover Reiwoldt very well on Friday night, and Jarrad Waite did an excellent job. Do you feel like the backline is becoming settled with the addition of Waite and o'hAilpin? We’ve been trying to stay as settled as possible back there, with the same back 6. The idea is to adapt to each other’s styles and learn to play well as a unit.

What happened after we got close in the third quarter? Did the Saints step up a gear, did we start to tire, or a combination of both? That was an exciting run for us then, we were getting it in quicker, and I know we were all excited with scoring those goals in a row. As you’ve probably seen, we are a momentum side, and we can get a few goals together pretty quickly. I know I felt it was exciting to watch.

But the Saints settled, they slowed down the tempo abit and got their hands on it first.

Tell us about being a momentum side? It works against us too – we can’t seem to stop someone else’s momentum… Well you’ve seen how well we can play, through the NAB cup, and some of the games earlier in the year. But it has worked against us too, and it’s something we’ve got to address. Our opponents can sometimes get 3 or 4 in a row – it’s about controlling the game. We are young, yes, but we’re also raw in terms of experience, and sometimes we don’t play to our strengths. At the moment we get a bit gung-ho and play at 100 miles an hour, but we have to learn to lock that in and keep possession.

How much of a factor were the two six day breaks in a row? I don’t want to make a big deal out of that, it’s more the games we played – first a tough game in heavy conditions versus the Eagles and the big effort against Brisbane, where we spent a lot of energy. Also 2 games at the Dome can take it out of you.

You come up against your old team on Saturday. Are you still close to the playing group at Collingwood? Obviously I had 5 years with Collingwood, and have still got some mates down there. I haven’t spoken to them this week. Look, it’s an exciting game this one, I know at least I look up each year’s fixture to see when it’s on.

I know Cameron was excited about this game – the big crowd, the long history, Carlton’s wins over Collingwood in Grand Finals…it all builds the excitement.

Having played with both clubs, is one of them more passionate than the other about Carlton v Collingwood fixtures? How does the mood compare? Very similar, of course we both like to beat each other, but in recent years Carlton haven’t been drawing the crowds like in the past. At Collingwood you would have the 80,000 Anzac Day crowd each year. At Carlton we haven’t had the really big crowds for a while so this game is one of our biggest.

Have the Pies surprised you this year? Not really, they work very well together. You know the old saying about a Champion Team and a Team of Champions, well, they work well together and it shows in their performances. They were pretty stiff to lose in both of their games too…

You're in the leadership group off the field and definitely one of the leaders on the field, with the high number of players under 25 that Carlton has. Is it something you are conscious of, to encourage and advise the younger players or is it a case of trying to lead my example? Definitely – I’m learning week by week but this is my first year in the leadership group. I know I’m a senior player but I still feel pretty young. There’s only a few of us in the top group, 26, 27 and above, and a lot at 18 and 19 – I’m mindful of my position in the team and am comfy as long as I can get a regular game.

Your kicking on both sides of your body is excellent. Is that something you developed as a youngster, or did you really work on it when you started to play league football? As a young fella my Step-Dad and brother really got me into kicking with both feet. My favourite player as a kid – I was a Doggies man – was Doug Hawkins who could do it, Leon Cameron who was great off his right but a natural left footer. I still love getting it and practicing both sides, but on set shots I’m still on the right as I can get more distance that way.

You've made yourself at home playing off half-back in a creative role, do you prefer playing there or on-ball and out of the centre? I’m comfy at half back but still love to get into the midfield. I get in there as much as I can. Wing / Half – forward…anywhere. I remember Sheedy used to have this thing about versatility and that’s what I’ve aimed to be. As long as I’m getting games and representing the Navy Blue I don’t care.

Your original junior team was Darley in the Riddell league in western Victoria. Can you tell us a bit about your junior football career and your rise through the ranks to be an AFL footballer? It’s a great little junior sports Club and small town, near Bacchus Marsh about 45 minutes west of Melbourne. They used to have a similar jumper to Carlton, but black and a DFC, but have recently switched to Collingwood colours. There’s been afew other AFL players out there, Jamie Elliott…Soapy Vallence…

Here's your chance to pay out on some of your teammates. Anyone who pays too much attention to their personal grooming, or who think they are a hit with the ladies, or who are just plain annoying? Geez…where do I start? I can’t get stuck into Nick Stevens at the moment, as he’s injured, and Lance always gets away scot free, but he’s the Captain…You’ve got me stumped with that one. I can’t think of anything… how about you just make something up about someone and put it down to me…don’t go too harsh, OK?

Scotland’s role in the leadership group is not just a title; he’s one of our main ball-winners and extractors out there at the moment. He win’s the prestigious Mike & Dan internet thingy for Round 6, 2007.

Mike & Dan would like to apologise for calling Cameron Cloke accidentally on what must have been a pretty rough day for the fella. Given Cameron’s win of our award in Round 4, you can bet he’d at least know of it’s existence!

Einstein on the Wing

The Elgin Marbles: May the fourth be with you!

It is not often, Digs and Bluebelles, that your correspondent is baffled by science. That day came during the great drought for the Carlton Footy Club in the 1950s when we could not secure a flag for love nor money. In 1956, perhaps the unluckiest year in the club’s history, a new Greek kid joined my class at Carlton Primary.

His name was Pythagoras and he had this thing about triangles. While all the other kids began a game of marbles at playtime by drawing a circle in the dirt, he would start with a triangle – often obtuse, sometimes isosceles but more often than not a right-angled triangle with a near-perfect 90 degree corner which he drew with a set square.

Pythagoras had this theory about the sum of the square roots of the other two sides being equal to the square root of the hypotenuse. It was all Greek to us at the time but it obviously worked for him and he cleaned up all the marbles in Elgin Street.

Anyhow, Carlton had a shocking start to the 1956 season until we came up against Collingwood in round five. The new Greek boy had by now joined with us Jewish, Irish and the Italian kids in the Carlton Cheer Squad and we gave the Magpies a severe toweling by 42 points at the Coliseum. I still don’t know how he did it.

We play Collingwood again at the G on Saturday and my old friend Pythagoras is once again working out how to triangulate them. Keen observers of Friday night’s game (on May the fourth) would have noticed that the new clash strip includes dark navy blue right-angled triangles on each leg of the white shorts. These bizarre “Brazilian” shorts give our players the appearance of having developed penguin tails but I suspect there is serious science at work here.

This brings me to the beautiful set of numbers that you find in team sports. A soccer team has 11 players; and an Aussie Rules team has 22 – counting the four players coming on and off the bench. Does this mean that soccer players are twice as good as Aussie Rules players?

Multiplying 11 by 2 brings us to the tricky world of irrational numbers. Two is an irrational number because it doesn’t have a square root. In mathematics, an irrational number is any real number that is not a rational number. Pythagoras, who grew up to be a professional gambler, always had a lot of problems with irrational numbers.

Waitey, whose father played many terrific games against Collingwood, gets the gold yamulka with silvers going to Scotto, T-bird, Big Red, Carraz and Tex. Carna Blues! TERRY MAHER

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