|Venue: SuperSports Arena, Pretoria South Africa||Date: 2 February 2008|
|Result: Loss||Umpires:||Crowd: 5222|
|Goalkickers: Hartlett 3, Bannister, Betts, Cloke, Kreuzer, Russell, Stevens|
|Reports: Nil||Injuries: Nil|
Game ReviewMany Carlton fans were eagerly waiting for the first bounce of this game. It promised to unveil the new recruits, the new game plan; a whole bevy of packages. The result was not in Blue favour, but the winner was football in a new territory for the game.
The first quarter was a lacklustre affair, with both teams only managing three goals between them, both teams fielded 32 players without star players Brendan Fevola, Chris Judd, Richard Hadley, and Jeff Farmer for the Dockers. But it was the collision between Shaun Hampson and Kepler Bradley which was both the highlight of the first half and a blight on the game.
Hampson and Bradley simply went into a contest but it was Shaun's timing which caused the accident. An ambulance was called for Kepler and the game was held up for ten minutes, but he was back on the ground at three-quarter time.
The accident seemed to spark Freo to the eventual win, but the Blues came back in the last to claw back a deficit which had during the third blown out to six-goals.
|B:||16 Shaun Grigg||40 Michael Jamison||32 Bret Thornton|
|HB:||29 Heath Scotland||30 Jarrad Waite||27 Dennis Armfield|
|C:||6 Kade Simpson||24 Nick Stevens||33 Ryan Houlihan|
|HF:||2 Jordan Russell||23 Adam Hartlett||4 Bryce Gibbs|
|F:||19 Eddie Betts||28 Cameron Cloke||37 Jake Edwards|
|Ruck:||22 Shaun Hampson||44 Andrew Carrazzo (c)||3 Marc Murphy|
|Interchange:||Mark Austin||Jordan Bannister||Paul Bower|
|Steven Browne||David Ellard||Lachie Hill|
|Ryan Jackson||Sam Jacobs||Matthew Kreuzer|
|Setanta o’hAilpin||Darren Pfeiffer||Jason Saddington|
|Michael Shields||Simon Wiggins|
MilestonesFirst viewing: This was the first official Carlton game for the highlighted players above
Captain: Andrew Carrazzo captained the Blues in this fixture