|Date:||Sunday 29th May, 2022 (3.20 pm).|
|Result:||Lost by 4 points.|
|Goalkickers:||C. Curnow 4.2, M. Owies 2.0, P. Cripps 1.1, C. Durdin 1.0, A. Cerra 1.0, J. Motlop 1.0, S. Walsh 1.0, Z. Fisher 0.2, T. De Koning 0.1, J. Silvagni 0.1, Rushed 0.2.|
|Reports:||Jack Newnes was charged with Rough Conduct (Dangerous Tackle) against Jamie Elliott, during the first quarter. The incident was assessed as Careless Conduct, Low Impact, High Contact. The incident was classified as a $3000 sanction as a first offence. The player can accept a $2000 sanction with an early plea.|
|Umpires:||Chris Donlon, Craig Fleer, Andrew Heffernan.|
|Injuries:||J. Weitering (ac joint).|
Pies hold off rivals in thriller as Blues suffer costly lossAn injury to Jacob Weitering added to Carlton's woes after a loss to Collingwood - By Josh Gabelich.
It was built up like a final. They showed up like it was a final. And it delivered a game that felt like it was worth much more than four premiership points. It had been all about Carlton for the past month – and most of 2022 – but the Blues were upset by the Magpies, falling out of the top four after Collingwood held on by four points in a thrilling encounter in front of 80,627 people at the MCG on Sunday. Carlton kicked the final three goals of the game before Jack Silvagni had a snap at goal in the final 30 seconds that narrowly missed, before there was another stoppage inside 50 before the final siren as Collingwood secured a 11.13 (79) to 11.9 (75) victory. Mason Cox's career looked over a month ago. Just like it did late last season when he had to wait until the end of October to find out if he would get another contract. But it is far from over after the American produced his best performance in years to bury Collingwood's arch-rival at the MCG. Everyone remembers Cox's performances against Richmond in the 2018 preliminary final and West Coast in the 2020 elimination final, but with his chances running out – and with Brodie Grundy missing with a PCL injury – the 31-year-old turned the game in a stunning second-half performance.
For those around Richmond and East Melbourne, fans started converging on the area around the MCG from midday – more than three hours before the opening bounce – ahead of the most anticipated clash between these two arch-rivals in a long, long time. Scarves, beanies and guernsey were everywhere. It is only May, but it felt like a final from the opening bounce. And it didn’t take long for it to feel like there was more than four points on the line. Taylor Adams nailed Patrick Cripps in a crunching tackle and they went for each other when they hit the deck in the pocket Wayne Harmes made famous. Moments later Scott Pendlebury laid a strong hit on Sam Walsh. Carlton was hit with a major blow in the opening quarter and could be without Jacob Weitering for the foreseeable future after the star key defender – who looked set for a maiden Therabody All-Australian blazer – suffered a shoulder injury, substituted out of the game before the first break. Collingwood dominated a 20-minute patch in the opening half, but kicked 1.6 in that space with Jack Ginnivan and Ollie Henry wasting opportunities from gettable spots, before Carlton kicked two goals in two minutes through Cripps and Walsh. It changed, just like that. The Blues kicked the final two goals of the quarter to head into the main break with all the momentum. Patrick Lipinski moved to half-forward at the start of the third quarter and kicked the first two goals of the second half. Collingwood dominated the third quarter, holding Carlton goalless for the first time in a quarter in 2022 to march towards the most memorable victory. But just when the game looked all over, Carlton found a gear late to push the game to its limit. But the Magpies were too good in the end in the best win of the Craig McRae era.
Another Key Defender Down?
The Blues might need to consider a key defender in Wednesday night's NAB AFL Mid-Season Rookie Draft, given they are without Mitch McGovern, Oscar McDonald and Caleb Marchbank, following the departure of Liam Jones during the pre-season due to his decision not to be vaccinated. If the Therabody All-Australian team was picked mid-year, Weitering would have been measured up for his blazer. But now the former No.1 pick could be set for an extended period on the sidelines. Carlton has been able to navigate around the loss of Harry McKay and Marc Pittonet during the early stages of the season. Can they handle the loss of Weitering?
Best: S. Walsh, A. Saad, S. Docherty, P. Cripps, C. Curnow, G. Hewett, A. Cerra.
Blues fall in MCG thriller.The Blues fall just short to the Pies, resulting in their first loss in Melbourne. - By Rose Zarucky, Carlton Media.
Carlton has fallen at the final hurdle against the old enemy, losing by four points to Collingwood at the MCG. With over 80,000 people piling into the home of football, the Blues were left to do the job without Jacob Weitering, who injured his AC joint in the opening minutes of the contest. A pulsating final term gave the Blues a chance, but were ultimately left with just too much to do as they fell by less than one straight kick.
It was a heated contest from the get-go, with the game staying scoreless until seven minutes into the term. Both teams struggled to find their feet, but while it was Collingwood’s Jamie Elliott who put the first goal on the board, Carlton saw an instant reply through the boot of Charlie Curnow. George Hewett was busy with 11 disposals at 91 per cent efficiency for the quarter, while a miracle goal from Corey Durdin from well outside 50 saw Carlton hit the front. Both of the Blues' goals came from the stoppage – their most trusted source for goals this season. The loss of Jacob Weitering (AC joint) midway through the quarter hurt the Blues, but Nic Newman did his best to step up with the team's intercept game behind the ball. Adam Saad showed some classy ball movement across half back, but the Pies' ability to score from turnovers hurt the Blues, leaving them trailing by eight points heading into the second quarter.
The Blues bit back in the second quarter, slotting four goals to the Pies' two. It was a great quarter for Adam Cerra, who gained the most metres on the ground, managed four clearances, three inside 50s and slotted the goal that saw Carlton even it up with Collingwood on the scoreboard. The Pies' inaccurate kicking in front of goal definitely helped the Blues’ cause, kicking four behinds for the term. Carlton had some trouble picking through Collingwood’s defence in their forward 50, often resulting in turnovers, but in the second half of the term, the Blues started to get it done in front of goal. With Cerra among them, it was Carlton's midfield group which turned the tide, as Patrick Cripps and Sam Walsh also contributed majors before a Curnow snap gave the Blues the lead heading into the main break.
It truly was Collingwood’s quarter in the third, with the Pies kicking the first two goals of the term to get the jump on the Blues. Carlton’s defence had their work cut out for them, with the ball spending most of the time in the home team’s forward line. The Pies slowly chipped away at the margin, playing a strong intercept game that made it difficult for the Blues’ forwards to get their hands on the ball or maintain field position in the forward half. With the opportunities the Blues were able to manufacture, they couldn't capitalise, managing five behinds for the quarter. Saad’s intercept game was a strong point for Carlton, but a goalless term for the Blues left them 11 points behind heading into the final term at the MCG.
An opening goal from Jesse Motlop could’ve been the reset Carlton needed, but two goals in response from Collingwood put the Blues on the back foot yet again. The Pies’ movement through the middle caught the Blues off-guard as the latter went chasing the game, falling 23 points in arrears in the process. However, a pair of majors for Matthew Owies and then two consecutive goals to Curnow had the Blues within a kick with a minute remaining. The ball was camped in Carlton’s forward 50 with repeat stoppages, but a narrow miss and an inability to capitalise on half-chances meant the Blues fell just short for their third loss of the season.
Best: A. Saad, A. Cerra, S. Walsh, C. Curnow, S. Docherty, G. Hewett, P. Cripps.
Voss on resilience in big clashMichael Voss was impressed with his side's resilience against the Pies, but knows they have work to do. - By Carlton Media
Michael Voss once again applauded his team's resilience against a tough opponent in Collingwood. While Voss admitted Collingwood was a strong opponent that deserved to win, he also pointed out that his side has built an impressive ability to fight out games time and time again. Here's what he had to say on the game.
On the game as a whole:
"We probably didn’t deserve it. We’d take it if it was half a metre the other way: our guys fought out a game really hard. "If you took a snapshot across the game though, Collingwood were the deserved winners. "There’s a resilience emerging but there are still some things we clearly need to go to work on and improve. Collingwood had lots of shots and missed a lot which gave us a chance in the end but it would’ve been nice to steal it right at the end."
On Jacob Weitering:
"He’ll go see the surgeon this week and see if he needs surgery. If it ventures into that space, we’re talking a longer term injury. There’s some challenges in that, I said to the group ‘you get thrown spanners, every team does get’s challenged at different times.’ "Through those periods, which is what we’ve done, we’ve been able to find a way and that’s what the challenge is ahead of us. We go to the break 8-3, increasing our own expectations on what our hopes are this season and we’ve been able to do that by manoeuvring through a few things and being able to manage some injuries and time on ground for players. "We’ve had a couple of spanners thrown at us but we’ll keep getting through it."
On losing key players in big games:
"I don’t feel unlucky at all. I think part of what you get is you have to be able to adapt and you have to show resilience in the game. It’s a long season, a very long season and we’ve spoken a lot about being consistent and reliable and that doesn’t rely on personnel. "There’s an expectation of performance we’ve built with this group and when you step in as next man, you’ve got to get a job done. "Clearly, we’d like some more players back but if this is what we’ve got, then we’ve got to get on with it."
On ball movement:
"It wasn’t just down the defensive end, it was down the other end as well. The contested marking part of the game, we weren’t able to control the air, whereas they were able to. "I feel like at times, the way we moved the ball a bit fuelled their game and that got their transition game going and got ourselves on the back foot a number of times. "The inside 50s at our end, we weren’t able to hold it in there as well as what we have in the past. We’ve been able to do a great job and even in the last quarter, we did a great job, but it was too fluctuating throughout the night and Collingwood was able to deny us any marks inside 50 or any shots on goal which is a credit to them."
On Charlie Curnow:
"It was pretty well fought out in terms of the contest. When Charlie made the most of his opportunities, he was able to get his battle as he needed but there were a few others factors that influenced the game a bit: their backs were able to just mark it a few more times than we wanted. "He’s been battling there and the thing I love about him, the least of his concerns is hitting the scoreboard. It’s been about being a great teammate, he’s brought others into the game. As a collective, we weren’t able to get that job done tonight."
On the crowd:
"That’s been the exciting part of the first half of the year: we’ve felt that slow momentum build. We’ve felt that energy from the outside and we’ll keep embracing it. "I think at the start of the year when you get to the turn and you just look at pure results, sitting at 8-3 with some of the exposure we’ve had and the game style we’ve been able to get into the guys early – it’s been really impressive. "Their ability to be able to take on what we’ve asked them to do and the level of improvement they’ve had in such a short period of time has been sensational from my point of view, so their commitment I cannot fault. "We also know we’ve got plenty of work to go and some of it is just that constant reinforcement about what we want and regardless of scoreboard, pressure or the crowd, being able to do the same things, we haven’t nailed that yet."
On the rivalry:
"I hope over time this rivalry can continue to build – whether that is mate v mate or club v club, we want to see more crowds like that, be able to play in games like that. They’re big games in the home and away season and you look forward to these fixtures. "We don’t want to play it down, we want to build it up and we want to play a role in that."
|B:||42 Adam Saad||20 Lachie Plowman||33 Lewis Young|
|HB:||15 Sam Docherty||23 Jacob Weitering||13 Liam Stocker|
|C:||4 Lochie O'Brien||9 Patrick Cripps (c)||25 Zac Fisher|
|HF :||46 Matt Cottrell||18 Sam Walsh||19 Corey Durdin|
|F:||1 Jack Silvagni||30 Charlie Curnow||3 Jesse Motlop|
|Ruck:||12 Tom De Koning||29 George Hewett||5 Adam Cerra|
|Interchange:||2 Paddy Dow||24 Nic Newman||32 Jack Newnes|
|44 Matthew Owies|
|Medical Substitute:||16 Jack Carroll|
|Emergencies:||37 Jordan Boyd||21 Jack Martin||17 Brodie Kemp|
Medi-sub; Jack Carroll replaced Jacob Weitering in the first quarter.
In: Paddy Dow, Jack Newnes.
Out: Matthew Kennedy (corked thigh), Brodie Kemp (omitted).
Milestones50 Games: Lochie O'Brien
400 Games Father / Son: Jack Silvagni (88) and Stephen Silvagni (312)
Goal-kicking: In an era / decade where the Blues struggled to score, Charlie Curnow kicked his 37th and smashed his annual goal kicking record at Round 11. A goal tally of 37 at the half way could mean.... a 70 goal a year kicker?
Interesting FactThis is the 16th ocassion that Carlton vs Collingwood has attracted a crowd of 80,000 plus in a home and away match.
AFLCA Votes9 - Jordan De Goey (COLL)
5 - Sam Walsh (CARL)
5 - John Noble (COLL)
4 - Nathan Murphy (COLL)
3 - Jeremy Howe (COLL)
2 - Adam Cerra (CARL)
2 - Steele Sidebottom (COLL)
Best and Fairest Votes
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