|Date: Sat 23 July, 2005||Result: 24 point loss|
|Umpires: Head, Wenn, Hendrie||Crowd: 31,459|
|Goalkickers: Fevola 4, Betts 3, Stevens, Fisher, Waite 2, Longmuir, Lappin|
|Reports: Nil||Injuries: Nil|
Game ReviewWalking into the MCG for the Round 17 clash against fellow cellar-dwellars Hawthorn was eerie to say the least. Hawthorn was sharing the bottom of the ladder with Carlton and it was pretty much agreed that whoever lost in this game would come last for 2005, notwithstanding the fact that there were another 7 games to go. This was a game we knew we could win, and potentially should win, so it was going to be close...
The game was goal for goal for the first half, with Hawk Mark Williams providing too agile for Full Back Luke Livingston, requiring a change of personnel early in the game. Brendan Fevola, coming off some lean weeks and some horrid press, was in the action early and goal sneak Eddie Betts was able to keep us close with some fine steals close to goal.
But in the third quarter the Hawks would pull slighly away, and the Blues would find themselves having to kick 2 or 3 goals on the trot to break even. With the midfield firing in a relatively open game, especially Kouta with 24 possessions and Nick Stevens with 26, the Blues would threaten but not have the players to pull the Hawks back in.
Come the last quarter and a comeback felt like a longshot. The Hawks would win by 24 points and keep the Blues on the bottom of the ladder.
|B:||36 Trent Sporn||4 Luke Livingston||15 David Teague|
|HB:||16 Scott Camporeale (vc)||8 Lance Whitnall||33 Ryan Houlihan|
|C:||6 Kade Simpson||44 Andrew Carrazzo||29 Heath Scotland|
|HF:||12 Matthew Lappin||21 Troy Longmuir||14 Brad Fisher|
|F:||25 Brendan Fevola||30 Jarrad Waite||19 Eddie Betts|
|Ruck:||27 Chris Bryan||43 Anthony Koutoufides (c)||24 Nick Stevens|
|11 Barnaby French, 20 Cory McGrath, 22 Callum Chambers, 1 Andrew Walker|
|Emg:||Callum Chambers*||Adam Bentick||Ian Prendergast|
|In:||Barnaby French, Ryan Houlihan, Trent Sporn, Callum Chambers*|
|Out:||Bret Thornton (calf), Ian Prendergast, Glen Bowyer~, Brett Johnson~|
-*Deluca (foot) replaced in selected side by Chambers
~Glen Bowyer and Brett Johnson would not play any further games for Carlton.
MilestonesScore Records: This was the final loss of Carlton's equal third-longest losing streak in our history
Losing Streaks: This would mark the first of 14 successive losses against the Hawks, ending only in 2017
Brownlow Votes3: Luke Hodge (HAW)
2: Joel Smith (HAW)
1: Mark Williams (HAW)
Best & Fairest VotesLance Whitnall (36), Nick Stevens (35), Heath Scotland (28), Trent Sporn (26), Scott Camporeale (20), Anthony Koutoufides (15), Jarrad Waite (4)
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