|Date: Friday, 24 July||Result: Loss by 54 points|
|Umpires: McLaren, S. Ryan, Wenn||Crowd: 84,938|
|Goalkickers: E. Betts 2, G. Bentley, B. Fevola 1|
|Reports: Nil||Injuries: Johnson (hamstring), Judd (ankle)||Ladder Position: Seventh|
Game ReviewWith the chance to win their fourth on the trot and secure their tenuous foothold in the top eight the Blues had much to play for against the traditional enemy, Collingwood. On a cool Melbourne evening under the Friday night lights of the MCG the stage was set for a big spectacle with 85,000 fans in attendance.
Sadly, at least for the Carlton portion of the crowd, they witnessed an error-laden game, both sides contributing to the poor overall standard of the game. Collingwood were more polished in general play, particularly when going forward, and ran out comfortable winners by 54 points over a disappointing Blues outfit.
Carlton made two changes to the side that stormed home against the Swans the previous weekend, with Adam Hartlett and Joe Anderson making way for the return of Mark Austin (back from suspension) and Michael Jamison. It was déjà vu all over again when Jamison was a late withdrawal from the selected side allowing Hartlett to play his third game for the season.
The first quarter set the tone for the game with Collingwood clearly on top but unable to put any substantial distance between the sides on the scoreboard. Brendan Fevola, provided one of the few highlights with a one-handed-low-diving-slips-catch style mark. He was unable to convert the resulting shot at goal (which shaved the post) and it was left to Eddie Betts to provide Carlton’s solitary goal for the quarter. Collingwood’s quarter time lead was far from matching winning, but Blues supporters would have been sitting nervously in their seats during the break.
The game never reached any great heights during the next hour of football. The Blues added two more goals during that time (another to Betts and one to Greg Bentley), while Collingwood didn’t exactly give the scoreboard operator RSI, managing just three. The Blues couldn’t win a clearance to save themselves and by the final break the margin had edged out to 25 points. It could have been a lot worse if not for some wonderful defending by Paul Bower and Bret Thornton who coped reasonably well under constant pressure.
Finally the game opened up, but it was all one way traffic heading straight for Collingwood’s end in the last term. They handed out a six goal lesson, with the Blues managing a single goal for the fourth quarter in a row. The young Blues were again found wanting in a game against a fellow finals contender and struggled with the expectation placed on them. It was a night where few positives were to be found.
The average age of this Carlton team was 23 years and 114 days, with an average League experience of 76.0 games per player. Heath Scotland was the oldest, at 29 years and 2 days, while Brendan Fevola was the most experienced with 181 games. Chris Yarran was the youngest at 18 years and 217 days and was playing in only his fifth senior game.
|B:||44 Andrew Carrazzo||21 Mark Austin||32 Bret Thornton|
|HB:||45 Aaron Joseph||18 Paul Bower||9 Chris Johnson|
|C:||29 Heath Scotland||5 Chris Judd (c)||6 Kade Simpson|
|HF:||2 Jordan Russell||14 Brad Fisher||16 Shaun Grigg|
|F:||8 Matthew Kreuzer||25 Brendan Fevola||19 Eddie Betts|
|Ruck:||22 Shaun Hampson||4 Bryce Gibbs||3 Marc Murphy|
|Interchange:||13 Chris Yarran||23 Adam Hartlett||33 Ryan Houlihan|
|47 Greg Bentley|
|Emg:||27 Dennis Armfield, 28 Cameron Cloke, 40 Michael Jamison|
• Adam Hartlett replaced Michael Jamison (groin) in the selected side
MilestonesLast games: Adam Hartlett and Greg Bentley
Interesting Fact: This was Carlton's lowest score since 2002, right in the midst of our collapse!
Interesting Fact: Amazingly, this was the third time in our long history that, in scoring 4 goals for the match, Carlton scored a single goal in each quarter. The first such incidence was almost 100 years ago, in Round 17, 1911, before being repeated in 2007.
Interesting Fact: On 15 occasions, Carlton has scored 40 points in a League match, with the only other time they have scored 4 goals 16 behinds was in Round 15, 1907 against South Melbourne at the Lakeside Oval, Albert Park. On this occasion they also only had three goal scorers. Carlton has scored 40 and less points 178 times since the League began in 1897, winning 27 times and drawing twice.
Interesting Fact: This was Carlton’s 100th night match in the League for premiership points (and including 4 finals, this does not include the preseason or night series or Carlton’s twilight matches). Ryan Houlihan with 58 ‘night’ games has played the most night games, while Brendan Fevola with 178 ‘night’ goals has scored the most night goals and both are current players who played in this 100th night match. Carlton first ‘night’ game was Round 14, 1985, while is also their highest night score and they have won 37 and draw once in these 100 ‘night’ matches with a winning ratio of 37.5%.
Interesting Fact - Big Losers: Bret Thornton, playing in his 143rd match, became the 14th Carlton player to play in 100 defeats. To see more about these 14 players, click here.
Brownlow Votes3. Dane Swan, Collingwood
2. Leon Davis, Collingwood
1. Simon Prestigiacomo, Collingwood
Best and Fairest Votes25 Aaron Joseph, 9 Bret Thornton, 8 Paul Bower, 6 Marc Murphy, 2 Eddie Betts, 2 Matthew Kreuzer
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