|Date:||Saturday, August 1, 2015. 7.20 pm|
|Result:||Lost by 64 points|
|Goalkickers:||A. Everitt 3, L. Casboult 2, B. Boekhorst, Z. Tuohy. M. Kruzer 1.|
|Umpires:||B. Hosking, R. O’Gorman, B. Rosebury|
Carlton rang the changes again before this match, dropping Liam Jones, Blaine Johnson and Bradley Walsh, and losing Nick Holman to suspension. Troy Menzel, Andrew Carrazzo, Cameron Wood and Clem Smith were chosen as replacements, with Smith designated as the Blues’ substitute. Adding a bit of prickle to the match, former Blue Jarrad Waite played his 200th career game, and Carlton fans heckled him from the opening bounce.
North’s 400-game veteran Brent Harvey, and full-forward Drew Petrie created early headaches for Carlton, kicking two goals each as the Kangaroos bounced out and scored the first five majors of the game. Right on the quarter-time siren, Blaine Boekhorst was awarded a free-kick outside of the 50-metre arc and steered through Carlton’s first major, but the signs were ominous.
After showing some encouraging intensity early on, Levi Casboult plucked a big mark after six minutes of play in the second quarter, and kicked truly from 25 metres. With Lachie Henderson and Andrejs Everitt also getting their hands on the ball, the Blues began imposing themselves on the contest for the first time. Late in the quarter, Zach Tuohy charged through the centre square and bombed a trademark goal to cut North’s lead to only four points, but Petrie got one back for North Melbourne right on half-time. The Blues were clapped from the field with enthusiasm and flickers of hope from the small crowd, but it didn’t take long for that optimism to be shattered.
North came out strong in the third quarter, locking the ball in their forward half and dominating the clearances through their star ruckman Goldstein. Carlton captain Marc Murphy – under sustained pressure as part of North’s game plan – continued to lead by example, but lacked support as the Shinboners exerted their authority and broke away to restore their five-goal advantage at three-quarter time. Any hopes of another Carlton revival in the final term were quickly shattered when North slammed on the first five majors. Bluebaggers began streaming toward the exits as their team tailed off, and the few remaining were grateful for the final siren.
On yet another black day for Carlton, the team had not one clear winner – although Marc Murphy, Kade Simpson, Pat Cripps and Matthew Kreuzer battled hard, and Ed Curnow kept Brent Harvey to only a handful of possessions after he was switched on to North’s playmaker late in the second term.
Somewhat unbelievably, Carlton remained 16th on the ladder after this defeat - the Blues' fifth heavy loss in succession. Gold Coast were 17th after fighting out a draw with the West Coast Eagles, and Brisbane sat last, amid a season possibly even worse than the Blues.
|B:||15 Sam Docherty||40 Michael Jamison (VC)||42 Zach Tuohy|
|HB:||13 Chris Yarran||43 Simon White||35 Ed Curnow|
|C:||12 Blaine Boekhorst||44 Andrew Carrazzo||23 Lachie Henderson|
|HF:||22 Jason Tutt||33 Andrejs Everitt||28 Tom Bell|
|F:||17 Sam Rowe||41 Levi Casboult||2 Troy Menzel|
|Ruck:||8 Matthew Kreuzer||9 Patrick Cripps||3 Marc Murphy (C)|
|Interchange:||6 Kade Simpson||7 Dylan Buckley||36 Cameron Wood|
|Substitute:||25 Clem Smith|
|Emergencies:||18 Kristian Jaksch||34 Bradley Walsh||37 Tom Fields|
Andrew Carrazzo, Troy Menzel, Cameron Wood Clem Smith.
Out : Nick Holman, Liam Jones, Blaine Johnson, Bradley Walsh.
Subs : Clem Smith replaced Jason Tutt late in the third quarter.
2. Shaun Higgins, North Melbourne
1. Todd Goldstein, North Melbourne
Patrick Cripps 4, Marc Murphy 4, Ed Curnow 2, Matthew Kreuzer 1
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