|Date: 4 April, 2009 (Night)||Result: Won by 19 pts|
|Umpires: Chamberlain, Keating, Roseberry||Crowd: 42,496|
|Goalkickers : B.Fevola 5; E.Betts 3, M.Murphy 3, C.Cloke 2, B.Gibbs 2, R.Hadley, R.Houlihan, C.Judd 1.|
|Reports: None||Injuries: Jamison (shoulder)||Ladder Position: first|
Game ReviewAfter our surprisingly easy round 1 win against a woeful Richmond, this game was always going to be a sterner test for the Blues. And so it proved to be. The final margin of 19 points doesn't tell the whole story.
The opening term was a tight and fierce affair, with both teams going hard at the ball. Carlton got the better start, but it didn't take long for the Lions to stem Carlton's influence on the game, and Brisbane ended the quarter with a one point lead. In the second quarter, however, Carlton played some stunning football. Our strong tackling and intensity continued from the previous week, enabling the team to control the play and score eight goals in the quarter. We weren't to know it at the time, but it was the luxury of a 41-point half-time lead that kept Carlton in the game.
After the main break there was no indication that the Blues would relinquish our grip. We began strongly and opened our advantage out to a game-high 48 points, before Michael Jamison (who had kept Daniel Bradshaw under a tight rein) suffered an injured shoulder and took no further part in the game. Meanwhile, Bret Thornton was doing a good job on Brisbane captain Jonathon Brown and Jarrad Waite was enjoying a free role in defence. As a consequence, Paul Bower was assigned to Bradshaw in a mismatch that proved costly. Brisbane, previously inept, started to win the clearances and stunned the Blues with an onslaught that brought six unanswered goals in 10 minutes of brilliant football. Bradshaw provided the spark, kicking two goals and providing a reliable target inside Brisbane's 50-metre arc. Carlton's lead at the last change was just 18 points.
Bradshaw continued Brisbane's charge with a another good contested mark in the first minute of the final quarter. This time, though, he missed his shot from a very gettable position. Carlton immediately worked the ball forward from the kick in. and Marc Murphy scored a much needed goal for the Blues. Brendan Fevola kicked another to steady the ship, but Brisbane still kept coming, and kicked the next three majors to loom as likely winners - but two further goals to Fevola - who finished with five for the match - finally put the game beyond Brisbane's reach.
Bryce Gibbs had the ball on a string all night, and notched his third consecutive game of 30 or more disposals. In all, he had a career-high 34 possessions, at an incredible 91% efficiency. Marc Murphy was also outstanding with 24 disposals at 88% efficiency and 3 goals, while Richard Hadley amassed 27 touches at 85% efficiency. Captain Chris Judd, who had struggled with the flu all week, ended up with 25 quality disposals. On the Sunday night after the completion of round two, Carlton maintained their hold on top spot on the ladder. With a percentage of 161.8, we were comfotably clear of the Western Bulldogs, St Kilda, Geelong and Collingwood.
The average age of the players in this Carlton side was 23 years and 181 days, with an average League experience of 69.2 games per player. Heath Scotland was the the oldest at 28 years, 257 days while Brendan Fevola was the most experienced with 166 games.
In his 164th game for the Blues, Ryan Houlihan scored his 100th goal. The team wore black armbands as a mark of respect for 1968 Premiership player Peter McLean who died on the morning of the match in Queensland. McLean's last game was the 1968 Grand Final, after which he gave the club outstanding service in various administrative roles.
|B:||45 Aaron Joseph||40 Michael Jamison||30 Jarrad Waite|
|HB:||18 Paul Bower||32 Bret Thornton||4 Bryce Gibbs|
|C:||6 Kade Simpson||10 Richard Hadley||2 Jordan Russell|
|HF:||34 Simon Wiggins||28 Cameron Cloke||33 Ryan Houlihan|
|F:||19 Eddie Betts||25 Brendan Fevola||12 Mitch Robinson|
|Ruck:||8 Matthew Kreuzer||5 Chris Judd||3 Marc Murphy|
|Interchange:||9 Chris Johnson||29 Heath Scotland||38 Jeffery Garlett|
|39 Sam Jacobs|
|Emg:||1 Andrew Walker, 16 Shaun Grigg, 22 Shaun Hampson|
Milestones100 AFL Goals: Ryan Houlihan
Brownlow Votes3. Marc Murphy, Carlton
2. Bryce Gibbs, Carlton
1. Richard Hadley, Carlton
Best and Fairest Votes40 Bryce Gibbs, 35 Chris Judd, 34 Bret Thornton, 32 Marc Murphy, 27 Jarrad Waite, 26 Ryan Houlihan, 25 Matthew Kreuzer, 25 Jordan Russell, 20 Richard Hadley, 5 Brendan Fevola
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