|Date:||Saturday, April 18, 2015, 1.45 pm|
|Result:||Lost by 21 points|
|Goalkickers:||L. Henderson 2, A. Everitt 2, C. Judd, B. Gibbs, D. Armfield, T. Bell, L. Jones, A. Walker, D. Ellard 1.|
|Reports:||Chris Yarran (Carlton) for striking Paul Chapman (guilty - suspended for 3 matches).|
|Umpires:||S. Jeffery, H. Ryan, J. Schmitt|
Game ReviewIn the lead-up to this match, the press and the club’s supporter base continued snapping at Carlton’s heels. Without a win in 2015, and having been smashed by the West Coast Eagles in the previous round, the team was under increasing pressure. Four changes were made on selection night, with Andrew Walker welcomed back at last, Pat Cripps and Dennis Armfield recalled, and debutant Ciaran Byrne rewarded for his consistent VFL form. Out went the injured duo Simon White and Troy Menzel, with Clem Smith and Jason Tutt both omitted. A modern Carlton tradition was maintained when the newcomer Byrne was named as substitute, and a healthy crowd of more than 54,000 thronged the MCG at game time on a typically cool and cloudy Melbourne afternoon.
The Blues were up for a contest and had the better of the early exchanges. Lachie Henderson kicked Carlton’s first two goals, but bad misses from set shots by Cameron Wood and Levi Casboult diminished the Blues’ advantage. Midway through, Chris Yarran tangled with Bomber Paul Chapman, and the Essendon forward left the field with blood streaming from his right eyebrow after a flurry of blows that later saw Yarran sanctioned by the Match Review Panel. Essendon had the last five scoring shots of the quarter, and temporarily let Carlton off the hook by kicking 1.4 to lead by 6 points at quarter time.
One minute into the second term, Carlton struck back with a long goal to Chris Judd to tie the scores. The Blues won the next four clearances, but butchered their opportunities and turned over possession each time. Then, when Michael Jamison left the field with a damaged shoulder, a gaping hole appeared in Carlton’s defence. Essendon took full advantage to kick the last four majors of the term, and at half-time they had skipped away by 27 points.
After fifteen minutes of play in the third quarter, Carlton led the clearance count 36 to 17, and the contested possessions 105 to 75. Blues captain Marc Murphy, former captain Chris Judd and irrepressible defender Kade Simpson were leading by example, but repeated turnovers were costly and Carlton’s shots on goal were almost always under pressure. Carlton kicked 2.4 to Essendon’s 4.2 for the term, and with a quarter left to play the Bombers had stretched their advantage to an even six goals.
Although the Blues boxed on in the last term and out-scored their rivals 4.6 to 2.3, they never looked like staging a revival. The horse had well and truly bolted, and the only thing left to do was to shut the gate. For the third season in succession, Carlton was winless after the first three rounds.
|B:||15 Sam Docherty||40 Michael Jamison (VC)||17 Sam Rowe|
|HB:||13 Chris Yarran||42 Zach Tuohy||6 Kade Simpson|
|C:||35 Ed Curnow||5 Chris Judd||33 Andrejs Everitt|
|HF:||46 David Ellard||41 Levi Casboult||27 Dennis Armfield|
|F:||3 Marc Murphy (Captain)||14 Liam Jones||23 Lachie Henderson|
|Ruck:||36 Cameron Wood||4 Bryce Gibbs (VC)||44 Andrew Carrazzo|
|Interchange:||1 Andrew Walker||9 Patrick Cripps||28 Tom Bell|
|Substitute:||38 Ciaran 'Casey' Byrne|
|Emergencies:||7 Dylan Buckley||22 Jason Tutt||24 Mark Whiley|
ChangesIn : Andrew Walker, Patrick Cripps, Dennis Armfield, Ciaran Byrne
Out : Simon White, Troy Menzel, Clem Smith, Jason Tutt
Subs: Ciaran ‘Casey’ Byrne replaced Ed Curnow during the third quarter.
MilestonesDebut : Ciaran 'Casey' Byrne
50 Games as captain : Marc Murphy
100 Goals : Bryce Gibbs
Brownlow Votes3. Jobe Watson, Essendon
2. Dyson Heppell, Essendon
1. Chris Judd, Carlton
Best & Fairest VotesAndrejs Everitt 5, Chris Judd 5, Zach Tuohy 5, Kade Simpson 4, Marc Murphy 3, Dennis Armfield 1, Cameron Wood 1
Round 2 | Round 4