|Date: April 18th||Result: Loss 17 points|
|Umpires: D Margetts, S McBurney, M Stevic.||Crowd: 30,834|
|Goalkickers: E.Betts 3, C.Cloke, B.Fevola, R.Houlihan, C.Judd, M.Murphy, K.Simpson 1.|
|Reports: Nil||Injuries: Nil||Ladder Position: 5th (2 wins, 2 losses)|
Game ReviewWell, was it poor kicking or poor tactics that lost Carlton this game? Perhaps it was a bit of both, or perhaps the Swans were just a better team. Regardless of the reason, Carlton went into this match as favourites despite our poor record in Sydney, and walked away with nothing but a few more question marks to the question - 'Have we improved?'.
Carlton burst out of the blocks but couldn't apply the required scoreboard pressure. The Blues scored three early goals, including an early nomination for Goal of the Year from Ryan Houlihan (see footage below). However, from just six inside 50 entries, the Swans also managed three majors, all from Carlton errors. So, the Blues went to the first break with just a five point lead, despite dominating possession and having the bulk of the play. Carlton looked good, but the Swans hadn't yet enforced their strangulation at the small SCG. The second quarter was worse - we manged only seven behinds and most were very gettable shots for goal. The Blues couldn't buy a goal, and the Swans built up a lead as their confidence grew.
In the second half, they stifled us in midfield. We couldn't clear the ball, our tactics seemed to fall down and our skill level dropped. The Swans were ascendant and knew it. In the end, poor kicking cost us a lead and who knows what would have happened if we'd have kicked straight...this was our 12th defeat in a row against Sydney. and our 900th defeat in the League.
Remarkably, this was also the Swans' first Saturday afternoon game in Sydney. Their closest to a 'traditional' starting time was a twilight match (beginning at 4.40pm) against Footscray in Round 17, 1997. All of their other 51 Saturday games at the SCG have been played at night. When Chris Judd kicked his goal it was the 750th goal scored by Number 5 for Carlton. In a best afield performance for his team, the skipper amassed 30 disposals, 16 contested possessions, 10 clearances and a goal.
Sydney was wearing a replica guernsey, which they originally they wore between 1907 and 1931 (except for 1921). It was also the jumper design they wore for their first Premiership in 1909, won against Carlton.
|B:||45 Aaron Joseph||18 Paul Bower||4 Bryce Gibbs|
|HB:||24 Nick Stevens (vc)||32 Bret Thornton||9 Chris Johnson|
|C:||27 Dennis Armfield||10 Richard Hadley||30 Jarrad Waite|
|HF:||34 Simon Wiggins||28 Cameron Cloke||2 Jordan Russell|
|F:||19 Eddie Betts||25 Brendan Fevola||6 Kade Simpson|
|Ruck:||8 Matthew Kreuzer||5 Chris Judd (c)||3 Marc Murphy|
|Interchange:||12 Mitch Robinson||16 Shaun Grigg||33 Ryan Houlihan|
|39 Sam Jacobs|
|Emg:||15 Steven Browne, 17 Setanta Ó hAilpín, 29 Heath Scotland|
MilestonesLosing streaks: Carlton has had 9 successive losses to Sydney in Sydney since 1993.
Losing streaks: This was Sydney's 12th consecutive win over Carlton
Brownlow Votes3. Jarrad McVeigh, Sydney
2. Craig Bolton, Sydney
1. Rhyce Shaw, Sydney
Best and Fairest Votes29 Jarrad Waite, 24 Paul Bower, 24 Chris Johnson, 20 Simon Wiggins, 16 Bret Thornton, 14 Chris Judd, 6 Matthew Kreuzer, 5 Dennis Armfield
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