Carlton – 24.9 (153)
Melbourne – 15.6 (96)
Lets be honest here. Melbourne was at very least experimenting today. I don’t want to take the shine off a good win by the Blues but you can’t help but think that Melbourne’s coaching moves were vastly different to last week. Carlton would probably roll over the Demons no matter how they lined up but there were some weird trails of positions by the Dees that remained all day. For example Brock McLean was played in the forward pocket to no avail almost all day. I think if it’s not working after two quarters it probably never will, at least on that day. Carlton still looks like a dangerous finals team. Jeff Garlett and Big Fev’ kicked bags for the Blue-baggers.
The blues took the game away from the Dees halfway through the 2nd term to take a 26-point lead at the long break. Carlton never looked back and ran away with the game in the penultimate quarter as Fevola booted four of his goals.
Key Players for Carlton
Chris Judd – 33 touches. Magnificent as always.
Bryce Gibbs – 34 strokes of the pill and 8 marks plus a goal, best on ground for mine. Bryce was a number 1 draft. Melbourne would be happy if they picked up a Bryce Gibbs in the draft this year.
Key Players for Melbourne
Colin Sylvia – Showed his versatility playing at half back. 34 possessions and 7 grabs is a good effort in a position you don’t normally play in.
Mark Jamar – A man I never thought I would put in the bests. 5 goals straight to the big man. He was the only man kicking goals early when the game was still winnable for the Demons.
Musings from the match
• No surprise in the result then
• Fevola kicked 7 STRAIGHT! What? Yes, but mostly in garbage time. But did sway the game in Carlton’s favour earlier.
• Matthew Whelan’s career is over after he got injured early as he was destined to retire at the end of the next game.
• Marc Murphy and Bryce Gibbs show the benefits of tanking in themselves.
• Kreuzer is also a number 1 draft pick, but didn’t have the best game
• Melbourne had some whack positional moves:
• Bate was in the midfield
• Jamar was up forward, that actually worked. Crazily he was a late replacement for nugget midfielder Nathan Jones. Not exactly the same body type eh? Bizarre selection.
• As previously mentioned Brock McLean was playing forward pocket.
• Melbourne played 4 ruckmen; Jamar, Johnson, Spencer and Martin.
• Jefferey Garlett, Andrew Carrazzo and Kade Simpson all played well for Carlton
• Robo kicked 5, but whatever they weren’t enough or early enough.
Ricky Petterd’s season is over after groin problems early in the match. Especially considering Melbourne’s selection policy, they won’t risk players. Richard Hadley is also out for the season too now. Usual suspects scored high for Carlton and the Dees. Jetta did have a good game though; he scored well above his average with 92 SuperCoach points. Tom McNamara and Jordie McKenzie could be worth a look next year in SuperCoach if they train well in the pre-season.