Port Adelaide – 9.13 (67)
Carlton – 18.13 (121)
Carlton carried their form from last week to seriously damage Port Adelaide’s meek finals ambitions. It was their dominant last term that was the most impressive thing about the Blues, where they kicked 9 goals to 1 when it looked like Port was coming at the start of the 4th quarter.
5 minutes into the last quarter, it looked like Carlton were ready to blow the game apart and Andrew Carrazzo provided the moment to get it started with an excellent goal on the run in the forward pocket.
Key players for Port Adelaide
Dean Brogan – Showed his passion all day long and along with a few others, provided consistent efforts for the entire 4 quarters. Did well in the ruck with 28 hitouts.
Shaun Burgoyne – Continued his excellent form with 25 possessions and 9 clearances. Tried, tried and tried again.
Matt Thomas – Shared a job on Chris Judd with Kane Cornes and did a really good job helping in restricting the Carlton skipper to 19 possessions whilst getting 22 himself. Never gave up unlike many of his teammates.
Key players for Carlton
Marc Murphy – Was without an opponent for most of the game and made Port pay with 3 goals and 33 possessions. Excellent game from a player in excellent form.
Brryce Gibbs – Help set up the good lead in the 2nd quarter when he dominated. Finished with 32 possessions and 7 inside 50s.
Brendan Fevola – You can’t expect anything else than a bag’ from him when he gets delivery like that. A nice consistent performance from him which resulted with 6 goals.
Musings from the match
• This and the previous game show’s just how important it is for Carlton’s midfield to keep up its work-rate for the team to play good football.
• Could Richard Hadley be the difference? His grunt work was a feature allowing the classier players to do their thing’ more freely.
• Andrew Walker played his best game since coming back from his injury troubles. Great news for Carlton fans given his ability.
• Brett Thornton was very good (again) as the ‘general’ in the Carlton’s backline. He had an underrated year, that’s for sure.
• Careers over for Peter Burgoyne and Brendan Lade?
• Trade time for Salopek and Pearce? Salopek in particular looks uninterested.
• Port were listed as a year older than Carlton………..
• 13 goals (out of 18) from marks for Carlton is disgraceful from Port. Bad coaching and poor pressure from the midfield.
• The 10 extra clearances and 37 extra hitouts that Port had didn’t seem to help too much.
Carlton had a massive SuperCoach points total of 1938pt’s or an average of 88pt’s per player.
8 players scored 110+ with Murphy scoring the highest with 138pt’s.
Chad Cornes was the highest scorer for Port with 120pt’s with Matt Thomas (108pt’s) and Shaun Burgoyne (104pt’s) the only others to score over 100pt’s.