North Melbourne – 11.18 (84)
Carlton – 14.10 (94)
Carlton, in the most unconvincing fashion managed to do enough to deny Adam Simpson a win in his last game by 10 points at the Dome tonight.
It was a fair arm-wrestle for most of the game with the main momentum shift coming in the 3rd quarter when Carlton kicked 6 goals to North’s 4 which gave the Blues a slender 4 point lead into the 4th quarter.
North had plenty of chances to win it in the last half kicking a disgraceful 0.9 to Carlton’s 2.3.
With goals at a premium in the 4th quarter, Mitch Robinson took a mark on the wing’, took off at full pace and then booted it long into the forward-50 one out to Fevola who couldn’t mark it.
Key players for North Melbourne
Liam Anthony – He just accumulated possessions at will finishing with 33 possessions.
Brent Harvey –He was exceptional in the first-half running himself into the ground. So much so that he had minimal influence in the last quarter. Finished with 32 possessions.
Drew Petrie – He gave it his absolute all, as shown by that all or nothing “slips” mark in the dying seconds. Finished with 4 assists and 8 inside-50s.
Lindsey Thomas – Can’t go past his 4 goals.
Key players for Carlton
Marc Murphy – Ran forward well to kick 4 goals whilst getting the ball 23 times.
Bryce Gibbs – Used the ball beautifully tonight and was the player that looked almost a class above his team-mates. Kicked 2 goals; one of them was an excellent set-shot along the boundary.
Nick Stevens – Played well in his return match playing in the midfield whilst also roaming behind the ball. He would have been handy last week with his skills. Finished with a team-high 25 possessions.
Musings from the match
• Nine behinds North?!?!?! You can’t be serious……….
• One player who really tried in vein to drag North over the line in the last bit of the 4thquarter was Andrew Swallow. His desperation was excellent.
• Adam Simpson did remarkably well for an old man playing with a torn-calf muscle. He finished with 20 possessions and 2 assists.
• Carlton are going to be doing nothing in the finals going by this game and the form they have shown since the split-round.
• Levi Greenwood did an excellent job on Chris Judd, restricting the captain to 7 first-half possessions and forced Carlton to move him up forward.
• There were some enjoyable one-on-one contests on the ground; Fevola vs.Thompson, Kruezer vs. McIntosh and even (stay with me here) Campbell vs. Armfield.
The biggest scorer of the night was Andrew Swallow with a score of 145pt’s, much thanks to his 9 tackles and 3 assists.
Other big scorers included Brent Harvey(133pt’s), Hamish McIntosh (122pt’s) and Lindsey Thomas (120pt’s).
Carlton didn’t have big scorers at all. The highest score was 113pt’s which was scored by both Marc Murphy and Chris Judd.
Leigh Harding went off injured with a hamstring injury.