Kennedy gives Carlton the Blues

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    West Coast have held off a valiant Carlton outfit by 17 points to keep their finals hopes alive at Domain Stadium on Saturday night.

    Carlton started strongly, booting the first two goals of the match, before West Coast began to apply their pressure, going into the first change with a three-point lead over the Blues.

    The Eagles broke away in the second quarter, finding their run and carry, with Josh Kennedy booting three majors to give West Coast a 31 point lead to go into the half time break.

    Carlton came roaring back into the contest during the third term, however, kicking six straight goals to West Coast’s one to go into the final term with scores level, setting themselves up for a classic finish.

    The Eagles would have been nervous, with their history of dropping match-winning leads well documented, but the West Coast defence held firm, and the Eagles were able to stretch their lead out to a match-winning one.

    While Carlton continued to fight, with a Levi Casboult goal from the boundary, it proved too little too late as West Coast would run out 17 points winners to keep their finals hopes alive.

    It was a huge victory for the Eagles, as they stay in the top eight, sitting at seventh currently. Their best were Josh Kennedy, who ended up booting 6 majors (and now leads the Coleman), while Jeremy McGovern was a wall down back, and Sam Mitchell was everywhere, also breaking an AFL record for career handballs in the process.

    For the Blues, they were valiant in defeat, but it represents another chance gone begging for Brendan Bolton’s men this year. Their best were Marc Murphy, with two goals and 29 touches, while Bryce Gibbs had a goal, and 26 disposals of his own. Matt Kreuzer was immense as well, 33 hitouts and 17 touches to his name.

    West Coast will now travel down to Sydney to take on GWS on Saturday afternoon, whilst the Blues will play host to Hawthorn on Saturday night at the Docklands, Etihad Stadium.

    There were no injuries or reports from this match.

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    • August 12th 2017 @ 11:55pm
      Mattyb said | August 12th 2017 @ 11:55pm | ! Report

      A pretty ordinary game indeed,that was won by the stand out performance of Kennedy and McGovern.
      For the blues,the lack of leadership was again a standout. SPS was ok and young Curnow continues to show a bit,I think he could actually be a leader that Carlton simply havnt had for years.
      All in all I don’t think the Eagles will play finals and Carlton have again let one slip,have they actually even won a game since the bye? Amazing to think Smeldts wasn’t even the worse recruiting decision for the blues last year,the reject hunting is certainly coming back to bite with the lack of depth.
      Huge two weeks coming up for the once proud Navy Blues. They simply cannot afford to win yet another wooden spoon. Five Afl spoons can be considered nothing less than unacceptable for this once proud club. Any excuse would only be selling the club short.

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        August 13th 2017 @ 12:30am
        AdelaideDocker said | August 13th 2017 @ 12:30am | ! Report

        If they’d held on and won, would you be impressed? I would’ve been.

        Hell, they didn’t have the composure to win, but the Eagles at Domain – for all their faults – are a formidable force. But for Carlton to push them to the very end is an impressive feat. I’m pretty impressed with the Blues tonight.

        The Eagles did just enough, but I can’t see them having much of an impact in finals. There’s just too much good competition out there, I reckon.

        • August 13th 2017 @ 12:57am
          Mattyb said | August 13th 2017 @ 12:57am | ! Report

          To be perfectly honest AD I wasn’t impressed with either side bar Kennedy and McGovern. “But for Carlton” sums it up for me,they’re a professional side that needs to be treated as equals,no buts.
          I did compliment two of their players,this born to rule Carlton talk has been going on for years around here and any genuine articles or comments very heavily policed. Everything Carlton people harp on about is proven wrong.
          Like I said,they simply can’t afford to win another spoon,they were a once proud club with many genuine supporters,they won’t survive on fan boys alone.
          The blues are up to their necks in yet another wooden spoon, pre season suggestions that this would be the case was again heavily policed,sometimes people need to admit they were wrong or at least step back. The biased policing comments are starting to ware thin,year after year. The blues have gone backwards,we can’t escape that now.

          • August 13th 2017 @ 2:06am
            Kurt said | August 13th 2017 @ 2:06am | ! Report


            • August 13th 2017 @ 8:30am
              yawn said | August 13th 2017 @ 8:30am | ! Report

              Fruit cake anyone?

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            August 13th 2017 @ 5:17am
            berrlins said | August 13th 2017 @ 5:17am | ! Report

            I very much doubt Carlton will take the spoon, mate. So far this week Dogs were deplorable, Freo were deplorable Carlton had a go and could’ve stolen that game. They’re looking good. Give it another year or two and they’ll be fighting it out for the 8.

          • August 13th 2017 @ 8:12am
            Macca said | August 13th 2017 @ 8:12am | ! Report

            So Mattyb let me get his straight, with A game between 2 top 8 sides in Adelaide and Essendon on free to air you chose to watch a game you bought was pretty ordinary (surprise surprise) between a team that is fighting for the 8 and a team fighting to stay off the bottom – a team you routinely call the worst in the league? Why? Is that chip on your shoulder really that big?

            As for leadership – Murphy and Gibbs were the blues best and you don’t erase a 5 goal deficit in a quarter without leadership.

            And can you provide an example of the “heavy policing” of predictions the blues would win the spoon – I don’t recall any Carlton supporter arguing the blues would finish bottom 4.

            • August 13th 2017 @ 8:55am
              yawn said | August 13th 2017 @ 8:55am | ! Report

              keep up the good work Macca , although I think it would be easier to go out the back and bang your head on a brick wall.

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              August 13th 2017 @ 9:52am
              Col from Brissie said | August 13th 2017 @ 9:52am | ! Report

              Macca, Carlton’s leadership didn’t compare to the Bulldogs leadership on Friday night – thank goodness. A defending premier needing to win to keep their finals hopes alive, playing on their home deck against an interstate team. Nearly twice as many inside 50’s as their opponent, yet can only manage 7 goals and get beat by 48 points. The recruitment of big Trav has certainly paid off.

              But as Matty said Bulldog losses don’t overly concern him, but obviously Carlton losses do. He must be mellowing though, two Carlton comments and no ‘sad and tragic’ or mention of SOS.

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                August 13th 2017 @ 10:14am
                AdelaideDocker said | August 13th 2017 @ 10:14am | ! Report

                And he thought SPS wass “okay” and young Curnow “shows a bit”.

                That’s …. the most complimentary he’s been.

              • August 13th 2017 @ 11:22am
                Mark said | August 13th 2017 @ 11:22am | ! Report

                Still got his favourite “born to rule” in there, though.

              • August 14th 2017 @ 1:46pm
                Macca said | August 14th 2017 @ 1:46pm | ! Report

                “And he thought SPS wass “okay” and young Curnow “shows a bit”.

                That’s …. the most complimentary he’s been.”

                When SPS gets 19 possessions, 6 clearances & 6 tackles ( and has averaged 20 possessions, 6 tackles and 5 clearances over the past 3 weeks) and Charlie Curnow has kicked 14 goals, taken 76 marks, laid 38 tackles and had 162 possessions since round 10 for an 11 game average of 1.27goals, 6.91 marks, 3.45 tackles and 14.72 possessions and is currently 13th in the AFL for contested marks in total not even Mattyb could claim they were no good – but it is a good example of the standards he expects from Carlton players simply to be adequate.

          • August 13th 2017 @ 8:15am
            Kane said | August 13th 2017 @ 8:15am | ! Report

            There is something majorly wrong with you, you might want to stop carrying on about what Carlton are doing and spend a bit more time worrying about where ur own mob are at.

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            August 13th 2017 @ 9:56am
            Col from Brissie said | August 13th 2017 @ 9:56am | ! Report

            Not too concerned at winning wooden spoons as there are still plenty of silver cups to put them in.

      • August 15th 2017 @ 2:52pm
        Macca said | August 15th 2017 @ 2:52pm | ! Report

        “For the blues,the lack of leadership was again a standout” Here are the coaches votes for the game

        10 Josh Kennedy (WC)
        7 Marc Murphy (Carl)
        6 Jeremy McGovern (WC)
        3 Luke Shuey (WC)
        2 Elliot Yeo (WC)
        1 Sam Kerridge (Carl)
        1 Matthew Kreuzer (Carl)

        So Captain Marc Murphy (surely a leadership position) was second best on ground according to the coaches.

        It is also interesting to see that “reject” Kerridge amongst the votes.

    • August 13th 2017 @ 8:33am
      J.Roger said | August 13th 2017 @ 8:33am | ! Report

      dont know why people are slinging off at Carlton, they looked an impressive side given their ladder ranking. if theyre full of youngsters, then youd think things can only improve. their future looks bright. the coach was good too. they made the eagles look ordinary at times, and after tonites game, i suspect they are ordinary and it willl take a miracle to beat GWS and Crows in coming rounds. the comp is so close this season, you dont know what youll get each week except for the eagles who seem predictable or stuck in a groundhog day script they cant escape? the script unbelievably returned to haunt them yet again int the 3rd qtr and nearly played out in the 4th, except for the small mercy of playing the lowest ranked side to cast that hoodoo magic on them!! It took everything they had to escape the abyss that was looming. but theyre too inconsistent and players keep going missing. Jetta, masten, wellingham, darling have all underachieved. redden also, although he seems to have improved recently. lecras, schofield are cooked, big changes ahead needed. flying high like a meat pie in the sky!

      • August 13th 2017 @ 8:48am
        yawn said | August 13th 2017 @ 8:48am | ! Report

        “dont know why people are slinging off at Carlton, they looked an impressive side given their ladder ranking. if theyre full of youngsters, then youd think things can only improve. their future looks bright. the coach was good too.”

        If you watched the game with an open mind you could see green sprouts everywhere for the blues. Most people can see them but the odd one can’t. It just shows their lack of knowledge of the game.

        • August 13th 2017 @ 11:14pm
          J.Roger said | August 13th 2017 @ 11:14pm | ! Report

          green sprouts? i think you’ve been smoking too much of that? carlton looked great, the 3rd qtr was an awesome come back, due to smart coaching as much as team drive. there was also a howling gale, as there is now..whistling through my open mind? hey, we cant all be footy geniuses, but where would you be without us mere minions to make you feel loftier about yourselves? ((;

          • August 14th 2017 @ 5:25am
            yawn said | August 14th 2017 @ 5:25am | ! Report

            Sorry J Roger’ Should have said if “people watched the game with an open mind”. Couldn’t have agreed more with your statement. Sorry my bad..

            • August 14th 2017 @ 11:31am
              J.Roger said | August 14th 2017 @ 11:31am | ! Report

              yes, i just re-read yours and thought oops, I might’ve misinterpreted that comment? suffering from postgame trauma? apologies, anyway i tried to keep it lite, no online vitriol.
              admittedly havent watched much of Carlton this season and was blown away by how sharp and intense they were..also just how close this comp is now.
              was also a bit harsh on my team the Beagles, just so frustrating eg – Jetta!
              there is a chance Nicnat may make a surprise return just in the Nic of time, which would re-jig our line up and make for a balanced team we haven’t seen for awhile.
              but GWS away and Crows at!

          • August 14th 2017 @ 9:21am
            Macca said | August 14th 2017 @ 9:21am | ! Report

            One of the biggest positives for the blues this year is the number of times they have been 4-6 goals down and found a way to get back into the game – that is great coaching, great leadership and great spirit – once the young kids build their AFL bodies and we build our depth over the next couple of draft and trade periods those qualities will lead to wins.

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        August 13th 2017 @ 11:57am
        gameofmarks said | August 13th 2017 @ 11:57am | ! Report

        My opinion of Redden has changed dramatically since his recall into the side. He has turned into a bulldog in the contest and his effort to run 50m to crumb that ball from the pack in the square in the last quarter and kick that goal was superb. He just needs to improve his handball and hit up guys in the open rather than someone under pressure.

        I agree that the WCE looked ordinary at times and their form doesn’t give fans much confidence going deep into September, if they make the eight. So I think Simpson will be forced give the young kids a pat on the back and say “thanks guys, but I need to go with my experienced players from here.” I think he has to roll the dice and hope guys like Le Cras, Hill, Cripps, Wellingham and, to a lesser extent, Darling, who has been good the past 3-4 weeks, stand up and play like a forward line that has played together for years.

        If I was to make one change to the side for the remainder of the year, and hopefully the finals, it would be to drop Pridda and switch Duggan into the middle and play Mitchelll as a +1 in defense. Pridda is just too slow and his 17 disposals last night was probably the lowest disposal count for him for years.

        I would also drop McKenzie, although he has also improved since the bye as well, and bring Barrass back in.

    • August 13th 2017 @ 9:13am
      Andrew said | August 13th 2017 @ 9:13am | ! Report

      Cripps an Ed Curnow missing made it hard to cover the lack of midfield depth. I’d imagine if those two were available, the last 2 games would have been wins. Drafting mids will go along way to climbing off the bottom next year.

    • Roar Guru

      August 13th 2017 @ 10:10am
      Col from Brissie said | August 13th 2017 @ 10:10am | ! Report

      Macca, if ‘you know who’ will allow us Carlton supporters to have a discussion amongst ourselves without his usual rants, there were some good positives to come out of last nights game. It seemed that Bolton might have freed them up a bit last night which resulted in some good attacking passages of play.

      Once again there were some good signs from the young brigade. SPS and Charlie were very good and there were solid contributions from Silvagni, Fisher and Williamson. I think we also saw why Pickett was highly regarded in his draft year and with another pre season and a bigger tank he could excite. Even Boekhurst showed some good signs and if he can show more consistency they may persevere with him.

      • August 13th 2017 @ 5:32pm
        Macca said | August 13th 2017 @ 5:32pm | ! Report

        Col – I didn’t see the game but from all reports you are on the money – can’t wait to see Pickett after another pre-season

    • Roar Guru

      August 13th 2017 @ 10:12am
      DingoGray said | August 13th 2017 @ 10:12am | ! Report

      While the level MattyB goes to is well over the top….

      That doesn’t take away that his underlying message has some truth to it.

      Second year in a row they’ve just hit the wall!
      While I’m sure some will be happy with ‘competitive’ losses.

      But if Carlton come back next year and offer up the same narrative (good start good wins early, to only then fall away and lose however many in a row….
      I’m wonder if the Carlton faithful will be so Strong and boisterous in their development claims.

      • August 13th 2017 @ 5:03pm
        Liam said | August 13th 2017 @ 5:03pm | ! Report

        First things first.

        I wonder, do you analyse all things the way you’ve looked at this, barely looking beyond the surface? Last year, the wall is an accurate statement to make; last year, we collapsed as the reality of a hard month without success against a series of quality opponents and nothing to play for added together to make things a bit hard for the kids.

        This season is clearly different; we’re still in matches, right up into our ears. We’re without our best midfielder, and without Ed Curnow, who runs both ways and covers an incredible amount of territory, who tackles and gets clearances. And we’re the worst in the AFL for both clearances and tackles. The kids haven’t fallen off the planet, they’re still fighting matches out, as is evidenced by Curnow and Petrevsky-Seton’s continued good form, as well as Kerridge’s continued good form and Casboult’s improved goal kicking. Jack Silvagni is playing good footy, as is Gibbs, Murphy, Kruezer; you see how your narrative is falling away?

        We’re still a developing side, so the young players are in and out of games. Playing WC in Perth is never an easy task. But your comment is so absurdly reductive that it removes whatever you were trying to say from any kind of relevance.

      • August 13th 2017 @ 5:31pm
        Macca said | August 13th 2017 @ 5:31pm | ! Report

        Dingo – look at the age profile year on year and the closeness of the results?

        Throw in that last year we lost Murphy and suddenly stopped winning and this year we lost Cripps and Curnow and suddenly stopped winning, for a team who acknowledges we have problem with midfield depth that isn’t a coincidenc.

    • August 13th 2017 @ 10:41am
      Carltonian said | August 13th 2017 @ 10:41am | ! Report

      Shame we had to let Kennedy go to get Judd. Lesson hopefully learned. Never trade young talent.

      Pickett looks a beauty.

      Boekhorst showed a few things. He plays really direct and is fast. Give him another go I reckon.

      Casboult, if he wants to stay then lets keep him but if he reckons he is worth a lot more than see ya.

      • August 14th 2017 @ 11:37am
        J.Roger said | August 14th 2017 @ 11:37am | ! Report

        hindsight!! you just cant know how these things will pan out. sadly they both may end up without a GF gong at their traded clubs.

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