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Tigers fall to Blues
By Paul Daffey, with AAP
10:21 PM Thu 29 Mar, 2012

Carlton         3.2     8.7    11.13    18.17 (125)
Richmond     3.4     5.6    10.7      12.9 (81)

GOALS
Carlton: Hampson 3, Betts 2, Armfield 2, Yarran 2, Lucas 2, Waite, Simpson, Garlett, Thornton, Kreuzer, Murphy, Robinson
Richmond: Riewoldt 4, Grigg 2, Martin 2, Cotchin 2, Vickery, Nahas

BEST
Carlton: Murphy, Carrazzo, Simpson, Curnow, Scotland, Judd, Kreuzer
Richmond: Cotchin, Martin, Foley, Houli, Rance

INJURIES
Carlton: Nil
Richmond: Nil

SUBSTITUTES
Carlton: Jordan Russell replaced by Kane Lucas in the final quarter.
Richmond: Shane Tuck replaced by Reece Conca in the third quarter.

Reports: Jarrad Waite (Carlton) for rough conduct on Dylan Grimes (Richmond) in the first quarter.

Umpires: Donlon, Farmer, Meredith

Official crowd: 78,285 at MCG

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CARLTON used a combination of class and composure to surge clear of Richmond and win their opening-round clash at the MCG by 44 points on Thursday night.

The Blues led by as many as 32 points midway through the third quarter before Richmond stormed back with five straight goals, but Carlton steadied to run out 18.17 (125) to 12.9 (81) winners for their eighth consecutive victory over the Tigers.

The Blues looked to be in trouble when Richmond had the momentum heading into the final quarter, and their indifferent pre-season seemed about to bring them undone.

But they took control in the final term, casting doubt on whether the Tigers have the polish to challenge for the top eight.

Richmondís fight evaporated when Carlton defender Chris Yarran delivered a piece of magic 10 minutes into the term.

Receiving a handball on the left-forward flank, he hugged the boundary line, shrugged off attempted tackles from new Tigers Ivan Maric and Brandon Ellis, and then threaded a running shot at goal to create an 18-point buffer.

Replays suggesting the ball might have crossed the line did not detract from the goal's brilliance.

The Blues overcame the absence of defenders Michael Jamison and Nick Duigan to keep the Tigersí key forwards at bay.

Jack Riewoldt ended up with four goals, but his tally did a disservice to opponent Lachie Henderson, who played a tight, spoiling game.

Riewoldt spent most of the night around centre half-forward, with the Tigers looking most threatening when Trent Cotchin and Dustin Martin alternated out of the goalsquare in the third quarter.

The Blues clearly won the midfield battle, Andrew Carrazzo setting the tone with his attack on the ball.

Marc Murphy started slowly before powering into the game after half-time. His ability to set up a passage of play as well as provide a classy link-up was instrumental in the Blues' win.

The unheralded Ed Curnow was busy, while Kade Simpson was one of the few players on the ground to play well from start to finish.

Ruckman Matthew Kreuzer was among the best on ground, and gave Richmond big man Maric a headache in his first game in the yellow and black.

Richmond debutants Ellis and Steven Morris were quiet in a game that was played at great intensity, featuring contest after contest.

Ultimately, the Blues' greater ability to dispose to advantage under pressure stood them in good stead.

The news wasnít all good for the Blues, with forward Jarrad Waite reported in the opening minutes of the match after contact with Richmondís Dylan Grimes.

http://www.richmondfc.com.au/news/newsarticle/tabid/6301/newsid/131776/default.aspx

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Team Stats

Disposals           320    - 375
Kicks                 178    - 219
Handballs           142 - 156   
Con. Possies      136 - 151   
Uncon. Possies   180 - 227
Efficiency%          72 - 75
Marks                  58 - 103
Con. Marks            6 - 13   
Uncon. Marks       52 - 90
Tackles                65 - 64   
Clearances           32 - 39
Clangers              46 - 54   
Frees                   22 - 20    
Hitouts                38 - 26 .... ( I.Maric 25, Vickery 9 // Kreuzer 15, Hampson 10 )
Inside 50s            45 - 63
Marks In50          10 - 18
Rebound 50s       42 - 31
Assists                  6 - 11
1%ers                 46 - 70
Supercoach     1517 - 1780
Dreamteam     1332 - 1636

Individual Stats

PLAYER             D       K      H      CP    DE%   M  CM  T  CL  FF  FA  I50  R50  G   B   GA   SC

T.Cotchin          27    17    10    11    67%    1    0    8    7    1    0    5    2    2    0    0    127
N.Foley             25    14    11    14    56%    3    0    4    4    0    1    4    5    0    0    2      88
B.Deledio          21    11    10      7    67%    5    0    7    1    0    2    4    1    0    0    1    100
A.Rance            21    11    10    13    86%    3    0    1    1    4    0    0    9    0    0    0    108
S.Grigg             20    14      6      5    65%    2    0    0    1    0    1    3    3    2    0    0      81
B.Houli              20      9    11      5    80%    5    0    1    1    1    0    2    2    0    0    0      72
I.Maric              18      8    10      9    72%    5    1    0    5    2    0    2    0    0    0    1      97
D.Jackson         17    11      6      4    82%    4    0    1    4    1    0    4    0    0    0    0      54
D.Martin            16    11      5      8    62%    2    0    4    3    3    1    4    1    2    1    0      89
J.Riewoldt         16    11      5    11    62%    3    2    5    0    1    3    2    0    4    3    0    118
S.Tuck              15      1    14      7    73%    3    0    2    0    2    1    0    1    0    0    0      49
C.Newman        14      9      5      3    86%    3    0    5    1    0    1    2    4    0    0    0      66
S.Edwards         12      6      6      8    75%    0    0    4    4    1    0    4    0    0    1    1      54
A.Maric              12      6      6      5    67%    2    0    2    0    0    0    3    0    0    1    1      45
D.Grimes           11      9      2      5    82%    2    0    2    0    3    1    0    4    0    0    0      54
B.Ellis                  9      6      3      1    89%    2    0    2    0    0    0    0    3    0    0    0      50
B.Miller                9      4      5      4    78%    5    2    3    0    0    2    1    0    0    1    0      58
S.Morris              9      1      8      1    89%    1    0    2    0    0    1    0    1    0    0    0      30
J.Post                 9      5      4      5    67%    3    1    1    0    1    2    1    4    0    0    0      44
R.Conca             8      6      2      4    87%    2    0    3    0    1    2    1    1    0    0    0      35
R.Nahas             8      6      2      3    37%    1    0    5    0    0    1    2    1    1    1    0      47
T.Vickery            3      2      1      3    67%    1    0    3    0    1    1    1    0    1    0    0      51

http://live-footy.heraldsun.com.au/StatsCentre/Index/20120120120140102
http://www.afl.com.au/tabid/16931/Default.aspx#fixtureid=7661&tab=Stats

one-eyed:
Familiar story for Tigers of old

    Warwick Green
    From: Herald Sun
    March 30, 2012

THIS time was supposed to be different.

Since 2008 Richmond fans have gone into the Round 1 match against Carlton with optimism, only to have it crushed by a loss - an average margin of 53 points over the past three years.

This year the optimism was less about hope than it was about a real belief that Richmond was ready to take a big scalp.

There were to be "No excuses". Maybe so, but there were reasons and they all revolved around Carlton's class trumping Richmond's optimism.

The Blues were cleaner, they made fewer mistakes and they knew how to win.

There were to be no excuses for Richmond because their midfield was supposed to be ready to match it with the elite.

Yet Carlton disproved that, and did so without Chris Judd producing one of his dominant games.

Judd was solid, and Marc Murphy worked relentlessly in traffic, but the difference was that Andrew Carrazzo, Kade Simpson and to a lesser extent Ed Curnow stepped up, and showed that Carlton's midfield is elite because it has quality and depth.

There were to be no excuses for Richmond because it had now had a ruckman in Ivan Maric who would not be tossed around like a rag doll.

He wasn't, but he was no match for the brilliance of Matthew Kreuzer, who produced some deft tapwork and was superb around the ground, effectively acting as an extra midfielder at the stoppages.

There were to be no excuses for Richmond because it had several potent forwards who could expose Carlton without its two backline generals, Michael Jamieson and Nick Duigan.

But Lachy Henderson effectively blanketed Jack Riewoldt, even though the Tigers spearhead managed to produce four goals, including a freak snap late in the third term that brought the Tigers to within 10 points and gave them another sniff of optimism and hope.


There were to be no excuses for the Tigers because they had found a couple of small and pacy defenders in Steven Morris and Brandon Ellis capable of minding the crumbers. Yet Jeff Garlett and Eddie Betts still managed to have a major bearing on the game with a handful of possessions.

Even more encouraging for the Blues was the performance of their marking forwards.

Shaun Hampson clunked a few marks and added three goals, while the underdone Jarrad Waite proved his worth, taking marks on the lead as well as a couple of hangers.

Richmond moved the ball into its forward line slowly and with long hopeful kicks. Carlton scored through many avenues to goal. Pack marks, crumbing, and plenty of streaming into open space.

The play of the night came when Chris Yarran, his usual damaging self running off half back, took possession of a Judd handball on the attacking side of the wing and backed himself in dashing along the boundary.

He burned off Ivan Maric and Morris, taking two bounces and kicking a brilliant goal from 30m on the boundary.

For Richmond there were few positives

Trent Cotchin began well with 11 possessions, including five clearances in the first quarter. He went cold in the second term before dragging the Tigers back into the match in the third term and finishing well.

Dustin Martin produced spells of bullish brilliance but was too inconsistent.

But Richmond fumbled, made defensive errors and lacked a plan going forward. It played on in the back half but lacked the skill to hit targets and turned the ball over.

On two occasions the Tigers went goalless while Carlton strung together a streak of five goals.

Worryingly for the Tigers, the Blues not only outplayed their opponents, they worked harder.

Richmond has never beaten Carlton under Damien Hardwick.

And on last night's performance there is little optimism about them doing so this year.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/afl/familiar-story-for-tigers-of-old/story-fnctrk3q-1226313993675?from=live+hq_rss

WARWICK GREEN'S BEST

CARLTON: Kreuzer, Simpson, Carrazzo, Murphy, Gibbs, Yarran, Henderson.
RICHMOND: Cotchin, Martin, Foley, Rance, Jackson.

VOTES: 5 Kreuzer 4 Simpson 3 Cotchin 2 Carrazzo 1 Murphy

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/afl/more-news/blues-too-good-for-brave-tigers/story-e6frf9jf-1226313650591

one-eyed:
Four points: Blues v Tigers

    Bruce Matthews
    From: Herald Sun
    March 29, 2012 10:42PM


1. Big Shaun Hampson answered the Blues' call to stand tall as a marking option up forward. He clunked a contested mark and converted from 45m in the third quarter, and repeated the feat a couple of minutes later, shooting a quick-thinking handpass on his knees to unattended Bret Thornton for an easy goal. Hampson hauled in another towering mark to goal again in the last quarter, one of 11 individual goalkickers in a superb spread for the cleaner ball-handling Blues.

2. Carlton showed how to break free of a defensive press with Zach Tuohy's booming kickout straight down the ground in the opening quarter. The ball spilled from a marking contest to Kade Simpson who sprinted clear through the centre square. He laid off a pass to Dennis Armfield who just kept running to complete the impressive end-to-end goal. It was a tactic adopted several times by the Tigers in the second half too.

3. Richmond's gun midfielder Trent Cotchin emphasised he has far more tricks than simply reefing the ball out of the centre contests. Cotchin took on the role of crumbing forward, booting two of four unanswered goals in the third term as the Tigers hauled themselves back into the match.

4. Chris Yarran will be tough to beat for goal of the year after an amazing effort in the final term that ended any hope of a Richmond victory. Yarran took the ball near the wing and sprinted down the boundary, shrugging off two tackles before slotting the goal from just inside the chalk. On TV replays he appeared to carry the ball over the boundary line but the umpire was out of position, or too mesmerised to notice.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/afl/four-points-blues-v-tigers/story-fnctrk3q-1226313978841

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