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Tigers pipped in the dying seconds
By Ben Collins
11:02 PM Sat 28 Jul, 2012

CARLTON      4.2    7.5   10.11  14.11   (95)                 
RICHMOND   5.2   5.7    8.11    13.13  (91)         
Carlton: Betts 4, Thornton 2, Armfield 2, Murphy,  Carrazzo, Bell, Garlett, Casboult, McLean
Richmond: Martin 3, Cotchin 3, Tuck 2, Nahas 2, McGuane, Newman, Grigg
Carlton: Murphy, McLean, Betts, Carrazzo, Scotland, Jamison
Richmond: Tuck, Grigg, Ellis, Martin, Cotchin
Carlton: Nil
Richmond: Jackson (TBC)
Carlton: Frazer Dale replaced Nick Duigan early in the final quarter
Richmond: Addam Maric replaced Daniel Jackson in the third quarter
Reports: Nil
Umpires: Margetts, Rosebury, Hay
Official crowd: 46,013 at the MCG


A LAST-MINUTE goal to midfielder Brock McLean has kept Carlton in the finals race after the Blues pipped Richmond by four points on a wet MCG on Saturday night.

With just a minute remaining, Richmond defender Steven Morris won a critical contest against four-goal forward Eddie Betts, only to send the ball out of bounds on the full.

McLean took the resultant free kick and kicked long looking for Levi Casboult, but the ball sailed over the tall forward and bounced through for the match-winning goal.

The Tigers' Brett Deledio took the ball forward from the final centre bounce but the injury-ravaged Blues managed to hold on for a famous victory - 14.11 (95) to 13.13 (91).

Carlton had been 13 points down at the 20-minute mark of the last quarter before goals to Dennis Armfield, Bret Thornton and McLean stunned a crowd of 46,013.

The action-packed last quarter went for almost 36 minutes.

In a wildly fluctuating game, the lead changed 12 times.

It was the third heartbreaking loss in succession for the Tigers after nailbiting defeats to Gold Coast and North Melbourne.

The Blues have now won nine consecutive games against Richmond, at an average of almost 50 points.

For much of the night it appeared the Tigers would finally break their hoodoo against their arch enemy.

Carlton was lucky to be within a goal at quarter-time after Richmond started the game with far more system and style.

Tiger duo Dustin Martin and Trent Cotchin produced an electrifying first term, combining for 21 possessions (10 contested), five clearances and all of Richmond's five goals - while changing onball and forward.

The Tigers appeared set to break the game open when they led by 12 points in the dying stages of the first term. But they gifted the Blues a goal just before quarter-time when they were penalised after a poor Jake King kick almost hit the team runner. It was the first of four consecutive goals to Carlton.

Richmond had won just two second quarters for the season and weren't going to improve on this poor record with the Blues quelling the influence of Martin and Cotchin, who were restricted to just four touches apiece as their team went goalless for the term.

Carlton's 10-point half-time lead quickly evaporated in the third term with the Tigers adding the first three goals after the break to lead by nine points.

However, the Blues added 3.3 to nothing in the last 10 minutes of the third term - the first time either side had dominated play to the Punt Road end - to hold a 12-point advantage at the last change.

But few could have foreseen the drama of the final term.

Marc Murphy (a game-high 36 disposals) again led the Blues' strongly in the absence of suspended skipper Chris Judd, while McLean (27) continued his impressive form in conditions that suited him and Heath Scotland (27) was typically prolific.

Andrew Carazzo (27), in his 150th game, was superb after being given the job on Cotchin after quarter-time, while Michael Jamison kept Jack Riewoldt to just two behinds.

Shane Tuck (31 and two goals) was the Tigers' best.

Hurting at the moment ben collins   go stuff yourself

Team Stats

Disposals              318 - 323
Efficiency%             67 - 64   
Kicks                     193 - 192   
Handballs             125 - 131   
Con. Possies        164 - 166   
Uncon. Possies     158 - 143
Marks                     51 - 49   
Con. Marks               8 - 8   
Uncon. Marks         43 - 41
Tackles                   80 - 95   
Clearances             54 - 49   
Clangers                43 - 44
Frees                      25 - 25
Hitouts                   58 - 54 ..... ( I.Maric 49, McGuane 4, Deledio 3 // Kreuzer 45, Casboult 5 )   
Inside 50s              54 - 47   
Marks In50               7 - 11
Rebound 50s          31 - 32
Assists                      6 - 7   
1%ers                    72 - 46
Supercoach         1615 - 1685
Dreamteam         1402 - 1461

Individual Stats

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

S.Tuck              31    16    15    23      65%    3    0    5    9    2    2    6    3    2    1    0    153
T.Cotchin         24    18      6    13      67%    4    1    3    5    6    0    5    0    3    0    0    106
B.Deledio         22    16      6      7      64%    3    0    7    5    1    1    7    4    0    1    2    126
S.Grigg             22    13      9      9      64%    2    0    4    3    1    0    3    1    1    0    0      87
B.Ellis               20    13      7      5      60%    1    0    3    0    1    1    3    1    0    1    0      60
D.Jackson        19    11      8      7      68%    3    0    2    3    0    0    1    1    0    0    0      52
D.Martin           19    13      6    13      58%    1    0    5    7    1    1    4    2    3    1    0    103
S.Edwards       18      8    10    10      72%    1    0    8    6    0    2    3    0    0    3    2    101
B.Houli             17      9      8      7      65%    3    0    5    1    1    1    2    4    0    0    0      76
I.Maric             15      7      8    13      53%    2    0    3    9    0    0    3    0    0    0    0    159
R.Conca           14      7      7      4      71%    4    0    3    1    0    4    1    1    0    0    0      43
J.King               14      8      6      8      71%    2    1    5    1    3    0    6    0    0    0    0      61
A.Rance           14    11      3      8      79%    3    1    6    0    3    3    1    3    0    0    0      81
M.Dea              11      5      6      4      73%    3    0    2    2    0    0    2    2    0    0    0      47
J.Riewoldt        11      8      3      8      64%    4    1    1    0    2    2    2    0    0    2    2      61
S.Morris             9      7      2      4      67%    2    1    1    0    0    1    0    2    0    1    0      40
R.Nahas            9      6      3      5      44%    1    0    7    0    1    0    2    0    2    1    0      74
C.Newman        9      6      3      6      78%    1    0    3    2    1    0    1    3    1    0    0      63
L.McGuane        7      3      4      5      71%    2    1    3    0    0    5    1    0    1    0    0      40
K.Moore            6      2      4      3      83%    2    0    1    0    2    0    0    2    0    0    0      22
J.Post                5      4      1      2    100%    4    2    0    0    0    0    0    1    0    0    0      48
A.Maric              2      2      0      0      50%    0    0    3    0    0    1    1    1    0    0    0      12

Carlton coach Brett Ratten's B-team snatches victory from Richmond

    Mark Stevens
    From: Herald Sun
    July 29, 2012

DAMIEN Hardwick rocked back in his chair and shook his head as the clock ticked down to three seconds.

Who would be a Richmond coach? And who would be a Tigers supporter?

Just when it looked like the footy gods would allow the club to finally win a close one last night, it all went horribly wrong. AGAIN.

A desperately undermanned Carlton was outstanding, giving coach Brett Ratten's chances of survival a massive boost, but it is difficult not to start with Richmond.

When Trent Cotchin converted a contentious free kick for a goal at the 20-minute mark of the final term, the Tigers led by 13 points and had all the momentum.

There were fluffed forays forward as the Blues, missing a raft of key players, somehow found a way.

Dennis Armfield found himself in space and goaled from 45m on the run to keep it alive for Carlton.

Then Bret Thornton seemed fortunate to receive a free kick for in-the-back 10m out - the latest controversial call in an over-umpired game - and the Blues were within a point. The Tigers led by two points with less than a minute left when the Blues surged again, bombing it long to a dangerous one-on-one involving Eddie Betts and opponent Steven Morris.

With the ball going slightly to the Tigers' advantage, he picked it up cleanly, but then had a brain fade.

 Startled by the situation, Morris pumped it 40m out on the full in the rush to repel it.

Marcus Davies took the free kick, making the correct call to chip it short to Brock McLean, who had found some space just outside the 50m arc.

 This is where it gets really cruel for Hardwick and every Tiger.

 McLean bombed it long to the top of the square, clearly attempting to find Levi Casboult, but the ball flew over the back of the contest and bounced through with 42 seconds left.

Brett Deledio sent it forward from the next centre bounce for the Tigers, but after some anxious moments, the Blues managed to crowd it in and hold firm.

After similarly narrow losses to Gold Coast and North Melbourne in the past fortnight, the final siren brought untold pain to a Richmond group now officially out of the finals race with a 7-10 record.

To put it bluntly, this was a bitterly disappointing loss given the outs for Carlton. There were no excuses whatsoever given the talent on the park, but the Tigers found a way to blow it.

On the flipside, this was a win to savour. Last week's effort by an even more depleted side against the Dogs was underrated and this win by the Blues was special.

Carlton is playing for its coach.

 That can not be denied, given the dogged effort.

 Thornton's audaciously clever two-handed tap over his head to set up a goal to Jeff Garlett on the stroke of three-quarter time will no doubt dominate the highlights packages, but a selfless act a few minutes earlier really summed it up. Ruckman Matthew Kreuzer somehow managed to reel in a rampaging Robin Nahas and hold him up in a desperate tackle, setting up another forward thrust.

The Blues won the tackle count 97-80 and narrowly saluted in the contested-possession stakes. They were just that little bit harder than the Richmond unit, which at times looked as if it felt it could flick a switch at any stage and run away with it.

Michael Jamison was outstanding, locking down Jack Riewoldt, and Marc Murphy led the team superbly with 36 disposals - 22 of the contested variety.

Written off a fortnight ago, the Blues are 9-8 and still a chance.

And on that showing, Ratten is firming by the day to survive.

FOUR POINTS with Warwick Green

1. GOING into this match Richmond had won only two of its 16 second quarters this season, the equal worst in the AFL alongside Greater Western Sydney. Sure enough, the Tigers were outscored three goals to nil in the second term, with their closest chance a Shane Edwards point that was kicked off the ground. It went through but was denied when the video review system showed the ball had brushed Bryce Gibbs's fingernail.

2. THE Tigers should have gone to the first break two goals up, but conceded a goal when their runner, Adam Douglas, was penalised for getting in the way of a Jake King pass. Douglas had to dive onto the turf to avoid the ball, prompting the umpire to pay a free kick. Bret Thornton converted from the ensuing shot to reduce the margin to six points.

3. THERE was a time when a wet and slippery night at the MCG would have the coach demanding his players wore long sleeves and long stops. Not so last night, with Bryce Gibbs and Heath Scotland the only two players donning long-sleeved jumpers.

4. TWO players became the Carlton games record holders for their guernsey number last night. Bret Thornton played his 188th match in jumper No.32, overtaking the 187 matches played by 1938 premiership player, Bob Green. And Eddie Betts, one of three Blues to play every match this season, lined up in his 161st game wearing the No.19 for the Blues, equalling the total set by 1968 premiership player and former president Ian Collins.

Blues snatch win over Tigers
Emma Quayle
The Age
July 29, 2012

CARLTON 4.2 7.5 10.11 14.11 (95)
RICHMOND 5.2 5.7 8.11 13.13 (91)

Carlton: Betts 4, Thornton 2, Armfield 2, Carrazzo, McLean, Garlett, Casboult, Murphy, Bell.
Richmond: Martin 3, Cotchin 3, Nahas 2, Tuck 2, Newman, McGuane, Grigg.

Carlton: Murphy, McLean, Betts, Garlett, Curnow, Armfield, Jamison, Carrazzo
Richmond: Tuck, Cotchin, Deledio, Grigg, Martin, Rance

UMPIRES S Hay, B Rosebury, D Margetts.
CROWD 46,013 at MCG.


WHEN Carlton and Richmond met for the first time this season, four months ago, anything was possible for either of them.

The Blues were, if not premiership favourites, about to be: healthy, intact and in form. The Tigers were the team people were waiting on: had they improved since the last time we saw them?

It said plenty about what has happened since that the pivotal moment of last night's match came in the final 30 seconds, when McLean passed a ball into the goal square and watched it float past him for a game winning goal, one that killed Richmond's year and kept his own side's bubbling. Just.

Richmond began like a side that knew it needed to do something, to steer the game a certain way, to make things happen. Again and again the Tigers were able to not only clear their forward line out almost completely, but make sure Trent Cotchin was the player in there. Twice he worked his way to the front of Marcus Davies, and twice he took marks and kicked goals.

Dustin Martin added three of this own and, together, the pair had also combined for 22 possessions, many of them coming much higher up the ground. They had given the Blues something to think about. The question was whether they had given them enough to think about.

Richmond did a bit more running in the opening term, using handballs to break away. But the Blues had scrounged four goals of their own to trail by just one. Carlton was winning plenty of the ball and laying enough tackles to suggest that if it was lagging, it didn't really want to be.

By the second quarter, the Blues were making sure there wasn't nearly enough empty space in the Richmond forward line. The Tigers blew four chances to stretch their lead, and missed out on another goal when a Shane Edwards soccer kick in the goal square was denied on video review.

But around the ball, McLean, Marc Murphy, Ed Curnow and Andrew Carrazzo made sure Cotchin, Martin and others had a whole lot more to get done before they could even think about slipping forward.

Jeff Garlett's attack on the ball saw him challenge that quartet for centre clearances 11 of his 18 possessions were either cleared from the centre square or sent inside-50. Bret Thornton and Eddie Betts, like they did against the Western Bulldogs last week, worked out how to fit in with one another, Betts finishing with four goals and Thornton two. With Jamison having settled in against Jack Riewoldt, they got more organised in defence, bringing players such as Chris Yarran further into the play.

This began as an even contest. It became a wrestle, swinging from side to side. After half-time, Richmond got going again and found some other unique ways to goal: Shane Tuck snapped his first, Luke McGuane drifted down from defence and was able to mark Riewoldt's short pass, then score from the 50-metre line. A review this time went against Betts after another soccer kick.

Being behind only seemed to reinvigorate the side that was trailing a sign, perhaps, of where both are at: hanging in. Betts took a tough mark, with players coming at him from most directions, and got Carlton back to within two points. Tom Bell took an even better one, dragging the ball from his right hand to left as it flew almost over his shoulder. A Garlett goal Thornton cleverly flicking the ball with both hands over his head to him put the Blues in front at the last break.

That only meant it was Richmond's turn. Goals to Tuck and Robin Nahas meant it was within a point six minutes in. Levi Casboult's mark and goal kept the Blues rolling, but Richmond scored three in a row through Chris Newman, Cotchin and Shaun Grigg the latter's quick kick towards goal coming as he was in the middle of being slung to ground in a tackle but clearing two players in the square.

Heading into time-on, the Tigers were 13 points clear. Before McLean had his moment, Dennis Armfield streamed into goal, Thornton completed a free kick and both teams blew half chances at both ends, without giving up. After belting the ball into a completely empty forward line with two minutes left, Martin ran more than 100 metres to smother a Carlton defender's kick.

There were about 45 seconds left when Steven Morris' desperate kick out of defence, as a desperate Betts closed, flew out of bounds.

There were about 30 to go when McLean gently passed the ball towards Casboult, who was, fortunately as it turned out, forced just to the left by Jayden Post. The ball flew past both, Carlton finished in front and McLean, a player who was nowhere near the senior side four months ago, kept the Blues' season ticking.


If the Tigers were to keep their fading finals dream alive they were going to need maximum output from their most talented youngsters. Damien Hardwick could have no grounds for complaints with the contribution of two of his brightest young stars in a first quarter. Dustin Martin went forward and made a huge impact with nine disposals and three goals, while Trent Cochin also made the most of his time inside 50, bagging a brace.

 Wet and greasy conditions give an advantage to those who can play the ball off the ground, soccer style. The Blues had the better in that department early, courtesy of Eddie Betts - and two video review decisions that both went in their favour. Betts pounced in the first quarter with the video judge giving his strike the all clear. Then, after driving through from midfield, he pounced on a loose ball to goal off the ground in the second quarter. In between, Bryce Gibbs appeared to fluff an attempted clearance close to his own goal, offering Tiger Shane Edwards a chance. This time the review judge ruled no goal.


Is it better to have a free-flowing, freescoring game where one team is dominant, or a low-scoring encounter like this that delivers in thrills what it might lack in goals? Purists might go for the former, but neutrals would surely favour the latter. The lead see-sawed all night as both sides waited for a hero to emerge. Step forward Brock McLean, who delivered the goal that gave the Blues a four-point win after the Tigers had led by 13 deep into the final term. - MICHAEL LYNCH

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