Round 19 – Collingwood v Carlton: Correspondent Sidelined, Magpies Muddle Through

Collingwood v Carlton

Carlton Out: Yarran, Tutt, Menzel (all omitted), Fuller (indisposed).

As late as the morning of the match, I expected to be a starter. However a heavy cold meant that in the eyes of my domestic medical adviser (no medical or alternative medicine qualifications) was adamant that I should not be exposed to Saturday’s weather.

Happily when chairman of selectors Harms fronted the press conference for this announcement, he rejected the suggestion that Fuller would have been dropped due to indifferent form and lack of full four-quarter intent in recent outings.

So this report is informed by observation from the couch, chez Fuller. Your heavily dosed correspondent was able to observe matters at close quarters, while missing the panoramic perspective of his regular seat in the Great Southern Stand.

The opening quarter was particularly shambolic. Handpasses which were less than even money to reach their target, much less get there on the full, miskicks, turnovers galore. The high point came when Collingwood’s bog Swan dollied his set kick 10 metres to Dylan Buckley standing the mark.

The Magpies looked slightly more likely for most of the quarter. Reid took a strong mark, but missed his simple set shot, before Casboult marked at the other end to produce the game’s first goal. Reid then corrected his error from a more difficult angle, much to the delight of his teammates, as this announced the big fellow’s return from a long layoff. Carrazzo’s speculative kick towards goal which just kept rolling restored the Blues’ lead, but this was short-lived. Fasolo took a fine mark from the immediate centre clearance and goaled, and repeated the play within a minute. That gave the Pies a one goal break at quarter’s end.

Collingwood began the 2nd quarter with a string of behinds, Crisp, Fasolo and Elliott (who has tormented the Blues on prior occasions, but seems in poor touch at present). Consistent with the error-strewn first quarter, Carlton contrived two goals thanks to Gubby Allan-style cross-field kicks close to their defending goal by Taylor Adams and (improbably) Pendlebury. It took a couple of minutes for Reid to goal from a free and restore the lead for the Magpies. Carlton came close a number of times afterwards, but were never again in front. Elliott, Maynard and Fasolo added goals which suggested the Pies were assuming control; moving the ball in more organised fashion and stampeding Carlton into errors which were then punished. The margin was kept to manageable proportions – 16 points – thanks to a fine spoil by an outnumbered Jamison which released Simpson and with an assist from Holman, enabled Everitt to goal.

At the beginning of the third quarter, Collingwood threatened to put the game to bed. Goals to Swan and Fasolo (his 4th) in the opening four minutes stretched the lead to beyond four goals. From then until the three-quarter time siren, the Magpies scored just two behinds, while the Blues managed two goals – from Murphy and Everitt – and actually won the quarter by a single behind.

Carlton opened the final quarter full of intent. Early goals to Everitt and Casboult brought them within three points and an upset seemed possible. From there however, the Woods found an accuracy and precision ball use which had escaped both teams for most of the day. They kicked seven straight, and even though the Blues managed another four goals, they came no closer than nine points in the run home, and in truth never suggested that they might get there.

Collingwood’s quicker thinking and greater initiative in this phase was evidenced by two goals. Swan convinced the umpire that a slight tap by Dylan Buckley as the Pie Brownlow medallist marked, warranted a 50 metre penalty, and Reid fashioned a goalmouth kick off the ground which may well have been touched, and in any case had been created by Fasolo throwing the ball back from the goal line. That it was Reid’s fourth major capped off a good day for him and no doubt provided comfort for Magpie supporters, given their forward line problems in recent weeks. Since Mark Whiley’s goal after the siren reduced the margin to three goals, it is fair to say that the Magpies were ultimately convincing winners. It was in fact Whiley’s first goal in the AFL, so no doubt a moment for him to cherish.

COLLINGWOOD      3.2   7.7   9.9   16.9 (105)
CARLTON                 2.2   5.3   7.6    13.9 (87)
GOALS
Collingwood: Fasolo 4, Reid 4, Swan 3, Elliott 2, Maynard, Crisp, Blair, Reid.
Carlton: Everitt 4, Casboult 2, Murphy 2, Carrazzo, Bell, Buckley, Boekhorst, Whiley.
BEST
Collingwood: Swan, Pendlebury, Fasolo, Langdon, Williams
Carlton: Murphy, Cripps, Carrazzo, Simpson, Everitt,
INJURIES
Collingwood: Nil
Carlton: Adams (corked quad)
SUBSTITUTES
Collingwood: Matthew Scharenberg replaced Taylor Adams at three-quarter time
Carlton: Mark Whiley replaced Cameron Wood in the third quarter
Reports: Nil
Umpires: Deboy, Schmitt, Jeffery
Official crowd: 48,133 at the MCG
Votes: 3. Swan (Coll) 2. Pendlebury (Coll) 1. Murphy (Carl).

Comments

  1. Phillip Dimitriadis says:

    You didn’t miss much Peter. Chez Fuller sounds like an astute and comfortable alternative. At least both sides tried to attack. Young Cripps promises to be something special. Happy to take the win in the historical context. First time we’ve beaten your mob 6 times in a row since 1899. Can’t complain.

  2. E.regnans says:

    Really enjoyable reading, P Fuller.
    The personal and the communal.

    I do wonder about the ongoing reliance of Collingwood on D Swan and S Pendlebury, and what it means for the future. I hope that the young ones are learning at their heels. Though the street-smarts or cunning of D Swan you describe above probably cannot be learnt.

  3. Peter Fuller says:

    Thanks gents for the comments.
    Phil, that’s a quirky and impressive fact, of which I wasn’t aware. In spite of my great age, I wasn’t around in the early days of the VFL,but I seem to recall from my reading that the Blues weren’t much chop then, and it was only with the arrival of Jack Worrall as coach, that the formidable machine began to emerge.
    I suppose we will have to hang our hat on that other factoid celebrated by historically-minded fans of the Blues, that we haven’t lost a GF to the Pies since 1912. Since it seems highly unlikely that the Blues will figure in a Granny any time soon, that record seems like it will extend well into a second century.

    Dave,
    Your concerns are valid, but I think the impact of the close losses on the confidence of younger players is much more pronounced, and that can revive as quickly as it has dipped . Bucks’ comments after the Melbourne game about that sapping effect of the near misses seemed perceptive to me, even if it could be dismissed as special pleading by a coach under pressure. I actually see your young list as one of the best in the comp. The question remains as to how many will realise that promise. I also still rate Buckley, even though I know there are plenty of doubters among the B & W legions.

  4. Steve Fahey says:

    No doubting your resilience and intent Peter.

    As always, a balanced and astute report on an uninspiring game. Indeed half way through the second quarter, after 3-4 minutes of modern style ring a-ring a-rosie flicking the ball around sideways and backwards, the supporters of both teams let out an ironic cheer when Carlton eventually kicked the ball long into their forward line. For us, at the moment a win is a win is a win, and I suspect you’d take the same.

    Who will be your next Jack Worrall ?

    Hope you’re feeling better and look forward to seeing you at the launch.

  5. Peter Fuller says:

    Thanks Steve for the good wishes and the comment. I’m feeling OK, and I may be up for a game this weekend,. Umfortunately with the Blues playing away, the most attractive Melbourne fixture coincides with the televised Brisbane-Carlton match.

    I liked your observation about the crowd reaction to the ineptitude of our two teams. Appropriately when the Magpies went for it in the final quarter, the standard lifted and the direct approach was rewarded.

    Our next Jack Worrall is a real conundrum. Since he was acquired by the Cricket Club as secretary and became coach by virtue of taking the initiative about organising training, I’m looking to something left field. Of course in characteristic Carlton fashion JW was pinched from Fitzroy, and later went to Essendon. So perhaps the contemporary Blues should purloin Scott Camporeale who fits the pattern.

    I’m still sticking with my earlier tongue in cheek suggestion on the Almanac that we appoint Ange Postecoglou, successful, great man manager, Carlton loyalist, what;s not to like. I was delighted and surprised that Ange was recruited to the Selection Committee, so I envisage him saying after surveying the field, “well I had better put my hand up.”

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