Carlton 7.4 | 9.6 | 11.7 | 15.11 (101)
Melbourne 2.2 | 3.4 | 8.6 | 9.6 (60)
It was a game that went exactly as one would have expected it to. One that we would win convincingly, but not effortlessly as Melbourne are a team on the rise. We had our best opening to a season with 7.4 and looked completely in control.
Then the heavens opened up and the differences between the two sides diminished. A residency at The Dome (sorry, I can't call it Etihad) turns teams soft in the wet. Under the safety of the roof we have lost what used to be an advantage when we lived at Prices Park: experience in the wet. The MCG residents turned it up and capitalised where we couldn't. By 3 quarter time, our 45-point lead slipped to just 19.
You always had the feeling, however, that we had done enough work in the first 2 quarters to ensure this one wouldn't slip away. On cue, the boys brought it back to a 41 point victory in another controlled fourth term, including two quick goals from an otherwise quiet Eddie Betts.
Houlihan again showed why he is invaluable to the team, not just for his career high 4 goal effort, but his footy smarts and superb delivery of the ball. Walker, though not back to the form he was in before his injury, had another good game and looks only set to improve. Carrazzo also did an outstanding job on Davis. Even Thornton slotted two, taking his career number of goals to a whopping 6.
But it wasn't all sweet, with Jarrad Waite being reported again after just coming back from suspension. I personally don't think he has anything to answer for, but with the way the match review panel gets all crazy about protecting the head, who knows.
I'm also kinda wondering what everyone's take is on the whole "Chris Judd is God" thing the media has going on. Now, I don't blame the guy for this at all, because he can scarcely control what the media says about him. But no matter how good his game is, he's always portrayed as a legend. Something which has a lot of opposition supporters hating the bloke.
On Saturday, he had a very quiet game in the middle of the match: half an hour without even touching the ball. However, he stood up when we most needed to stop Melbourne's run. Any other played would have been reviewed as 'good, but sadly went missing for most of the game'. But for Chris Judd the headline reads: "Judd's run timed to perfection".
Is anyone else sensing this bias every week, or do you think the media are calling it how it is?
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