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21 June 2010 @ 12:52 pm
Carlton vs. Fremantle - Round 13 [split round]  
Another disappointing loss. Not because we lost, but because we shouldn't have.

Fremantle 2.4 | 7.4 | 11.9 | 14.12 (96)


Carlton 0.7 | 2.12 | 6.13 | 12.15 (87)

Capitalisation. That's essentially what killed us. You can talk til you're black and blue about the turnovers, the lack of pressure, so on and so forth. But even in spite of all that, we could have won if we had of been able to find the middle of the sticks. We sprayed the set shots, getting the difficult goals with apparent ease. It was, again, Thornton who was moved up forward from full back. He slotted 2, taking his career total to 6 goals, before being moved back. This year he's doubled his career total. If only he weren't so essential for us a a backman, he could really be used up forward. Late in the game Eddie featured in a late comeback by the Blues, kicking 4 goals for the game. But it was too late. The first quarter had already killed us.

One major concern from the game is our lack of an answer to any team that floods. With freedom to run, we're unstoppable. But once removed of our pace we look amateur. It's something the Blues will need to work on.

But even more concerning is the loss of Kruezer to an ACL injury. He will miss the rest of the season, no doubt about that, but the question at hand is - how long? The longevity of the revolutionary LARS surgery is unknown. Though it will allow him to recover quicker, it may do long term damage. Hence it is expected that they will take the path of a full knee reconstruction. Meaning he will likely miss the start of next season as well.

As devastating as the loss of him is, I must admit my excitement at potentially seeing Hampson return to play for The Blues. He had a killed game for The Ants on the weekend, and his 20 hitouts are sure to put him in good stead for selection in two weeks time.

To add to our worries, both Chris Judd and Jarrad Waite are expected to face the tribunal, but whether they have a real case to answer for remains to be seen.

In two weeks time, we face a diminished Brisbane at home. If we can't get our act together by then, we can pretty much kiss finals good bye.
Current Location: Melbourne
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
Current Music: Buried Myself Alive - The Used
Lisaonlylisa on June 21st, 2010 05:50 am (UTC)
The Kruezer part is heart breaking.
[Ranna Let The Yankees In The Chip Shop]: Carltonrhiannon_666 on June 21st, 2010 06:53 am (UTC)
They've officially decided on the conventional knee reconstruction. So at least it's good to know that they're not going to jeopardise his long-term health for the sake of half a dozen games.
Lisaonlylisa on June 21st, 2010 06:54 am (UTC)
Ok but I'm still waaaahhing!
[Ranna Let The Yankees In The Chip Shop]: Carltonrhiannon_666 on June 21st, 2010 07:15 am (UTC)
Me too. :(