Game Chat – North Melbourne vs Carlton

Written by Huttabito on April 14 2018

WHERE AND WHEN: Blundstone Arena, Saturday, April 14, 7.25pm AEST

SUMMARY
Hobart’s Blundstone Arena will host what looms as a fascinating clash between two clubs without serious finals ambitions and only one win between them through the first three rounds. North Melbourne showed significant pluck to thump St Kilda on Good Friday and kicked the first four goals against the Demons last week before eventually losing by 37 points. Carlton has jumped its opposition twice this season – against Richmond in round one and Collingwood in round three – but remains winless. In fact, Brendon Bolton’s men, who are trying to address an imbalance between attack and defence, have lost 12 of their past 13 matches. Mason Wood was the hero with two final-quarter goals when the sides met last season, after the Roos looked in danger of blowing a 45-point lead. Wood has languished in the VFL so far this season. Star defender Robbie Tarrant is expected to return from injury for North.

LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R10, 2017, North Melbourne 17.11 (113) d Carlton 15.6 (96) at Etihad Stadium
R9, 2016, North Melbourne 17.11 (113) d Carlton 6.10 (46) at Etihad Stadium
R18, 2015, North Melbourne 18.10 (118) d Carlton 8.6 (54) at Etihad Stadium
R18, 2014, Carlton 16.13 (109) d North Melbourne 13.8 (86) at Etihad Stadium
R17, 2013, Carlton 16.13 (109) d North Melbourne 16.12 (108) at Etihad Stadium

Hutta’s Tip:  Carlton by 25 points

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36 thoughts on “Game Chat – North Melbourne vs Carlton”

  1. North Melbourne v Carlton at Blundstone Arena, 7.25pm AEST

    NO LATE CHANGES

    FINAL INTERCHANGES
    North Melbourne: Luke Davies-Uniacke, Jy Simpkin, Ed Vickers-Willis, Billy Hartung
    Carlton: Jack Silvagni, Paddy Dow, Jarrod Garlett, Cam O’Shea

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        1. Yep, my bad.

          As commentators have just said, Cripps has significant height on him, could push forward and kick a few.

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    1. He’s gonna have some huge games this year.

      His midfield will regularly struggle to get it for him but the kid is a star.

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      1. We all struggle to fathom how Cripps slipped to pick 13 in the 2013 draft, but equally baffling is the fact that Ben Brown slipped to pick 47!

        Seriously, how did that happen?

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  2. Gee wiz wish Cripps could bloody hit a target!

    Also, if you happen to have any competent key forward in your team, make sure to chuck the VC/C on them whenever they play us, cos our backline is guaranteed to make them look like the second coming of Plugger.

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  3. Not that anyone has him, but…

    Ben Brown getting points for just being out there at this point.

    40 point quarter for a goal and a couple of touches?

    Dusty today:
    17 touches
    6 goals
    141

    Brown:
    15 touches
    5 goals
    153

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    1. His 15 possessions have had 11 kicks and 12 contested which is supercoach friendly for a start.

      Put that on top of 8 score involvements (with 5 goals), 6 marks (3 contested) and 4 marks inside 50, 2 tackles, 2 inside 50’s and 5 free kicks for.

      Id say its a pretty accurate score although they are very similar to Martins.

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    1. Only if they also relegate every other rebuilding team, too.

      Why they have given us all these primetime free-to-air spots is beyond me, however.

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  4. I’m not sure which thing Cripps should be more embarrassed about…

    TU: His new hairdo
    TD: The fact that he likes John Farnham

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    1. Parkers score seemed to be so low! He was on 101 with 5 or so minutes left then finished in the 90’s after kicking 3? Beats me

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      1. Had a couple bad turn overs in the last 5 mins that would’ve hurt his score a lot given how close it was. Scoring is always a harsh in those close games, if his 3 goals came in the 2nd half he would’ve ended up on 150.

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  5. This probably isn’t going to be what a lot of people want to hear, but for the time being at least, Carlton needs to drop the new gameplan and go back to the all-out defensive style of yesteryear.

    Unattractive as it may have been, that gameplan won us a good few games – including some serious scalps – and kept us in ton of others. The new style looks tremendously styling when it comes off, but that’s not happening anywhere near often enough, and the rest of the time we’re getting slaughtered on the turnover.

    A trend that I have found quite noticeable is that when young, rebuilding teams have been taught a purely defensive gameplan for a couple of years, they tend to completely forget how to defend once they are let off the leash. Look at the final year of Paul Roos’ tenure at Melbourne: the Demons had built a solid defence over the previous couple of years, but started leaking like a sieve once they moved to a more attacking style. They have since tightened things up again, but the fact that it happened is in my view a good pedagogical argument against teaching a purely defensive style if you don’t plan on sticking with it long-term (I’m not suggesting that teaching a purely offensive style is the way to go – on the contrary, I think this would be disastrous – but teaching a more balanced style from the start, as Stuart Dew is doing with Gold Coast, is probably a better approach). That being said, Bolton decided to pursue the defence-first path, so we need to work with that.

    Of course, I’m not suggesting that we should move back to our old style permanently. What I am suggesting is that we should move back to it for the time being, and then, once we are playing cohesive, competitive football again, we should gradually introduce more attacking flair into our game over the course of two or three months.

    I know nobody from Carlton is likely to read this, but I really hope we’re thinking along these lines internally. Because if we don’t do what I have suggested, we’ll be staring down the barrel of another wooden spoon.

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    1. I think due to injuries you already are staring down the handle of a spoon.

      The only thing stopping you claiming it is Brisbane.

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    2. We have way to many kids need some mature players like Tim Kelly from state leagues to feel the age gap between out veterans and kids. Hardly have anyone in the 23-25 year old age group

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