|Venue:||Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast.|
|Date:||Saturday 28th July, 2018 - 7.25 pm.|
|Result:||Won by 35 points.|
|Goalkickers:||P. Dow 2, D. Lang 2, C. Curnow, H. McKay, L. O'Brien, P. Cripps, M. Murphy, J. Lamb, J. Silvagni, M. Wright 1.|
|Reports:||C. Curnow (Carl) striking S. May (Gold Coast Suns) 1 week suspension which was later overturned on appeal at the tribunal and he was subsequently cleared of the striking charge, S. May (Gold Coast Suns) high contact on E. Curnow (Carlton) 1 week suspension.|
|Umpires:||Robert O'Gorman, Hayden Gavine, Nathan Williamson.|
|Injuries:||J. Weitering (knee)|
Game ReviewA seven goal burst saw the Blues emerge from a low quality scrounge and in to a winning team in this away game in Queensland. A string of young Blues emerged as the Blues scored their second win for the year and celebrating Cripps' contract extension..
At selection the Blues lost Jones and FIsher to season ending injuries, but regained Thomas & Lamb from injury and suspension, plus recalled Lang, Rowe and Byrne.
A scrappy start with a sole Murphy goal in the first gave way to a fast running game with 'SPS', Cripps and Dow all carving up the Suns.
By game's end we were up by 6 goals and the second win was ours. What a song to hear after a difficult 2018!
Blues' blitz secures second win
Carlton broke through for its second win of the season, disposing of Gold Coast by 35 points at Metricon Stadium on Saturday night to cap off a great week for the club. After recommitting for a further two years earlier in the week, Patrick Cripps celebrated with a best on ground display in the 12.7 (79) to 5.14 (44) triumph. Following a first half marred by shocking skills from both teams, Carlton cut loose with a seven-goal third quarter to blow the game open and snap a nine-game losing streak. Carlton's 7 goals 2 points in the third quarter was the Blues best scoring quarter since 2014. And while trusted hands Cripps (38 disposals, 11 tackles and a goal) and skipper Marc Murphy (36 and a goal) were highly influential, it was the Blues' "green shoots", as so famously coined by coach Brendon Bolton, that lit-up Carrara. Sam Petrevski-Seton played arguably his best game for the club, with his poise and quality ball use standing out in the greasy conditions. The number six pick from the 2016 NAB AFL Draft finished with 26 quality touches, including a lovely pass to the leading Charlie Curnow to give the Blues the lead early in the third quarter. It was a lead they would not relinquish. Tall forward Harry McKay kicked the next goal from 45m after a nice mark in front of Steven May, Paddy Dow exploded away from Nick Holman to take a bounce and finish from 40m on the run with an exhilarating goal and Jack Silvagni finished the party tricks with a soccered goal off the left boot from the top of the goalsquare.
After conceding the first three goals of the game, the Blues thoroughly dominated their opponents for the final three-and-a-half terms, outworking Gold Coast around the contest and in space. Reliable pair Kade Simpson (29) and Ed Curnow (28) were also strong contributors. The Blues are now two games adrift of the 17th placed Suns with four rounds remaining and still the faintest of faint hopes of avoiding the wooden spoon. Gold Coast kicked just two goals after the 12-minute mark of the opening term. It was a dirty night for the Suns just seven days after the greatest win in club history when it remarkably upset Sydney at the SCG. Not only did they lose, but captain May is on report for a high bump on Ed Curnow, while David Swallow missed the final three quarters with concussion. May was the Suns' best player, while young midfielders Will Brodie and Jesse Lonergan also tried hard. - Michael Whiting
|B:||23 Jacob Weitering||17 Sam Rowe||13 Jed Lamb|
|HB:||38 Ciaran 'Casey' Byrne||22 Caleb Marchbank||6 Kade Simpson|
|C:||4 Lochie O'Brien||9 Patrick Cripps (VC)||3 Marc Murphy (c)|
|HF:||5 Sam Petrevski-Seton||30 Charlie Curnow||33 Jarrod Pickett|
|F:||46 Matthew Wright||10 Harry McKay||29 Cam Polson|
|Ruck:||27 Matthew Lobbe||7 Matt Kennedy||16 Darcy Lang|
|Interchange:||1 Jack Silvagni||2 Paddy Dow||35 Ed Curnow|
|39 Dale Thomas|
|Emg:||24 Cam O’Shea, 21 Jarrod Garlett, 32 Nick Graham 41 Levi Casboult|
-* Sam Petrevski-Seton started off the back of the centre square
MilestonesFirst win: Matt Kennedy, Matthew Lobbe, Cameron Polson
Interesting Fact: It was the first time that Carlton, the Northern Blues and Carlton VFLW sides all won on the same day and the same round
AFLCA Votes10 - Patrick Cripps (CARL)
6 - Kade Simpson (CARL)
6 - Charlie Curnow (CARL)
4 - Marc Murphy (CARL)
2 - Ed Curnow (CARL)
1 - Sam Petrevski-Seton (CARL)
1 - Darcy Lang (CARL)
Brownlow Votes3 - Patrick Cripps (Carl)
2 - Marc Murphy (Carl)
1 - Sam Petrevski-Seton (Carl)
Best & Fairest VotesPatrick Cripps 13, Marc Murphy 11, Kade Simpson 10, Charlie Curnow 9, Sam Petrevski-Seton 8, Jacob Weitering 8, Paddy Dow 7, Darcy Lang 7, Ed Curnow 5, Matt Kennedy 5, Matthew Lobbe 5, Ciaran 'Casey' Byrne 4, Harry McKay 4, Sam Rowe 4, Caleb Marchbank 3, Dale Thomas 3, Matthew Wright 3, Jed Lamb 2, Lochie O'Brien 1, Jack Silvagni
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