Carlton have dominated their second-round pre-season Cup match against Fremantle, winning by 70 points at Etihad Stadium.
The Blues were never really challenged and won the match 0.18.16 (124) to Fremantle’s 126.96.36.199.
Matthew Kruezer, working in combination Sam Rowe and Matthew Warnock, dominated the ruck and consistently gave their midfield control of the ball.
The Blues, under the influence of new coach Mick Malthouse, were kicking long into the forward line where they just had too many options for a stale Fremantle defence.
By the end of the match, Carlton had 11 goal kickers compared to just four for the Dockers.
Small forward Eddie Betts showed excellent early forming, kicking four early goals to help build Carlton’s match-winning lead.
In a new role for Betts, Malthouse threw him into the midfield at times giving the Blues even more speed across the centre of the ground.
Jeff Garlett was also creative in the forward line, ending the night with three goals.
Levi Casboult was also impressive, showing himself to be a worthy marking target in the midfield.
When he didn’t mark the ball, he put plenty of pressure on the defenders and brought it to the ground for the small forwards.
While the Blues looked sharp for a March hit-out, the Dockers looked underdone.
They made plenty of errors and coughed up the ball under pressure. Their decision-making was sloppy, often handballing to men under pressure and turning over the ball to their opponents.
The only real highlight for the Dockers was a super-goal from Garrick Ibbotson during the second quarter.
Both sides were without several of their most important stars for the pre-season match. Carlton was without former captain Chris Judd, Jarrad Waite, Brock McLean, Heath Scotland and Shaun Hampson.
Meanwhile, Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich, the injured ruckman Aaron Sandilands,Michael Barlow, Chris Mayne and Alex Silvagni were all out for the Dockers.
Still the Blues were getting were able to find run thought the likes of Mark Murphy, Bryce Gibbs and Mitch Robinson.
By contrast, the bigger names of the Dockers, players like Hayden Ballantyne, Luke McPharlin and Nathan Fyfe could not get into the game.
New Docker and former Port Adelaide forward Danyle Pearce was a positive for his new club, one of the few Dockers to use the ball well through the match.
New Carlton coach Mick Malthouse said he needs more time to impress upon his players his style of football.
“Winning form is good form so we are happy to get another win. Really it is stepping stone and slowly but surely it is good,” he said.
“We have taken a few good steps tonight but when I look at some of the things that took place out there we just need some time to get things right.
Fremantle coach Ross Lyon believed his side had been “too cute” with the ball and was disappointed with the lack of effort in the opening half of the match.
“You have to put it into context, it’s NAB (round) 2, we got plenty of minutes into players and it highlighted some areas that we need to improve in. It showed that if you don’t bring your effort you come back to the field pretty quickly,” he said.
“We have plenty opportunity and time to fix our effort, and pull our team together for round one.”