Blues defeat Suns as Barlow stretchered off

By Ed Jackson,

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    Carlton have withstood a second-half Gold Coast comeback to secure a hard-fought 10-point AFL win.

    The Blues dominated the opening stanzas but fell behind for the first time with 10 minutes to play before a late spurt secured a 12.11 (83) to 11.7 (73) victory at Metricon Stadium.

    The loss was compounded for the Suns with recruit Michael Barlow stretchered off in the fourth quarter with what looked like a serious injury to his left leg.

    Bryce Gibbs was sensational for the Blues, leading the way in defence as the Suns wiped out a four-goal halftime deficit in the third term before kicking two vital majors in the final quarter.

    Gibbs finished with 43 disposals, 10 tackles, eight marks and those decisive goals.

    Jack Silvagni also booted two final-term goals as the Blues backed up last week’s win over Greater Western Sydney.

    It shouldn’t have been so tense for the visitors however.

    The Blues were dominant throughout the opening term, picking up 18 inside 50s to just three for the Suns.

    Their pressure told on the scoreboard as well with a three goal advantage at the turn.

    The second-term was more one-way traffic for the Blues but they were guilty of missing some good opportunities to put the home team away, only extending their advantage by one goal at the main break.

    The Suns made the Blues pay for their profligacy in the third quarter, sparking a comeback somewhat fittingly after Levi Casboult missed a set shot that would’ve taken the Blues’ lead past 30.

    The hosts booted four unanswered goals after the blunder, charging to within three points of the visitors at the final break.

    Suns superstar Gary Ablett was a key in the third term turnaround, breaking free of the suffocating pressure applied by Carlton’s Ed Curnow to pick up nine disposals and six contested possessions in the quarter.

    When Jack Martin kicked his third goal of the match with just 10 minutes to play the tables had turned and the Suns found themselves ahead for the first time.

    Ex-Fremantle player Barlow, who suffered a horror leg break in 2011, immediately called for assistance after his left leg buckled in a tackle.

    The stoppage as he was attended to proved crucial as the Blues kicked two quick goals to restore their lead and go on to secure the points.

    Suns’ spearhead Tom Lynch, who booted a career-high seven goals against the Blues earlier in the year, finished with just one mark and no goals on a tough day for the big forward.

    Carlton take on Richmond next week at the MCG while Gold Coast face St Kilda at Etihad Stadium.

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    • June 17th 2017 @ 10:44pm
      Andrew said | June 17th 2017 @ 10:44pm | ! Report

      Well done blues, great to backup last week with another good win. Special mention to Bryce Gibbs, probably one of the best games I’ve seen him play. Hope we can put up a good effort next week vs tigers. Would be nice to have a win vs tigers since we got one over essendon and collingwood this year.

    • June 17th 2017 @ 11:09pm
      Liam said | June 17th 2017 @ 11:09pm | ! Report

      “The hosts booted four unanswered goals after the blunder…”

      You mean, they received 3 free kicks, including a 50 metre penalty, which allowed them to peg back the lead. It helps, when you’re down, if the umpiring grants a few shots at goal to keep the game interesting.

      I hope Barlow’s okay, though. He was huge for the Suns tonight.

      • June 18th 2017 @ 9:47am
        Freo As said | June 18th 2017 @ 9:47am | ! Report

        Talk about biting the hand that feeds. You guys got a pretty sweet run with the umps, best not to draw attention to it.

        • June 18th 2017 @ 10:38pm
          Liam said | June 18th 2017 @ 10:38pm | ! Report

          Not sure which game you were watching.

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      June 17th 2017 @ 11:27pm
      Col from Brissie said | June 17th 2017 @ 11:27pm | ! Report

      Another good win for the Blues. They were well led by Gibbs, Murphy, Cripps and Kreuzer through the mid-field. Once again Docherty dominated down back and surely gets an All Australian position this year. The defense is showing week after week that opposition teams are going to find scoring difficult against the Blues and Liam Jones backed up his great game last week by keeping Lynch goal less and allowing him only one mark.

      It is the contributions from the youngsters that is most pleasing. Whilst not starring they are all contributing throughout the games and show improvement each week. Four straight games at the MCG against good teams will test the Blues but they have shown that they can put themselves in winning positions so hopefully they can snag a couple of big scalps.

    • June 18th 2017 @ 2:31am
      Keen Observer said | June 18th 2017 @ 2:31am | ! Report

      All the best to Mickey Barlow. As a Freo fan I have huge respect for the man and hope he comes back stronger.

      • June 18th 2017 @ 9:54am
        Freo As said | June 18th 2017 @ 9:54am | ! Report

        Micky would rate in the hard as nails class, with double honours in no fuss and all round top bloke. If it’s anyway physically possible he’ll be bahhck. Speedy recovery Mick, hopefully we’ll see you back out there in your undersized jumper soon.

    • June 18th 2017 @ 9:13am
      true blue said | June 18th 2017 @ 9:13am | ! Report

      It was a great win, only our kicking let us down. Bolton is going to focus on goal kicking this week. Casboult was really off last night. Docherty was fantastic, and he is definitely in all Australian form. Jones was the difference between this outing against the Suns and the one earlier in the season. He held Lynch to one mark and zero goals. I think Gibbs had his best game ever, better than the one against West Coast where he racked up 45 possessions, as that game was a bruise free coast, whereas this game was tough and gritty. He kicked two telling goals in the final quarter. Jack Silvagni had a breakout game with two last term majors. Fisher, SPS, Charlie Curnow, and Simpson all contributed. Ed Curnow did a great nullifying job on Ablett. We have overcome our night hoodoo (first night win since the Ratten years), now let’s hope we can overcome the Richmond hoodoo next week. Hopefully Jones can hold Riewoldt scoreless, and Ed and Cripps negate Martin and Cochin. Another hoodoo I want us to overcome is Hawthorn at the end of the year. I think of the next four games we can beat Melbourne, while the other three will be very tough.

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        June 18th 2017 @ 1:30pm
        Col from Brissie said | June 18th 2017 @ 1:30pm | ! Report

        Gibbs becomes the first player to have in excess of 40 disposals, lay 10 tackles and kick 2 goals in a game. Not bad for a player certain people said would only go through the motions because he doesn’t want to be there.

    • June 18th 2017 @ 9:38am
      Kaniel Outis said | June 18th 2017 @ 9:38am | ! Report

      I am liking what I am seeing at Carlton. I have always liked sides that play good honest, hard, defensive football. I am seeing that at Carlton. They have a good batch of young players coming through, and they are well coached. I think it was a good solid win that would make all Carlton fans proud.

      • June 19th 2017 @ 9:46am
        ken oath said | June 19th 2017 @ 9:46am | ! Report

        What Kaniel said.

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