Brisbane give Carlton the Blues

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    The Brisbane Lions have secured their third victory of the season and heaped more pressure on Carlton and their coach, Brendon Bolton with a thumping 65-point victory at the Gabba.

    The Blues started the game well and controlled much of the first term, winning the contested possessions (35-25), inside 50s (15-7) and tackles (14-11).

    However, Carlton were unable to capitalise on their dominance, booting 2.5 for the term. The Lions, conversely, made the most of their limited inside 50 forays, booting 3.1 to lead at quarter time.

    Brisbane blew the game wide open in the second term, booting 5.6 to just one behind, as they took a comfortable 37- point lead into the main break.

    Any chance of a Carlton comeback was snuffed out in the third term, as the Lions piled on six goals to two and turned for home 63- point leaders.

    Carlton at least gave a yelp in the final term, booting three goals, but it was an overall deplorable effort from the Blues, who have been very competitive in their past two matches against Collingwood and Port Adelaide.

    Brisbane finished with over 100 more disposals than the Blues (442-297), and, tellingly, took 24 marks inside 50 to Carlton’s eight. Remarkably, Carlton won the inside 50 count (51-49), despite losing by more than ten goals.

    The Lions’ win sees them move two games clear of bottom-placed Carlton and they will move up to 16th on the ladder, should Gold Coast lose to North Melbourne, as expected.

    The Lions had winners all over the ground. Former skipper, Dayne Beams was enormous, with a game-high 40 disposals, nine marks, eight clearances and a goal, while Eric Hipwood booted a career-high six goals.

    There wasn’t much to smile about for Carlton, but three goals to Charlie Curnow, as well as Lochie O’Brien’s first career goal would have given Blues’ fans some reason for optimism.

    Final score
    Brisbane Lions 18.12.120
    Carlton Blues 7.13.55

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    • July 7th 2018 @ 8:39pm
      Rissole said | July 7th 2018 @ 8:39pm | ! Report

      Macca, your mission, should you choose to accept it, put a positive spin on this match for Carlton.

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        July 7th 2018 @ 11:21pm
        Rick Figjam said | July 7th 2018 @ 11:21pm | ! Report

        Lions did what some sides (including mine) haven’t been able to do: thrash an utterly useless side within an inch of its life.

        Onwards from here, Lions.

        As for Carlton…. who really gives a #@$t any more. They’re beyond help and should disband immediately.

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      July 7th 2018 @ 9:49pm
      Paul Dawson said | July 7th 2018 @ 9:49pm | ! Report

      Macca I apologise, didn’t bother watching this one today – opted to fill in for another masters side who were short of players instead.

      Carlton desperately need some more experience in this side. That Sam Rowe is still getting games reminds me of poor old Daniel Merrett in his last game on Nick Riewoldt and watching him kick 8. No point sacking Bolton without changing the list, no-one could win games with this current outfit.

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        July 8th 2018 @ 7:24am
        DingoGray said | July 8th 2018 @ 7:24am | ! Report

        Yeah list and injuries have certainly haven’t helped the cause.

        However I have to ask questions of Bolton….

        No Harris Andrews gave Carlton a very good opportunity to really test Brisbane key defenders…

        But Bolton leaves Curnow on his own? Casboult was fit and available and not picked….. the Great white hope McKay available not selected….

        Also what’s happened to SPS? He’s been ordinary the last month….. I don’t think Bolton is improving Carlton.

        • July 8th 2018 @ 11:36am
          Liam said | July 8th 2018 @ 11:36am | ! Report

          Except Casboult wasn’t fit when he came back last week, after suffering from a broken finger on top of broken ribs.

          People like to moan about McKay, but for the last three weeks he’s been ill, not injured, ill.

          SPS being ordinary? He’s gone in and out of matches all season, due to not having had a preseason due to injury.

          We’re rubbish; everyone knows that by now. What truly, deeply irritates me is that people are not interested in the actual reasons why. They want to place pressure, to blame someone, to point the finger and to revel in self-righteous fury. Carlton fans point at each other, the coach, the players; opposition fans point to all of them and laugh.

          Not good days, and especially not good days if what you want is analysis.

          • July 8th 2018 @ 11:03pm
            Pelican said | July 8th 2018 @ 11:03pm | ! Report

            Liam my immediate thought was that Bolton could do with a mentor at the club who could be his yoda. Some one like Kevin Sheedy, Mark Williams or Malcom Blight. They could help with Boltons delivery of ideas. He learned all his craft from Clarko but a wise sage could help him get his points across better. Malcom Blight was a genious with inovating and wacky ways of getting through to players. Morale and how to get it is something Kevin Sheedy and Blight know about. Other possibilties Paul Roos, Denis Pagan, Leigh Mathews

      • July 8th 2018 @ 7:31pm
        Macca said | July 8th 2018 @ 7:31pm | ! Report

        Paul – The blues do need to get some more experience and hopefully they will land a quality player or two in the off season but it certainly doesn’t help when you are missing Docherty, Simpson, A Silvagni and Plowman (all defensive leaders) plus Williamson and Byrne (not to mention likely replacements Cuningham, Schumacher and MacReadie).

        Dingo – I would have selected McKay this week as well but I am not seeing him train and play each week but the blues didn’t leave Curnow one out, they went with playing Kreuzer in Casboults role and have Phillips do the ruck work but Phillips got injured and it left the blues short handed.

    • July 8th 2018 @ 7:29am
      Frankie321 said | July 8th 2018 @ 7:29am | ! Report

      As a long-suffering Lions fan, this game was great to see, especially in the stadium.

    • July 8th 2018 @ 8:30am
      shirtfront said | July 8th 2018 @ 8:30am | ! Report

      The Blues are tanking otherwise how it it that they played such exciting football against Collingwood? It was obvious they didn’t come to play and Brendan Bolton’s coaching leaves a lot to desire. Carlton have always been cheats

      • July 8th 2018 @ 9:31am
        Neil from Warrandyte said | July 8th 2018 @ 9:31am | ! Report

        Against the tigers in round 1, they played some really good attacking footy, in fact booting the first 5 goals of the match before Richmond could respond. It left me thinking that the blues were destined to have a much better season and upset some much stronger rivals along the way. WTF happened???

        • July 8th 2018 @ 2:32pm
          tibor nagy (big four sticks) said | July 8th 2018 @ 2:32pm | ! Report

          I thought the same thing. They certainly did give us a run for our money in the first three quarters of the season opener. I feel that the thrashing handed to them by the Suns ( a team they expected to beat ) in round two knocked the confidence right out of them. Their self belief was decimated after that game, and they never recovered. They have had too many injuries as well. Docherty being out for the season was a terrible omen. Trading Gibbs was a huge mistake.

        • July 8th 2018 @ 7:35pm
          Macca said | July 8th 2018 @ 7:35pm | ! Report

          What happened? Kreuzer and Kennedy got injured in round 1, Marchbank in round 2, Murphy in round 3 and on and on it went. They finally looked like getting back towards their best side and then this week we lose Simpson before the game and then Phillips, Marchbank and Weitering during

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      July 8th 2018 @ 10:11am
      Peter the Scribe said | July 8th 2018 @ 10:11am | ! Report

      To be fair, the Blues injury crisis is at tipping point and they don’t have enough experience around the youth to cover it like the Pies, Crows and GWS have. That said, the list management was poor to not protect the good younger players from this season from hell. Time to trade picks for experienced older bigger bodies in the off season now. The policy of all out youth has backfired, trouble is who will want to come to the Blues now?

      • July 8th 2018 @ 1:44pm
        Lofty said | July 8th 2018 @ 1:44pm | ! Report

        Not sure who would come and join the club that could actually help. Even Mick mentioned in his last year at Carlton that they were not a destination club and things havnt got any better. It would appear a lot of the critics of the blues position and recruiting are the same ones who said we should trade guys like Gibbs and Tuhoy for draft picks.
        To be honest some of our kids couldn,t do any worse than some of our so called experienced players. Look at some of the skills shown, or lack of, by Rowe and Jones.

    • July 8th 2018 @ 11:15am
      Bill C said | July 8th 2018 @ 11:15am | ! Report

      It was great to see Brisbane keep the foot down in the last quarter, when they could easily have relaxed and coasted along. A classic example of this was the double-fisted, lunging spoil, deep in the Carlton forward line about midway through the last quarter. Not sure who the player was, but it typified the way the Lions fought until the end.

      Recruiting Hodge has proven to be a masterstroke. The way he directs the young Lions and gives 100% himself would be very inspiring for the team. Not sure if he’s playing next year, but hopefully he continues.

      Beams is a absolute champ. Sublime skills, worth the entry fee just to see him play.

      Exciting times ahead if they can stay injury free.

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        July 8th 2018 @ 12:40pm
        Peter the Scribe said | July 8th 2018 @ 12:40pm | ! Report

        Always rated Beams a potential Brownlow medalist when the Pies Derek Hine pulled a master selection of Beams from under Brisbanes nose at pick 29. That, and Steele Sidebottom at pick 11 in the 2008 draft were two vital pieces of the jigsaw that delivered the 2010 flag.

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