Freo fire in third quarter to beat Blues

By Justin Chadwick,

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    Carlton coach Brendon Bolton was filthy with his players after the AFL club’s hopes of avoiding the wooden spoon evaporated with an inept third-quarter display against Fremantle.

    The Blues led by 13 points at halftime on Sunday before conceding seven unanswered goals in the third quarter on the way to the 15.11 (101) to 10.12 (72) loss.

    Carlton would have been just one win adrift of Gold Coast if they had gotten over the line against Fremantle at Optus Stadium.

    But the loss means Carlton need to beat the Bulldogs and Crows in the final two rounds, plus rely on Gold Coast losing to Brisbane and Geelong, in order to get off the bottom of the ladder.

    “I am absolutely filthy, as are our players, with the third quarter,” Bolton said.

    “Seven goals in unacceptable in a quarter. That is unacceptable. And our players’ consistency need to grow.”

    Bolton gave his players a huge rocket at three-quarter time and he was satisfied with how they responded.

    “(The spray) is always informed and it needed to be emotive because we needed to jar the group in to what it did in the first two quarters,” Bolton said.

    “And then in the last I thought they responded all right, we just didn’t totally capitalise.”

    Carlton suffered a big blow before the match when star ruckman Matthew Kreuzer had to be pulled out because of another heart scare.

    Kreuzer hadn’t played since experiencing an elevated heart rate in the round 17 loss to St Kilda, and his hopes of returning against Fremantle were dashed when he suffered a recurrence at training on Saturday.

    He will see specialists in the coming days to determine the best course of action.

    The Blues were well served by Patrick Cripps (32 disposals, eight clearances) and veteran Dale Thomas (30 possessions, one goal).

    Dockers midfielder Lachie Neale was best afield with 34 disposals, 10 clearances and a goal, while Cam McCarthy booted three goals to go with his final-term speccy.

    But star goalsneak Michael Walters is set to miss the rest of the season after injuring his left hamstring late in the match.

    Dockers coach Ross Lyon said skipper Nat Fyfe (hamstring) was only a slim chance to return in Saturday’s clash with Geelong.

    Lyon was happy with the way his team responded on the back of last week’s fiery derby and the media storm that followed.

    Fremantle have won eight games this season – the same number they achieved last year.

    But Lyon feels the figure is a step forward given the huge amount of first-year players he’s injected into the side.

    “We’re not there yet but we’re a growth mindset club,” Lyon said.

    “We know if we keep putting in the effort and work hard to improve, we will.

    “We’re not fixed, we know that. But it was really pleasing today.”

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    The Crowd Says (13)

    • August 13th 2018 @ 10:42am
      Wayne Kerr said | August 13th 2018 @ 10:42am | ! Report

      Our third term was:
      Putrid
      Apathetic
      Turgid
      Horrendous
      Excruciating
      Tragic
      Insipid
      Caustic

      Bolton should adopt the methods of my old mate Robbie who would be getting the mouth guards out at training.

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      August 13th 2018 @ 11:12am
      Peter the Scribe said | August 13th 2018 @ 11:12am | ! Report

      I see Bolton changed his mind and wants the priority pick now. Can’t see Carlton improving much without a big injection of established talent in the off season. As for Bolts, not sure he can get out of the stalls at the jump.

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        August 13th 2018 @ 12:25pm
        Dalgety Carrington said | August 13th 2018 @ 12:25pm | ! Report

        The “priority pick” might best be having a free swing at any player 20 years or older they want from the state leagues, rather than loading up on more youngsters, which doesn’t seem to work as well for sides so young that a lot of drafted players miss out on developing fully.

      • August 13th 2018 @ 2:55pm
        Kane said | August 13th 2018 @ 2:55pm | ! Report

        Took Buckley 7 years to get out of the stalls so I will back Bolton in after 3

    • August 13th 2018 @ 12:39pm
      Chris said | August 13th 2018 @ 12:39pm | ! Report

      Why give a priority pick to the Blue Baggers? They have the money, influence and knowhow to rebuild a team. There should be no sympathy extended to teams like Carlton and Melbourne who have trophy cupboards full of premierships. I cannot accept priority picks for established teams with legend laden histories! I would gladly give a priority pick to GWS or Gold Coast.

      • August 13th 2018 @ 2:50pm
        Kane said | August 13th 2018 @ 2:50pm | ! Report

        You were pretty quick to accept Dale Thomas though Chris. I bet you weren’t saying the same thing then. And Josh Fraser.

    • August 13th 2018 @ 3:30pm
      johno said | August 13th 2018 @ 3:30pm | ! Report

      Carlton don’t need a priority when they have father son picks in Ben Silvagni, Oskar Manton, Will Hickmont (this year) and Liam Hickmont (next year)

      That’s enough of a leg up.

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        August 13th 2018 @ 5:54pm
        Peter the Scribe said | August 13th 2018 @ 5:54pm | ! Report

        I’m sure that has Richmond quaking in their boots Johno

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        August 14th 2018 @ 2:30pm
        Dalgety Carrington said | August 14th 2018 @ 2:30pm | ! Report

        Interesting to hear the word is that Brad Lloyd has signed on as Carltoon’s footy ops head. No wonder Freo has got a few contract extensions done over the past day or two, given the way recent history has played out with the Blooz.

    • August 14th 2018 @ 10:41am
      asd said | August 14th 2018 @ 10:41am | ! Report

      Bolton has taken the hardest job in AFL if he survives will be a miracle .

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