Kangaroos smash sorry Blues

Sportal July 13, 2012, 10:42 pm
Lindsay Thomas

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North Melbourne have continued their recent form revival with a 53-point win over Carlton in a fiery clash at Etihad Stadium that could see Blues skipper Chris Judd suspended for a crude 'chicken wing' tackle.

Drew Petrie was the star of the night with seven straight goals in just three quarters as the supremely accurate Roos kicked away to a percentage-boosting 24.5 (149) to 14.12 (96) victory.

But Judd took the gloss off what was a brilliant performance from North with his nasty tackle of Leigh Adams in the second quarter sure to be looked at by the match review panel.

The two-time Brownlow Medalist yanked Adams' arm and twisted it when the North player was pinned to the ground.

Adams left the field with what looked like a shoulder dislocation, but returned later in the quarter before playing the game out.

Other incidents including an elbow from Heath Scotland, a high bump from Jack Ziebell and a kneeing incident from Michael Jamison will also be looked at in what is shaping as a busy Monday for the match review panel.

Petrie was the difference between the two sides early on with his four first-quarter goals laying the platform for the Roos' victory, while Lachie Hansen provided valuable support with four and Lindsay Thomas and Kieran Harper both chimed in with three.

Petrie didn't get a chance to better his career-high of seven goals when his night was ended at three-quarter time following an adductor problem during the third term.

Daniel Wells was outstanding with 26 touches and a goal, while Andrew Swallow also saw plenty of the ball thanks to Todd Goldstein's dominance in the ruck.

Judd played a lone hand for the Blues with 36 touches, 10 marks and three goals in a brilliant performance that will be quickly forgotten due to his indiscretion.

Marc Murphy made an encouraging return from his shoulder injury with 23 possessions, while Mitch Robinson (23), Denis Armfield (25) and Andrew Carrazzo (29) also had solid games.

Carlton's cause wasn't helped by injuries to Andrew Walker, who left the field during the first term with a calf problem, and Aaron Joseph, who wasn't seen after half-time following the heavy bump from Ziebell.

North booted the first goal of the match through Adams following a questionable 50m penalty, but the Blues settled quickly with the next three.

Eddie Betts, Armfield and Carrazzo all kicked truly to give Carlton a handy buffer before Petrie put his stamp on the contest.

He nailed his first following a free kick and then had another a minute later from a 50m penalty when Jamison kneed his opponent in the back, which the match review panel are sure to look at.

Another two in the space of five minutes made it four for the quarter before a fine goal on the run from Harper gave the Roos a 15-point lead at the first change.

The intensity picked up in the second term with a number of controversial incidents drawing the ire of both sets of fans.

North booted the first two goals before Judd ignored the chorus of boos to kick a team-lifting goal, just minutes after the 'chicken wing' incident.

But as hard as they tried, the Blues couldn't work their way back into the contest with Hansen stepping up with three majors for the term.

Carlton did try to keep in touch, but could only manage three goals from eight shots with Petrie's fifth goal in the shadows of half-time giving the Roos a 29-point lead at the main break.

Judd led a spirited Blues fightback with two goals in the space of a minute after Petrie had cancelled out Murphy's snap to open the second half.

The Roos immediately snuffed out any hopes of a comeback with Petrie nailing his seventh closely followed by Wells snapping from point-blank range.

Lindsay Thomas then produced the goal of the night with an outrageous inside out torpedo from the boundary line that somehow sailed through.

But North weren't done yet with Swallow, Brent Harvey and Harper all booting goals in quick succession to see their side take a 55-point lead into the final quarter.

The Kangaroos' night was soured in the closing stages with Adams leaving the field after copping another knock to his shoulder before Swallow was hit with a stray boot to the head from team-mate Harper.

'''NORTH MELBOURNE:''' 6.1, 12.2, 19.4, 24.5 (149)

'''CARLTON:''' 3.4, 6.9, 9.9, 14.12 (96)

'''GOALS: NORTH MELBOURNE:''' Petrie 7, Hansen 4, Thomas 3, Harper 3, Adams, Atley, Wells, Swallow, Harvey, Bastinac, Tarrant
'''CARLTON:''' Judd 3, Armfield 2, Betts 2, Carrazzo, Robinson, Murphy, Yarran, Duigan, Garlett, McLean
'''BEST: NORTH MELBOURNE:''' Petrie, Wells, Swallow, Goldstein, Adams, Atley
'''CARLTON:''' Judd, Robinson, Armfield, Carrazzo, Murphy
'''INJURIES: NORTH MELBOURNE:''' Petrie (adductor), Adams (shoulder
'''CARLTON:''' Walker (calf), Joseph (concussion)
'''REPORTS:''' Nil
'''SUBS: NORTH MELBOURNE:''' Matt Campbell replaced Drew Petrie (4th Qtr)
'''CARLTON:''' Kane Lucas replaced Andrew Walker (1st Qtr)
'''CHANGES: ''' Zac Tuohy (back) replaced in Carlton's selected side by Kane Lucas
'''UMPIRES:''' Schmitt, Meredith, Pannell
'''CROWD:''' 46,423 at Etihad Stadium

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