WEST COAST 3.3  5.12  6.17  10.19 (79)
CARLTON 2.3  4.4  8.8  10.9 (69)
Goals: West Coast: J Darling 3 D Cox 2 A Hams D Kerr J Brennan Q Lynch W Schofield. Carlton: L Henderson 2 M Kreuzer 2 A Collins A Walker D Armfield J Garlett K Simpson Z Tuohy
Umpires: Brett Rosebury, Dean Margetts, Luke Farmer
Official Crowd: 34,224 at Subiaco

THE WRAP:
This result confirmed one fact that wasn't in dispute: West Coast is one of the top chances for the flag. They turn at the midpoint with an impressive record despite early-season injuries to critical players. Scott Selwood's game was a highlight as he accumulated 33 possessions and shadowed Chris Judd over large portions of the game.

STATS WATCH: It's hard to go past the name of Chris Judd when looking at the stats. Only 12 touches for the game. He also had nine tackles, indicating he was in a chasing mode for parts of the game. Naitanui's game also stood out with a career-high 25 disposals, five marks and seven tackles. Selwood and Nic Nat set to receive Brownlow votes.

West Coast jumps to the top of the ladder with a 9-2 record, leapfrogging Collingwood and the Sydney Swans. They are a tough team to crack at Patersons Stadium. Carlton's season slipping from their grasp as they slump to a 6-6 record with games against Hawthorn and Collingwood coming up next.

Q4 - 32.04: SIREN!
The Eagles hold on. Late Carlton revival never had enough sting in it.

Q4 - 29.50: GOAL!!!
Blues again. Collins slots one home. Surely there's not enough time, is there? Ten points the difference.

Q4 - 28.11: GOAL!
Simpson snares a late one. A handy consolation goal only.

Q4 - 27.08:
Less than three minutes on the clock and the Eagles are home. A good finishing quarter after the Blues surged in the third term.

Eagles having a great quarter on the tackle count, eight ahead of Carlton for the term, with that advantage coming over the past 10 minutes. Overall disposals are even for the term.

Just a reminder of tonight's substitutions. Yarran is now out of the game for Carlton, with Collins coming on. Lynch was the Eagle taken off, with Swift coming in.

Q4 - 19.29: GOAL!
Brennan for the Eagles and then he was bumped off his feet! That's the sealer. That man Selwood helped set up the goal and gave the goal assist, a sharp handball.

Scott Selwood enjoying a stellar season as one of the competition's most improved players. Thirty possessions so far at 90% disposal efficiency. Recalled Carlton players Carrazzo and Scotland leading the way for the Blues.

Q4 - 13.58 GOAL:
Critical moment ..... Cox flies for a mark but Judd spoils by chopping the arms deep in West Coast's forward line. A free kick is paid. A bit of a scuffle also ensues. Cox earns a 50 from the indiscretion and converts an easy goal. Game over?

Q4 - 8.40: GOAL!
Darling again. The big Eagle delivered with a delightful set shot. Eagles clear out by 10 points and this spells trouble for the visitors. West Coast 8.18 (66) Carlton 8.8 (56)

Q4 - 5.15: GOAL!
Hello Darling! Jack Darling dribbles through a kick for a goal. The Eagles are back in front by four points.

Q4 - 3.53:
Judd Watch: Only 10 possessions and five tackles for the skipper by early in the final quarter.

Commentary team makes a switch (that's us, not the chaps on the tele). Scott Spits is back in the chair after a lengthy break (not resting in the forward pocket) and Matt Murnane is subbed out. We're not sure if he'll have to run laps after the game to pick up his game time. We're consulting with the fitness staff.

3QT ANALYSIS:
Carlton got on top in contested possessions and shut down some key Eagles in that quarter. Carrazzo has been solid in his return, already with 19 disposals - the most of any Blue. Scotland, also playing his first game back from a calf injury, is second with 18 disposals. Upset in the making?

Q3 - 29.55: SIREN!
Blues kicked four goals to one in that quarter to take the lead.

Q3 - 29.23:
Darling runs into an open goal but missed... again!!! Crucial miss less than a minute before the siren.

Q3 - 24.52: GOAL!!!
Henderson kicks his second for the quarter. Another set shot that just swing in late.  Providing a spark.

Q3 - 20.19: GOAL!!!
Quick response from the Eagles. Cox delivers with a set shot. Eagles back in front.

Q3 - 19.30: GOAL!!!
Tuohy gets hold of a bomb from outside 50. Blues are in front. Have kicked the last five goals.

Q3 - 15.58:
Eagles haven't scored a goal for 30 minutes. Blues on top in contested ball. Game has gone up a notch. Blues 11-6 inside 50s in this quarter.

Q3 - 11.30:
Naitanui went close to a goal of the year contender. Roved his own tap, kept running, received his own handball and launched from outside 50. Just missed. Eagles 2.12 since quarter time.

Q3 - 10.48: GOAL!!!!
Henderson lanches himself at a pack but ends up taking it uncontested on the chest. Just sneaks it in from 25 metres. Blues draw level.

Q3 - 7.32:
Eagles inaccuracy continues. Hams snap from the pocket misses.

Q3 - 3.49:
McLean had chance to goal in the square, clever to kick the ball underneath opponent's arms, but missed. Still, Blues up and about.

Q3 - 3.10:
Judd left foot snap from boundary misses.

Q3 - 1.26: GOAL!!!
Early one for the Blues brings them back to eight points down. Kreuzer earns a free kick for great tackle from behind. Then nails the set shot. 

HT ANALYSIS:
Eagles will be kicking themselves after failing to make the most of their opportunities. 2.9 could have almost been game over. The lead got out to 26 points at one stage in that quarter, but the Blues fought back hard. Brett Ratten would be very happy to go in just 14 points down. Judd still quiet, just six diposals but had two inside 50s. The Eagles dominated contested ball for most of that quarter.

 

Q2 - 30.47: SIREN! Blues hold off Eagles and go into half-time in touch after late rally.


Q2 - 29.30:
Ellard could've made it a big turnaround, but missed tough shot on the run.

Q2 -  25.41: GOAL!!!
Two in a row for the Blues. Armfield on the end of some good work deep inside 50.

Q2: 22.47: GOAL!!!!
Garlett kicks a steadier for the Blues. Against the flow of play.

Q2 - 17.25:
Another miss. Eagles 2.8 to nothing in this quarter.

Q2 - 17.16: GOAL!!!!
Hams gets free over the back, picks up the ball and dribbles it home. Blues need to respond. 

Q2 - 16.17:
Eagles blowing a few set shot chances in the wet. Josh Hill misses this time.

Q2 - 11.58: GOAL!!!
Controversial decision. Jospeh called for holding the ball 15 metres out. Darling scores from point blank range. Eagles get reward for persistence.

Q2 - 10.21:
Tuohy wild kick off balance out on the full inside defensive 50. Gives Sheppard a shot at goal from the boundary line, but misses.

Q2 - 2.18: 
Cox misses a set shot, following a behind from a free kick to Shuey earlier. All Eagles early.

We've got a change in the commentary box for the second quarter. Matt Murnane is taking off the sub's vest and Scott Spits is grabbing a drink ..... (the substitution is not permanent, just a rotation policy).

ANALYSIS:
West Coast had precisely 31 more uncontested possessions, the same number of extra touches overall. They look more dangerous but, at the same time, Carlton looks a better outfit with Carrazzo back and Yarran, Betts, etc finding the footy. Once Judd starts to stamp his mark on the game (it will happen won't it?) the Blues should stay within striking distance of the Eagles.

Q1 - 30.33: SIREN!
The siren sounds with the ball in Carlton's forward line. They steadied in the last few minutes. Match is tight so far.

Q1 - 27.59: GOAL:
Walker with an easy (but important) one from the goal square. Goal assist came from Betts while the Inside 50 was Juddy's effort. He's on the board.

JUDD WATCH:
Still not a touch for the Carlton skipper. Hard to pick his direct opponent. To his credit, he has managed three tackles. Anyone want to venture any other times when he failed to snare a possession in a quarter. Less than two minutes of play until the siren.

Q1 - 23.26: GOAL!!
Schofield with a beauty for West Coast. He ran unchecked through half-forward and roosted a goal from beyond 50 metres. Eagles out to a handy 13-point lead.

Q1 - 20.57:
Blues in a rare foray forward. Betts beats off his opponent but his snap from the pocket bounces once and into the behind post.

Scotland's wearing a long-sleeved jumper. A strange sight in the west. Judd yet to have a possession. An even stranger sight to see him so close to the bottom on the stats count.

Q1 - 13.53: GOAL!
A second to West Coast. Brennan from a free kick. Eagles have settled.

Q1 - 10.17: GOAL!
Eagles on the board. The big Q-stick, Quinten Lynch, drills a major from a chest mark. He's merely one cog in an imposing forward line (even without their injury players).

Richo on the TV is talking about the crowd factor when umpires award free kicks. It's been a much scrutinised issue all season. There's no doubt they have probably the best home ground advantage in the comp.

Q1 - 7.10: GOAL!
Kreuzer snaps the first major. Great effort by the big man. Terrific start in a hostile environment for Carlton. The crowd is subdued (or are they just cold?).

Q1 - 5.29:
Dashing run from Chris Yarran. A sight for sore eyes among Carlton fans. His dash through the forward line and subsequent kick only skidded through for a behind, but it was a positive sign for the visitors.

Q1 - 1.27:
Flying shot from long range on the boundary from Gibbs sneaks in for a behind. Beautiful weather in Perth although it rained little over an hour ago.

Q1 - 0.00:
Some early match-ups: Glass v Kreuzer, Gaff v Simpson, Priddis v McLean

7.33pm
- The Blues welcome back Carrazzo and Scotland tonight, two significant midfield inclusions. Brett Ratten was careful not to heap too much pressure on Carrazzo after a long absence but, in reality, they need him badly. Also plenty of discussion about Judd's diminishing output (for mine, he's down the list of best onballers this year). Check out a great column from Peter Hanlon.

7.25pm
- Thursday night footy. It doesn't seem entirely right for me. Really interesting that Carlton has to travel after a six-day break, while the Eagles are relaxed after an 11-day gap. The Blues are taking on the first team coming off the bye this year.

7.14pm -
It's the second 'bye' weekend of the 2012 season with only six matches this weekend (played across four days!). The teams are in for the remaining round 12 matches. Sam Fisher back for St Kilda, while Jack Riewoldt has been picked for Richmond.

7.03pm
- Both clubs have made late changes for tonight's crunch game in Perth. Carlton has left out Shaun Hampson, with Aaron Joseph retaining his spot in the team. The Blues will start with Andrew Walker, Chris Yarran and Dennis Armfield on the bench. Andrew Collins is the substitute. For West Coast, Sam Butler has been replaced by Tom Swift, who will wear the green vest as sub. Brad Sheppard, Jacob Brennan and Ashton Hams will start the game on the bench.