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Dogs get a dose of the Blues

Carlton thrash the Western Bulldogs by 28 points in a twilight Sunday match at Etihad Stadium.

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CARLTON 7.3 13.6 16.9 18.11 (119) WESTERN BULLDOGS 3.3 8.6 12.8 13.13 (91)
GOALS Carlton: Henderson 5, Waite 3, Scotland 2, Murphy 2, Everitt, Gibbs, Yarran, Ellard, Thomas, Bell. Western Bulldogs: Crameri 4, Stevens 2, Dahlhaus 2, Cooney, Giansiracusa, Jong, Boyd, Wallis.
BEST Carlton: Murphy, Henderson, Gibbs, Curnow, Waite, Warnock, Simpson Western Bulldogs: Griffen, Crameri, Dahlhaus, Cooney
UMPIRES Jeffery, Kamolins, Burgess.
CROWD 27,986 at Etihad Stadium.

Carlton fans would have taken a win of any sort, so cold and dark had their season become before even the first lashings of winter.

But a win of dash and daring and - surely not under Mick Malthouse! - attack through the middle of the ground was really something to put a smile on blue Blue faces.

Blues fans show their support at the game. Click for more photos

AFL Round 5: Carlton v Western Bulldogs

In a high-scoring game at Etihad Stadium, Carlton broke its drought this season with a gutsy 28-point win over the Western Bulldogs with a final score of 18.11 (119) to 13.13 (91). Photo: Getty Images

Time
Q4 29:14
Team
WBFC
Score
13.13.91
Team
CFC
Score
18.11.119
Western Bulldogs versus Carlton
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Players Crameri (4.2), Dahlhaus (2.1), Stevens (2.0), Boyd (1.2), Giansiracusa (1.2), Cooney (1.1), Jong (1.0), Wallis (1.0), Griffen (0.1), Jones (0.1), Macrae (0.1) Scorers Henderson (5.3), Waite (3.2), Murphy (2.1), Scotland (2.0), Ellard (1.1), Thomas (1.1), Bell (1.0), Everitt (1.0), Gibbs (1.0), Yarran (1.0), Casboult (0.1), Simpson (0.1)

Thirteen goals to half-time - more than they had managed all game in each of four 2014 losses -betrayed a release of the shackles.

Ryan Griffen hauled his Bulldog teammates far enough back into the contest to jangle nerves, but Carlton hung tough with a victory that shrugged a groaning weight off navy blue backs.

And yet it came with a significant asterisk, as Chris Judd became arguably the highest-profile substitute in the short history of the green vest, then lasted just five minutes after taking it off before straining his right hamstring.

Patrick Cripps takes a high mark over waiting Dogs.

Patrick Cripps takes a high mark over waiting Dogs. Photo: Getty Images

Ed Curnow also finished a terrific game in the sick bay, leaving the Blues with one rotation for the last 15 minutes and increasing the merit of their triumph.

"A very united team win," was how Jarrad Waite saw it, a description as transparent as his underplaying of the mode of attack, which Waite said was simply about using the "hit-up" player more often "rather than going straight down the line".

All over the ground (not only through the corridor), the Blues responded. Marc Murphy ran away from Mitch Wallis' tag to answer staunch criticism of his football under fire with a two-goal, 28-possession game of the highest quality.

"Mick put it on some of the other players to give him a bit of protection, and rightly so," was Waite's succinct summary of a true captain's game.

Waite himself bounced back from a week in the seconds with a classic modern forward's game, presenting near and far from goal, kicking three and forming a partnership with Lachie Henderson that reaped eight and was more than an undermanned Dogs defence could handle.

Dale Morris' tripping suspension hurt them, leaving Tom Williams, Michael Talia and Tom Young pushing back against a tide that kept coming.

Waite's game was instructive of the changed approach, regularly marking across half-back and channelling the ball through the middle of the ground. Invariably a teammate waited there like someone who had already seen the replay, Bryce Gibbs another notable beneficiary with a telling 29-possession game on the ball.

Robbie Warnock's work against Will Minson - particularly at the centre bounces - achieved the unlikely result of making the All-Australian follower look small. There were wins at the other end of the size scale too, notably Curnow wearing Tom Liberatore to great effect for three-and-a-half quarters, and David Ellard going forward as a tag on Bob Murphy and restricting the old Dog's artistic contributions.

The Blues began like the student with talent who hadn't opened a book all year, and realised it was time to pull the finger out. Their intent to play on instinct was clear, and fast transition married to uncompromising attack on the ball brought three first-quarter goals for Henderson and seven for his team.

As good as Carlton's versatile target man was, the leadership provided by the eccentric Waite gave the greatest hint that the Blues were on. He began by almost taking mark of the night pushing up to half-back, and charged back to familiar territory often enough to kick two first-quarter goals.

Griffen willed his team back to within a goal, aided by Adam Cooney's nous and Lin Jong's effort as the Dogs kicked three in six minutes. But Jack Macrae's stunning nomination for dribbled blunder of the year - from less than 10 metres - caused a mass explosion of supporters heads and triggered a telling Carlton surge of five unanswered goals that effectively locked up the result before the long break.

Judd started his first game of the season in a green vest and wasn't sighted until the 23rd minute of the third quarter, an arrival that prompted a bigger cheer than Koby Stevens' goal that brought the Bulldogs back to within 19 points. Five minutes later the dual Brownlow medallist clutched at the back of his leg as Stewart Crameri ran him down, and hobbled off.

"We've had a bit of stick about our fitness, but we're really confident we can run out games," Waite said of a denouement in which Heath Scotland's stumble might have been a metaphor for his ailing team, but which was duly sealed by Henderson's fifth.

The challenge now, said Waite, is to find consistency.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 20:  Heath Scotland (R) of the Blues celebrates a goal with Lachie Henderson during the round five AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the Carlton Blues at Etihad Stadium on April 20, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images) AFL Round 5: Carlton v Western Bulldogs

In a high-scoring game at Etihad Stadium, Carlton broke its drought this season with a gutsy 28-point win over the Western Bulldogs with a final score of 18.11 (119) to 13.13 (91).

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AFL 2015

Round 1
Thu, 02 AprTimes shown AEDT
CAR 78 vs RIC 105 Report Stats
Sat, 04 AprTimes shown AEDT
MEL 115 vs GCF 89 Stats
SYD 72 vs ESS 60 Stats
BRI 74 vs COL 86 Stats
WBU 97 vs WCE 87 Stats
Sun, 05 AprTimes shown AEST
STK 78 vs GWS 87 Stats
ADE 140 vs NTH 63 Stats
FRE 75 vs PTA 68 Stats
Mon, 06 AprTimes shown AEST
HAW 123 vs GEE 61 Stats
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Round 2
Fri, 10 AprTimes shown AEST
WCE 131 vs CAR 62 Stats
Sat, 11 AprTimes shown AEST
RIC 66 vs WBU 85 Report Stats
GWS 101 vs MEL 56 Stats
COL 63 vs ADE 90 Report Stats
GCF 76 vs STK 104 Stats
PTA 44 vs SYD 92 Stats
Sun, 12 AprTimes shown AEST
GEE 60 vs FRE 104 Stats
ESS 78 vs HAW 76 Stats
NTH 133 vs BRI 51 Stats
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Round 3
Fri, 17 AprTimes shown AEST
COL 140 vs STK 66 Stats
Sat, 18 AprTimes shown AEST
CAR 84 vs ESS 105 Stats
ADE 80 vs MEL 55 Stats
SYD 111 vs GWS 90 Report Stats
NTH 105 vs PTA 113 Stats
BRI 58 vs RIC 137 Stats
Sun, 19 AprTimes shown AEST
HAW 127 vs WBU 57 Stats
GEE 105 vs GCF 96 Stats
WCE 81 vs FRE 111 Stats
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Round 4
Fri, 24 AprTimes shown AEST
RIC 51 vs MEL 83 Stats
Sat, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
STK 81 vs CAR 121 Report Report Stats
ESS 49 vs COL 69 Report Stats
GWS 119 vs GCF 53 Stats
PTA 99 vs HAW 91 Stats
FRE 74 vs SYD 60 Stats
Sun, 26 AprTimes shown AEST
BRI 65 vs WCE 118 Stats
GEE 67 vs NTH 83 Stats
WBU 125 vs ADE 68 Stats
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Round 5
Fri, 01 MayTimes shown AEST
CAR 45 vs COL 120 Stats
Sat, 02 MayTimes shown AEST
RIC 76 vs GEE 85 Stats
SYD 73 vs WBU 77 Stats
GCF 118 vs BRI 54 Stats
NTH 70 vs HAW 130 Stats
WCE 120 vs GWS 33 Stats
Sun, 03 MayTimes shown AEST
MEL 50 vs FRE 118 Stats
STK 80 vs ESS 82 Stats
ADE 91 vs PTA 115 Stats
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Round 6
Fri, 08 MayTimes shown AEST
COL 59 vs GEE 100 Stats
Sat, 09 MayTimes shown AEST
NTH 109 vs RIC 74 Stats
WBU 87 vs STK 94 Stats
GWS 108 vs HAW 98 Stats
GCF 78 vs ADE 119 Stats
MEL 50 vs SYD 88 Stats
FRE 80 vs ESS 52 Stats
Sun, 10 MayTimes shown AEST
CAR 75 vs BRI 84 Report Stats
PTA 68 vs WCE 78 Stats
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Round 7
Fri, 15 MayTimes shown AEST
ESS 82 vs NTH 93 Stats
Sat, 16 MayTimes shown AEST
ADE 119 vs STK 73 Stats
HAW 155 vs MEL 50 Stats
CAR 57 vs GWS 135 Stats
SYD 120 vs GEE 77 Stats
WCE 135 vs GCF 43 Stats
Sun, 17 MayTimes shown AEST
WBU 88 vs FRE 101 Stats
RIC 105 vs COL 100 Report Stats
BRI 102 vs PTA 65 Report Stats
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Round 8
Fri, 22 MayTimes shown AEST
GEE 140 vs CAR 63 Report Stats
Sat, 23 MayTimes shown AEST
STK 78 vs WCE 131 Report Stats
GWS 108 vs ADE 84 Report Stats
GCF 63 vs COL 132 Report Stats
HAW 69 vs SYD 73 Report Stats
FRE 115 vs NTH 42 Report Stats
Sun, 24 MayTimes shown AEST
ESS 136 vs BRI 78 Report Stats
MEL 103 vs WBU 64 Report Stats
PTA 43 vs RIC 76 Report Stats
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Round 9
Fri, 29 MayTimes shown AEST
SYD vs CAR 19:50SCG
Sat, 30 MayTimes shown AEST
HAW vs GCF 13:45AS
MEL vs PTA 14:10TIO Traeger Park
WBU vs GWS 16:35ES
RIC vs ESS 19:20MCG
ADE vs FRE 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 31 MayTimes shown AEST
BRI vs STK 13:10G
COL vs NTH 15:20MCG
WCE vs GEE 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 10
Fri, 05 JunTimes shown AEST
FRE vs RIC 20:10Domain Stadium
Sat, 06 JunTimes shown AEST
CAR vs ADE 13:40MCG
GCF vs SYD 16:35MS
ESS vs GEE 19:20ES
PTA vs WBU 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
GWS vs BRI 13:10Spotless Stadium
NTH vs WCE 15:20BA
STK vs HAW 16:40ES
Mon, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
MEL vs COL 15:20MCG
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Round 11
Fri, 12 JunTimes shown AEST
PTA vs GEE 19:50Adelaide Oval
Sat, 13 JunTimes shown AEST
GCF vs FRE 13:40MS
WCE vs ESS 16:35Domain Stadium
NTH vs SYD 19:20ES
Sun, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
COL vs GWS 13:10MCG
STK vs MEL 16:40ES
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Round 12
Thu, 18 JunTimes shown AEST
ADE vs HAW 19:50Adelaide Oval
Fri, 19 JunTimes shown AEST
RIC vs WCE 19:50MCG
Sat, 20 JunTimes shown AEST
CAR vs PTA 13:40MCG
GWS vs NTH 16:35Spotless Stadium
WBU vs BRI 19:20ES
Sun, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
GEE vs MEL 15:20SS
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Round 13
Thu, 25 JunTimes shown AEST
FRE vs COL 20:10Domain Stadium
Fri, 26 JunTimes shown AEST
SYD vs RIC 19:50SCG
Sat, 27 JunTimes shown AEST
HAW vs ESS 13:40MCG
BRI vs ADE 16:35G
STK vs WBU 19:20ES
Sun, 28 JunTimes shown AEST
CAR vs GCF 15:20ES
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Round 14
Thu, 02 JulTimes shown AEST
SYD vs PTA 19:20SCG
Fri, 03 JulTimes shown AEST
COL vs HAW 19:50MCG
Sat, 04 JulTimes shown AEST
RIC vs GWS 13:40MCG
GCF vs NTH 16:35MS
WBU vs CAR 19:20ES
MEL vs WCE 19:40TIO
Sun, 05 JulTimes shown AEST
ESS vs STK 13:10ES
ADE vs GEE 15:20Adelaide Oval
FRE vs BRI 16:40Domain Stadium
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Thu, 09 JulTimes shown AEST
PTA vs COL 19:50Adelaide Oval
Fri, 10 JulTimes shown AEST
RIC vs CAR 19:50MCG
Sat, 11 JulTimes shown AEST
ESS vs MEL 13:40MCG
WBU vs GCF 16:35CAZ
NTH vs GEE 19:20ES
WCE vs ADE 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 12 JulTimes shown AEST
GWS vs STK 13:10Spotless Stadium
HAW vs FRE 15:20AS
BRI vs SYD 16:40G
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Round 16
Fri, 17 JulTimes shown AEST
NTH vs ESS 19:50ES
Sat, 18 JulTimes shown AEST
GEE vs WBU 13:45SS
GCF vs GWS 14:10MS
COL vs WCE 16:35ES
SYD vs HAW 19:20ANZ
FRE vs CAR 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 19 JulTimes shown AEST
MEL vs BRI 13:10MCG
PTA vs ADE 15:20Adelaide Oval
STK vs RIC 16:40ES
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Round 17
Fri, 24 JulTimes shown AEST
CAR vs HAW 19:50ES
Sat, 25 JulTimes shown AEST
GWS vs GEE 13:45SO
ADE vs GCF 14:10Adelaide Oval
RIC vs FRE 16:35MCG
ESS vs PTA 19:20ES
BRI vs NTH 19:20G
Sun, 26 JulTimes shown AEST
WBU vs COL 13:10ES
MEL vs STK 15:20MCG
WCE vs SYD 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 18
Fri, 31 JulTimes shown AEST
HAW vs RIC 19:50MCG
Sat, 01 AugTimes shown AEST
GEE vs BRI 13:45SS
COL vs MEL 14:10MCG
SYD vs ADE 16:35SCG
CAR vs NTH 19:20ES
GCF vs WCE 19:20MS
Sun, 02 AugTimes shown AEST
PTA vs STK 13:10Adelaide Oval
ESS vs WBU 15:20ES
FRE vs GWS 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 19
Fri, 07 AugTimes shown AEST
ADE vs RIC 19:50Adelaide Oval
Sat, 08 AugTimes shown AEST
COL vs CAR 13:45MCG
WBU vs PTA 14:10ES
BRI vs GCF 16:35G
GEE vs SYD 19:20SS
WCE vs HAW 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 09 AugTimes shown AEST
MEL vs NTH 13:10MCG
GWS vs ESS 15:20Spotless Stadium
STK vs FRE 16:40ES
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Round 20
Fri, 14 AugTimes shown AEST
SYD vs COL 19:50SCG
Sat, 15 AugTimes shown AEST
ESS vs ADE 13:45ES
NTH vs STK 14:10BA
PTA vs GWS 16:35Adelaide Oval
GEE vs HAW 19:20MCG
BRI vs CAR 19:20G
Sun, 16 AugTimes shown AEST
RIC vs GCF 13:10MCG
WBU vs MEL 15:20ES
FRE vs WCE 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 21
Fri, 21 AugTimes shown AEST
HAW vs PTA 19:50ES
Sat, 22 AugTimes shown AEST
COL vs RIC 13:45MCG
GWS vs SYD 14:10Spotless Stadium
GCF vs ESS 16:35MS
STK vs GEE 19:20ES
ADE vs BRI 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 23 AugTimes shown AEST
NTH vs FRE 13:10ES
CAR vs MEL 15:20MCG
WCE vs WBU 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 22
Fri, 28 AugTimes shown AEST
GEE vs COL 19:50MCG
Sat, 29 AugTimes shown AEST
GWS vs CAR 13:45Spotless Stadium
HAW vs BRI 14:10AS
NTH vs WBU 16:35ES
ESS vs RIC 19:20MCG
GCF vs PTA 19:20MS
Sun, 30 AugTimes shown AEST
ADE vs WCE 13:10Adelaide Oval
STK vs SYD 15:20ES
FRE vs MEL 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 23
Fri, 04 SepTimes shown AEST
COL vs ESS 00:00MCG
RIC vs NTH 00:00ES
HAW vs CAR 00:00MCG
GEE vs ADE 00:00SS
SYD vs GCF 00:00SCG
MEL vs GWS 00:00ES
BRI vs WBU 00:00G
PTA vs FRE 00:30Adelaide Oval
WCE vs STK 02:00Domain Stadium
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AFL 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D % Pts
Fremantle 8 8 0 0 155.29 32
West Coast Eagles 8 6 2 0 158.17 24
Sydney Swans 8 6 2 0 127.36 24
GWS Giants 8 6 2 0 118.87 24
Collingwood 8 5 3 0 129.90 20
Adelaide Crows 8 5 3 0 116.32 20
Hawthorn 8 4 4 0 145.81 16
Richmond 8 4 4 0 107.64 16
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