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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 78vs RIC 105 Report Stats
Sat, 04 AprTimes shown AEDT
MEL 115vs GCF 89 Stats
SYD 72vs ESS 60 Stats
BRI 74vs COL 86 Stats
WBU 97vs WCE 87 Stats
Sun, 05 AprTimes shown AEST
STK 78vs GWS 87 Stats
ADE 140vs NTH 63 Stats
FRE 75vs PTA 68 Stats
Mon, 06 AprTimes shown AEST
HAW 123vs GEE 61 Stats
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Round 2
Fri, 10 AprTimes shown AEST
WCE 131vs CAR 62 Stats
Sat, 11 AprTimes shown AEST
RIC 66vs WBU 85 Report Stats
GWS 101vs MEL 56 Stats
COL 63vs ADE 90 Report Stats
GCF 76vs STK 104 Stats
PTA 44vs SYD 92 Stats
Sun, 12 AprTimes shown AEST
GEE 60vs FRE 104 Stats
ESS 78vs HAW 76 Stats
NTH 133vs BRI 51 Stats
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Round 3
Fri, 17 AprTimes shown AEST
COL 140vs STK 66 Stats
Sat, 18 AprTimes shown AEST
CAR 84vs ESS 105 Stats
ADE 80vs MEL 55 Stats
SYD 111vs GWS 90 Report Stats
NTH 105vs PTA 113 Stats
BRI 58vs RIC 137 Stats
Sun, 19 AprTimes shown AEST
HAW 127vs WBU 57 Stats
GEE 105vs GCF 96 Stats
WCE 81vs FRE 111 Stats
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Round 4
Fri, 24 AprTimes shown AEST
RIC 51vs MEL 83 Stats
Sat, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
STK 81vs CAR 121 Report Report Stats
ESS 49vs COL 69 Report Stats
GWS 119vs GCF 53 Stats
PTA 99vs HAW 91 Stats
FRE 74vs SYD 60 Stats
Sun, 26 AprTimes shown AEST
BRI 65vs WCE 118 Stats
GEE 67vs NTH 83 Stats
WBU 125vs ADE 68 Stats
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Round 5
Fri, 01 MayTimes shown AEST
CAR 45vs COL 120 Stats
Sat, 02 MayTimes shown AEST
RIC 76vs GEE 85 Stats
SYD 73vs WBU 77 Stats
GCF 118vs BRI 54 Stats
NTH 70vs HAW 130 Stats
WCE 120vs GWS 33 Stats
Sun, 03 MayTimes shown AEST
MEL 50vs FRE 118 Stats
STK 80vs ESS 82 Stats
ADE 91vs PTA 115 Stats
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Round 6
Fri, 08 MayTimes shown AEST
COL 59vs GEE 100 Stats
Sat, 09 MayTimes shown AEST
NTH 109vs RIC 74 Stats
WBU 87vs STK 94 Stats
GWS 108vs HAW 98 Stats
GCF 78vs ADE 119 Stats
MEL 50vs SYD 88 Stats
FRE 80vs ESS 52 Stats
Sun, 10 MayTimes shown AEST
CAR 75vs BRI 84 Report Stats
PTA 68vs WCE 78 Stats
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Round 7
Fri, 15 MayTimes shown AEST
ESS 82vs NTH 93 Stats
Sat, 16 MayTimes shown AEST
ADE 119vs STK 73 Stats
HAW 155vs MEL 50 Stats
CAR 57vs GWS 135 Stats
SYD 120vs GEE 77 Stats
WCE 135vs GCF 43 Stats
Sun, 17 MayTimes shown AEST
WBU 88vs FRE 101 Stats
RIC 105vs COL 100 Report Stats
BRI 102vs PTA 65 Report Stats
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Round 8
Fri, 22 MayTimes shown AEST
GEE 140vs CAR 63 Report Stats
Sat, 23 MayTimes shown AEST
STK 78vs WCE 131 Report Stats
GWS 108vs ADE 84 Report Stats
GCF 63vs COL 132 Report Stats
HAW 69vs SYD 73 Report Stats
FRE 115vs NTH 42 Report Stats
Sun, 24 MayTimes shown AEST
ESS 136vs BRI 78 Report Stats
MEL 103vs WBU 64 Report Stats
PTA 43vs RIC 76 Report Stats
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Round 9
Fri, 29 MayTimes shown AEST
SYD 122vs CAR 62 Report Stats
Sat, 30 MayTimes shown AEST
HAW 93vs GCF 40 Report Stats
MEL 54vs PTA 115 Report Stats
WBU 113vs GWS 68 Report Stats
RIC 72vs ESS 59 Report Stats
ADE 57vs FRE 68 Report Stats
Sun, 31 MayTimes shown AEST
BRI 86vs STK 108 Report Stats
COL 112vs NTH 95 Report Stats
WCE 120vs GEE 64 Report Stats
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Round 10
Fri, 05 JunTimes shown AEST
FRE 70vs RIC 97 Report Stats
Sat, 06 JunTimes shown AEST
CAR 90vs ADE 99 Report Stats
GCF 41vs SYD 93 Report Stats
ESS 53vs GEE 122 Report Stats
PTA 100vs WBU 62 Report Stats
Sun, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
GWS 97vs BRI 67 Report Stats
NTH 85vs WCE 75 Report Stats
STK 69vs HAW 132 Report Stats
Mon, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
MEL 85vs COL 110 Report Stats
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Round 11
Fri, 12 JunTimes shown AEST
PTA 69vs GEE 92 Report Stats
Sat, 13 JunTimes shown AEST
GCF 46vs FRE 53 Report Stats
WCE 96vs ESS 46 Report Stats
NTH 75vs SYD 91 Report Report Stats
Sun, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
COL 119vs GWS 77 Report Stats
STK 85vs MEL 83 Report Stats
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Round 12
Thu, 18 JunTimes shown AEST
ADE 85vs HAW 114 Report Stats
Fri, 19 JunTimes shown AEST
RIC 70vs WCE 90 Report Stats
Sat, 20 JunTimes shown AEST
CAR 110vs PTA 106 Report Stats
GWS 61vs NTH 117 Report Stats
WBU 146vs BRI 74 Report Stats
Sun, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
GEE 89vs MEL 113 Report Stats
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Round 13
Thu, 25 JunTimes shown AEST
FRE 80vs COL 73 Report Stats
Fri, 26 JunTimes shown AEST
SYD 77vs RIC 95 Report Stats
Sat, 27 JunTimes shown AEST
HAW 114vs ESS 76 Report Stats
BRI 69vs ADE 82 Report Stats
STK 56vs WBU 62 Report Stats
Sun, 28 JunTimes shown AEST
CAR 103vs GCF 69 Report Stats
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Round 14
Thu, 02 JulTimes shown AEST
SYD 94vs PTA 84 Report Stats
Fri, 03 JulTimes shown AEST
COL 91vs HAW 101 Report Stats
Sat, 04 JulTimes shown AEST
RIC 78vs GWS 69 Report Stats
GCF 125vs NTH 70 Report Stats
WBU 64vs CAR 53 Report Stats
MEL 60vs WCE 114 Report Stats
Sun, 05 JulTimes shown AEST
ESS 52vs STK 162 Stats
ADE vs GEE 15:20Adelaide Oval
FRE 84vs BRI 48 Report Stats
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Round 15
Thu, 09 JulTimes shown AEST
PTA 66vs COL 63 Report Stats
Fri, 10 JulTimes shown AEST
RIC 71vs CAR 41 Report Stats
Sat, 11 JulTimes shown AEST
ESS 69vs MEL 60 Report Stats
WBU 95vs GCF 73 Report Stats
NTH 120vs GEE 79 Report Stats
WCE 147vs ADE 91 Report Stats
Sun, 12 JulTimes shown AEST
GWS 84vs STK 49 Report Stats
HAW 115vs FRE 43 Report Stats
BRI 49vs SYD 70 Report Stats
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Round 16
Fri, 17 JulTimes shown AEST
NTH 93vs ESS 68 Report Stats
Sat, 18 JulTimes shown AEST
GEE 72vs WBU 64 Report Stats
GCF 79vs GWS 94 Report Stats
COL 56vs WCE 87 Report Stats
SYD 57vs HAW 146 Report Stats
FRE 95vs CAR 53 Report Stats
Sun, 19 JulTimes shown AEST
MEL 60vs BRI 36 Report Stats
PTA 113vs ADE 116 Report Stats
STK 73vs RIC 89 Report Stats
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Round 17
Fri, 24 JulTimes shown AEST
CAR 35vs HAW 173 Report Stats
Sat, 25 JulTimes shown AEST
GWS 42vs GEE 69 Stats
ADE 125vs GCF 80 Stats
RIC 78vs FRE 82 Stats
ESS 116vs PTA 129 Stats
BRI 38vs NTH 110 Report Stats
Sun, 26 JulTimes shown AEST
WBU 104vs COL 86 Report Stats
MEL 46vs STK 83 Report Stats
WCE 103vs SYD 51 Report Stats
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Round 18
Fri, 31 JulTimes shown AEST
HAW 53vs RIC 71 Report Stats
Sat, 01 AugTimes shown AEST
GEE 113vs BRI 57 Stats
COL 54vs MEL 91 Report Stats
SYD 117vs ADE 65 Report Stats
CAR 54vs NTH 118 Report Stats
GCF 83vs WCE 83 Report Stats
Sun, 02 AugTimes shown AEST
PTA 112vs STK 49 Report Stats
ESS 40vs WBU 127 Report Stats
FRE 84vs GWS 63 Report Stats
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Round 19
Fri, 07 AugTimes shown AEST
ADE 88vs RIC 52 Report Stats
Sat, 08 AugTimes shown AEST
COL 105vs CAR 87 Report Stats
WBU 128vs PTA 64 Report Stats
BRI 100vs GCF 114 Report Stats
GEE 95vs SYD 63 Report Stats
WCE 74vs HAW 88 Report Stats
Sun, 09 AugTimes shown AEST
MEL 92vs NTH 127 Report Stats
GWS 93vs ESS 61 Report Stats
STK 59vs FRE 96 Report Stats
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Round 20
Fri, 14 AugTimes shown AEST
SYD 87vs COL 76 Report Stats
Sat, 15 AugTimes shown AEST
ESS 59vs ADE 171 Report Stats
NTH 120vs STK 83 Report Stats
PTA 111vs GWS 90 Report Stats
GEE 85vs HAW 121 Report Stats
BRI 131vs CAR 67 Report Stats
Sun, 16 AugTimes shown AEST
RIC 138vs GCF 55 Report Stats
WBU 153vs MEL 55 Report Stats
FRE 80vs WCE 104 Report Stats
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Round 21
Fri, 21 AugTimes shown AEST
HAW 86vs PTA 108 Report Stats
Sat, 22 AugTimes shown AEST
COL 56vs RIC 147 Report Stats
GWS 44vs SYD 133 Report Stats
GCF 97vs ESS 95 Report Stats
STK 97vs GEE 97 Report Stats
ADE 131vs BRI 44 Report Stats
Sun, 23 AugTimes shown AEST
NTH 94vs FRE 83 Report Stats
CAR 78vs MEL 55 Report Stats
WCE 162vs WBU 85 Report Stats
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Round 22
Fri, 28 AugTimes shown AEST
GEE 62vs COL 110 Report Stats
Sat, 29 AugTimes shown AEST
GWS 132vs CAR 51 Report Stats
HAW 134vs BRI 62 Report Stats
NTH 73vs WBU 96 Report Stats
ESS 47vs RIC 74 Report Stats
GCF 51vs PTA 88 Report Stats
Sun, 30 AugTimes shown AEST
ADE 126vs WCE 69 Report Stats
STK 38vs SYD 135 Report Stats
FRE 108vs MEL 54 Report Stats
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Round 23
Fri, 04 SepTimes shown AEST
RIC ($1.29)vs NTH ($3.60) 19:50ES
Sat, 05 SepTimes shown AEST
GEE ($2.50)vs ADE ($1.53) 13:05SS
BRI ($4.50)vs WBU ($1.20) 13:45G
PTA vs FRE 15:50Adelaide Oval
HAW ($1.01)vs CAR ($17.00) 16:40MCG
SYD ($1.04)vs GCF ($11.00) 19:20SCG
WCE ($1.04)vs STK ($11.00) 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 06 SepTimes shown AEST
MEL ($3.20)vs GWS ($1.36) 13:10ES
COL ($1.28)vs ESS ($3.70) 15:20MCG
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AFL 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D % Pts
Fremantle 21 17 4 0 125.10 68
West Coast Eagles 21 15 5 1 143.00 62
Hawthorn 21 15 6 0 156.77 60
Sydney Swans 21 15 6 0 124.11 60
Richmond 21 14 7 0 121.39 56
Western Bulldogs 21 14 7 0 116.76 56
Adelaide Crows 20 13 7 0 119.10 54
North Melbourne 21 13 8 0 109.08 52
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