CARLTON 0.3.3 0.9.3 1.12.5 1.14.7 (100)
NORTH MELBOURNE 0.2.3 0.5.6 0.9.9 0.14.9 (93)
Nine pointers: Carlton: Z Tuohy. North Melbourne Kangaroos: Nil.
Goals: Carlton: A Everitt 3 D Ellard 2 T Bell 2 T Menzel 2 B McLean C Wood J Cachia L Casboult M Robinson. North Melbourne Kangaroos: D Petrie 4 A Black 2 B Harvey 2 L Thomas 2 D Currie D Wells J Ziebell R Bastinac.
Umpires: Robert Findlay, Jason Armstrong, Robert O’Gorman.
Venue: Eureka Stadium, Ballarat
It was a tale of the recruits in Carlton's nine-point Nab Challenge win over North Melbourne, with Nick Dal Santo and Andrejs Everitt putting on a clinic in front of 7800 fans at Eureka Stadium on Saturday.
The Blues secured the 1.14.7 (100) to 14.9 (93) victory with a third-quarter blitzkrieg, but it was the performances of Dal Santo with 29 touches and Everitt with three first-half goals that stole the show.
The Kangaroos finished the final quarter full of running and reduced the margin to a point in the dying minutes with a Brent Harvey major from the 50-metre line that should have counted for nine points.
But, ex-Collingwood ruckman Cameron Wood put the Blues out of reach with a goal in the final minute.
While Dal Santo was one of the best afield in his first match as a Roo, Everitt had 17 disposals and several goa- saving marks while playing in a number of roles.
North out-possessed Carlton by a whopping 75 touches for the match.
Carlton director of coaching Rob Wiley hinted earlier this month that alterations had been made to Mick Malthouse's boundary-line game plan, but the Blues stayed true to fashion and played a majority of the match around the edges.
In contrast, the Roos were often blistering with their run through the corridor, and Ryan Bastinac (31 touches), Jack Ziebell (29) and father-son draftee Luke McDonald (22) kept them in the game for the first three quarters.
A dogged Brock McLean shone for the Blues, picking up 21 disposals and a goal, while Tom Bell imposed himself on the contest with 17 disposals and two goals.
The Blues dominated the frenetic and often-bruising first-half, before North pegged the margin back with its superior run and carry.
Hometown hero Drew Petrie delighted fans with four-goals, six marks and 16 disposals playing in the traditional full-forward role, and almost proved to be the saving grace for the North Melbourne but fumbled several marks at critical stages in the fourth quarter.
North Melbourne's other multiple goal kickers were Aaron Black, Lindsay Thomas and Harvey, all of whom finished with two majors.