FULL TIME - St Kilda 9.15 (69) Carlton 15.11 (101)
Carlton's rampant eight-goal second quarter proved the difference as the Blues beat the Saints by 32 points at Etihad Stadium.
Troy Menzel lit up the second term with all three of his goals for the night.
Chris Yarran booted four goals including one where he ran all the way from the half-back line.
Bryce Gibbs racked up 38 possessions and Kade Simpson 36, while Marc Murphy had 32 and Yarran 22 touches to go with his four majors.
Lenny Hayes had 30 possessions for St Kilda and Adam Schneider 26, while Nick Rieowldt kicked four goals from 17 touches and seven marks as St Kilda's best.
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FULL TIME - STK 9.15 (69) CARL 15.11 (101)
All over at Etihad Stadium! Carlton wins by 32 points.
Q4 27.30 - STK 9.13 (67) CARL 15.11 (101)
Billings kicks a set shot goal from 40m. All elementary now with only 1.33 to go.
Q4 26.00 - STK 8.13 (61) CARL 15.11 (101)
Riewoldt marks 45m out and kicks a set shot goal on a 45-degree angle. Four tonight for the champ, but the game has changed dramatically between his third goal (start of the last) and his fourth now.
Q4 23.45 - STK 7.13 (55) CARL 15.11 (101)
Party time! Garlett accepts a hand-off from Robinson hard up against the boundary line...and kicks a beautiful banana goal!
He was 35m out too, great skills.
Suddenly Carlton are blowing the game out. Still 4.09 to go as well so if they want too it might end up being more.
Q4 22.15 - STK 7.13 (55) CARL 14.11 (95)
Jack Steven turns the ball over in defensive 50m with an errant handball...Docherty accepts the gift and kicks the goal!
Q4 21.30 - STK 7.13 (55) CARL 13.11 (89)
Free kick against the St Kilda runner for getting too close to play...ball was in possession with Rhys Stanley on half forward.
Q4 20.15 - STK 7.13 (55) CARL 13.11 (89)
Carlton go end-to-end from the kick-in and Robinson marks with the flight.
He lines up from 35m out on a slight angle...and puts through the sealer!
With 5.32 to go that'll secure the four points for Carlton.
Q4 19.15 - STK 7.13 (55) CARL 12.11 (83)
Rushed behind for the Saints.
Tonight's crowd is 26,708.
Q4 17.45 - STK 7.12 (54) CARL 12.11 (83)
Yarran ducking and weaving on half forward...turns inboard and finds Menzel on the lead!
This time he's 45m out in front...He sends it wide left again. It was a tired looking kick.
Q4 15.15 - STK 7.12 (54) CARL 12.10 (82)
Armfield roves a ball hard up against the left boundary line...and squares it into the corridor.
Menzel takes a contested mark!
He lines up 30m out in front.
And kicks a point! Wide left.
Q4 13.00 - STK 7.12 (54) CARL 12.9 (81)
Siposs snaps a point. It's a bad miss from 25m out.
Q4 12.00 - STK 7.11 (53) CARL 12.9 (81)
Yarran kicks what might be the sealer!
Gibbs was all on his own on the wing and ambled up to half forward...his kick to Menzel was not a good one but the Blues tumbled it forward...the ball took a bounce that elimianted two Saints defenders from the contest, sitting up perfectly for Yarran to run into an open goal.
Q4 10.15 - STK 7.11 (53) CARL 11.9 (75)
Brock McLean kicks the ball out of bounds on the full...he is bleeding profusely from his left eye and is ordered off for treatment.
Q4 8.15 - STK 7.11 (53) CARL 11.9 (75)
Downfield free kick for Casboult after Webster bowled over Garlett on the wing.
Casboult lines up on a 45-degree angle from 50m...across the face for a point.
Q4 7.15 - STK 7.11 (53) CARL 11.8 (74)
Dunstan hacks the ball off the ground from 30m out...unguarded goalsquare! But it slides across the face for a point.
Q4 6.00 - STK 7.10 (52) CARL 11.8 (74)
Garlett is out of the green vest and David Ellard gets the red vest.
Ball is in the St Kilda forward pocket.
Q4 4.30 - STK 7.10 (52) CARL 11.8 (74)
Siposs goes diagonally looking for Riewoldt who is running along the 50m arc...and he marks with the flight right on the number!
Riewoldt swings out onto his right boot...it tails back towards the post...but it sneaks inside for a goal!
St Kilda within four straight kicks!
Q4 1.45 - STK 6.10 (46) CARL 11.8 (74)
Robinson marks at the top of 50m on a 45-degree angle and goes for goal...it lands in the square and St Kilda rush a behind.
Q4 START - STK 6.10 (46) CARL 11.7 (73)
Will we get a grandstand finish?
The Age's Greg Baum has written an article on the passing of Tom Hafey. Click here to read it
3QT - STK 6.10 (46) CARL 11.7 (73)
St Kilda has swung to the front in contested possessions, 106-98, while Carlton still leads inside-50s 41-45.
The Saints also lead clearances 34-30.
Lenny Hayes has 25 touches for the Saints and Adam Schneider 22, but Carlton's ball winners are much higher with 30 for Gibbs and 28 for Simpson. Yarran has 15 touches and five marks to go with his three goals.
3QT - STK 6.10 (46) CARL 11.7 (73)
The siren goes to end a quarter where St Kilda kicked 2.7 to Carlton's 1.1
Q3 26.45 - STK 6.10 (46) CARL 11.7 (73)
Simpson's attempt to clear from the last line of defence is an up-and-under...and lands with Webster 48m out.
He's directly in front but it's a long kick for goal.
Webster gets into a jog to make the distance...but misses the shot.
Q3 25.15 - STK 6.8 (44) CARL 11.7 (73)
Dale Thomas having a quiet night. He has seven touches, only Henderson (five) and the yet-to-be-activated sub Garlett (zero) have fewer for the Blues.
2.50 to go on the count-down clock.
Q3 22.30 - STK 6.8 (44) CARL 11.7 (73)
Stanley kicks a point from 48m on a standing start.
Blake Acres' debut game is finished as he gets the red vest and Mav Weller is into the game.
Q3 19.30 - STK 6.7 (43) CARL 11.7 (73)
Mitch Robinson at the heart of a melee in the St Kilda forward line.
No free kicks plucked out though as the ball goes up in the middle.
St Kilda gets the clearance...but Billings' high snap is through for a point only.
Replays suggest Robinson is a little lucky one of his haymakers didn't connect with Billings!
Q3 18.15 - STK 6.6 (42) CARL 11.7 (73)
Carlton goes end-to-end around the wing and Henderson finds Jamison at the top of the goalsquare!
He was one-on-one and won the wrestle!
Can the full back convert though? For just his second career goal.
Jamison shoots from 20m on a slight angle...and puts it through! Carlton keeping St Kilda at a safe distance.
Q3 17.00 - STK 6.6 (42) CARL 10.7 (67)
Riewoldt's back on but he can't mark as he lunges on the lead to try and get to the ball.
Q3 15.30 - STK 6.6 (42) CARL 10.7 (67)
Casboult gives it a roost from 55m out.
A huge pack forms on the line...umpire's first call is touched...but this had review written all over it and sure enough they're going to the video!
Lucky it's a Fox game and the umpire is wearing the cap camera...replays show it was clearly touched before going over the line.
The video umpire says "confirming goal" before quickly correcting himself to say "confirming touched".
Carlton's first score of the third term.
Q3 13.15 - STK 6.6 (42) CARL 10.6 (66)
Carlton haven't scored in the 13 minutes of this quarter.
But Montagna's attempt to drive the Saints forward is picked off by Buckley at the top of defensive 50m.
Q3 10.45 - STK 6.6 (42) CARL 10.6 (66)
Simon White has bowled over Dunstan off the ball...initial replays suggest it's innocuous and not something that will attract the attention of the MRP.
Nick Riewoldt has returned to the bench and might be close to a return to the field.
Q3 7.30 - STK 6.5 (41) CARL 10.6 (66)
McLean said Schneider "fell like a girl" for the free kick he gave away and the umpire mic picked it up. Before anyone hangs him, McLean is...for the most part...a quite socially aware guy.
Q3 7.30 - STK 6.5 (41) CARL 10.6 (66)
Steven kicks a running point. The Saints have got the run of play right now, even though Riewoldt is down in the rooms being assessed.
McLean gives away a free kick at a boundary throw-in!
Schneider lines up from 45m out but in his effort to get the distance he puts it wide to the near side.
Q3 4.00 - STK 6.3 (39) CARL 10.6 (66)
Dunstan snaps a goal out of the pack after a quick clearance landed in a big scrum of bodies.
Two goals in a minute for St Kilda and maybe, just maybe a spark?
Q3 3.00 - STK 5.3 (33) CARL 10.6 (66)
Schneider marks in the forward pocket...in the build-up Riewoldt was knocked over by Murphy.
Riewoldt had his head over the ball...was it forceful front-on contact by Murphy? Murphy did pull up late but still got the Saints' skipper hard.
Schneider kicks the set shot goal as Riewoldt runs to the bench.
Replays suggest that even though he was decelerating, Murphy could be in trouble.
Q3 START - STK 4.3 (27) CARL 10.6 (66)
Can St Kilda mount a comeback or will Carlton continue on their merry way?
HALF TIME - STK 4.3 (27) CARL 10.6 (66)
A blazing quarter from Carlton could well have broken St Kilda's resistance as the Blues booted eight goals to three.
Chris Yarran has three goals from his seven touches including a contender for goal of the year, while Troy Menzel has also kicked three goals in an impressive personal highlight reel.
Disposal leaders are Gibbs (21), Simpson (20), McLean (18) and St Kilda's Hayes (17).
Carlton leads inside-50s 33-21 and contested possessions 72-65.
After dominating the first quarter for scant reward, Carlton capitalised in the second term.
HALF TIME - STK 4.3 (27) CARL 10.6 (66)
The second quarter could not have been more dramatically different to the first!
Q2 31.30 - STK 4.3 (27) CARL 10.6 (66)
Ellard marks 45m out on an acute angle...he swings out onto his right boot...and he's got the journey! Another Carlton goal!
The game has blow out now to a 39-point difference. 1.17 to go on the count-down clock.
Q2 29.45 - STK 4.3 (27) CARL 9.6 (60)
Menzel wins a free kick for a push in the back just outside 50m...he passes short to Yarran wide in the left forward pocket.
He'll still have to go 50m.
Yarran comes in...and kicks the set shot! Three for him now. It's one-upping between Menzel and Yarran for the better highlight!
Q2 26.30 - STK 4.3 (27) CARL 8.6 (54)
Carlton breaking away again...Thomas roves off a big pack perfectly after Walker's long kick inside 50m...and snaps a goal!
Menzel was flying trying to kick his fourth of the quarter.
Q2 24.15 - STK 4.3 (27) CARL 7.6 (48)
Super goal from Chris Yarran!
He ran from the back of the centre square with four bounces to goal on the run from 30m!
It started at a boundary throw-in at half back...chain of handballs and Yarran saw an opening to run through the corridor...and no Saint could catch him!
It's a goal of the year contender.
Q2 20.30 - STK 4.3 (27) CARL 6.6 (42)
Marking contest free kick for Billings, against Rowe...free kick wide in the right forward pocket.
Billings lines up from 45m and sets sail with a right-to-left swing on the kick...and it's good!
St Kilda hanging in this game.
If this doesn't keep Menzel out of the green vest, I don't what will. #AFLSaintsBlues — Ashleigh Craven (@ashcraven24) May 12, 2014
Q2 17.30 - STK 3.3 (21) CARL 6.6 (42)
Menzel marks just inside 50m and goes back with a big run-up.
It's worth the effort as he easily makes the distance...and the accuracy!
Three in the quarter for Troy Menzel!
Murphy with the pass to hit up Menzel on the lead.
Q2 15.00 - STK 3.3 (21) CARL 5.6 (36)
Tuohy is chased down holding the ball!
Everitt goes on with it and it looks like his wrestle with Gwilt has given up a 50m penalty!
The ball is walked from the wing to shooting range.
Replays suggest it might have been Rowe kicking the ball away rather than Everitt wrestling that gave away the 50m.
It matters not as Acres kicks his first goal in footy with the 40m set shot!
Q2 13.15 - STK 2.3 (15) CARL 5.6 (36)
Montagna is unmanned in forward 50m and takes a mark...he wants to pass it to Schneider but it's a hospital ball...Schneider marks but he's 5m further out.
Schneider kicks from 40m on a 45-degree angle...and hangs it wide left, across the face for a point.
Q2 11.00 - STK 2.2 (14) CARL 5.6 (36)
Siposs marks on the edge of 50m on a 45-degree angle.
He lines up the set shot and sets sail...but it slides wide right! The Saints need a steadier.
Q2 9.15 - STK 2.1 (13) CARL 5.6 (36)
Murphy runs hard to the wing to mark...and handballs to a front-and-square Armfield in full flight!
Armfield runs down the wing with three bounces and passes to Docherty!
The set shot is a good one, Docherty kicks Carlton's third in a row!
The Blues have straightened up and now look like they can't be matched.
Q2 7.30 - STK 2.1 (13) CARL 4.6 (30)
Menzel with his second in a minute!
He ran onto Casboult's dink kick into forward 50m.
He sidestepped around Hayes and kicked a goal!
It was daring to take on a tackler like Hayes but he left the St Kilda legend standing!
Q2 6.00 - STK 2.1 (13) CARL 3.6 (24)
Thomas leads out and dives for a mark...can't hold it but Dempster falls in his back!
Quick play on and it looks like Carlton might have come undone...Yarran handballs to Menzel in the pocket...and Menzel kicks a banana goal!
Menzel twirls his fingers in celebration!
Q2 3.15 - STK 2.1 (13) CARL 2.6 (18)
Hayes kicks to Riewoldt in a two-on-one again...he crashes the pack and can't mark! But there's a free kick!
Jamison left his spoiling arm trailing over Riewoldt's shoulder...it's a technical call but way stricter than the stuff the Carlton defenders were permitted in the first term!
Riewoldt capitalises by converting the set shot from 40m out in front!
Q2 START - STK 1.1 (7) CARL 2.6 (18)
Will Carlton kick away or can St Kilda turn the tide?
Safe to say Twitter is turning on this game...so is it the Monday night timeslot to blame or just the two teams?
Watching slapstick comedy at #AFLSaintsBlues tonight. This is three stooges stuff.— Tim W (@Blueirons) May 12, 2014
QTR TIME - STK 1.1 (7) CARL 2.6 (18)
Carlton racked up some impressive numbers but failed to make it count on the scoreboard.
The Blues lead clearances 13-8, inside-50s 19-8 and contested possessions 34-28.
Bryce Gibbs leads all ball winners with 13 touches, followed by Kade Simpson (11) and Marc Murphy (10) before St Kilda's high-man Farren Ray (nine).
Nick Riewoldt has been the St Kilda target on numerous forward-50m entries but has found himself double teamed on almost every occasion. He has one mark, four kicks and one goal.
QTR TIME - STK 1.1 (7) CARL 2.6 (18)
Already some scattered boos around Etihad as the siren sounds.
Just to be clear for those not at ground, no one anywhere near Kade Simpson all quarter. No idea who alleged opponent is — Michael Gleeson (@mickgleeson) May 12, 2014
Q1 26.30 - STK 1.1 (7) CARL 2.6 (18)
Two minutes to go on the count-down clock. A goal either way could have a big bearing on the match even at this early stage.
Q1 24.45 - STK 1.1 (7) CARL 2.6 (18)
Long kick to Riewoldt in a two-on-one.
He brings it to ground...and gets scragged by Docherty...no free kick!
Riewoldt is furious but Carlton clear.
The Blues go end-to-end but Yarran's running shot is across the face for a point.
Q1 22.00 - STK 1.1 (7) CARL 2.5 (17)
Carlton are dominating inside-50s 16-6 but can't hit a target when they go forward.
Q1 16.30 - STK 1.1 (7) CARL 2.5 (17)
St Kilda go end-to-end starting with Schneider.
Newnes marks on the wing and drives the ball inside 50m.
He lines up 35m out on a 45-degree angle...and kicks the goal!
Q1 14.00 - STK 0.1 (1) CARL 2.5 (17)
St Kilda coach Alan Richardson live from the box on Fox Footy.
"The boys have been slow...we look like we're struggling to go with them (Carlton) on their rebound."
"There's a chance on the back of last week the boys are a little bit reactionary."
Q1 11.15 - STK 0.1 (1) CARL 2.5 (17)
McLean kicks a behind on the run from 40m.
St Kilda make a meal of the kick-in but Henderson's shot from a standing start goes wide left!
It's all Carlton but they can't capitalise.
Q1 9.30 - STK 0.1 (1) CARL 2.3 (15)
Dempster tries to switch flanks...doesn't like what he sees so heads back towards the boundary in the right back pocket...and kicks out on the full!
Casboult can't capitalise on the set shot and kicks a behind.
Q1 7.30 - STK 0.1 (1) CARL 2.2 (14)
Shenton snaps St Kilda's first behind from 30m. He was falling off balance in his desperation to throw boot on ball.
Q1 6.00 - STK 0.0 (0) CARL 2.2 (14)
Carlton peppering. A rushed behind and then a flying shot out of a stoppage from Docherty.
Q1 4.00 - STK 0.0 (0) CARL 2.0 (12)
Clearance for St Kilda...their first kick and Carlton already have two goals on the board! Riewoldt can't hold a diving mark! Carlton clear.
Q1 3.00 - STK 0.0 (0) CARL 2.0 (12)
Carlton break out of the middle with Simpson streaming forward.
He kicks from 50m to the top of the square...Yarran has front spot and marks!
Yarran goals from point-blank range!
A flying start for the Blues.
Q1 1.45 - STK 0.0 (0) CARL 1.0 (6)
Stoppage free kick for Kade Simpson in Carlton's forward 50m.
It was the sort of free an umpire might pluck out early doors to set the tone.
Simpson makes the most of the set shot...goaling from 40m out on a 45-degree angle!
Carlton in their predominantly white change strip tonight, white shorts and navy socks.
St Kilda in their customary home strip.
Tonight's umpires are Chris Donlon, Jordan Bannister and Ray Chamberlain.
The players, coaches and staff will be wearing black armbands tonight in honour of @AFL great Tom Hafey. #RIPTommy — Carlton FC (@CarltonFC) May 12, 2014
As many of you would have heard in the last hour, one of the greats of Australian rules football, Tom Hafey, died today.
There has been a late change at Carlton though. Heath Scotland is out and Dennis Armfield is in.
Jeff Garlett starts in the green vest.
B: Sam Rowe, Michael Jamison, Simon White
HB: Dylan Buckley, Andrew Walker, Zach Tuohy
C: Andrejs Everitt, Kade Simpson, Sam Docherty
HF: Mitch Robinson, Troy Menzel, Marc Murphy
F: Levi Casboult, Lachie Henderson, Chris Yarran
Fol: Robert Warnock, Bryce Gibbs, Dale Thomas
I/C: David Ellard, Jeff Garlett, Brock McLean, Dennis Armfield
IN: Chris Yarran, David Ellard, Dennis Armfield
OUT: Tom Bell (finger), Kane Lucas (omitted), Heath Scotland (late change)
No late changes for the Saints. Maverick Weller will start in the green vest.
B: Dempster, Gwilt, Webster
HB: Acres, Delaney, Newnes
C: Montagna, Hayes, Ray
HF: Steven, Riewoldt, Billings
F: Weller, Stanley, Schneider
Foll: Longer, Dunstan, Curren
Int: Siposs, Jones, Bruce, Shenton
In: Dunstan, Shenton, Bruce, Siposs
Out: Geary (elbow), Simpkin, Savage, Saunders