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Sport Carlton take down dismal St Kilda in AFL

07:00  31 july  2021
07:00  31 july  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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Sharpshooting Carlton take down dismal Saints to keep finals alive. St Kilda fought back in the final quarter but blew an opportunity to jump inside the top-eight, and their 11th defeat of the season effectively ends their chances of playing finals. The Blues' eighth win of the season comes with Teague under scrutiny due to an underwhelming campaign, which has led the club to conduct an external review of its football department.

St Kilda fought back in the final quarter but blew an opportunity to jump inside the top-eight, and their 11th defeat of the season effectively ends their chances of playing finals. The Blues' eighth win of the season comes with Teague under scrutiny due to an underwhelming campaign, which has led "We got ourselves into a position, whether we made (finals) or not, we gave ourselves a chance," St Kilda coach Brett Ratten said. "Tonight we let ourselves down but it's been our season because we've shown a bit then we can't continue. So we have to do a fair bit of work." Carlton 's No.1 ruckman Tom De

A deadly accurate Carlton have produced their best performance of the AFL season to smash a dismal St Kilda by 31 points and ease some pressure on under-fire coach David Teague.

a group of football players on a field: Harry McKay is congratulated by teammates after kicking a goal in Carlton's win over the Saints. © Scott Barbour/AAP PHOTOS Harry McKay is congratulated by teammates after kicking a goal in Carlton's win over the Saints.

Six days after being thrashed by lowly North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium, the Blues hit back at the same venue with star forward Harry McKay booting five goals to extend his lead in the Coleman Medal race.

Midfield ace Sam Walsh was just as important, booting a career-high three goals to go with his 26 possessions to set-up the 18.4 (112) to 12.9 (81) victory.

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A deadly accurate Carlton have produced their best performance of the AFL season to smash a dismal St Kilda by 31 points and ease some pressure on under-fire coach David Teague. Six days after being thrashed by lowly North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium, the Blues hit back at the same venue with St Kilda fought back in the final quarter but blew an opportunity to jump inside the top-eight, and their 11th defeat of the season effectively ends their chances of playing finals. The Blues' eighth win of the season comes with Teague under scrutiny due to an underwhelming campaign, which has led the

Carlton took down St Kilda on Monday night but captain Marc Murphy's bump on Nick Riewoldt will be scrutinised. When the steadier did come for Carlton , it was through the most unlikely of sources as Michael Jamison ghosted forward to kick just his second goal in eight seasons. St Kilda were able to put the clamps on Carlton to avoid a second straight blowout but the Blues were never threatened on the scoreboard.

St Kilda fought back in the final quarter but blew an opportunity to jump inside the top-eight, and their 11th defeat of the season effectively ends their chances of playing finals.

The Blues' eighth win of the season comes with Teague under scrutiny due to an underwhelming campaign, which has led the club to conduct an external review of its football department.

But on the same day master coach Alastair Clarkson became immediately available, Carlton showed support for Teague in the best possible way.

Asked if it was their best performance of the season, Teague said: "I thought our pressure was as good as it's been, so in that area - absolutely.

"I'm really proud of the performance tonight. That's the difference between the really good sides and the teams that aren't there yet - and we're not there yet."

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St Kilda fought back in the final quarter but blew an opportunity to jump inside the top-eight, and their 11th defeat of the season effectively ends their chances of playing finals. The Blues’ eighth win of the season comes with Teague under scrutiny due to an underwhelming campaign, which has led the club to conduct an external review of its football department. But on the same day master coach Alastair Clarkson became immediately available, Carlton showed support for Teague in the best possible way.

Carlton have smashed a lacklustre St Kilda by 31 points at an empty Marvel Stadium to ease some pressure on under-fire coach David Teague. A deadly accurate Carlton have produced their best performance of the AFL season to smash a dismal St Kilda by 31 points and ease some pressure on under-fire coach David Teague. Six days after being thrashed by lowly North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium, the Blues hit back at the same venue with star forward Harry McKay booting five goals to extend his lead in the Coleman Medal race.


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St Kilda started well, with key forward Max King's three first-quarter goals.

But the Saints capitulated after the first break, with Carlton slamming through nine of the next 12 goals in a display of sharp-shooting to blow the lead out to as much as 50 points during the third quarter.

Adding to the Blues' excitement was the return of injury-plagued forward Charlie Curnow, who booted a long goal during the second quarter in his first game since June 2019.

The late withdrawal of ruckman Paddy Ryder (Achilles) proved costly for St Kilda as they have struggled without the star veteran this season.

Even as Rowan Marshall and Ryder's replacement Paul Hunter dominated the hit-outs 69-12, St Kilda's midfielders were not willing to work hard enough and were destroyed by Walsh and captain Patrick Cripps.

"We got ourselves into a position, whether we made (finals) or not, we gave ourselves a chance," St Kilda coach Brett Ratten said.

"Tonight we let ourselves down but it's been our season because we've shown a bit then we can't continue. So we have to do a fair bit of work."

Carlton's No.1 ruckman Tom De Koning (pectoral muscle) was subbed out for veteran midfielder Marc Murphy but forward Jack Silvagni battled manfully in the centre for the remainder of the match.

The Saints finished with injury concerns to defender Dougal Howard (hamstring) and speedster Hunter Clark (concussion).

McKay in doubt, Walsh all clear for Blues .
Carlton have had mixed news on the injury front with Sam Walsh pulling up fine from an ankle injury and Harry McKay set to be sidelined with a shoulder issue.But in better news for the under-fire Blues, gun midfielder Sam Walsh is expected to play this week despite rolling an ankle.

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