Blues Hand Pies Shock Start To 2012

Behind another ridiculous midfield performance, Carlton thumped the Blues in front of 85,000.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Carlton continued their fantastic start to 2012 by thumping the Pies on the Friday night AFL blockbuster held in front of nearly 85,000 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The big guns came out firing for the Blues, who managed their first 3-0 start since 1995 (which incidentally was the year they won their last premiership), and received huge games from their midfield stars in the 122-62 victory.

Carlton kicked seven of the first nine goals and never looked back.         

Chris Judd and Marc Murphy were typically brilliant. Judd gathered a lazy 35 disposals (11 clearances) and kicked a goal while Murphy had 39 and two goals.

Andrew Carrazzo also played an amazing game tagging Collingwood star Scott Pendlebury for most of the game, holding him to just two first quarter possessions, while collecting 29 of his own.

Heath Scotland showed some great resolve. Scotland put a rough start to the season behind him, days after being charged for assault in an incident that occurred last January, by collecting 35 disposals from the backline.

Eddie Betts red hot start in front of goal continued as he kicked 5.2. Jarred Waite bagged three while Garlett and Hampson kicked two apiece.

Collingwood received captain Nick Maxwell back for the game but were without key defender Chris Tarrent and suffered injuries to All-Australian defender Ben Reid and midfielder Luke Ball.

About the only positive to come out of the game for the Pies was a resurgence of Brownlow Medalist Dane Swan who had 31 disposals to break out of his early season slump.

Collingwood sunk to one win and two losses under the guidance of new coach Nathan Buckley, the same number of losses borne by former mentor and last season’s coach Mick Malthouse.