A NEW LOW FOR BIG­GEST LOSER BLUES

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - ROGER VAUGHAN

CARL­TON suf­fered the great­est los­ing mar­gin in their 151- year AFL history, fall­ing to Hawthorn by 138 points last night.

The 27.11 ( 173) to 4.11 ( 35) slaugh­ter at Eti­had Sta­dium sur­passed Carl­ton’s 124point loss against North Mel­bourne in 2003. It was also Hawthorn’s big­gest win­ning mar­gin over the Blues, easily sur­pass­ing the pre­vi­ous mark of 100 points.

Carl­ton also posted, by one point, their low­est score against the Hawks.

It is the first time Carl­ton have been un­com­pet­i­tive since John Barker took over as in­terim coach two months ago.

The dis­as­ter is un­de­ni­ably a blow to Barker’s chances of stay­ing coach be­yond this sea­son.

Only 26,815 fans at­tended the game – across town, nearly 100,000 were at the MCG for Real Madrid’s soc­cer friendly against Manch­ester City.

Fol­low­ing big wins over fel­low top sides Fre­man­tle and Syd­ney, the goal glut­tony again showed the Hawthorn ma­chine is on track for a third straight premier­ship. But an easy night’s work came at some cost, with de­fender Matthew Spangher subbed off late in the sec­ond term be­cause of a ham­string in­jury.

Key for­ward Jar­ryd Roug­head limped off late in the third term af­ter a big col­li­sion, but he played out the game.

Carl­ton’s Nick Hol­man was re­ported for a crude spoil that col­lected Luke Breust high in the first term. Blues for­ward Liam Jones is also in trou­ble for sim­i­lar high con­tact on Billy Har­tung.

Pic­ture: COLLEEN PETCH

FLY­ING HAWK: Shaun Bur­goyne gets a div­ing hand­pass away as Si­mon White closes in too late.

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