A NEW LOW FOR BIGGEST LOSER BLUES
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.
FLYING HAWK: Shaun Burgoyne gets a diving handpass away as Simon White closes in too late.