The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

Silvagni hit sinks the Suns

- GREG DAVIS BLUES 9.16 (70) (59) d SUNS 8.11 (59). Goals – Blues: Murphy 2, McKay 2, Cripps, Betts, Curnow, Casboult, Cottrell. Suns: Sexton 2, King, Ellis, Greenwood, Weller, Burgess, Ainsworth.

CARLTON blueblood Jack Silvagni put his body on the line with a match-clinching tackle to help the Blues claim an 11-point win in an error-riddled affair at Metricon Stadium on Saturday night.

Silvagni pinned Jack Bowes in the last quarter to win a free kick next to the posts late in the fourth quarter of the ugly contest but was unable to take the kick for goal as he busted his right shoulder in the process.

Harry McKay stepped forward and slotted the goal with his trademark snap to give the Blues some much-needed breathing room in the dying stages after dominating contested possession in the final quarter.

Silvagni (pictured), who had his concerned parents watching on from the grandstand­s, hurt the same shoulder in the Round 1 loss to

Richmond and played no further part against the

Suns and was replaced by medical sub

Matthew Kennedy.

Ed Curnow had eight clearances and a goal in his 32 disposals for Carlton while Hugh Greenwood had 10 clearances, 10 tackles, a goal and 27 touches for the Suns.

The Suns kicked four goals to two in the third term to close the margin to a single point by the last change with Lachie Weller leading the charge for the Gold Coast who profited from Carlton wasting a number of golden scoring opportunit­ies.

Carlton kicked the last three goals of the second quarter to take a 14-point lead into the main break but could have been further in front given they enjoyed the ascendancy for much of the first half.

The Blues had an eightpoint cushion at quarter-time.

Eddie Betts is still worth the price of admission to the footy. He just missed a left-foot banana from deep inside a pocket in the first quarter before he produced a trademark left-foot dribble kick from a tight angle to start the second term.

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