What To Do With The Carlton Blues?

It gets worse for Carlton; the Blues were pumped by Hawthorn in AFL round 14 on Friday night.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

A demoralising loss on Friday night has seen the Blues fall further down the AFL ladder as their season unwinds before their eyes.

The Hawks can't be smiling too much. A hamstring injury to superstar Buddy Franklin could keep the goal kicker out of the side for a number of weeks.

In need of a win in the worst way, Carlton couldn’t find the form they needed to defeat the Hawks and as a result were smashed by 50 points, 18.12.120-10.10.70.

Despite kicking four, Buddy Franklin fell just shy of the illustrious 500 goal mark, leaving his career tally at 498, but a hamstring injury may cost him a chance of achieving the target against the lowly Greater Western Sydney next Sunday afternoon.

Franklin was well supported by Jack Gunston and Jarryd Roughead who kicked three goals apiece. Sam Mitchell led Hawthorn with 32 possessions while Birchall collected 29. In his first game back from a two week suspension, Jordan Lewis was also prolific as he gathered 24 disposals of his own.

The Blues shock record continues with six losses from their past seven games. They remained close during the first 15 minutes of the opening quarter, but three late goals to Puopolo, Gunston and Roughead blew the margin out further.

The Hawks continued their run early in the second with Franklin kicking in the direction of Gunston, who simply shoved first year opponent Josh Bootsma aside to take the easy grab. Carlton managed to match Hawthorn’s three goals in the second term, however the margin remained a great distance away as the Brown and Gold took a 29-point lead into the major break.

Six goals to one in the third term sealed the fate of the now ninth placed Blues.

There was some good news however, Andrew Carrazzo, in just his second game back from major injury, was again fantastic with 31 possessions while Chris Judd overcame a recent form slump to shrug off a close tag and gather 29 disposals.