AFL Kangaroos Back In The Eight

North Melbourne smash Carlton. See the big hits plus recap inside.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Below: Chris Judd for reported for misconduct with this move:

Game highlights below.

The North Melbourne Kangaroos continue to look like a finals side with a resounding win over Carlton on Friday night, 24.5(149)-14.12(96).

The win momentarily propels North into the eight, a position they could fall from before the weekend is out due to their low percentage, but their fine form has them with a good chance of making finals football with just six weeks remaining.

Carlton looked to have turned their season around last week with that inspiring win over Collingwood, but will once again come under immense scrutiny as they fall back from the finals picture. One would have to imagine coach Brett Ratten's future looks pretty bleak and week after he appeared to have bought himself some extra time.

Drew Petrie was unstoppable as a marking target up forward, kicking seven goals from 13 possessions before missing the fourth with a groin complaint. Lachie Hansen booted four while Lindsay Thomas, Kieran Harper each added three in North’s highest scoring game since the 2007 season.

North’s midfield, led by Daniel Well’s team-high 26 possessions, was strong, but it was the team’s overall run that troubled Carlton throughout.

The contest got off to a fiery start with both teams combining to kick six goals in the opening seven minutes, but after Carrazzo kicked the Blues third and Andrew Walker was forced off as the substitute the Kangaroos took total control to kick five unanswered majors before quarter time, including three for the quarter by Petrie.

Atley and Hansen managed another two to further increase the lead before Judd broke the tide with a Carlton goal at the quarter’s eight minute mark of the second. North’s run was neutralised by the Blues, but their efforts weren’t being depicted on the scoreboard. Another to Hansen made it three North Melbourne goals from three inside 50s in the second quarter alone, while the Blues struggled to make progress against the deficit.

Ziebell hit Aaron Joseph with a hard and late bump, a play that should come under some scrutiny from the Match Review Panel, and forced the small defender off the ground for good as the Blues went into the half down 29-points.

Despite a goal to Murphy five minutes into the third, Carlton was routed by the Kangaroos in the term. Petrie added two while Harvey and Thomas kicked fine goals, using a seven goal to three quarter to extend the lead to 55-points with a quarter to play.

Petrie left the game to begin the fourth and was seen in the hands of the trainers, but the Roos kept coming, pumping up the percentage points in the process. Carlton actually managed to outscore the North in the quarter by two-points, but that was mainly due to a bunch of garbage time goals.

Chris Judd was back to his best, however he was reported for misconduct, and Marc Murphy made an impressive comeback game after eight weeks on the side-lines with a shoulder injury, but the men continued to fall for the Blues. Zach Tuohy was pulled from the team before the bounce with a back complaint while Walker and Joseph looked fairly glum on the bench.