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Fevola stars as Blues beat Melbourne

By Adam Cooper 20/04/2008 04:51:05 PM Comments (0)

Carlton posted successive AFL wins for the first time since midway through last season after beating an inept Melbourne by 33 points at the MCG on Sunday.

Carlton full-forward Brendan Fevola kicked seven goals, to give him 22 in the past three games, and captain Chris Judd injected some badly-needed class into the match and booted three goals in the 15.11 (101) to 9.14 (68) victory.

Melbourne strung together three goals in nine minutes to start the second quarter and grab the lead but Carlton responded by booting the next seven before half-time and the only two of the next quarter.

The Demons kicked five in the final quarter, but Fevola booted one off the ground and then sunk a massive goal from the boundary line after the final siren to follow his bags of eight and seven.

The efforts of Fevola and Judd ensured Carlton followed last week's win over Collingwood - when they broke a 14-game losing streak - with another victory, the first time the Blues have won two on the trot since rounds 11-12 last year.

While the Blues remained buoyant, the last-placed Demons were left dispirited after another embarrassing performance.

Their players continue to make fundamental skill errors, but their lack of any structure was so bad it was a wonder they booted nine in perfect conditions against a defence that was the worst in the league in 2007.

Completing another bad day for coach Dean Bailey, who remains winless after five rounds, captain David Neitz was nursing an arm injury, while Matthew Whelan was on report.

Neitz hurt his right arm late in the second quarter when pinned in a heavy tackle by opponent Jarrad Waite, and did not return in the second half.

Neitz had only one kick to his name at that point, but with him missing, Melbourne used Russell Robertson as a sole forward in the third quarter, which meant the Demons often went forward with nothing across the half-forward line.

Robertson battled hard and at least got some support in the last quarter, as Brad Green booted two goals to finish with four.

Whelan was booked for his part in a stoush with Fevola as Judd lined up for goal in the third term, and was penalised an extra shot at goal after Judd converted.

Fevola duly kicked the gimme, which stretched Carlton's lead to 49 points.

Melbourne added some respectability in the final quarter before Fevola's late strikes.

Marc Murphy and Heath Scotland got plenty of the ball for Carlton, Cameron Cloke again did well in the ruck and Waite and Bret Thornton were solid in defence.

Green fought hard for the Dees, along with Cameron Bruce, who did a good job on Nick Stevens.

Whelan was reported by two umpires for striking Fevola, while Thornton was booked for striking Melbourne's Clint Bartram.

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