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Betts in top form, says Carlton coach

By Sam Lienert 02/07/2010 04:11:37 PM Comments (0)

Carlton coach Brett Ratten says small forward Eddie Betts is in All Australian form after booting five goals in the Blues' commanding AFL win over Brisbane.

Carlton overcame a slow start to win 18.12 (120) to 9.11 (65) at Etihad Stadium on Thursday night, with four of Betts' goals coming after the 18-minute mark of the third quarter as Carlton charged home.

Five other players kicked two goals, including fellow indigenous small forwards Jeff Garlett and Chris Yarran.

Ratten said Betts, who now has 33 majors for the season, was also having a big influence on his fellow forwards.

"He's playing outstanding football Eddie, he was best on ground for mine, he's in All Australian form," he said.

"Just what he does for Jeff and Chris as well, (and) I suppose he gives the big forwards confidence to know they don't have to mark every ball that comes in. They've got Eddie and the like underneath them." Ratten said Betts, 23 years old and with 111 games under his belt, was the "senior" member of a very young and inexperienced attack, that was combining well as a unit, after being dominated previously by Brendan Fevola, now with the Lions.

"That's been a great thing this year as a team, it's about what we do together, not what the individual does and I think we showed that (against Brisbane)," he said.

"I don't think every player played an outstanding game, but I thought every player contributed in the game." But one player who failed to impress was ruckman-forward Shaun Hampson, playing his first AFL game of the season as a replacement for the injured Matthew Kreuzer.

Playing mainly in attack, Hampson did not take a mark or score and had just four disposals and 10 hit-outs, earning Ratten's ire at halftime for his failure to reach some rucking contests.

"As a ruckman when there's a ruck contest you like your ruckman to be at it, don't you," Ratten said.

It could open the door for Robert Warnock to be recalled against the Western Bulldogs next Sunday, after being out of the side since round five.

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