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Swans thump Carlton by 62 points

By Greg Buckle 15/07/2007 07:41:48 PM Comments (0)

Peter Everitt and Barry Hall each kicked four goals as Sydney warmed up for next week's clash with AFL defending premiers West Coast with a record 62-point thumping of Carlton at the SCG.

Sparked by Everitt's 30 hit-outs, which gave an armchair ride to the Swans midfielders led by Jude Bolton and Brett Kirk, the home side won 25.12 (162) to Carlton's 15.10 (100), handing the Blues their 11th loss in 15 rounds.

It was Sydney's highest-ever score against Carlton, beating their 23.13 (151) in 1934 and catapulted the Swans (8-7) back into the top eight.

Carlton led by 12 points at quarter-time but had few winners after that.

"Once the match-ups sorted themselves out and our guys were able to communicate on the field we seemed to move the ball a lot better and a lot cleaner," Swans coach Paul Roos said.

"We've still got a lot of room for improvement and we'll have to improve again next week because West Coast will have some players back in and they'll be smarting after the loss that they had.

"I would think they would probably have half a dozen players back. So in that way, when that happens, the week before almost becomes irrelevant.

"They'll have a completely different side in next week."

The Swans play the Eagles at Subiaco Oval on Saturday night, with the past six matches between the two sides producing a total margin of 13 points in a remarkable rivalry including splitting the past two grand finals.

A three-goal second quarter from Nick Davis sparked Sydney from their lacklustre opening as the Swans unleashed their running game, kicking eight goals to Carlton's two to take a 27-point lead into the main break, 11.7 (73) to 7.4 (46).

Left-footer Nick Malceski had a game-high 28 possessions from half-back as Sydney kicked six goals to Carlton's five in the third term, then were off to the races with another eight goals to Carlton's three in the final quarter including two "gift" goals from team-mates to Hall in the goal-square.

Acting Carlton captain Kade Simpson was a solid contributor along with midfielder Heath Scotland, and defender Jarrad Waite also drew praise from coach Denis Pagan.

"The plan we had in place, the players carried it out, but there was just not enough good players on the day against the might of Sydney to sustain it for the full quarters," Pagan said.

"It (high scoring) is an area we don't have issues. The problem is we are leaking like a sieve."

Returning from a one-game ban enforced by Carlton for his poor form against Fremantle in round 13, Brendan Fevola kicked 2.4, but Pagan was reluctant to blame his star forward.

"He started very well and I think he tried very hard but we know Brendan is a better player than that," Pagan said.

"But I can't be critical of what he did. From the time he said he wanted to play with Carlton he tried his hardest on the training track and I think he tried his hardest today."

In front of 24,858 fans, the Swans piled on 22 goals to Carlton's 10 after quarter-time with Adam Schneider chipping in with three goals.

While Carlton's intensity fell away at times, Roos says the Swans face a massive challenge in Perth. He said centre half-forward Hall is likely to play despite an ongoing groin complaint in recent weeks.

"It's such a big ground and you have to cover so much more territory so I'd say that's going to be the main thing, how he is going to cope with the big ground," Roos said.

"If he has pulled up fine we will definitely play him.

"I think we've got seven finals coming up. It's just a huge couple of months of footy.

"You can't afford to lose one, certainly two in a row would be disastrous."

Swans defender Tadhg Kennelly is in some doubt with knee soreness, Roos said.

Carlton will play the improving Lions in Brisbane next Saturday.

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