Fremantle have been demolished in tonight’s NAB Cup clash against Carlton at Etihad Stadium with Mick Malthouse’s Blues showing what they are capable of in 2013.
The Dockers lost 0.18.16 (124) to 1.6.9 (54) as Carlton continued their winning start to the year.
The game was all over early in the second term as Carlton ran riot and set up a ten goal lead at half-time.
Fremantle constantly made errors bringing the ball out of defence and gifted the Blues opportunities which they seized.
Eddie Betts was superb for Carlton with four first half goals and he was well supported by other crumbers Andrew Walker and Jeff Garlett.
Former Subiaco defender Simon White gave Carlton a lead up target and the midfield controlled the stoppages.
Marc Murphy, Bryce Gibbs and Mitch Robinson were influential as the Blues won the first half clearances 27-15.
David Mundy tried hard for Fremantle, Matt de Boer and Lee Spurr were courageous and Danyle Pearce had plenty of the ball. But the team didn’t have enough contributors when it mattered.
Nat Fyfe had just one possession for the first half and his wonky left foot kick went straight to Murphy and he kicked a goal.
Carlton thrashed Fremantle in contested possessions, leading 81-56 at half-time
The Dockers looked a lot better early in the third term but failed to convert their opportunities.
But the increased intensity eventually paid off as the team kicked the last three goals of the quarter, including two in quick succession to David Mundy.
Robinson, Garlett and WA’s Kane Lucas then re-gained the ascendancy for Carlton in the final term.
Fremantle now face the Western Bulldogs in their final NAB Cup match in Mandurah on Saturday.
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