Cats, Lions survive late AFL scares

13 abril 2013 14:41

The Cats were ahead by a comfortable 33-point margin at three-quarter time but the Blues refused to give in and after they opened up the fourth term with goals to Chris Yarran, Kane Lucas, Shaun Hampson and Dennis Armfield they only trailed by 10.

Carlton's hopes of victory were dashed when Steven Motlop ran into goal at the 23-minute mark and from 45 metres banged home the sealer for a 18.11 (119) to 15.13 (103) win.

The result means the Blues have now started a season 0-3 for the first time since 2008 while Geelong have now won all 11 of their encounters against Carlton at the Docklands venue.

Mathew Stokes was fantastic for Geelong with 30 touches and a goal, Taylor Hunt significantly curbed Marc Murphy's influence in the first half and ended up with 17 and three goals while Motlop (22 and two goals), Steve Johnson (26) and Allen Christensen (25 and two) were all influential.

In Queensland, the Brisbane Lions held off a late-surging Gold Coast Suns to win their fourth straight Q Clash by 13.16 (94) to 13.14 (92).

After dominating most of the contest, Brisbane found themselves in a serious scrap in the final term.

The Suns got to within a point half way through the last quarter, but goals from Tom Rockliff and Rohan Bewick helped Brisbane to pull away again.

With three minutes remaining the Gold Coast had fought back again to within two, but a Daniel Rich major finally sealed the deal for Brisbane, despite one last Michael Rischitelli goal to ensure a thrilling end.

Sydney continued their recent dominance of North Melbourne, running away with a 39-point victory at Blundstone Arena.

The Swans haven't lost to the Kangaroos in their past eight matches - seven wins and a draw - and despite that record looking in some doubt when they trailed by 14 points at half-time, an 11-goal third term put Brad Scott's men to the sword before they eventually prevailed 20.11 (131) to 13.14 (92).

Dominant for the Swans were Jude Bolton (four goals), who kept his side within range early, while usual suspects Jarrad McVeigh (28 possessions), Josh Kennedy (30) and Dan Hannebery (25) dominated the midfield while combining for six goals between them.

St Kilda are off the mark for the season after easily accounting for Great Western Sydney by 72 points in Canberra.

The Saints set up their 21.14 (140) to 10.8 (68) win with a dominant first quarter that saw them kick five goals and hold the Giants scoreless.

West Coast got their premiership campaign up and running by inflicting more misery on Melbourne in a 94-point thrashing at the MCG.

Having endured a week of soul-searching following last Saturday's 148-point capitulation to the Bombers, Melbourne produced a substantially more competitive first-half effort against the Eagles.

But that was pretty much the last moment of joy Demons fans as the visitors reeled off 14 of the next 16 goals for an 11-goal third term.

It helped propel John Worsfold's side to a comprehensive 27.15 (177) to 13.5 (83) victory, with the overall score being the Eagles' equal seventh-highest on record.

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