CARLTON has suffered a disappointing loss to Hawthorn, going down by 31 points at Optus Stadium.
The Blues were unable to make the most of their fast start, a dominant run of goals saw the Hawks finish with the four points.
Jacob Weitering was one of the Blues' best, remaining a pillar in defence while Levi Casboult provided a spark up forward with three goals.
Co-captain Patrick Cripps also fought hard throughout the day, finishing with 27 disposals, 19 contested possessions and a goal.
It was perfect conditions for the Blues’ first game in the West, David Cuningham making the most of it after finding himself on the end of a perfectly weighted kick from the returning Harry McKay for the first goal of the day. The second came quickly after with hometown boy Jack Martin winning a free-kick and 50m penalty for his first. The Blues were dominant early, with their pressure seeing them surge forward and lead the inside 50 count 13-6. Harry McKay was crucial early, marking well and combining with Levi Casboult to help set up his first goal. Jack Newnes was lively early with two goals, while Patrick Cripps found plenty of the ball with 11 disposals and three clearances.
The experienced Hawks began to find their feet as the quarter progressed, with Isaac Smith and Liam Shiels combining to cut the Blues’ first quarter lead to just five points. Some messy play from the Blues saw a number of opportunities squandered, while the Hawks were unassailable kicking six goals to one to take a 13-point lead into the main break.
Hawthorn were able to pick up where they left off in the second, kicking the first goal of the term to extend their lead to 19 points. An inspired play by Marc Pittonet saw Carlton finally break the run of Hawthorn goals, finding Casboult for his second goal of the afternoon. However the joy was short-lived as the Hawks replied with two goals of their own. Jacob Weitering and Kade Simpson tried to spark some more aggressive movement through the middle of the ground while Michael Gibbons and Jack Martin did everything possible to help surge the ball forward. Hawthorn would take a 24-point lead into the final break.
It was the start the Blues needed, as Jack Martin took a strong pack mark and kicked truly for his second goal of the day. The Blues looked to be steadying the play before two goals in a row to the Hawks all but sealed the deal for the opposition halfway through the term.
Moment of the match:
In a first-quarter the Blues will be hoping to make the benchmark in future, Jack Newnes’ quick gather and dribble from the pocket under pressure was a highlight to watch on repeat.
It was one of two first-quarter goals for Newnes, but one of the highlights of the day.
Three things from the game:
- Levi Casboult was an important asset for the Blues around the ground. Casboult marked strongly and provided a prominent target up-forward, while also spending time in the ruck throughout the game. Casboult finished with three goals, four score involvements and two contested marks.
- It wasn't the homecoming that Jack Martin was hoping for, but the West Australian can hold his head high after another strong performance for the Blues. Martin finished with 15-disposals, four tackles and two goals.
- Jacob Weitering should be praised for another promising performance down back. The defender moved well to cut-off the Hawks’ relentless attack, while also attempting to inspire more aggressive ball movement through the middle of the ground.
CARLTON 5.1 6.2 7.4 9.4 (58)
HAWTHORN 2.0 8.3 11.4 14.5 (89)
Carlton: Casboult 3, Newnes 2, Martin 2, Cuningham, Cripps
Casboult, Cripps, Martin, Weitering