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A ton of relief: Blues finally end 59-game, 1051-day drought

Sam Walsh celebrates his last-second goal that pushed the Blues past 100 points for the first time since R11, 2016

A BRILLIANT last-second snap from first-year star Sam Walsh has finally ended Carlton’s 1051-day drought since kicking 100 points in an AFL game.

Walsh’s right-foot checkside from 20m out just beat the siren, giving the Blues their first win over the season, a 15.11 (101) to 7.15 (57) victory over the Western Bulldogs.

Amazingly, they achieved the feat without emerging superstar Charlie Curnow, who was a late out of the clash with knee soreness.

BLUES, FINALLY Carlton breaks the drought in style

It seemed the Blues had missed their chance to crack the ton after Paddy Dow missed a late set shot, and then fluffed a simple pass into the forward 50 to an unmarked teammate.

That was until their No.1 pick delivered.

TRIPLE FIGURES FOR THE BLUES!#AFLDogsBlues pic.twitter.com/tpkGUxIflD

— AFL (@AFL) April 21, 2019

Carlton last managed the feat on Saturday, June 4, 2016, beating Brisbane, 16.6 (102) to 9.10 (64) in round 11.

Eight Blues players appeared in both games: Levi Casboult, Patrick Cripps, Ed Curnow, Matthew Kreuzer, Lachie Plowman, Kade Simpson, Dale Thomas and Jacob Weitering.

After being on the outer to start the season, Casboult bagged three goals against the Dogs, while promising spearhead Harry McKay shone with some stellar marking and finished with four goals himself.

A further three players from that Carlton side are now at other clubs: Bryce Gibbs (Adelaide), Sam Rowe (St Kilda) and Zach Tuohy (Geelong).

Sam Docherty also lined up that day and was on the bench on Sunday against the Dogs, albeit in a coaching role as he recovers from a left knee reconstruction.

After Carlton last kicked the ton, North Melbourne was into its eighth-straight week on top of the ladder, sporting a 10-1 record before faltering in the second half of the campaign.

Sunday’s win marked just the third time in Brendon Bolton’s reign as coach Carlton hit triple figures.

Not that he admitted to being overly concerned with it.

“Kicking 100 points we’re happy with, but I only care that we’re in front at the end,” Bolton said.

“That’s a headline, but all coaches want to know is that they’re going to be in front at the end.”

Maybe that’s because he became used to it in his first stint as coach of an AFL side.

When Bolton led Hawthorn for five games in 2014, with Alastair Clarkson sidelined by Guillain-Barre Syndrome, the Hawks broke the century on four occasions.

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— Josh Schönafinger (@joshschon) April 21, 2019

Source: AFL FOOTBALL NEWS