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Blues defeat Saints to keep slim finals hopes alive

Carlton has posted a 31-point win over St Kilda at Docklands to stay in touch with the top eight ahead of the finals.

Key points:

  • The win lifts the Blues to provisional 11th place on the AFL ladder
  • Sam Walsh impressed with three goals and 26 disposals
  • Harry McKay kicked five goals for the Blues

The 18.4 (112) to 12.9 (81) win at Docklands on Friday night moves the Blues up to 11th place on the ladder, two points outside the eight ahead of the completion of round 20.

The Blues sit on 32 points to keep their faint hopes of making the finals alive.

The Saints, who slumped to a third straight defeat, are also on 32 points with three matches to play in the home-and-away season.

Sam Walsh and Harry McKay played significant roles in the Blues’ win, their eighth of the season.

Walsh kicked three goals and recorded 26 disposals in a performance that will only thrust him further into Bronwlow Medal contention.

McKay kicked a match-high five goals.

Carlton co-captain Patrick Cripps (one goal, 26 disposals) and Jack Silvagni (one goal, 25 disposals) were also key contributors to the Blues’ win.

The match marked Charlie Curnow’s AFL return, with the Blues forward celebrating the moment with a goal in his first match since 2019 after being sidelined because of injury.

Max King (four goals), Tim Membrey (three) and Cooper Sharman (two) were the only multiple goal kickers for the Saints.

Jack Steele posted a match-high 36 disposals for the Saints.