Carlton cream Demons with Waite playing starring role

IN JUST his first game of 2013 after being limited by a calf injury, Carlton's Jarrad Waite stood out in his side's 61-point win over Melbourne at the MCG yesterday.

The 30-year-old took 10 marks and kicked two goals from centre-half forward, to prove he is one of his team's most valuable players.

The final score was 18.13 (121) to 8.12 (60) to the Blues, with Eddie Betts and Jeff Garlett (four goals each) causing plenty of damage from ground level.

Carlton set up an early five-goal-to-none buffer by quarter-time, and the defeat will also have a lasting impact for the Demons.

Luckless co-captain Jack Grimes appeared to suffer a serious shoulder injury in the first term after being driven into the ground.

Already without senior players Mitch Clark, Chris Dawes, Mark Jamar and the developing Jack Watts, Grimes's absence left too much to too few Demons.

With the damage done by quarter-time, the Blues gradually extended their lead and tipped it over the 10-goal mark via a long torpedo goal from Betts after the final siren.

Carlton's Marc Murphy had 28 disposals, while young Demon Matt Jones impressed with 27 possessions.