Carlton keeps finals chances alive

CARLTON kept its flickering finals chances alive with an 85-point demolition of St Kilda at Etihad Stadium yesterday, 24.7 (151) to 10.6 (66).

Featuring in September would be a miracle for the 13th-placed Blues, however. They probably need to win all of their final seven games to squeeze into the top eight, starting with Sydney at the SCG next week.

A big win looked anything but likely at half-time yesterday. Coach Mick Malthouse was livid after his team has squandered a 44-point lead six minutes into the second quarter, giving up five goals to lead by just 15 at the main change.

In would be fair to say several Carlton players were playing for their immediate futures in the second half.

And they responded well, Lachie Henderson, Levi Casboult and Simon White all booting four goals and Chris Yarran three as the Blues racked up their biggest score of the year.

The only downside was a suspected quad injury to midfielder Andrew Carrazzo in the second quarter which saw him substituted out. Livewire forward Troy Menzel also picked up a shoulder injury but was able to finish the game.

Blues tagger Ed Curnow had an outstanding game. He kept Leigh Montagna to no possessions in the first quarter, then switched on to Jack Steven in the second half and kept him to just six touches.