Demons haunt milestone man Paul Roos
PAUL Roos has became just the 10th person to have been involved in 600 VFL/AFL games as a player or coach.
But his 42nd match in charge of Melbourne will be one he will want to forget, with the side suffering another embarrassing defeat, this time to then bottom-placed Carlton 12.6 (78) to 7.13 (55).
Trying to explain their 98-point loss to the Bulldogs last week, Roos had complained that his players had already left on their end-of-season trip.
They appeared to still be mentally checked out in the first half at the MCG yesterday as the Blues led 10.2 to 2.3 at the main break.
After falling further behind, 16-69 at the 13-minute mark of the third term, the Demons gave Roos some hope of making a miraculous recovery, kicking five unanswered goals to get to within 17 points early in the fourth.
But several missed chances ultimately put paid to their chances and left Roos lamenting what might have been had they showed the same intent for four quarters.
Almost wrapping up the Rising Star award, Patrick Cripps was the star for the Blues with 26 touches and two goals, including the last-term steadier.
Andrew Walker chipped in with four goals, while ruckman Matthew Kreuzer (17 disposals, three goals) was dominant.
The Blues, who lifted themselves off the bottom with their fourth win, were forced to play the second half without skipper Mark Murphy after he suffered a dislocated shoulder.
Defender Tom McDonald was the Demons' best with 10 marks and 25 touches.