Carlton survived a spirited Higher Western Sydney fightback to spoil Leon Cameron’s farewell with a 30-point victory at Giants Stadium on Sunday.
The Giants have been seeking to ship Cameron off in type in his 193rd and remaining recreation as head coach however it was the Blues who seemed extra impressed as they kicked 5 objectives to 1 within the final quarter to triumph 15.15 (105) to 11.9 (75).
The win got here at a value for the Blues as Zac Williams sustained a nasty decrease leg damage and was in tears as he needed to be helped from the sector.
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The Giants have been anticipated to come back out firing in Cameron’s final match in cost however the Blues began brighter and put 4.2 on the scoreboard earlier than GWS even moved the ball into their ahead 50.
The house workforce steadily labored their means again into the competition to be degree on the predominant break and solely trailed by a aim on the final change.
However the Giants have been by no means fairly capable of declare the lead because the Blues ultimately overpowered them to maneuver to a 7-2 document and end spherical 9 within the top-four.
Charlie Curnow kicked two essential objectives early within the remaining time period after being well-held by Giants defender Sam Taylor, whereas Sam Walsh, Corey Durdin, Jack Silvagni and Zac Fisher additionally scored two every in a formidable workforce efficiency for the Blues.
Co-captain Josh Kelly (36 disposals, one aim) seemed to encourage the Giants all through, whereas Braydon Preuss was additionally essential to the comeback in his first match as sole ruckman for the membership.
Toby Greene, Harry Himmelberg and Jake Riccardi every kicked two objectives to maintain the Giants within the contest however the Blues have been extra environment friendly with the ball and received the inside-50 depend 64-47.
Carlton needed to do with out Williams for a lot of the match after the gun defender was injured moments earlier than quarter-time and needed to be subbed out of the sport.
The previous Big was working towards a marking contest within the Blues’ defensive 50 when he fell to floor with nobody close to him and instantly clutched at his decrease leg.
Whereas the Giants weren’t capable of ship Cameron off with a victory, each golf equipment shaped a guard of honour for the coach as he walked off the sector after the ultimate siren.
The Blues have a brief turnaround for his or her Friday evening conflict with Sydney whereas the Giants are set to begin life underneath interim coach Mark McVeigh in opposition to West Coast at Giants Stadium on Sunday.