Carlton defeats North Melbourne by seven points

QUARTER TIME

North Melbourne 0.2.3 (15) v Carlton 0.3.3 (21)

THE Blues dominated the opening part of a brutal first quarter, with ex-Sydney recruit Andrejs Everitt booting two goals, while utility Andrew Walker picked up eight touches as he roamed seamlessly across the backline.

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Ballarat is Kanga Country, judging by the crowd at Eureka

HALF TIME

North Melbourne 0.5.6 (36) v Carlton 0.9.3 (57)

CARLTON has taken a 21-point lead into half time.

The Blues dominated play in the opening minutes of each of the first two quarters to open up a 0.9.3 (57) to 0.5.5 (36) advantage at Eureka Stadium.

Andrejs Everitt has been the star for the Blues so far, kicking three goals while also spending time across the half-back line.

Hometown hero Drew Petrie has been solid for the Kangaroos, kicking two goals while playing as a traditional full forward.

Leading possession getters for the Kangaroos are Ryan Bastinac and Sam Gibson with 13 each, while Carlton's Broc McLean and Ed Curnow have picked up 13 and 11 touches respectively.

THREE QUARTER TIME

North Melbourne 0.9.9 (63) v Carlton 1.12.5 (86)

CARLTON extended its lead ever so slightly as both teams traded blows in an eight-goal third term.

The Blues moved 23-points clear at the final change after majors from Tom Bell, Zach Tuohy, Levi Casboult and David Ellard.

North stayed in touch thanks to goals by Lindsay Thomas, Jack Ziebell, Brent Harvey and Drew Petrie, who now has three.

FULL TIME

Carlton 1.14.7 (100) d North Melbourne 0.14.9 (93)

CARLTON has snuck home to win its opening-round NAB Challenge clash, seeing off a fast-finishing North Melbourne by seven points.

The Kangaroos closed to within a point of the Blues when Brent Harvey kicked truly late in the final term, but a Cameron Wood steadier shortly before the siren saw Mick Malthouse's men over the line.

In all, North booted five goals to two in the final term only to fall short.

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