Carlton’s Andrejs Everitt produced a three-goal effort on debut for his new club as the Blues held on to beat North Melbourne by seven points in Saturday’s AFL pre-season clash.
The Blues won 1.14.7 (100) to the fast-finishing North’s 14.9 (93) in front of 7800 fans at a windswept Eureka Stadium in Ballarat.
Former Swan and ex-Bulldog Everitt’s three goals all came in the first half, while onballer Brock McLean and Tom Bell (two goals) were also influential.
North Ballarat product Drew Petrie kicked four goals for the Kangaroos.
Ryan Bastinac and Jack Ziebell were dominant with 60 disposals between them for North along with star recruit and ex-Saint Nick Dal Santo who had 27 possessions.
Carlton led by six points at the first break.
The Blues went 21 points ahead at halftime, 9.3 (57) to 5.6 (36), after booting six goals to North’s three in the second term.
A goal on the siren to veteran small forward Brent Harvey allowed North to stay within 23 points of the Blues at three-quarter time.
Harvey’s second goal with two minutes left in the game cut the margin to one point after the Kangaroos had surged home with a five-goal final term and six of the last eight goals in the match.
A goal to former Magpies’ ruckman Cam Wood sealed the win for the Blues.
The Blues were missing key midfielders Chris Judd (Achilles surgery) and Dale Thomas (chest infection) while the Kangaroos were without skipper Andrew Swallow (Achilles surgery).
North unveiled father-son draft pick Luke McDonald who had 22 disposals.
The Kangaroos face Hawthorn in Launceston on February 21 while Carlton’s next pre-season game is against Adelaide at Etihad Stadium on February 24.