SEVEN goals from Lance Franklin and a commanding team display has helped the Sydney Swans add to Carlton's woes, the home side running out 60-point winners over the Blues at the SCG on Friday night.
At the end of a tumultuous week where the club sacked coach Mick Malthouse, the Blues showed more fight than they have in recent losses, but still sunk to a fifth-straight defeat in the 19.8 (122) to 9.8 (62) result.
The Swans (7-2) won their fourth consecutive match and temporarily moved to second on the ladder, while Carlton (1-8) remains anchored to the bottom, equaling the second-worst start to a season in its history.
Franklin and Lewis Jetta (27 possessions) celebrated the start of the AFL's Indigenous Round in style, but it was another champion Blood who assured his name would again dominate the headlines.
Dual Brownlow medallist Adam Goodes pulled out his own version of an indigenous war dance after his first goal in the second term, running almost 40 metres to direct his goal celebration at the Carlton cheer squad in the right forward pocket at the city end of the ground.
It comes after the champion Swan was loudly booed by Hawthorn supporters at the MCG last Saturday.
Police and ground security swarmed to the location of the Blues' fans at the half-time break. An AFL spokesman said one supporter was taken away for questioning at the ground after a clash between opposition supporters.
Speaking to Channel Seven on the field after the match, Goodes played down his role in the saga.
"Yeah, I was just a little bit inspired by the under-16 Boomerang kids who taught us a little bit of a war cry, so it's just a little tribute to those guys," Goodes said.
The 35 year-old also denied he had any issues with the attention he'd received from the Carlton supporters.
"No, not at all, mate. It's Indigenous Round, I'm proud to be Aboriginal and represent," Goodes said.
Most didn't give the Blues a chance pre-match, and the Swans certainly started like they were out to make Carlton's trip north a nightmare. Franklin booted three quick goals opposed to Simon White, who looked horribly out of his depth, and the home side led by 22 points at the first change.
In his 150th match, Ben McGlynn continued the carnage after quarter-time with two of his own, while debutant Daniel Robinson made the step into senior football seemingly with ease with eight first-half possessions and a goal.
Carlton rookie Patrick Cripps gave Blues' fans something to take out of the first half with 16 possessions from the midfield, but the visitors trailed by seven goals at the long break.
The Blues showed some signs of fight after half-time, but never got closer than 37 points after the Swans booted the last four goals of the third quarter.
With Jetta, Dan Hannebery, Tom Mitchell and Kieren Jack winning plenty of midfield ball, Carlton was run off its feet, and Franklin was the main beneficiary.
Swans coach John Longmire was satisfied with his side's ability to back up against the under-fire Blues, especially after last week's tough win over Hawthorn.
"You're never totally happy, I think that goes with being the coach, you've always got something you can get better at," Longmire said.
"We thought they'd come out and do a few different things and come out and attack the ball hard, which they did, but to come away with a 10-goal win, we're happy with that."
It was a tough way to start his coaching career for John Barker as the Blues were outclassed, but the interim boss at least had a more committed effort from his players.
"We had nearly twice as many tackles as we did last week so obviously there has been some growth there and a spike in their effort," Barker said.
"We know we come into this game with a little bit less talent based on some of our outs, but tonight was never going to be about talent, it was going to be about our effort and we thought we got a response there."
With Chris Judd, Marc Murphy and Bryce Gibbs all missing through injury, the visitors lacked experience and leadership, but young talents Cripps and Sam Docherty at least showed some positive glimpses of the future.
Debutant Daniel Robinson celebrates his first AFL victory with the fans on Friday. Picture: AFL Media.
SYDNEY SWANS 5.2 9.4 15.8 19.8 (122)
CARLTON 1.4 2.4 5.5 9.8 (62)
Sydney Swans: Franklin 7, Rohan 2, McGlynn 2, Goodes 2, Hannebery 2, Tippett 2, Robinson, McVeigh
Carlton: Casboult 2, Everitt 2, Jones, Wood, Cripps, Buckley, Tuohy
Sydney Swans: Franklin, Jetta, Hannebery, McGlynn, Rampe, Mitchell
Carlton: Cripps, Docherty, Simpson, Bell, Curnow, Carrazzo
Sydney Swans: Grundy (quad) replaced in the selected side by Brandon Jack
Carlton: Yarran (leg), Menzel (knee)
Sydney Swans: Jarrad McVeigh replaced by Brandon Jack at three-quarter time
Carlton: Troy Menzel replaced by Dylan Buckley in the third quarter
Umpires: Deboy, Kamolins, Meredith
Official crowd: 32,105 at the SCG