Crows demolish Blues, who endure worst season in 117 years

Carlton's inglorious AFL campaign is finally over after a 104-point routing by Adelaide confirmed their worst season in 117 years.

The Blues, having already secured the wooden spoon, shipped the year's biggest score in their 26.9 (165) to 8.13 (61) loss at Etihad Stadium.

Brendon Bolton's side conceded seven of the first eight goals before losing influential pair Charlie Curnow and Jacob Weitering to injury, which allowed Adelaide to run rampant.

Josh Jenkins led 12 Crows goalkickers with seven majors, while Jordan Gallucci kicked a career-high four.

Adelaide did as they pleased, sending defender Jake Kelly forward to kick the first goal of his career to push their lead beyond the 100-point mark.

Rory Laird ran rings around the Blues, Rory Atkins was mighty and Andy Otten showed his class.

Carlton fans among the pitiful 17,000-strong crowd made light of the situation, singing the club theme song deep into the last quarter.

Bizarrely, Carlton actually won the inside 50 count 61-54 and the contested ball by 17, thanks to a superhuman effort from Patrick Cripps.

"We turned it over far too much," Bolton said.

"We've got an incredible amount of work to do ... and we've got to be fanatical in our approach."

Carlton will be delighted to close the book on their rotten campaign, their first two-win season since the year of Australia's Federation.

The Blues lost seven games by more than 10 goals in 2018 and on Saturday night their highlights were few and far between.

Cripps, playing with ankle trouble, collected 24 contested possessions to break the AFL season record.

He had 18 clearances, 11 more than anyone else on the ground.

Harry McKay kicked three goals, Jack Silvagni flew for a stunning fourth-quarter grab and Charlie Polson showed attack on the ball.

They will seek an end to their on-field woes in the AFL's trade window and can look forward to the first selection in the draft.

Young gun Curnow could spend a month in a knee brace, with an early diagnosis of a medial ligament strain given.

Don Pyke's side will also be glad to see the end of a wretched year, given their big night out came too late to lengthen their season.

Last year's minor premiers and grand finalists underwhelmed in 2018, and will finish either 11th or 12th with 12 wins.

Injuries and a controversial morale-sapping pre-season programme meant the Crows were nowhere near their best in 2018.

"The quality of payers we've got makes me keen to get into 2019," Pyke said.