Blog log from R13 of 2020: Gold Coast vs Carlton

Walsh roves a De Koning contest to a McKay speculator to the square, he snaps off balance from next to the behind post and it’s just a point. (Q1 5:03)
Gibbons toepokes a crumb on the wing forward to space to start a fast break and then runs to receive a pass from Betts 30m on the flank, he misses. (Q1 7:17)
The Blues lock in the kick in, Newnes gives to Gibbons at largely the same spot as his set shot and this time he makes no mistake, first goal to Carlton. (Q1 8:12)
Gibbons feeds De Koning for a running shot from 40m on a slight angle after the next centre bounce but that’s just wide. (Q1 9:31)
Murphy passes to Newnes 40m out on the flank on a hook lead in front of Ballard. Newnes, the game-winning hero after the siren last round, kicks OOTF this time. (Q1 11:33)
McKay marks 50m out on the flank, blows like a sprinter at the end of a 100m race, then kicks straight but just not long enough, rushed behind. (Q1 19:48)
Carlton switches after Weitering intercepts on the HBF, Simpson passes to Martin 40m out on a slight angle who misses. (Q2 4:23)
The pattern of the game is set: Gold Coast with very conservative ball movement while the Blues are prepared to switch to open things up. So far, working for Carlton. (Q2 5:36)
Betts passes to McKay who draws an obvious contact free on Graham 30m out on the flank, he converts to give the Blues reward for dominance in general play. (Q2 5:36)
The Suns finally look inboard with an Anderson pass to the corridor, the team is rewarded as Miller has Rankine over the back of the Blue defence to mark and goal from 25m. (Q2 9:57)
Betts battles with Ballard on the boundary 40m over a loose footy, Swallow arrives at pace to catch him high…. Eddie screws through a behind. (Q2 16:02)
Newnes gives to McKay for a snap across the body off the left from 25m on the flank that goes wide. (Q2 16:57)
Day feeds Lukosius to run to half forward, reach the paint and… pass to Lemmens near the behind post who kicks the goal. (Q2 18:16)
Gold Coast’s scores have both come through attacks from the corridor, which would be the key to them building a score to win. (Q2 18:43)
The Blues rebound around the outer side after Jones spoils, Fisher burns off a tired-looking Lukosius on a run around the boundary and gives inside to Betts who baulks and goals. (Q2 21:03)
Gibbons passes short to McKay after Cripps starts the next attack following the centre bounce. McKay kicks his second goal from 40m on the flank. (Q2 22:28)
Another centre clearance win for Carlton, the Suns have a chance to spoil but the Blues dominate at ground level, Gibbons baulks clear to snap his second from 25m on the flank. (Q2 24:43)
Martin gives to Murphy for a snap off a step from near the hotspot, skids wide past an empty square. (Q3 0:54)
Casboult marks a long Martin ball from the wing over Graham 25m out on the flank but misses. (Q3 2:21)
Murphy checksides wide from the pocket under pressure. (Q3 11:12)
Swallow gets a free on the boundary 20m out but checksides it into the near goalpost. (Q3 13:21)
Weller runs through midfield with two bounces, reaches 20m and steers home the goal on a fast break attack started by Swallow from behind centre. (Q3 18:37)
Cripps kicks to half forward after the next centre bounce, Gibbons roves and the ball flips out to Curnow who goals off a step from 45m on a slight angle. (Q3 20:22)
Collins dives on the line to touch through a De Koning snap. (Q3 21:35)
Rankine bounces a left-foot snap into the post from 20m on a slight angle just before the 3QT siren under not much direct pressure. (3 Qtr Time)
McKay misses a set shot from the boundary 25m out. (Q4 1:56)
King soccers wide under heavy pressure from the pocket after a Weller contest. (Q4 7:14)
Bowes drops a defensive mark in the pocket, falls over and desperately taps the ball to the corridor where Newnes soccers a junk time goal from 20m. (Q4 8:56)
Flanders marks a Powell pass over Docherty and gets some junk from 35m on a slight angle. (Q4 13:18)
Cripps runs from the centre bounce, reaches 50m and bombs long, Casboult fumbles the ball over the behind line. (Q4 14:56)
Collins rushes a grubber by Gibbons from the pocket after a nice rove and give by Fisher. (Q4 16:41)
McKay marks 45m out on a slight angle and misses. (Q4 17:11)
McKay marks a Cottrell pass 45m out in the corridor but misses that as well. (Q4 21:10)
Cripps marks 45m out in the corridor and misses too. (Q4 21:46)

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