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Blog log from EF of 2023: Carlton vs Sydney

Blog log for Carlton vs Sydney, EF of 2023

Docherty screws through the first goal of the night off the right boot from the hotspot after receiving from McKay at a stoppage. (Q1 2:31)
Centre clearance Carlton, McKay roves at the hotspot and feeds outside to Curnow who rolls through another one! (Q1 3:21)
Cripps with that clearance, of course. (Q1 3:31)
Acres busts through a Parker challenge and shoots from 45m on a slight angle but it’s over McKay’s head for a point. (Q1 4:47)
McDonald receives outside a pack near the hotspot but sprays a snap across the body OOTF. (Q1 8:48)
Gulden chips in front of Marchbank to intercept a short Newman kick in to 45m in the corridor. His set shot is a peach, Sydney’s opener. (Q1 11:21)
Gulden passes across half forward to Mills just near true CHF, his set shot drifts wide left. (Q1 17:18)
Wicks roves and misses from 25m in the pocket. (Q1 19:03)
McDonald passes from half forward short to Amartey 40m out on a slight angle, who tugs his set shot across the face to the left. (Q1 20:21)
McKay leads Melican back to a long bouncing ball at the top of the square but dribbles his kick limply into the goalpost under not as much pressure as he thought he was under. (Q1 21:48)
Cottrell has had a bright start to this game and snaps a nice goal from 15m out after a goalmouth scramble. (Q1 26:46)
Warner ducks into a Hewett challenge after a stoppage in the pocket 30m out and sucks the ump in for a cheap free just before the QT siren, footy gods push it narrow. (Qtr Time)
Curnow gives to Docherty who checksides off a step from 25m in the pocket but it’s narrow. (Q2 1:14)
Owies spots up the lead of Cuningham 45m out on the flank after a slow but skilful chain of kicks and marks through the Sydney zone. But the set shot is shanked OOTF. (Q2 2:57)
Owies is over the back for a McKay contest, can run into the open goal but tries to give Curnow a Joe the Goose, bad decision as Florent arrives, almost stuffs it up, goal Blues! (Q2 6:17)
Walsh long from the next bounce, pitches behind the pack, Cottrell gets a boot to it but misses from 15m. (Q2 7:42)
Warner roves in the back pocket but his handball inside misses Hayward, Cottrell arrives to mop up and wobble through his second goal off the left from 15m! (Q2 10:26)
McInerney gives away a dumb 50m penalty to relieve pressure on the Blues, Hewett marks 45m out on the flank and sits it up… Martin roves 20m out, McLean catches him high, goal. (Q2 20:57)
Rain starting to fall at the MCG, where Sydney are 0-3 this year and staring at 0-4. (Q2 23:12)
Hayward roves and checksides in ugly style wide left from near the hotspot. (Q2 24:58)
Amartey marks a short Hickey pass 45m out on a slight angle and converts in red time. (Q2 26:42)
Hewett pokes a pass for Cuningham to mark going back with the flight to 40m near the boundary, he steers through the answering red time goal. (Q2 29:54)
McKay clunks a long ball to the top of the square by Curnow, Melican beaten all ends up there. But the set shot is shanked right for a point! Oh dear. (Q3 2:06)
Amartey is forward of the play to mark a McLean pass forward of the wing, McGovern zags off so he plays on and shoots from 50m on a slight angle… wide left. (Q3 5:10)
Quick repeat inside 50 from the Kemp kick in as Hickey spoils it forward, Gulden roves and threads the needle from the boundary 45m out. (Q3 6:05)
Parker pokes a clearance kick from the HFF to McDonald playing in front of Kemp 20m out in front, he marks and goals. (Q3 7:50)
Gulden clears from the centre bounce, Hayward gives to McDonald who grubbers home another one from 20m, Swans are coming! (Q3 9:35)
Martin dives in front of Rampe to take a skilful contested mark from a high McGovern speculator to the flank 40m out. He converts like the cream player he is. (Q3 12:33)
Cerra snaps a lovely finish from a pack 40m out on the flank after a feed by Hewett, that was a classy bit of play to steady the Blues! (Q3 14:51)
Acres comes off a wing to leap on the line and touch through a running snap by Campbell from the flank, review called and confirmed that he just got a fingernail to it, behind. (Q3 19:36)
Lloyd tries to spin out of a Cripps tackle after a feed by Blakey at HB but the ump pays HTB, Cripps brings the Blue faithful to their feet with a captain’s goal from 45m! (Q3 21:28)
McLean beats Weitering from behind to mark a Blakey pass 25m out on the flank but the Carlton fans roar lustily as he misses the set shot. (Q3 24:31)
Kick in turns over at half forward as Newman cops some contact, Papley feeds Hayward who snaps across his body from 40m for the goal. (Q3 25:00)
Rampe starts a rebound behind the centre, Papley roves at CHF and goes to Parker running forward of the play, he goals from 15m! (Q3 29:06)
Papley marks a McLean pass 45m out on a slight angle but tugs it left looking for more distance. (Q4 1:15)
Cripps marks a Docherty pass 45m out on the flank and also tugs his set shot left. (Q4 3:30)
Kemp has the footy on the behind line, decides to play on but loses the handle on a one-two with De Koning, Hickey pounces and feeds Parker who goals from 10m out! Oh no! (Q4 6:30)
Gulden runs around a pack on the HFF and shoots, two Blues in the square against Campbell, did Acres touch it? Another huge review, soft call was a point… (Q4 12:30)
Looks like a point to me, another fingertipper. ARC agrees, decision stands, just a behind. (Q4 13:30)
De Koning wins a contest against two on the HFF and bangs inside 50, Campbell outnumbered in defence as the Swans swept forward, Acres runs into the open goal for the sealer! (Q4 22:30)
Papley clears from the next bounce, McInerney feeds Wicks who snaps off a step from the hotspot, it’s high… and just wide right. (Q4 23:26)
McGovern is all over McInerney and gives away a holding free on the lead 35m out on the flank, kick is across the face and rushed. (Q4 24:32)
McLean roves a Weitering drop and goals from the top of the square, a kick in it, 25 seconds left at the bounce, how is this still a live game? (Q4 29:32)
Cripps roves the bounce, Mills tackle, ball up, 18 seconds. (Q4 30:30)
Gulden roves, Cerra tackles, ball up, 14 seconds. (Q4 30:30)
Cunningham clears but Newman marks at half back, siren sounds, Blues hold on! (Final Siren)

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