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Blog log from SF of 2023: Melbourne vs Carlton

Blog log for Melbourne vs Carlton, SF of 2023

Curnow leaps over Lever sitting in the hole to mark a wobbler by Docherty from wing to the HFF, wheels and shoots from 55m… just narrow left. (Q1 1:48)
Spargo roves and misses a snap from near the hotspot on the end of a careful rebound around members wing. (Q1 2:35)
Lever intercepts McGovern on the wing and feeds May for a long bomb, Pickett stages for a free on Cincotta and gets it, Langdon plays on to advantage for the first goal regardless. (Q1 3:47)
Pickett’s jumper punch on McGovern reverses a free inside 50, just to make a bilious start to this game even more spicy. (Q1 7:31)
May’s panicked dump kick across half back turns over, Saad feeds Kemp who passes to Fogarty 40m out on a slight angle… who misses. (Q1 9:47)
Both sides are pumping on full cylinders early, the early settlers will gain a big advantage from this frenetic start. (Q1 10:19)
Langdon spoils Motlop’s short pass at half back then runs to receive for the inside 50 pass to Fritsch 40m out on the flank. Fritta hangs his set shot narrow to the right. (Q1 11:47)
Three Blues go up to spoil together at half back but the crumb goes to the Dees, Smith drops the knees to draw a high contact free on Marchbank at the hotspot, he goals. (Q1 13:17)
Petracca marks untouched in the pocket 25m out, shapes to play on then stops, umpie calls him on anyway so he kicks off a step with a drop punt… through! (Q1 18:07)
Kemp intercepts in defence and starts a rebound switching around members wing, De Koning marks in front of Bowey 30m out on the flank for the first goal for Carlton. (Q1 20:49)
De Koning draws a contact free on Tomlinson for some rather soft hands in the back in a pack 40m out on a slight angle, TDK does amazing things to the Blues scoreboard, 2 for him! (Q1 22:57)
McGovern falls over chasing Spargo and a loose footy on the HFF, Spargo roves and misses on the trot from 35m. (Q2 2:16)
Motlop marks a long Newman ball over the back in the pocket, chaser is nearby but he plays on and checksides the goal from 15m! (Q2 7:35)
Kennedy gives to Walsh flashing past at half forward, Walsh carefully measures a checkside off a step from 25m on a slight angle to give Carlton a much-deserved lead! (Q2 13:25)
Curnow has three metres on May and marks a tumbling kick by Fogarty to 20m in front. His set shot is good, 80 for the year and his first for tonight. (Q2 15:17)
Smith marks a long speculator by Oliver after the next bounce in a pack near the hotspot, Kemp caught behind there and lost touch. Smith converts with no problem. (Q2 16:57)
Smith creates a crumb from a long Petracca speculator to the flank 35m out, Neal-Bullen is front and square for the checkside off a step… falls in! Dees lead again. (Q2 19:32)
A review delays the next bounce for a touch off the boot… yes, Kemp did get an index finger to it, just a point. (Q2 20:32)
Cottrell marks 40m out on the flank and tugs his set shot left and across the face. (Q2 22:04)
Marchbank sits alone under a high ball 25m out on the flank, perceived pressure makes him drop it, Pickett roves but tumbles a snap across the face. (Q2 27:01)
Fritsch swerves a very high snap from a pack 25m out in the pocket over the far left goalpost, goal ump was in the perfect position underneath it and calls it a point. (Q2 30:56)
Cripps passes to the lead of Kennedy 45m out on the flank after a turnover in midfield. Kennedy clunks the set shot. (Q3 0:48)
Fritsch takes a link mark on the HFF, wheels and hits a hard lead by Pickett in front of Cincotta up the corridor to 45m out… but Kosi sprays it wide right. (Q3 3:18)
Same play of Fritsch from the HFF towards Pickett, this time Kemp spoils but Hunter mops up back to Pickett for a poke kick to the pocket for Smith 20m out… his third goal. (Q3 4:48)
Marchbank sends a speculator from outside the HFF to the hotspot, all three tall Dee defenders nearby but Acres marks untouched in the middle of them for the goal. (Q3 6:57)
Langdon roves on the last line but sprays his rebound kick OOTF 40m out, Newman takes the free but his kick falls on the line to be punched through. (Q3 13:17)
Fritsch skids through a goal off a step from 40m in front under not much pressure after Pickett provides with some clean hands. (Q3 19:14)
Gawn release Sparrow forward of a stoppage in the centre square, he scoots to 45m on a slight angle and just misses a drop punt to level the scores. (Q3 20:48)
Kennedy roves a De Koning contest on the boundary 25m out and misses. (Q3 21:49)
Pickett rolls through his first goal from a stoppage 20m out. (Q3 23:18)
Petracca marks a Neal-Bullen pass just outside 50m on the flank over Cerra, his teammates back him to dob it… short but a free against Gawn, no score. (Q3 25:45)
Lever sails a repeat inside 50 kick for Gawn to mark strongly in front of Pittonet 20m out on a slight angle, big Maxy runs in rightish and shoots left. (Q3 26:49)
Two meetings between these two sides this year, no side has reached 10 goals. Seven each at 3QT, another three would win it from here you’d surmise. (3 Qtr Time)
Walsh is on the end of a handball chain after the first bounce of Q3, he shoots from 45m in front, De Koning shepherds in the square, he loves it but there’s a quick review… it’s good! (Q4 0:44)
Curnow takes a link mark on the wing after the next bounce and gives to Kennedy who passes inside 50 to Owies 40m out on a slight angle, crowd up again as he goals! (Q4 2:59)
All that hard work by Melbourne to build a 3QT lead, and a few centre clearances by Carlton have seen it all fall away. (Q4 3:44)
VIney starts a surge play from a stoppage on outer wing, Neal-Bullen rides a tackle to keep it going, Spargo hits Pickett leading up the corridor to 35m, goal Melbourne. (Q4 5:59)
Repeat stoppages deep in attack for the Demons, eventually Pickett sets up Fritsch for his second goal from close range. (Q4 9:46)
Curnow takes a contested grab in front of May 50m out on the flank, plays on and shoots… but Hunter got back in front of Acres to touch it through. (Q4 11:59)
Sparrow marks 50m out on a slight angle and goes back for the shot, which drifts to the far behind post… Gawn marks over De Koning and checksides into the near goalpost. (Q4 18:19)
Fritsch marks a Jordon pass in the pocket 25m out. He screws the set shot off the left too early, another point. (Q4 19:06)
Petracca is pinged for insufficient intent on outer wing, Newman speculates to the HFF, Curnow forces Bowey to cough up the crumb, Motlop has done nothing but he goals from 30m! (Q4 23:15)
Five minutes to go and it’s anyone’s. (Q4 25:59)
Oliver catches Walsh HTB on the boundary 50m out after some frenetic ground play. Everyone gassed including Clarry, he goes back wearily for the shot… then slots it, maybe? (Q4 29:00)
Ball fell on the goal line, goal umpire thought it was a behind, reviewed… actually it was Gawn who touched it right on the line! Big Max with a brain explosion! (Q4 29:15)
Pickett roves a Neal-Bullen bomb inside 50 and bounces a snap off the left from 40m near the boundary… into the far right goalpost. (Q4 30:46)
Clock ticks under 2:00 to go, Carlton needs a goal. Free to Cripps on Viney at half back post the kick in… (Q4 31:20)
Lever intercepts Saad’s kick to half forward, 1:30 to go. (Q4 31:45)
Long kick down members wing by Lever, Viney roves but turns the ball over to Weitering, switch on the counter, Docherty on outer wing, Acres marks 15m out and grubbers the goal! (Q4 32:20)
Carlton by a point with 56 seconds to go! Melbourne’s inaccuracy biting them on the bum for a second straight week! (Q4 32:45)
Bounce recalled, 54 seconds… ball up in the centre, 45 seconds. (Q4 33:46)
Rivers kicks to outer wing, Hunter beats Hollands but turns it over in heavy traffic, McVee intercepts on the wing, Sparrow is smothered, De Koning kicks to green grass… (Q4 34:21)
Grubbered point but that was too late anyway, Blues home by a kick! (Q4 34:46)

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