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Blog log from P1 of 2024: Carlton vs Melbourne

Blog log for Carlton vs Melbourne, P1 of 2024

Pickett throws his head back to get a high contact free on Acres for a bit of a clothesline at the Dee hotspot. Kozzie boots the first…. point. (Q1 1:07)
Gawn gets a ruck free on Pittonet 50m out on the flank, runs around past the mark and hoofs it all the way from the paint of 50 for the first goal of the night! (Q1 4:52)
Fantasia bursts away from a pack in the middle after the next bounce and goes long over Tomlinson to McKay 20m out in front… kick is ugly but effective. (Q1 6:35)
Cripps it was who reefed out the handball under heavy pressure from two Demons, classic Carlton structure. (Q1 7:07)
Chandler gets a very soft (and long) 50m penalty for encroachment by Cottrell to bring him to 40m on a slight angle, where he converts with no problem. (Q1 11:37)
Van Rooyen takes a link mark 70m out near the boundary, waits then delivers a sizzler over McGovern to Schache in the pocket 20m out, the ex-Lion threads it. (Q1 14:17)
Curnow juggles an Elijah Hollands kick from the HFF to the top of the square for his first goal, his man May flat-footed behind the pack. (Q1 16:51)
Salem passes to Fritsch to mark in front of Kemp on the boundary 45m out, Fritsch tries a surprise pass but Young intercepts for no score. (Q1 21:37)
Acres drops a rather easy mark at half back and there are enough Dees at the fall to engineer an easy goal, Fritsch receives from Pickett and waltzes into goal. (Q1 22:33)
Van Rooyen stands tall in front of McGovern to juggle a long Langdon ball to the pocket 20m out. His kick is a horrid shank, though, for no score. (Q1 25:53)
Billings catches Fantasia HTB near CHF and passes to Gawn leading up the corridor to 40m. QT siren sounds, Gawn shoots for his second… a dirty sack of a kick that swerves in! (Qtr Time)
McKay has five yards on Tomlinson leading up the corridor to 40m but in typical fashion, scrubs a shocking kick OOTF. (Half Time)
Quick repeat inside 50 for Carlton, this time Cuningham cuts in front of McKay’s lead at the same spot to mark and goal like shelling peas. (Q2 6:35)
Curnow shepherds McKay to get to a long ball over the back in the square for an easy goal. (Q2 11:33)
Windsor leads two Blue chasers on a scoot over the 50m paint to 45m on a slight angle and maintains his balance long enough to steer through the finish at full tilt. (Q2 13:12)
Pickett beats Cincotta one-out to take a chest mark 40m out on a slight angle, this set shot drifts across the face to the right. (Q2 14:50)
Fritsch flies on the back of Young to clunk a long Van Rooyen ball to 40m on the flank. He also shanks it way right and OOTF. (Q2 17:21)
Van Rooyen flies over Pittonet to mark in a pack 30m out on a slight angle, his set shot is pushed to the left. (Q2 19:48)
Sparrow drifts across the next pack going for a Lever inside 50 kick near the top of the square to mark, it’s target practice and finally the Dees get the six-pointer. (Q2 21:02)
Pittonet kicks inside 50 after the next bounce but to no one, Lever starts the rebound, Fritsch marks 40m out on the flank but kicks into the man on the mark, no score. (Q2 22:31)
Another long ball into the teeth of goals for Melbourne, Van Rooyen takes another contested grab 20m out. Lack of Weitering is making this game a bit too simple. JVR goals. (Q2 26:27)
Rivers baulks out of traffic in midfield and passes to Pickett who marks just inside 50 on a slight angle and clunks the set shot. Demons cooking now. (Q2 28:16)
Saad passes short inside 50 to Cottrell to mark in front of Lever 40m out on a slight angle. His kick is another putrid sack, OOTF to the right. (Q3 2:44)
Melbourne’s defensive structure forces a poor entry by Carlton, eventually Acres blazes wide under pressure from 45m on a slight angle. (Q3 4:49)
Laurie picks off a Cripps pass in the centre and spots up Pickett 45m out in front, Kozzie hooks it left. (Q3 6:15)
Pickett jinks out of traffic at half forward and gives outside to Salem who kicks across half forward to Billings 40m out on a slight angle…. goal Melbourne. (Q3 10:10)
McKay pokes a kick out of ruck 40m out to the top of the square where Curnow marks in front of May for the goal. (Q3 12:55)
Bowey passes to Neal-Bullen leading to 40m on the flank in front of Cincotta. ANB runs around and delivers a quality set shot. (Q3 17:04)
Acres snaps across the body from mid-range for a nice finish. (Q3 19:24)
Viney feeds Windsor flashing past for another snap on the run from 40m on a slight angle, another impressive finish under pressure. (Q3 20:36)
Windsor got past no less opponent than Saad on that play, no mean feat to jink past him. (Q3 21:15)
McKay beats Tomlinson with strength to clunk a long ball up the guts by De Koning to the hotspot. Now the hard part for Harry… this drop punt is a peach. (Q3 23:12)
Boyd drags a loose ball under May in the FP and claims a rather lucky HTB free, he kicks truly from 25m near the boundary. (Q3 25:53)
Fogarty tumbles a quick snap wide from 40m on the flank. (Q3 28:55)
Billings juggles a mark on the lead 40m out in front from a nice Chandler pass to a small hole in the Blue defence on a slow play. Billings misses. (Q3 29:50)
Sparrow passes short to the pocket for Schache who goals from 25m. (Q4 0:39)
Pickett misses a pass to Fritsch, the ball skids behind him for a point from 45m. (Q4 2:24)
Sparrow snaps another one from 40m in front after choking the Blues on a slow rebound, McGovern with the kick clanger. (Q4 5:24)
Neal-Bullen roves a Schache contest at the hotspot and bounces a quick snap into the post. (Q4 8:50)
Fantasia rolls a ball to the square where Curnow taps in. (Q4 14:16)
McKay takes another big contested grab in a pack at the hotspot and misses a low drop punt. (Q4 16:21)
Cripps shows them how it’s done with a nice snap from the HFF. (Q4 18:06)
Sparrow baulks and shoots from half forward for his third goal. (3 Qtr Time)

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