MATCH CENTRE
MATCH CENTRE
FINALS WEEK 2

MELBOURNE

V

CARLTON

CarltonCARL WIN BY 2
9.17
71
FT
11.7
73
MCG
2023-09-15T09:50:00Z

Match Summary

Score Breakdown

  1 2 3 4
3.3
21
4.7
31
7.11
53
9.17
71
2.2
14
5.3
33
7.5
47
11.7
73

Best On Ground

Sam WalshS Walsh34 disposals
2 goals
Nic NewmanN Newman30 disposals

Team Stats

Melbourne

Carlton

Disposals
MATCH
368
361
345.6
2024 AVG.
3456
2024 TOTAL
2024 AVG.
2024 TOTAL
356.4
2024 AVG.
3564
2024 TOTAL
Contested Possessions
MATCH
153
137
132.3
2024 AVG.
1323
2024 TOTAL
2024 AVG.
2024 TOTAL
141.3
2024 AVG.
1413
2024 TOTAL
Kicks
MATCH
228
214
212.7
2024 AVG.
2127
2024 TOTAL
2024 AVG.
2024 TOTAL
216.5
2024 AVG.
2165
2024 TOTAL
Handballs
MATCH
140
147
132.9
2024 AVG.
1329
2024 TOTAL
2024 AVG.
2024 TOTAL
139.9
2024 AVG.
1399
2024 TOTAL
Frees For
MATCH
19
26
18.4
2024 AVG.
184
2024 TOTAL
2024 AVG.
2024 TOTAL
20.4
2024 AVG.
204
2024 TOTAL
Clearances
MATCH
36
33
35.8
2024 AVG.
358
2024 TOTAL
2024 AVG.
2024 TOTAL
38.2
2024 AVG.
382
2024 TOTAL
Centre Clearances
MATCH
8
13
11.1
2024 AVG.
111
2024 TOTAL
2024 AVG.
2024 TOTAL
13.7
2024 AVG.
137
2024 TOTAL
Stoppage Clearances
MATCH
28
20
24.7
2024 AVG.
247
2024 TOTAL
2024 AVG.
2024 TOTAL
24.5
2024 AVG.
245
2024 TOTAL
Inside 50
MATCH
53
52
50
2024 AVG.
500
2024 TOTAL
2024 AVG.
2024 TOTAL
52.4
2024 AVG.
524
2024 TOTAL
Marks
MATCH
97
88
94
2024 AVG.
940
2024 TOTAL
2024 AVG.
2024 TOTAL
89.6
2024 AVG.
896
2024 TOTAL
Marks Inside 50
MATCH
10
9
10.2
2024 AVG.
102
2024 TOTAL
2024 AVG.
2024 TOTAL
10.8
2024 AVG.
108
2024 TOTAL
Contested Marks
MATCH
15
12
10.5
2024 AVG.
105
2024 TOTAL
2024 AVG.
2024 TOTAL
11.2
2024 AVG.
112
2024 TOTAL
Tackles
MATCH
49
64
62
2024 AVG.
620
2024 TOTAL
2024 AVG.
2024 TOTAL
64
2024 AVG.
640
2024 TOTAL
Hit Outs
MATCH
38
29
40.5
2024 AVG.
405
2024 TOTAL
2024 AVG.
2024 TOTAL
34.8
2024 AVG.
348
2024 TOTAL

Player Stats

Melbourne

PlayerKHDMHOFFFATGB
Adam Tomlinson112135011201
Alex Neal-Bullen99184002401
Bayley Fritsch112135010023
Charlie Spargo113146011501
Christian Petracca177245102110
Christian Salem1210223011600
Clayton Oliver1413273031901
Ed Langdon119204002010
Jack Viney1516314013401
Jake Bowey93124000100
Jake Lever95148011000
James Jordon55101001100
Joel Smith4264011230
Josh Schache0000000000
Judd McVee121136020000
Kade Chandler6394020301
Kysaiah Pickett87154012223
Lachie Hunter1213254000200
Max Gawn6111743611002
Steven May165217001000
Tom McDonald4262102300
Tom Sparrow156216022401
Trent Rivers116174012000

Carlton

PlayerKHDMHOFFFATGB
Adam Cerra128200030500
Adam Saad159246000100
Alex Cincotta6282013200
Blake Acres89173010320
Brodie Kemp113144010200
Caleb Marchbank93125031100
Charlie Curnow4595001212
David Cuningham4593010400
George Hewett810181021300
Jacob Weitering154198000100
Jesse Motlop56113001420
Lachie Fogarty68144011401
Marc Pittonet23512120000
Matthew Cottrell65116000101
Matthew Kennedy67131010312
Matthew Owies6281023310
Mitch McGovern182204010100
Nic Newman19113011012400
Oliver Hollands3143000100
Patrick Cripps1314271021600
Sam Docherty136196011300
Sam Walsh1717346023820
Tom De Koning87154811220

Live Commentary

Full Time

Melbourne 9.17 (71)
Carlton 11.7 (73)

00:00 -- THE BLUES ARE THROUGH TO A PRELIMINARY FINAL! BLAKE ACRES GOALED WITH A MINUTE LEFT TO PUT CARLTON UP BY A POINT.

Carlton's Grand Final dream is well and truly alive, and they will travel to the Gabba to play Brisbane next weekend.

06:02 -- Jesse Motlop brings Carlton to within three points with a snapping goal! Demons again rue missed opportunities in front of goal and now they have just a three-point lead to defend. There's heaps of time left.

07:45 -- Have to think Steven May has thoroughly bested Charlie Curnow tonight. Two outright wins in one-on-ones in this final quarter alone.

15:21 -- This is becoming an epic. The Dees goal again through Bayley Fritsch, who received a direct assist from ... Kysaiah Pickett. Melbourne by seven points. Plenty of time left.

15:50 -- Jacob Weitering is the latest Blue in the wars. He looked to have copped a knock to his head courtesy of Joel Smith. If Carlton advances, Michael Voss will have numerous imperative selection decisions to make.

16:56 -- Scores are level again as the Demons put one through! Guess who. Kysaiah Pickett. He might be in MRO trouble tomorrow, but for now, he's keeping Melbourne's season alive.

18:22 -- Another one for Carlton! This time it's Matthew Owies from a set shot. The Blues have also made their tactical change, bringing Ollie Hollands into the game at the expense of David Cuningham. The Dees' sub, Josh Schache, continues to watch on from the bench.

19:39 -- Walsh gets the first of the last for the Blues and we're all tied up! A classy finish from a classy player from near 50 metres out.

Three-Quarter-Time

Melbourne 7.11 (53)
Carlton 7.5 (47)

00:00 -- We're set up for a thrilling finish at the MCG. Just a goal separates Melbourne and Carlton at three-quarter-time.

Pickett, Petracca, Gawn, and Neal-Bullen were immense for the Demons in the third term.

Cripps battled for the Blues but the Dees put in a massive effort to gain the ascendency back.

05:00 -- Kysaiah Pickett puts Melbourne in front! Demons now lead by five points after a stellar effort at stoppage from the livewire forward.

Pickett is currently Melbourne's most dangerous player. Petracca isn't far behind.

06:53 -- The mini deadlock is broken, as Pickett's beautiful pick-up leads to a straightforward goal for Bayley Fritsch, who has been relatively quiet to this point in the contest. Blues now lead by just a point as we edge closer to three-quarter-time.

09:16 -- Cripps has been prolific during the 'premiership quarter'; really stamping his influence at the right time in the game.

11:16 -- Acres and Docherty really battling with respective shoulder issues. Gallant efforts from the pair. Blues keeping the Dees at arm's length, still leading by seven.

17:40 -- Kysaiah Pickett squanders an early opportunity in front of goal, much to the delight of the Blues fans, who haven't forgotten his first-half hit on Captain Cripps. Blues by seven points.

Half-Time

Melbourne 4.7 (31)
Carlton 5.3 (33)

00:00 -- The Demons stemmed the Blues' flow towards the end of the first half, closing the gap back to a two-point Carlton lead at the main change.

Sam Walsh (19 disposals, six tackles, one goal) and Tom de Koning (two goals, 11 disposals, eight contested possessions, three marks) have been among Carlton's best.

Jack Viney (20 disposals) and Clayton Oliver (14 possessions, four tackles) have been in and under for the Dees in the first half.

05:49 -- Sam Docherty appears to have dislocated his shoulder in what appeared a nasty incident. We'll see if it ends his night.

09:34 -- The Blues are taking over this game. Goals to Walsh and Curnow have given Carlton a ten-point lead halfway through the second term. It's a 29-point turnaround.

12:00 -- Cripps didn't spend a lot of time on the bench. He's back on and in the thick of things. Bodes well for Pickett's potential MRO case.

14:34 -- Jesse Motlop bends a crafty banana to bring Carlton within two points of Melbourne early in the second.

16:04 -- Patrick Cripps copped a hefty Kysaiah Pickett bump. Cripps had to be assessed after exiting the field.

Most contact was to Cripps' chest, though it caused the Blue's nose to bleed.

Pickett, who was sanctioned two matches for a bump on Bulldog Bailey Smith earlier in the season, could face MRO scrutiny.

Quarter-Time

Melbourne 3.3 (21)
Carlton 2.2 (14)

00:00 -- Tom de Koning (two goals, five contested possessions) saved that first quarter for the Blues, who were at Melbourne's mercy for a few minutes in the middle of that first term.

Charlie Curnow hasn't capitalised on his moments yet but he hasn't had to.

Gawn, Petracca, and Lever influential for the Demons.

04:06 -- Make that two in a row for Carlton, and for de Koning! The big man drew a free kick against Adam Tomlinson and kicked truly, bringing the margin to seven points.

04:39 -- The Blues finally claim their first through a Tom de Koning set shot. The margin is pegged back to 13 as we approach the later stages of the first stanza.

06:39 -- Christian Petracca improvises and kicks Melbourne's third goal of the quarter. They lead the Blues by 19 points. Carlton hasn't been able to stop the Demons when they go inside 50.

08:27 -- Jake Lever's presence has already been felt. He's taken three marks.

09:29 -- The Blues have asked questions with their defensive pressure but it's the Demons with the answers, as Joel Smith boots Melbourne's second from straight in front.

15:58 -- An early injury concern for the Blues as wingman Blake Acres grabs for his shoulder after a stinger. His shoulder was a concern going into tonight's fixture. One to watch.

17:17 (remaining) -- Melbourne's Ed Langdon has kicked the first major of the contest from the goalsquare after taking the umpire's advantage.

There are no late changes an hour out from tonight's first bounce, with Josh Schache (Melbourne) and Ollie Hollands (Carlton) announced as the tactical substitutes.

Hello and welcome to Zero Hanger's live coverage and commentary of Friday night's semi-final between Melbourne and Carlton at the MCG!

Team Line-Ups

Melbourne

Carlton


Preview

Ladder Position

Previous 5 Games

Melbourne

DATE OPP RESULT
7/9/23CollingwoodL 60 - 53
27/8/23SydneyW 56 - 77
20/8/23HawthornW 87 - 60
12/8/23CarltonL 60 - 56
6/8/23North MelbourneW 71 - 103

Carlton

DATE OPP RESULT
8/9/23SydneyW 74 - 68
27/8/23GWSL 73 - 105
19/8/23Gold CoastW 87 - 91
12/8/23MelbourneW 60 - 56
6/8/23St KildaW 54 - 73