Best On Ground
|Tom De Koning||8||7||15||4||8||1||1||2||2||0|
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.
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.
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.
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.
05:49 -- Sam Docherty appears to have dislocated his shoulder in what appeared a nasty incident. We'll see if it ends his night.
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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.
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.
"As soon as you opt to bump a player and you get him high, they're definitely going to look at it."
— 7AFL (@7AFL) September 15, 2023
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!
|IN||A. Tomlinson, C. Spargo, J. Jordon, J. Schache|
|OUT||A. Brayshaw, B. Laurie, J. Van Rooyen, M. Hibberd|
|IN||M. Kennedy, O. Hollands|
|OUT||H. McKay (Injured), J. Martin (Suspension)|
Previous 5 Games
|7/9/23||Collingwood||L 60 - 53|
|27/8/23||Sydney||W 56 - 77|
|20/8/23||Hawthorn||W 87 - 60|
|12/8/23||Carlton||L 60 - 56|
|6/8/23||North Melbourne||W 71 - 103|
|8/9/23||Sydney||W 74 - 68|
|27/8/23||GWS||L 73 - 105|
|19/8/23||Gold Coast||W 87 - 91|
|12/8/23||Melbourne||W 60 - 56|
|6/8/23||St Kilda||W 54 - 73|