|Date:||Saturday 11th May, 2019 (1.45 pm)|
|Result:||Lost by 19 points|
|Goalkickers:||M. McGovern 3, D. Cuningham 2, H. McKay 2, C. Curnow 2, P. Cripps, M. Murphy, J. Silvagni, M. Gibbons 1.|
|Reports:||Sam Walsh found guilty of misconduct and fined $1500 for pushing Jordan De Goey into the pathway of Umpire John Howorth resulting in a collision. This was appealed but the decision was upheld by the tribunal.|
|Umpires:||Jeff Dalgleish, Craig Fleer, John Howorth|
|Injuries:||C. Curnow (ankle)|
Game ReviewMagpies break brave Blues hearts in MCG thriller
Carlton outplayed Collingwood for three quarters of Saturday's clash at the MCG. The Blues were energetic, enthusiastic and exciting. They kicked big goals, whipped the crowd into a frenzy and threatened to snare perhaps the biggest victory of Brendon Bolton's tenure at the club. They even jumped to an 11-point lead at the 20-minute mark of the final quarter. And then, just as Carlton could start thinking about a memorable win, Collingwood went bang. The Pies booted the final five goals of the game to register a 19-point win over their arch rivals, with late majors to Jordan De Goey, Tom Phillips and Will Hoskin-Elliott sealing the victory. The 16.10 (106) to 13.9 (87) result was a heart-breaker for the Blues, another tight loss and another missed opportunity when the game was there to take. The battle between last year's wooden spooners and Grand Finalists was more even than most would have predicted, largely thanks to a herculean midfield effort from Blues superstar Patrick Cripps. The Carlton skipper gathered a game-high 35 disposals (19 contested) and 13 clearances (eight out of the centre) and was easily best afield. Again, however, he won't reap the rewards of his performance. While Carlton had plenty of contributors, Collingwood's spread of performers in the big moments proved critical. Treloar (34 disposals), Phillips (34 and two goals) and Steele Sidebottom (34) were enormous in a midfield unit fed by star ruckman Brodie Grundy (25 disposals, two goals, 49 hit-outs), but it was never easy going for the Magpies, who always remained close enough to Carlton despite not being at their sharpest. Carlton was in it from the start. Its first-quarter efforts resulted in a three-point deficit at the opening change, but its intent was clear.
The Blues' defensive effort restricted the Pies to only two marks inside-50 and 13 entries, but Collingwood's class made it more dangerous when it surged into attack. But Carlton had a sniff. And when Bolton's men kicked four consecutive goals midway through the second term, they had jumped the Pies to take an 11-point lead. Cripps was everywhere, his handballs opening space for teammates, and the Blues forwards, including Harry McKay and Mitch McGovern, were both threatening. Collingwood was not at its lethal best, but responded when challenged, with late goals to Phillips and Grundy evening scores at the main break. Still the Blues' confidence didn't dissipate. Carlton took control of the contest in the third term. Charlie Curnow outbodied Darcy Moore to steam in to an open goal, before David Cuningham slotted a difficult kick from the pocket. And when McKay marked across half-forward, swung onto his left boot and sunk a long shot, the Blues had jumped to a 12-point lead.
Collingwood hit back, again, but the advantage was with Carlton heading into the final change with a five-point break. The Magpies flexed their muscles early in the final term but the Blues hit back, when Cripps' baulking goal was followed by a set shot by Cuningham, who benefited from back-to-back 50-metre penalties, before McGovern strolled into an open goal. At that stage, the Blues looked headed for a famous upset victory. Carlton looked set to finally claim a big scalp, and in doing so would have silenced the scepticism around its progress. But it didn't come, not this week anyway, as the Pies hit top gear when it mattered most. Charlie Curnow left the field with what appeared to be an ankle injury in the third term and went down to the Blues rooms for treatment. The star forward returned to the field in the final term and played out the game. - Callum Twomey.
Best: P. Cripps, M. Murphy, E. Curnow, C. Marchbank, M. McGovern.
|B:||41 Levi Casboult||20 Lachie Plowman||23 Jacob Weitering|
|HB:||9 Dale Thomas||22 Caleb Marchbank||31 Tom Williamson|
|C:||35 Ed Curnow||9 Patrick Cripps (c)||18 Sam Walsh|
|HF:||25 Zac Fisher||11 Mitch McGovern||3 Marc Murphy|
|F:||1 Jack Silvagni||10 Harry McKay||28 David Cuningham|
|Ruck:||8 Matthew Kreuzer||5 Sam Petrevski-Seton||2 Paddy Dow|
|Interchange:||13 Liam Stocker||30 Charlie Curnow||40 Michael Gibbons|
|43 Will Setterfield|
|Emg:||4 Lochie O'Brien, 7 Matthew Kennedy, 34 Andrew Phillips, 45 Hugh Goddard|
In: M. Kreuzer, M. McGovern, W. Setterfield
Out: L. Jones (concussion), L. O'Brien (omitted), A. Phillips (omitted)
Milestones50 Game: Sam Petrevski-Seton
AFLCA Votes10 - Patrick Cripps (CARL)
7 - Brodie Grundy (COLL)
5 - Tom Phillips (COLL)
4 - Steele Sidebottom (COLL)
2 - Jordan De Goey (COLL)
1 - Caleb Marchbank (CARL)
1 - Callum Brown (COLL)
Best and Fairest Votes
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