Round 22, 2022

Carlton 1.3 9 3.4 22 7.8 50 10.14 74
Melbourne 1.2 8 4.6 30 7.11 53 11.13 79
Venue: MCG
Date: Saturday 13 August, 2022 (7.25 pm).
Result: Lost by 5 points.
Crowd: 55,705
Goalkickers: H. McKay 3.1, J. Martin 3.1, C. Curnow 1.4, J. Silvagni 1.3, C. Durdin 1.1, Z. Fisher 1.1, M. Owies 0.1, Rushed 0.2.
Reports: Melbourne forward Kysaiah Pickett was fined $5000 for rough conduct over his tackle on Carlton's Liam Stocker.
Umpires: Jamie Broadbent, Chris Donlon, Matt Stevic.
Injuries: Adam Cerra (adductor) replaced in selected side by Will Setterfield.
Ladder: 8th.

Game Review

Clutch Kozzy's last-gasp goal gives Dees the edge over Blues

Melbourne held on for a thrilling five-point win in an epic finish at the 'G after Kysaiah Pickett booted a goal in the dying seconds. - By Sarah Black.

Kysaiah Pickett has sent Melbourne into the top four with a stunning snap in the final 11 seconds of the match, consigning Carlton to a heart-breaking five-point defeat. Charlie Curnow had looked to send Carlton into its first finals appearance since 2013 with three minutes remaining, but Pickett wasn't finished, kicking truly to secure the 11.13 (79) to 10.14 (74) result at a heaving MCG. The Blues will instead be faced with an anxious wait for results next week, with the lead having changed four times in the final term, with Jake Melksham's fourth major closing the gap to one point before Pickett's goal. For much of the match, it was a battle between Melbourne's midfield and Carlton's backline. The ball lived in Melbourne's forward half, but the Blues were fairly economical when they did manage to get the ball over the Demons' defence.

Harry McKay was a constant threat both in the air and at ground level in an entertainingly tactical battle with Steven May, kicking two of the Blues' three goals to half-time and often finding room out the back of the contest. Melksham had appeared to give the Dees an edge with a stirring contested-ball win, dodge and goal – his second – just before half-time, but Zac Fisher topped it a minute later with a stunning (and rare right foot) snap. Three consecutive Carlton behinds to start the third term threatened a continuation of the messy play which had dominated the first half, but the game opened up as the high pressure from both sides dropped off. A desperate Matt Owies smother led to a Corey Durdin goal, while the Blues began to win more ball out of the middle, resulting in a total four goals in eight minutes.

Docherty the midfielder
Sam Docherty was simply outstanding, playing all four quarters in the midfield against some of the strongest opponents in the game. The usual half-back flanker was attempting to cover for the absence of players such as Matt Kennedy, George Hewett and late withdrawal Adam Cerra, and was supported by Will Setterfield, who wasn't in the best 22 yesterday. Docherty finished with 28 disposals, six clearances and 10 tackles in the unfamiliar role.

Best: S. Docherty, P. Cripps, H. McKay, S. Walsh, L. Young.

Free Kicks: Melbourne 23, Carlton 13

Last-minute goal sees Blues fall

Carlton was left to rue what might have been in a five-point defeat to the reigning premier. - By Alex Barilla, Carlton Media.

In a game where the margin never exceeded two goals, Carlton was left to rue what might have been in a five-point defeat to the reigning premier. Leading with just minutes to go, a Melbourne major inside the final 15 seconds meant the result fell out of the Blues' fingertips after a high-energy, high-intensity game of football at the MCG. Playing extensively in the midfield, Sam Docherty was prolific in a well-rounded performance (28 disposals, 10 tackles, six clearances), while Jack Martin and Harry McKay stood up with three goals apiece.

Quarter one:
It was a high-pressure start to the first quarter with Melbourne kicking the first goal of the match at the seven-minute mark through Jake Melksham. It was a high-pressure first quarter, which led to some simple skill errors from both sides. Melbourne began to flex its muscle in terms of contested possessions and hitouts, but all was lost for the Blues with the ever-consistent Sam Walsh (11 first-quarter disposals) having an impact on the game. Harry McKay turned the pressure up with a run-down tackle on Angus Brayshaw in the Blues’ forward 50, leading to Carlton’s first goal of the term. The Blues entered the first change leading by the narrowest of margins.

Quarter two:
The pressure was on at the beginning of the second quarter, with Melbourne kicking the first of the term. The Blues responded by springing a counter attack, with a smashing kick inside 50 from Charlie Curnow setting up McKay’s second goal of the game. The Blues looked more free this term, continually switching the ball and creating more run through the middle of the ground. Lewis Young held up well defensively, recorded five intercept marks for the half, with the last launching an attack which ended in a classy Zac Fisher half. However, a Bayley Fritsch goal on the half-time siren meant the Demons led by eight points, but there was still plenty to play out.

Quarter three:
With the second half of the game underway, the pressure did not let up at all, with end-to-end scoring from both sides. Jack Sivagni kicked the first for the Blues this term, granting him reward for effort throughout his game. McKay kicked his third for the match and with repeat inside 50s and an excellent smother from Owies, Durdin was able to seal the deal with his first goal of the match. Melbourne was up to the challenge though and continued to put the pressure on inside Carlton’s defensive 50, making it difficult to steal away a clean possession. Carlton’s backline was doing just as good of a job, with Young standing tall to record 14 spoils to the final change.

Quarter four:
It was Jack Martin who looked to lift his side single-handedly, kicking a goal in the opening minute of the term to give the Blues the lead. It was that man again who would reestablish Carlton’s scoreboard ascendancy, snapping truly after strong defensive play from Adam Saad and a courageous mark from Sam Walsh. With a result meaning a lot for both sides, the contest was as willing as it had been all game, with a Charlie Curnow mark and goal giving the Blues an eight-point buffer. However, two goals in the final two minutes - with Kozzie Pickett snapping truly with seconds remaining - meant the Blues were left to ponder what might have been in a five-point

Best: S. Docherty, J. Martin, L. Young, H. McKay, P. Cripps, M. Cottrell.

Sam Docherty looms as Blues' new midfield weapon

It was a move made out of necessity – with the likes of midfield bulls Matt Kennedy, George Hewett and late withdrawal Adam Cerra sidelined – but Sam Docherty starred playing on the ball against Melbourne. With usual winger Will Setterfield also playing an inside role, supporting Paddy Cripps and Sam Walsh, Docherty barely missed a beat in the unfamiliar role. He recorded 28 touches, 10 tackles and four centre clearances (six in total), and should be an extra string to Carlton's bow if the Blues hang onto their top-eight spot. The news that Kennedy will miss the rest of the season with a foot injury makes Docherty's new role all the more crucial. - Sarah Black

'Gutted' Voss readies Blues for 'elimination final' against Pies

Proud Carlton coach knows season is on the line, while Demons' bit players come of age. - By Sarah Black

Carlton coach Michael Voss was "gutted", "disappointed" but "proud" in the immediate aftermath of the Blues' nail-biting five-point loss to Melbourne at the MCG on Saturday night. The Blues had led until the final 11 seconds of the game, when Kozzy Pickett snapped truly, pushing possible finals qualification out to next week. "Bit of detail, the last couple of minutes we didn't quite get right. I guess it's easy to focus on the last two minutes. It leaves you gutted, it leaves you disappointed, but I'm also really proud at the same time," Voss said. "I thought our players were really brave right through the whole night. It hurts. It was an important game for us and we didn't quite get it right in the end. "But as far as the whole game goes, I just thought the boys played really brave, played a really great style of footy and it's something we want to keep replicating.

"You find one extra mark, you win one extra contest. Some of the structure was there, but just some of the detail we need to be able to finish off the game, we just couldn't get that right in the last two minutes. As a result, that affected the game. "It was a high-pressure game, it certainly had a finals feel about it, and we brought a brand of footy that stacks up. So I'd like for us to do that again." Voss termed next week's match against Collingwood as "effectively an elimination final", and said Adam Cerra – who was a late withdrawal, having suffered adductor tightness after Thursday's training – was a chance to return. Cerra's absence meant Sam Docherty was thrown into the midfield, where the ever-steady half-back flanker matched it with the likes of Clayton Oliver and Angus Brayshaw. "We had to try some different things in the game. You walk away looking at that as a real positive, so we know he brings enormous run, he was able to get on the outside and he's a great leader. "He had a great impact. I thought (Will) Setterfield also played through the middle as well, not just on the wing, he took a great match-up there. So we walked away with a couple of real positives. "The mids were somewhat undermanned and were playing against a really good midfield, but I thought they boxed away and battled hard and I felt like our pressure around the footy for most of the night was really impressive."


B: 33 Lewis Young 23 Jacob Weitering 13 Liam Stocker
HB: 22 Caleb Marchbank 11 Mitch McGovern 42 Adam Saad
C: 46 Matt Cottrell 9 Patrick Cripps (c) 25 Zac Fisher
HF: 18 Sam Walsh 10 Harry McKay 1 Jack Silvagni
F: 44 Matt Owies 30 Charlie Curnow 21 Jack Martin
Ruck: 27 Marc Pittonet 43 Will Setterfield 15 Sam Docherty
Interchange: 3 Jesse Motlop 4 Lochie O'Brien 19 Corey Durdin
32 Jack Newnes
Medical Substitute: 2 Paddy Dow
Coach: Michael Voss
Emergencies: 5 Adam Cerra 17 Brodie Kemp 12 Tom De Koning

Medi-sub: Paddy Dow (unused).

In: Liam Stocker, Marc Pittonet.
Out: Adam Cerra (adductor), Tom De Koning (omitted).

Interesting Fact

Goal-kicking: With his 3 goals, Martin became our 9th double figure goal kicker for the year.


10 - Jake Melksham (MELB)
7 - Sam Docherty (CARL)
5 - Angus Brayshaw (MELB)
3 - Max Gawn (MELB)
2 - Clayton Oliver (MELB)
2 - Lewis Young (CARL)
1 - Patrick Cripps (CARL)

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