FULL TIME - Collingwood 13.13 (91) defeated Carlton 11.10 (76)
Collingwood controlled the scoreboard and dominated the stats but still needed a late Steele Sidebottom goal to secure victory against Carlton at the MCG on Sunday night.
Carlton trailed by 23 points at the last change and had closed to within nine points when Ben Kennedy picked off a cross-field pass from Ed Curnow and handed off to Steele Sidebottom, who booted the back-breaking goal.
Sidebottom collected 33 possessions and kicked two goals while Dane Swan (30), Taylor Adams (27) and Scott Pendlebury (24, two goals) were other high ball winners.
Curnow (28 touches), Chris Judd (27) and Kade Simpson (26) were Carlton's top ball winners.
Mitch Robinson was reported for striking Taylor Adams while Dayne Beams was reported for an incident where he appeared to strike Ed Curnow.
Jamie Elliott left the game with a suspected upper leg injury.
The crowd at the MCG for the Sunday night game was 40,936.
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FULL TIME - COLL 13.13 (91) CARL 11.10 (76)
Siren denies Daisy Thomas a mark inside forward 50m. All over and Collingwood win!
Boos ring around the MCG.
Q4 31.00 - COLL 13.13 (91) CARL 11.10 (76)
The fans here are getting a "Coll-Ing-Woooood" chant going.
Young breaks off half back but the umpire busts him for running 15m without a bounce.
Q4 29.00 - COLL 13.13 (91) CARL 11.10 (76)
Just 1.35 to go now.
Ball in dispute on half back for Collingwood.
Out for a boundary throw-in.
Q4 27.00 - COLL 13.13 (91) CARL 11.10 (76)
Hospital kick across the face of goal from Curnow!
He was looking for Simpson in the corridor but it was picked off easily by Kennedy!
He hands off to Sidebottom 45m out from goal...Sidebottom kicks it into a vacant goalsquare where it bounces through!
What a way to lose it!
What a way for Sidebottom to win it!
Just 2.28 to go.
Q4 26.30 - COLL 12.13 (85) CARL 11.10 (76)
Carlton going forward...Everitt snaps it from the top of 50m to the goalsquare...Menzel is one on two and can't take possession under pressure.
Collingwood clear around the wing.
Cloke with a big mark to relieve pressure!
Cloke drives it to the forward 50m...Macaffer buried but no free for in the back.
Kennedy picks up the ball and hands it to Beams who goes to the goalsquare.
Players wrestling over a loose ball...Judd comes away with the ball and gets it outside defensive 50m.
Free kick to Carlton on half back.
Q4 25.00 - COLL 12.13 (85) CARL 11.10 (76)
Series of stoppages in Carlton's forward 50m.
Ball scrambled outside 50m and wrapped up for another bounce.
4.22 to go.
Q4 22.45 - COLL 12.13 (85) CARL 11.10 (76)
Tonight's crowd is 40,936. The smallest Carlton-Collingwood MCG crowd since 1921.
The cynic in me suggests we'll be watching this game at Etihad Stadium next year then!
Q4 21.45 - COLL 12.13 (85) CARL 11.10 (76)
Docherty scrambles the ball from the right forward pocket to Menzel in the corridor!
Just four possessions for Menzel tonight so hopefully he's warm!
He's only 20m out in front...Menzel kicks the goal!
The Blues are getting close! 6.01 to go on the count-down clock.
Q4 20.30 - COLL 12.13 (85) CARL 10.10 (70)
Some willing tackles on the half-forward flank for Collingwood.
Pies perhaps unlucky not to get a free on a couple of occasions, it's wrapped up for a bounce.
Carlton clear from the stoppage via Murphy.
Q4 18.30 - COLL 12.13 (85) CARL 10.10 (70)
Ball pinging end to end.
Collingwood's delivery lacking.
Carlton with a high hopeful ball...spoiled and picked off by Keefe...Collingwood rebound through the corridor.
Seedsman goes for it from the top of 50m...bounces at top of the goalsquare.
Young smothers an attempted clearance from Tuohy and it's out for a throw at the Pies' end.
Q4 14.00 - COLL 12.13 (85) CARL 10.10 (70)
Yarran into the forward 50m...marked by Henderson!
20m out on a slight angle...he does his best to miss it...but it scrapes in!
Two goals in quick succession for Carlton!
They've let it get to the absolute limit but with 11.10 to go there's time if they're good enough.
Q4 12.45 - COLL 12.13 (85) CARL 9.10 (64)
Murphy gives Carlton a lifeline!
Great play from Robinson to intercept Collingwood's clearing kick and hand off to his captain 20m out.
Robinson picked off Jesse White's kick to win back the ball.
Q4 10.30 - COLL 12.13 (85) CARL 8.10 (58)
Dwyer delivers to Beams leading out...he marks on the paint of 50m on a 45-degree angle.
Beams' only thought is of a set shot.
He tries his luck from 52m....across the face for a behind.
Q4 8.45 - COLL 12.12 (84) CARL 8.10 (58)
Pendlebury is swung 360 degrees in a tackle but it never pinned his arms...he keeps his balance after breaking the tackle, hands off to Young, who snaps a goal from 25m out!
That should be the sealer!
Pendlebury got given all the time in the world to get the ball away and he made Carlton pay.
Q4 6.30 - COLL 11.12 (78) CARL 8.10 (58)
Quick ball movement for Collingwood through the middle...Thomas passes to Beams!
Beams lines up 45m out...and kicks the goal!
Collingwood restore their advantage. Henderson's miss exacerbated by Beams holding his nerve!
Q4 5.00 - COLL 10.12 (72) CARL 8.10 (58)
Yarran receives a releasing handball to run through the corridor and deliver...to Henderson! He gave Keefe the slip on the lead!
Henderson lines up 40m out on a slight angle...and hits the post! A bad miss!
Q4 3.00 - COLL 10.12 (72) CARL 8.9 (57)
Carlton free kick, here it comes!
And 50m penalty for mouthing off against Keefe!
Henderson is walked to the goalsquare...and puts it through!
It was a soft free kick but Carlton will take it!
Q4 2.00 - COLL 10.12 (72) CARL 7.9 (51)
Docherty now with an ambitious attempt from the boundary line in the left pocket. Another behind.
Q4 1.15 - COLL 10.12 (72) CARL 7.8 (50)
Curnow snaps a point from the left forward pocket. That would have been the perfect start for Carlton.
Q4 START - COLL 10.12 (72) CARL 7.7 (49)
It was eight goals to four in the final term last time these teams played. It's probably asking a bit much to hope for even half that tonight.
3QT - COLL 10.12 (72) CARL 7.7 (49)
Collingwood extended their lead in the third term as the game descended into an arm-wrestle.
The Pies are working harder with and without the ball, 112-98 in contested possessions and 64-42 in tackles.
Collingwood is also dominating inside-50s with 46 to Carlton's 25.
Dane Swan leads all comers with 25 possessions, from Steele Sidebottom (23 and a goal) Taylor Adams (22) and Scott Pendlebury (18, 2 goals).
Chris Judd is the high man for Carlton with 22, followed by Kade Simpson on 21.
Brock McLean has had just five possessions for the match while Marc Murphy has been held to 12.
3QT - COLL 10.12 (72) CARL 7.7 (49)
Collingwood win the quarter by a goal.
Q3 28.00 - COLL 10.12 (72) CARL 7.7 (49)
Macaffer passes short into attacking 50m to Josh Thomas...not 15m!
Kennedy is swarmed and buried by three Carlton players.
Sidebottom roves it best at the stoppage and kicks a goal from 30m out!
Just 33 seconds left in the quarter and Sidebottom makes Carlton pay!
Q3 26.15 - COLL 9.12 (66) CARL 7.7 (49)
Kennedy with a good high mark on the wing...but kicks it into the corridor straight to Johnson!
Carlton rebounding through the corridor now.
But a poor kick from Johnson is high to a one-on-two with the one McLean out-marked by Sidebottom.
Collingwood go end-to-end but Beams' snap from the forward pocket bounces through for a point.
Q3 23.15 - COLL 9.11 (65) CARL 7.7 (49)
Consecutive free kicks get Carlton into shooting range!
The first was for the first-gamer Johnson as he was buried in the back by a tackle.
His high ball drew another free as Lumumba was penalised for jumping over Casboult!
Levi lines up 35m out on a slight angle...hooked it a mile out of bounds on the full! His arc style doomed that from the beginning, he was facing exactly where he kicked it!
Top 10 at least...
Armfield, you're my favourite Dennis behind Cometti, Farina, Franz, Wilson, Rodman, Quaid, Hopper, and The Menace. #AFLPiesBlues— Higgo (@Higgo74) June 29, 2014
Q3 19.45 - COLL 9.11 (65) CARL 7.7 (49)
Bryce Gibbs marks on the paint of 50m...his set shot falls well short in the forward pocket...rushed through for a behind.
Q3 19.00 - COLL 9.11 (65) CARL 7.6 (48)
Dennis Armfield has been handed the red vest and first-gamer Blaine Johnson is on.
Armfield had just three handballs and two tackles.
Q3 15.00 - COLL 9.11 (65) CARL 7.6 (48)
Adams delivers into forward 50m for Ball sliding on for a mark!
Cloke blatantly pushed out Jamison in the build-up but there was no call. Two hands and full force square in the back!
Ball kicks the goal from 45m! Collingwood pull away.
Q3 13.30 - COLL 8.11 (59) CARL 7.6 (48)
A 50m penalty on the wing brings Murphy to within shooting distance 30m out...he shanks it and can't make the distance! Marked on the line by Frost and Collingwood break away.
Q3 12.15 - COLL 8.10 (58) CARL 7.6 (48)
Jamie Elliott has been handed the rest vest and Ben Kennedy is on.
It could be a groin or quad issue for the Pies forward.
Elliott kicked just a behind and collected only five possessions before being subbed out.
Q3 9.15 - COLL 8.10 (58) CARL 7.6 (48)
Daisy Thomas kicks a long point from the left forward pocket. Now it's Carlton's turn to pepper the goals without reward.
Given how often umpire reports make it to the tribunal compared to MRP sightings this is probably actually a good thing.
Q3 7.45 - COLL 8.10 (58) CARL 7.5 (47)
Replays show Daisy Thomas trying to bump Dane Swan high...as Swan lost his footing and was no his way to the ground.
There barely appeared to be any contact but with two high profile players it'll doubtlessly be looked at by the MRP...but it shouldn't be enough to draw a sanction.
Q3 5.30 - COLL 8.8 (56) CARL 7.3 (45)
Scragging at a stoppage...replays show Curnow copping one in the stomach from Beams.
No camera angles show the point of impact.
Unlikely to be cited by the MRP.
Q3 1.15 - COLL 8.8 (56) CARL 7.3 (45)
Stoppage on half forward for Carlton...Warnock to Judd...to Everitt 40m out on the run...a good set play goal! Carlton strike first!
HALF TIME - COLL 8.8 (56) CARL 6.3 (39)
Collingwood has double the number of inside-50s of the blues, 34 to 17, and leads tackles 39-28 and contested possessions 72-70.
Dane Swan leads all players with 17 touches while Sam Dwyer, Chris Judd and Mitch Robinson all have 16, Taylor Adams and Bryce Gibbs 15.
Scott Pendlebury has two goals from 11 touches, there are no other multiple goal-kickers on the ground.
HALF TIME - COLL 8.8 (56) CARL 6.3 (39)
The Blues have a foothold in the game. Plenty of intrigue for the second half!
Q2 25.45 - COLL 8.8 (56) CARL 6.3 (39)
Yarran breaks off half back with two bounces to launch a Carlton attack.
He can't hit a target but Carlton are putting on pressure at the top of 50m.
Robinson picks up the ball and takes a flying shot! But it bends wide left.
1.29 until half time.
Q2 23.00 - COLL 8.8 (56) CARL 6.2 (38)
Daisy Thomas roves in the forward pocket and kicks a goal for Carlton!
The Blues still hanging in there.
Thomas gets some boos but it's nowhere near as venomous as the round seven meeting.
Q2 17.45 - COLL 8.8 (56) CARL 5.2 (32)
Dwyer with a pass from the corridor to a leading Witts!
Witts shoots 48m out on a slight angle...he got all of it, through for a goal!
Collingwood keeping an arms-length lead.
Q2 16.45 - COLL 7.8 (50) CARL 5.2 (32)
A bit of heat in the game now as Carlton resist a Collingwood attack on the lats line of defence!
Carlton sweep end-to-end but Henderson is tackled as he tried the impossible 50m out on the boundary and the ball slews out of bounds.
Q2 13.30 - COLL 7.8 (50) CARL 5.2 (32)
Great tackling pressure from Carlton at the top of 50m after the ball hit the deck.
Murphy extracts the ball and Docherty gets a clean possession to a running Gibbs!
Gibbs breaks into forward 50m and kicks a goal!
It's 25 inside-50s to 12 but it's Carlton kicking goals in this second quarter!
Q2 12.15 - COLL 7.7 (49) CARL 4.2 (26)
Adams spots up Cloke on the lead into the left forward pocket now.
Cloke is on the wrong side for a left-footer hard up against the boundary.
The kick is close but just wide of the near (left) post for a behind.
Q2 9.00 - COLL 7.5 (47) CARL 4.2 (26)
Henderson with a clever handball to play through Brock McLean...who runs into an open goal!
Carlton chipping away at the deficit.
Nathan Buckley on the bench with literally a hands-on chat with Jesse White. He held him the entire time, looking in the eyes, speaking very calmly. Safe to say last week's spray of Keefe and the media heat for doing it has had an impact on the Pies coach.
Q2 8.15 - COLL 7.5 (47) CARL 3.2 (20)
Lumumba runs to 50m out and kicks a long ball...into the right post.
Q2 6.30 - COLL 7.3 (45) CARL 3.2 (20)
Casboult going back with the flight, Keefe challenging from behind...Casboult marks!
Keefe went for the mark, not the spoil and Casboult had the better grip!
Casboult goals from 20m out in front.
He's got an ungainly arc style for such a regulation set shot but all that matters is the six points.
Laser beams? Really? Come on. Get a life. #AFLPiesBlues — Jacqui Reed (@JacquiAReed) June 29, 2014
Q2 3.15 - COLL 7.3 (45) CARL 2.2 (14)
Cloke leads Jamison to the ball and marks with arms extended to haul in a good pass from Sidebottom!
Cloke is 45m out on an acute angle...Cloke wheels out on his left foot...and it's going through post-high!
Cloke on the board and Collingwood out to a 31-point lead!
Channel 7 replays suggesting that a pest in the crowd is shining a lazer pointer at the field.
Q2 START - COLL 6.3 (39) CARL 2.2 (14)
With no Wimbledon tonight the neutral can only hope for a Carlton comeback for a bit of sporting theatre before Netherlands-Mexico at 2am.
Even 3G is voting with its feet....
QTR TIME - COLL 6.3 (39) CARL 2.2 (14)
Collingwood's statistical domination is being reflected on the scoreboard at the first change. The Pies have 36 more total possessions, lead inside-50s 19-5, contested possessions 39-33, tackles 17-14 and clearances 8-5.
It's red alert in every category for the Blues.
Sam Dwyer and Dane Swan have nine touches each while Scott Pendlebury has two goals from his seven possessions.
Bryce Gibbs leads the Blues with seven touches and Chris Judd, Chris Yarran and Kade Simpson are all on six.
Q1 on siren - COLL 6.3 (39) CARL 2.2 (14)
Cloke is the hit-up target 55m out.
He goes wide into the forward pocket...Young marks on the lead just as it was going out of bounds!
Young looks into the corridor...and picks out Goldsack who marks one-on-one against Curnow!
Goldsack lines up 30m out in front...siren sounds as he's in his run-up but he's unaffected...Goldsack puts it through for a goal!
That one stings on the quarter-time break!
Q1 27.30 - COLL 5.3 (33) CARL 2.2 (14)
Judd with a tumbling kick on goal from 20m...plucked by Beams on the goal-line.
Beams is under pressure and his clearing kick is shanked straight to Everitt!
Everitt lines up 50m out on a 45-degree angle...he's got the journey...and the accuracy! Carlton goal with 1.46 to go before quarter time!
Q1 25.30 - COLL 5.3 (33) CARL 1.2 (8)
Cloke can't mark in the forward 50m but Blair is first to the spill at ground level...wrestling it free as he's tackled...it spills into the forward pocket to Dwyer who taps it on...to Clinton Young 15m from goal who picks it up, runs in and kicks a goal!
Easy from close range for Young after his teammates did the hard work in and under!
An interesting take on the clash guernsey issue.
For those who are having trouble telling the jumpers apart - Collingwood have the ball ;) #AFLPiesBlues— Liza Binder (@LefthandLiza) June 29, 2014
Q1 23.45 - COLL 4.3 (27) CARL 1.2 (8)
High ball into forward 50m for Carlton...off hands and read best by Simpson!
He roves 30m out on a slight angle...snap around the corner on his right foot...wide to the near side. Should have done better with teh chance.
Q1 21.15 - COLL 4.3 (27) CARL 1.1 (7)
50m penalty for running over the mark against Warnock!
He just wouldn't come back 2m when the umpire was calling at him to do so!
It walks Keefe to 35m out directly in front....Keefe cashes in! A silly error from Carlton is punished to the maximum by Keefe!
Q1 19.45 - COLL 3.3 (21) CARL 1.1 (7)
Carlton try to go around the half-back flank but the kick to a contest is off hands to the deck.
Jesse White roves it and kicks to Jamie Elliott on the lead!
He's lining up 35m out against the right forward pocket boundary...he hits the near (right) post!
Andrew Walker went face-first into the ground in a marking contest in the previous passage of play but was able to bounce back up.
Q1 18.00 - COLL 3.2 (20) CARL 1.1 (7)
Collingwood 60 total possessions to Carlton 33. Ominous signs for Blues fans and the neutral.
Q1 16.15 - COLL 3.2 (20) CARL 1.1 (7)
Brent Macaffer has a set shot from distance but can only kick a point. Carlton sweep end to end but Casboult can't take clean possession and Frost is able to rush a behind. Points at both ends.
Q1 13.30 - COLL 3.1 (19) CARL 1.0 (6)
Mitch Robinson has been reported for striking Taylor Adams!
Collingwood free kick out of the middle without a centre bounce.
Robinson definitely swung his hand at Adams' face making contact, but Adams barely flinched and didn't go down or stage. It might end up being insufficient force.
Collingwood take the ball into attacking 50m where Dwyer missed from 30m on the run.
Q1 11.45 - COLL 3.0 (18) CARL 1.0 (6)
Pendlebury is deep in the forward pocket on Armfield under a high ball...Pendlebury extends the arms for a contested mark!
He's lining up in the left pocket 20m out on a tight angle...gun-barrel straight! Pendlebury kicks his second goal in as many minutes and Collingwood are off to a flyer.
Q1 10.30 - COLL 2.0 (12) CARL 1.0 (6)
Pendlebury snaps the ball out of the forward pocket for a goal after Carrazzo left it behind!
Carlton were trying to clear defensive 50m with a kick wide to the pocket but Pendlebury read the bounce best, picked it up and snapped around the corner from 30m on his left foot.
A high degree of difficulty made to look simple by Scott Pendlebury!
Speculation among the assembled media that the crowd at the MCG is about 40,000. The MCC was expecting 60,000 tonight.
Q1 6.00 - COLL 1.0 (6) CARL 1.0 (6)
Luke Ball is totally unchecked in the forward 50m and marks uncontested.
It looks good off the boot...but wait, the goal umpire wants to see if it shaved the post!
The replays are not exactly perfect vision, only three angles and all of them quite wide...pretty blurry...good luck overturning the call.
All clear given for a goal!
Q1 3.00 - COLL 0.0 (0) CARL 1.0 (6)
Free kick to Judd after Lumumba slung him in a tackle!
25m out from goal directly in front.
Mild boos from the crowd...no worry for Judd! He kicks the goal and puts Carlton on the board first!
Q1 2.00 - COLL 0.0 (0) CARL 0.0 (0)
Judd kicks to the advantage of Henderson...great spoil going back with the flight by Keefe to deny him!
Carlton defenders backtrack and tie up the ball for a ball-up.
And here we go with the most poorly-scheduled game in AFL history! #AFLPiesBlues — Rohan Connolly (@rohan_connolly) June 29, 2014
Q1 START - COLL 0.0 (0) CARL 0.0 (0)
Underway at a cold and wet MCG!
We're wearing black armbands in honour of John Nicholls' wife Janet, who sadly passed away yesterday after a long battle with illness. — Carlton FC (@CarltonFC) June 29, 2014
Rush hour in the changerooms. The players are donning the black armbands in honour of the late Tim Loveless pic.twitter.com/QfpbaJ6xI9 — Collingwood FC (@CollingwoodFC) June 29, 2014
Collingwood (6th, 8-5) cannot climb any higher tonight but can move to within a win of fourth-placed Fremantle (10-4) with a win tonight.
The Pies' percentage of 114 is still well short of the top four, the lowest being Fremantle's 132.
Defeat could drop Collingwood to seventh if its percentage takes enough damage to fall below North Melbourne (8-6, 110) but it is highly unlikely they will be beaten by enough to fall below eighth-placed Gold Coast (8-6, 1010.
Carlton (14th, 4-9) will climb above Richmond and the Western Bulldogs into 12th with a win by any margin tonight.
The Blues would still be three games and a considerable chunk of percentage out of the top eight.
Defeat is unlikely to drop Carlton below 15th-placed Melbourne (4-9) given Carlton's percentage is 87 and Melbourne's 78. Then again, Collingwood did lead by 56 points at three-quarter time in round 7 before a Carlton rally in junk time reduced the gap to just 34.
So here are the teams adjusted for the late changes.
B Paul Seedsman, Jack Frost, Alan Toovey
HB Josh Thomas, Lachlan Keeffe, Heritier Lumumba
C Steele Sidebottom, Dane Swan, Clinton Young
HF Tyson Goldsack, Jesse White, Brent Macaffer
F Jarryd Blair, Travis Cloke, Jamie Elliott
FOLL Jarrod Witts, Dayne Beams, Scott Pendlebury
I/C Sam Dwyer, Luke Ball, Taylor Adams, Ben Kennedy
B Sam Rowe, Michael Jamison, Andrew Walker
HB Sam Docherty, Andrejs Everitt, Kade Simpson
C Chris Yarran, Ed Curnow, Dale Thomas
HF Bryce Gibbs, Mitch Robinson, Brock McLean
F Chris Judd, Levi Casboult, Troy Menzel
FOLL Robert Warnock, Andrew Carrazzo, Marc Murphy
I/C Lachie Henderson, Blaine Johnson, Zach Tuohy, Dennis Armfield
LATE CHANGE for Collingwood with Tom Langdon out and Ben Kennedy in. Kennedy will get the green vest also.
It's Langdon's first game out for the season and a late change sure to enrage his fantasy football owners.
LATE CHANGE for Carlton with Simon White out and Dennis Armfield in.
Blaine Johnson will don the green vest on debut.
Around the grounds: Full time at Adelaide Oval and the Adelaide Crows are keeping the pressure on the bottom half of the top eight with a 14.15.99 to 10.16.76 win against ladder leader Port Adelaide.