Final Score - Adelaide 4.11.7 (109) d Carlton 2.13.10 (106)
Adelaide held on to win by three points after being overrun for much of the last quarter in spite of building a 30-point advantage at the final change.
Taylor Walker kicked five goals, two of them supergoals, while Scott Thompson collected 26 possessions and Bernie Vince 21.
Kane Lucas kicked three goals for the Blues while Brock McLean had 24 possessions and two goals, one of them a Supergoal.
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Tonight's match ensures the winner of Collingwood v Brisbane will play in the NAB Cup final.
Carlton's percentage was tonight bumped down to 141.55%
- The loser of Collingwood v Brisbane will miss the final
- North Melbourne needs to beat Geelong and overtake either Carlton's percentage or the percentage of the winner of Collingwood v Brisbane.
- Geelong needs to beat North Melbourne by enough to overtake Carlton and better the percentage of Richmond, St Kilda and the loser of Collingwood v Brisbane.
- Richmond needs Geelong to beat North Melbourne. Can make the NAB Cup final by beating Hawthorn by enough to overtake the percentage of Carlton, Geelong, North Melbourne, St Kilda and the loser of Collingwood v Brisbane.
- St Kilda needs Geelong to beat North Melbourne. Can make the NAB Cup final by beating Melbourne by enough to overtake the percentage of Carlton, Geelong, North Melbourne, Richmond and the loser of Collingwood v Brisbane.
FULL TIME - ADE 4.11.7 (109) CAR 2.13.10 (106) - Adelaide hold on by three points in a result that keeps the NAB Cup hopes alive for a number of teams.
22.41 - ADE 4.11.7 (109) CAR 2.13.10 (106) - Carlton were breaking down the wing through Garlett...but Jaensch ran him down and caught him holding the ball! It was a 50m penalty too after the free kick was won. Surely a match-winner with only 30 seconds to go.
21.05 - ADE 4.11.7 (109) CAR 2.13.10 (106) - Yarran runs in to an open goal after Adelaide couldn't clear their lines! Just 1.23 to go on the count-down clock and the Blues are within a kick.
19.55 - ADE 4.11.7 (109) CAR 2.12.10 (100) - He was threatening, and now Andrew Walker has taken an unbelievable hanger! He lets himself down with the kick by pushing his set shot across the face...but expect to see the mark on replay!
18.33 - ADE 4.11.7 (109) CAR 2.12.9 (99) - Carlton pressing for the win now...Armfield goes long to the hot-spot where Walker couldn't mark and roving his own drop produces a high up-and-under snap, which falls short...Adelaide clear, down to 3.00 to go in the game.
15.02 - ADE 4.11.7 (109) CAR 2.12.9 (99) - Carrazzo kicks a running goal! Now fully bandaged around the face, he puts Carlton back within 10 points with a strike from 45m.
14.18 - ADE 4.11.7 (109) CAR 2.11.9 (93) - Big attempt at a mark from Andrew Walker! The 2011 Mark Of The Year winner flew over a pack of three but couldn't hold the grab.
10.22 - ADE 4.11.7 (109) CAR 2.11.9 (93) - Great tackle from Eddie Betts to catch Reilly, who was steadying for a running shot on goal 45m out!
8.25 - ADE 4.11.7 (109) CAR 2.11.9 (93) - Hampson goals! Pops it through from the square after roving the spill 15m out from goal. Did Adelaide switch off mentally at three-quarter time? A Carlton win tonight will officially eliminate Geelong, Richmond and St Kilda from the NAB Cup final calculations.
7.14 - ADE 4.11.7 (109) CAR 2.10.9 (87) - Andrew Walker marks 45m from goal on an acute angle...he hooked the set shot across the face and it hit the far post! Carlton dominating the early stages of the final quarter.
6.19 - ADE 4.11.7 (109) CAR 2.10.8 (86) - Andrew Carrazzo has battled a blood nose all night and has again been ordered to the bench with the blood rule
5.11 - ADE 4.11.7 (109) CAR 2.10.8 (86) - So close for Andrew Walker! He juggled a mark in the goalsquare but couldn't pull it in as he tumbled to the deck.
3.11 - ADE 4.11.7 (109) CAR 2.10.8 (86) - Heath Scotland goals on the run to get Carlton back within four regular goals
0.56 - ADE 4.11.7 (109) CAR 2.9.8 (80) - Yarran attempted a nine-pointer but his shot slid across the face and hit the post! Adelaide has subbed out Dangerfield for Brodie Martin, while Carlton replaced Aaron Joseph and Michael Jamison with Frazer Dale and Simon White in the dying stages of the third quarter.
Q4 - ADE 4.11.7 (109) CAR 2.9.7 (79) - Action underway in the last with Adelaide up by 30 points
A Crows win of the current margin (30 points) or greater will leave the door ajar for Geelong, Richmond and St Kilda to sneak into the NAB Cup final, while a Carlton loss by any margin will mean the winner of Collingwood v Brisbane is guaranteed to make the final.
3QT - ADE 4.11.7 (109) CAR 2.9.7 (79) - Taylor Walker will be getting Crows fans excited with his pre-season form, with two supergoals, five goals total and 14 possessions so far.
Scott Thompson leads all possession winners with 23, followed by Dangerfield (16), Vince and Reilly (15) and then Lucas, Curnow, Carrazzo, Mackay and Taylor Walker (all 14).
Kane Lucas has kicked three goals for Carlton while Armfield, Robinson and McLean (one supergoal, one regular) are Carlton's multiple goal-kickers.
Carlton's percentage has been bumped down to 129.22%, which now trails Brisbane (143.18) and Collingwood (129.85) but still leads North Melbourne (111.24).
3QT - ADE 4.11.7 (109) CAR 2.9.7 (79) - A big burst from the Crows has Carlton in trouble of defeat but also needing to fight hard to protect its percentage in the final term to make the NAB Cup final.
22.55 - ADE 4.11.6 (108) CAR 2.9.7 (79) - Taylor Walker marked on the lead 45m out...and leaned back on another goal! Walker's purple patch may well have put the game to bed. The big question now is how hard Carlton will fight to limit the damage and protect a spot in the NAB Cup final?
19.45 - ADE 4.11.5 (102) CAR 2.9.7 (79) - Another supergoal! Wright marked 48m from goal, walked back and Taylor Walker was free to run around the back and unleash a shot from 60m after the quick hand-off. Another monster kick from Tex and his second supergoal of the night.
19.00 - ADE 3.11.5 (93) CAR 2.9.7 (79) - Sloane pushes a 40m set shot across the face
16.45 - ADE 3.10.5 (92) CAR 2.9.7 (79) - Andrew Walker won the ball 65m from goal and with an open 50m arc had a choice of nine or running in...he loaded up for nine but his shot was always wide to the right, bouncing through.
15.56 - ADE 3.10.5 (92) CAR 2.9.6 (78) - Instant reply from the Blues! Armfield broke at 55m and rather than attempt nine, he straightened up, ran to 45m out and put through a perfect shot. A lifeline for the Blues with 5.22 left in the third term.
14.56 - ADE 3.10.5 (92) CAR 2.8.6 (72) - Big goal from Bernie Vince! He loaded up from a standing start after a hand-off from Henderson...and even though the ball bounced in the goalsquare, McLean's desperate dive was not enough to get a spoiling touch. Could that be the gamebreaker for the Crows?
12.59 - ADE 2.10.5 (83) CAR 2.8.6 (72) - Crouch marked on the lead from Mackay...his 35m set shot from a slight angle is true and Adelaide are getting a small break on the scoreboard.
11.00 - ADE 2.9.5 (77) CAR 2.8.6 (72) - Petrenko was subbed off for Shaw. Andrew Walker gave away a clumsy free kick for high contact...enough to attract the attention of the MRP?
9.45 - ADE 2.9.5 (77) CAR 2.8.6 (72) - Mitch Robinson roves the ball off a big pack 25m out from goal and has an uncontested run into an open goal. Sam Shaw has been subbed in for the Crows.
7.18 - ADE 2.9.5 (77) CAR 2.7.6 (66) - Van Berlo goals on the run after strong play from Josh Jenkins! Adelaide tumbled the ball inside 50m...it was spoiled off the last line of defence to about 20m out, where Jenkins showed strength to pick up the ball, avoid the tacklers and feed a hand-pass to Van Berlo.
6.27 - ADE 2.8.5 (71) CAR 2.7.6 (66) - Carrazzo marked an attempted Adelaide clearance from deep in defence...but he put his 35m set shot wide to the near side.
3.59 - ADE 2.8.5 (71) CAR 2.7.5 (65) - Simpson appeared to have the sit running with the flight into an empty attacking 50m arc, but the bounce was not favourable and Henderson was able to pressure his kick off the ground...which went through for a point.
3.26 - ADE 2.8.5 (71) CAR 2.7.4 (64) - Johncock marks again, this time on the lead...but his set shot from 45m slides across the face for a point.
1.28 - ADE 2.8.4 (70) CAR 2.7.4 (64) - Johncock appeared to place his hands square in the back of his opponent but the umpire paid his mark! No mistakes from the set shot and Adelaide get the fast start in the second half.
START Q3 - ADE 2.7.4 (64) CAR 2.7.4 (64) - Carlton has subbed off Warnock at the start of the second half with Heath Scotland coming on.
HALF TIME - ADE 2.7.4 (64) CAR 2.7.4 (64) - Scott Thompson slowed down in that quarter but still leads all comers by some way with 17 touches to half time.
Brent Reilly (12), Bernie Vince, Brock McLean and Ed Curnow (all 11) are players in double-figure disposals.
Taylor Walker has two goals and a supergoal, while Josh Jenkins is the Crows' other multiple goal-kicker.
Carlton's Kane Lucas has three goals, while Brock McLean has one supergoal and one other goal.
Carlton's percentage is still a NAB Cup-leading 154.
HALF TIME - ADE 2.7.4 (64) CAR 2.7.4 (64) - Superb entertainment in the first half but no closer to finding a winner. The exchange of nine-pointers late in the quarter has turned this match into a particularly high-scoring contest for a pre-season game with shortened quarters.
Adelaide appeared to be escaping on the scoreboard but a Supergoal from Brock McLean was a key part of Carlton's surge back into the match.
22.11 - ADE 2.7.4 (64) CAR 2.7.4 (64) - And the instant reply for Carlton! Murphy read the ball best off hands from a marking contest 55m from goal, running around onto his right to open up the angle and send a long shot through for another nine pointer! Adelaide's advantage cancelled out in a minute.
21.39 - ADE 2.7.4 (64) CAR 1.7.4 (55) - Carlton can't clear their lines from the kick-in, with Walker roving the spill inside 50m, passing out to Jacobs just outside the arc...and he roosts a nine pointer for Adelaide!
20.37 - ADE 1.7.4 (55) CAR 1.7.4 (55) - Porplyzia puts a set shot from 40m wide to the right, levelling the scores.
17.23 - ADE 1.7.3 (54) CAR 1.7.4 (55) - Carlton got the quick clearance and Robinson was pushed out in the marking contest 40m from goal. He goes back and puts through a set shot goal to put the Blues back in front. It was a tough call on Jaensch for the free who appeared to contest Robinson in the side, not the back.
16.30 - ADE 1.7.3 (54) CAR 1.6.4 (49) - Walker marked 60m out after a dashing run through the centre from Van Berlo...he turned, unleashed a long shot and sailed through a nine pointer! Crows back in front.
15.23 - ADE 7.3 (45) CAR 1.6.4 (49) - Hampson played on quickly when the opportunity for a free-kick set shot was available...but he sprayed it out of bounds on the full!
8.23 - ADE 7.2 (44) CAR 1.5.4 (43) - Hampson took an inspiring contested mark 25m out from goal but his set shot from a slight angle is a howler, well wide to the near side.
7.21 - ADE 7.2 (44) CAR 1.5.3 (42) - McLean got the ball front-and-square after a Carlton clearance and set sail from outside 50m...and it made the distance for nine! First supergoal of the night goes Carlton's way and takes a big chunk out of the deficit.
4.40 - ADE 7.2 (44) CAR 5.3 (33) - Kane Lucas kicks his third goal of the night, 48m out on the run. But Eddie Betts' control of the ball, pick-up and pass to set Lucas through was absolute class. As good a goal assist as you will see!
3.46 - ADE 7.2 (44) CAR 4.3 (27) - Taylor Walker kicks his second of the match after Crouch's kick out of traffic fell 40m out. Walker's shot was a little wobbly but still split the middle to continue Adelaide's accurate start in front of goal.
START Q2 - ADE 6.2 (38) CAR 3.2 (26) - Second term underway with Adelaide holding a two-goal advantage. Ian Callinan has been substituted out with a knock on the knee for Adelaide. Graham Johncock is into the game, with Sam Shaw and Brodie Martin still to be activated. Carlton has Zach Tuohy, Heath Scotland and Frazer Dale still in the green vest.
QTR TIME - ADE 6.2 (38) CAR 3.2 (26) - Scott Thompson leads all players with 11 possessions, with Carrazzo, McLean and Garlett on seven touches each leading the Blues. Josh Jenkins and Kane Lucas kicked two goals each in that quarter.
Carlton's percentage has been bumped down to 157.53, still better than that of the other three unbeaten teams, Collingwood (129.85), Brisbane (143.18) and North Melbourne (111.24)
QTR TIME - ADE 6.2 (38) CAR 3.2 (26) - Adelaide controlled much of the quarter but couldn't put it on the scoreboard until mid-way through the term. Armfield's late goal keeps Carlton in touch.
25.55 - ADE 6.2 (38) CAR 3.2 (26) - Armfield kicks a running goal from 45m after Carlton won the clearance at a boundary throw-in.
24.11 - ADE 6.2 (38) CAR 3.2 (20) - Armfield catches Dangerfield holding the ball for the second time in the game! Dangerfield in full flight is a great sight but Armfield has denied him in spectacular fashion on two occasions in this quarter.
23.25 - ADE 6.2 (38) CAR 3.2 (20) - A loose hand-pass from Jamison misses Duigan and spills into the corridor of the defensive 50m...Jenkins accepts the gift and runs into an open goal to kick his second of the night.
22.00 - ADE 5.2 (32) CAR 3.2 (20) - Adelaide has used its 20 interchanges for the quarter...still 2.45 to go on the count-down clock. A window of opportunity for the Blues?
20.50 - ADE 5.2 (32) CAR 3.2 (20) - Douglas extends Adelaide's lead with a 45m set shot goal. Adelaide's control of clearances is now starting to show on the scoreboard.
19.10 - ADE 4.2 (26) CAR 3.2 (20) - The video review returns the decision to the goal-umpire, who signals a goal. Crows re-take the lead.
18.15 - ADE 3.2 (20) CAR 3.2 (20) - Taylor Walker snaps what appears to be a goal out of traffic in the Adelaide goalsquare but the umpires want to review after Yarran closed in an attempt to smother
16.10 - ADE 3.2 (20) CAR 3.2 (20) - Carlton breaks out of the centre but Garlett's attempt from wide on the 50m arc slides wide to the near side, levelling the scores
14.33 - ADE 3.2 (20) CAR 3.1 (19) - The game is definitely a step-up on what many would consider pre-season pace...Crouch was flowing through the centre square and sent a high ball over the top to Petrenko running with the flight...he marked on the edge of the goalsquare and converted a short-range snap. Another lead change in an end-to-end first quarter!
12.38 - ADE 2.2 (14) CAR 3.1 (19) - Adelaide coughed up the ball after a chain of hand-passes at the top of the defensive 50m arc...Jeff Garlett swooped to pick up, dodge a tackle on the 50m arc and then run to 45m and goal.
11.24 - ADE 2.2 (14) CAR 2.1 (13) - Carlton's turn to go end-to-end...a mark on the defensive goal-line is followed by a flowing move and Kane Lucas running in to convert from 20m out. Adelaide is controlling the clearance battle but Carlton's rebound out of the backline has been impressive.
9.18 - ADE 2.2 (14) CAR 1.1 (7) - Kade Simpson misses for Carlton from 25m out on the run...Adelaide capitalises by taking the ball end to end, with Scott Thompson's kick over the top sitting for Jenkins who runs to 15m out and dribbles through a goal from a slight angle.
7.35 - ADE 1.2 (8) CAR 1.0 (6) - Talia and Kreuzer were isolated in Carlton's forward 50m as the ball broke from midfield, but the 2012 Rising Star was clever to corral Kreuzer and force a ball-up.
5.46 - ADE 1.2 (8) CAR 1.0 (6) - Dangerfield immediately makes up for his error in the back half by marking uncontested and converting his set shot from mid-range.
3.23 - ADE 0.2 (2) CAR 1.0 (6) - Carlton kick the first goal through Kane Lucas after Armfield catches Dangerfield who was trying to run out of defensive 50m. He underestimated Armfield's pace and got caught cold...leaving Lucas to swoop on a loose ball 25m from goal.
1.20 - ADE 0.1 (1) CAR 0.0 (0) - Adelaide gets the first score of the night, off hands after a long kick from wide on the boundary
START - ADE 0.0 (0) CAR 0.0 (0) - Action underway at AAMI Stadium as Carlton try to qualify for the NAB Cup final
Adelaide is wearing its customary home kit of predominantly blue with blue, red and yellow hoops, blue shorts and hooped socks while Carlton is wearing its change strip of predominantly white, with a navy blue segment around the waist, white shorts and blue socks.
Carlton has had the tightest defence through three NAB Cup games so far, conceding 110 points, while Adelaide's 130 points for is 13th in the league.
In tonight's early game Essendon was a big winner against GWS Giants, 1.16.14 (119) to 4.4 (28) at Manuka Oval in Canberra.
Brownlow Medallist Jobe Watson racked up 31 possessions for the Bombers, Brent Stanton 27 and Brendon Goddard 26, while Paddy Ryder kicked three goals on a night where the team shared the scoring load.
GWS' bright-spots in the heavy defeat were a 21-touch game for Toby Greene and two goals for forward Sam Frost.
The win lifts two-and-two Essendon to fifth on the NAB Cup ladder, bested only by the quartet of unbeaten teams that can still quailfy for the final.
Carlton enter this match best placed to make the final with three wins from three and 185.45 per-cent, the best record in the NAB Cup to date.
Either defeat or even a narrow win could leave the Blues vulnerable to being overtaken by North Melbourne (vs Geelong) and the winner of Collingwood v Brisbane.
Adelaide has a one-win, two-loss record and has so far been outscored by 73 points in the NAB Cup to date.