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Live AFL blog: Carlton v Essendon

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Highly motivated arch-rival superpowers meet in front of a packed house in a sudden-death final, having not won a final between them since 2002. It is a recipe for nerves and drama, but once the game is underway, it is hard to believe the Blues won't prevail.

Carlton has more class and depth in its midfield, and the experience of having played in consecutive losing elimination finals, both narrow losses to worthy opponents. Their coach's tenure may rely upon them winning. Most Bomber players have only a 96-point thrashing at the hands of Adelaide in 2009 as a memory of finals, and they won three fewer games this year than the Blues, who were in contention for the top-four until late in the season.

 

 

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  • Go Blues by 30.

    Commenter
    James Turnley
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    September 11, 2011, 11:15AM
    • I'm with you James reckon the Blues can get past Essendon in a tight one. Windy here with a southernly going across the ground. No changes.

      Commenter
      Martin Blake
      Date and time
      September 11, 2011, 1:42PM
      • Welcome to The Age's blog of the Carlton-Essendon elimination final folks. Feel free to send in some comments; I'm happy to respond.

        Should be a terrific game. I've tipped Carlton on the basis of their great midfield, but they're vulnerable with some talls out of the side with injury. I sense that Essendon can have a free hit at this game having already jumped a few spots on the ladder and had an improved season.

        Conditions are pretty good but there's a strong southerly wind across the collosseum.

        No changes to either side.

        Commenter
        Martin Blake
        Date and time
        September 11, 2011, 1:45PM
        • Both Carlton and Essendon on the 'G' for warmups. Scoreboard has been showing old Essendon-Carlton finals, particularly the 1999 prelim (Fraser Brown tackle on Wallis). That one is always guaranteed to send the average Bomber fan into shudders.

          Personally I don't care who wins today.

          Interesting stat of the day: Essendon played at the MCG 8 times this year, for only one win.

          Commenter
          Martin Blake
          Date and time
          September 11, 2011, 2:02PM
          • First surprise of the day: Bryce Gibbs to start on the bench for Carlton. I reckon his year's been undersold; I've seen him play some fantastic roles on good opposition players. I thought he might have even gone to Jobe Watson today, although I guess Carrazzo would be in line for that.

            Carlton bench is Armfield, Gibbs, Ellard, Davies (sub)

            Essendon bench is Lovett-Murray, Reimers, Melksham, Colyer (sub)

            Commenter
            Martin Blake
            Date and time
            September 11, 2011, 2:18PM
            • O'Hailpin missed from 35, first big chance for Carlton, 2 mins, first quarter

              Commenter
              Martin Blake
              Date and time
              September 11, 2011, 2:43PM
              • Early matchups: Hocking to Judd, Howlett to Murphy, Carazzo to Watson, Henderson to Hurley, Jamison to Hille, Jetta to Yarran, Fletcher to Thorton.

                Yarran missed a sitter, Carlton all over the Bombers right now. 4 mins, first quarter

                Commenter
                Martin Blake
                Date and time
                September 11, 2011, 2:45PM
                • 1st quarter 7mins. GOAL to Essendon.

                  The Kid from Craigieburn, Jake Carlisle, marks a soccer kick forward from Nathan Lovett-Murray and converts from 40. Essendon by 1.

                  Frustrating for the Blues who've had five shots for five points and dominated the first few minutes.

                  My colleague STephen Milne (not the Saint) and I can see the goalposts moving in the wind from our high vantage point in the press box.

                   

                  Commenter
                  Martin Blake
                  Date and time
                  September 11, 2011, 2:50PM
                  • 10.00 First quarter GOAL to Essendon.

                    Kyle Reimers marks Dyson Heppell's slick pass and converts. Tthree entries for two goals for the Dons; Carlton have been wasteful and are paying now.

                    As a footnote, what about the poise of the Rising Star Heppell? Hit the target with no time to think.

                    Commenter
                    Martin Blake
                    Date and time
                    September 11, 2011, 2:52PM
                    • 12 mins, first quarter ESSENDON goal!

                      Angus Monfries left foot snap on the run, complete with fist pump.

                      That goal created by Paddy Ryder's rundown of Chris Yarran on the wing for a holding the ball decision. Yarran does not get run down from behind often!

                      Essendon right on top, by 15 points.

                      Commenter
                      Martin Blake
                      Date and time
                      September 11, 2011, 2:58PM

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