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Live AFL blog: Saturday 21 April

Essendon's Alwyn Davey avoids Carlton's Nick Duigan.

Essendon's Alwyn Davey avoids Carlton's Nick Duigan. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

It has been another bumber Saturday of AFL action. In a massive upset, Essendon defeated Carlton by 30 points to improve to a 4-0 record. And Collingwood took care of Port Adelaide to add more intrigue to Wednesday's Anzac Day clash at the MCG.

7:30pm - That's wraps up our live blog coverage of the afternoon AFL matches. Sean Baumgart is in the chair at the Gabba for full coverage of the Brisbane Lions versus Gold Coast Suns encounter. And we've got live scores and stats from the West Coast-Hawthorn clash in the west.

7:15pm - FINAL: Adelaide 13.18 (96) GWS 7.8 (50)
Scott Thompson boots a goal after the siren to put something of an exclamation mark on the win. A 46-point victory may look impressive but it was not the percentage-boosting margin the Croweaters may have been expecting.

7:13pm - Q4: Adelaide 12.18 (90)
GWS 7.8 (50)
We're in the dying stages of this clash and it will be a solid victory for the Crows. We've said this already but the Giants have earnt some fans today. Conditions were slightly slippery in Adelaide and it has made for hard-won footy.

7:04pm - Q4: Adelaide
11.18 (84) GWS 6.8 (44)
Scoring has slowed ..... This match is now drawing to an inevitable conclusion. For those interested in the finer details from each match, Adam Tomlinson was the player subbed out for the Giants, replaced by nominated sub Jacob Townsend.

6:50pm - Q4: Adelaide 11.16 (82) GWS 6.6 (42)
GOAL!
A beauty from Rory Sloane. And that's the ball game. A 40-point margin is definitely too large a gap to bridge for the upstart Giants. Sanderson is delighted and relieved in the coach's box. And there's a collective sigh of relief across the stands at AAMI.

6:45pm -
Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson performs his media duties at the break with an on-ground interview for the broadcaster. He admits to his frustrations by saying the Crows have been second to the ball on several occasions and he gave his troops a bollocking at half-time.

6:40pm - 3QT: Adelaide 10.13 (73) GWS 6.6 (42)
There's the siren for the final break. Only a very brave punter would ponder a GWS victory from this point but that's actually not the point. The Giants have won some fans with this showing. Israel Folau has had an injection of confidence. Callan Ward, Luke Power, Tom Scully and Tomas Bugg among the top players for GWS.

6:37pm - Q3: Adelaide 10.12 (72) GWS 6.6 (42)
The Giants simply won't go away. Deep into the third quarter the deficit is just 30 points and .... ahem ... GWS is still in the match. The Giants have had solid performers across the park and the Crows simply can't shake them. Considering that Adelaide jumped GWS from the get-go, it's largely been level pegging since late in the opening stanza.

6:24pm - Q3: Adelaide 9.11 (65) GWS 6.4 (40)
It's an entertaining game. One thing is clear: the Giants are getting plenty out of this game. It's pretty handy to use a road trip such as this as a learning experience. The margin is just 25 points with eight minutes left in the term. Kurt Tippett has four goals while Callan Ward is continuing his impressive form with GWS as the top possession winner with 22 touches thus far.

6:13pm - Q3: Adelaide 7.9 (51) GWS 5.4 (34)
Early stages of the third quarter and the margin remains the same. This is impressive showing by the Giants. The match could have blow-out based on Adelaide's start but GWS 'stuck fat' and got in the contest. Hard work is paying off. Giants still on top on the disposal efficiency measurement.

5:58pm -
With Essendon causing a big upset against Carlton and Collingwood holding on for a steady win against Port Adelaide, the stage is set for another epic Anzac Day clash in four days time. The Magpies overcame a host of missing big names to defeat the Power by 24 points. Read more HERE.

5:48pm - Half-time: Adelaide 7.8 (50) GWS 5.3 (33)
The Giants win the quarter ... and easily! GWS is within 17 points at the main break after an admirable turnaround in the second stanza. Israel Folau started to look like a forward and their midfield unit showed composure. Luke Power and Tom Scully are leading the way in the middle but who could forget Folau's booming goal early in the term. Good for footy.

5:41pm -
For those catching up with today's news, Essendon defied the odds and stunned Carlton to win by 30 points at the MCG. The Blues lost a couple of players to injury but that wasn't the story of the day. All of a sudden Essendon is 4-0 and team-of-the-moment Carlton is fallible once again. The Bombers also have injury concerns, however, with Michael Hurley suffering a soft tissue injury to put him in doubt for Wednesday's Anzac Day game.

5:31pm - Adelaide 6.7 (43) GWS 4.1 (25)
Another two goals to the visitors! Here come the Giants! It's only a three-goal game. I've got the close one! It's easy to make early conclusions but you've got to admire GWS over the first four rounds. They've won patches of games. GWS's disposal efficiency has improved out of sight this quarter, to the point where they are now ahead of the Crows.

5:24pm - Adelaide 6.6 (42) GWS 2.1 (13)
GOAL! Israel Folau!
That was a moment in AFL history. No doubt Kevin Sheedy won't be able to contain himself. Dermott Brereton in the commentary box is also excited. The Giants spearhead marked on his chest and slotted a major from 60 metres. Extraordinary! One day you'll ask yourself: where were you the day Izzy kicked his first ......?

5:12pm - Quarter-time:
Adelaide 5.4 (34) GWS 1.1 (7)
A predictable first quarter. Giants fans (and the AFL) will be grateful GWS has managed one goal thus far. It's always nice to break your duck. There's an even possession spread for the Crows with van Berlo, Reilly and Thompson among the top possession winners.

5:08pm - Adelaide 4.4 (28) GWS 1.1 (7)
GWS gets on the board. And Israel Folau hand a hand in the goal! Hampton marked in the goal square and converted but the pass (an up-and-under kick) came from the feet of the rugby league convert. Hold the front page!

5:04pm - Adelaide 4.3 (27) GWS 0.1 (1)
Adelaide destroying GWS on the inside 50 count. The differential is 16 with less than three minutes to play in the opening quarter. The Giants should be applauded for minimising the damage thus far. Kurt Tippett with two majors.

4.56pm - Adelaide 3.3 (21) GWS 0.0 (0)
Midway through the opening stanza at AAMI Stadium and the Giants are scoreless. An eerily similar start to the Eagles-Giants clash a week ago. Can the newbies fight back though?

4.50pm - FINAL:
Collingwood 14.13 (97) Port Adelaide 10.13 (73)
Crisis? What crisis? Collingwood players, fans and the like will happily take the four-goal victory. This shaped as a danger match, particularly after more Magpies dropped like flies during the week.

4.48pm - Adelaide 2.0 (12) Greater Western Sydney 0.0 (0)
The Giants have travelled to AAMI Stadium for their first-ever premiership match. A rude start. Two quick goals to the Crows.

4.40pm - Collingwood 14.13 (97) Port Adelaide 10.12 (72)
Closing stages at Etihad Stadium and the Magpies will walk away with the victory. Magpies well on top on the tackle count. Dane Swan is closing down on the magical 40-possession mark.

4.25pm - FINAL:
Essendon 15.19 (109) Carlton 11.13 (79)
What a win for the Bombers! Matthew Lloyd eat your words. The former Dons spearhead more than hinted that Essendon should concede this game and focus on the Carringbush. They've done the opposite. They've touched up the hot team of the moment and, all of a sudden, are 4-0. Footy is funny, hey.

4.22pm -
Collingwood 13.11 (89) Port Adelaide 8.8 (56)
Nearly 10 minutes into the final stanza and scores are at a premium (none in fact!) Play has been described as a bit of merry-go-round action. Magpies fans won't complain, however. The four points are safe in the kitbag.

4.18pm - Q4: Essendon 15.19 (109) Carlton 11.13 (79)
This match is fast reaching an inevitable conclusion. Carlton, on several occasions, threatened a big revival (a grandstand finish!) but to Essendon's credit they have kept them at bay. The question must be asked: just how did Carlton's injuries (Laidler and Carrazzo) impact on the outcome?

4.12pm - 3QT:
Collingwood 13.11 (89) Port Adelaide 8.8 (56)
Fans and players greet the three-quarter-time siren. The Magpies surely are safe from here. Like Essendon, they'll soon start turning their focus to Anzac Day.

4.10pm - Essendon 14.18 (102) Carlton 10.10 (72)
After Carlton closed to within four goals, a steading goal to first-gamer Dell'Olio has given the Bombers some much-needed breathing space. Essendon inevitably took its foot off the pedal, particularly with anther game just four days away. To Carlton's credit, they keep coming.

4.08pm - Collingwood 13.11 (89) Port Adelaide 8.8 (56)
The dying stages of the third quarter and Collingwood, thanks to back-to-back goals, looks safe from here. Even with an undermanned line-up on the park the gap looks too great for Port to breach.

4.05pm - Essendon 13.18 (96) Carlton 9.12 (66)
Blues are edging back. The margin was 47 points at the final break but it's down to a straight five goals with less than 10 minute on the clock. Matches between these clubs offer up surprises, don't they?

3.57pm - Essendon 13.18 (96) Carlton 7.12 (54)
The sting has gone out of this game, at least compared to what Essendon offered at different stages during the second and third quarters. Carlton's two goals this term have been matched by one to the Bombers. Heath Hocking doing an admirable running role on Chris Judd.

3.52pm - Collingwood 10.10 (70) Port Adelaide 7.8 (50)

Magpies maintain a handy 20-point break approaching the halfway point of the third quarter. Pretty even so far this term. Dane Swan arguably the most influential player on the ground while his partner in crime Scott Pendlebury is back among the possessions after being silenced against Carlton last week.

3.44pm - 3QT: Essendon 12.17 (89) Carlton 5.12 (42)
Brett Ratten gets a chance to ask for a final quarter revival. But surely it will be all too late? Bombers full of zip and enthusiasm. Who saw this performance coming? No, really, anyone? Kade Simpson close to the top possession winner with more than 25 touches.

3.40pm - Collingwood 9.8 (62) Port Adelaide 5.7 (37)
The Magpies snare an early one in the third term and shoot through to a 25-point advantage. Will both Collingwood and Essendon enter the Anzac Day match with a win under their belts?

3.37pm - Essendon 11.17 (83) Carlton 5.12 (42)
Late in the 'premiership quarter' surely this match is done and dusted. Essendon has booted nine of the past 10 goals to lead by 41 points. Crameri a focal point up forward and Stanton prolific through the middle. One word for the Blues ..... lacklustre.

3.32pm -
Half-time: Collingwood 8.8 (56) Port Adelaide 5.7 (37)
Uncontested possessions are the most eye-catching in the first half. Collingwood leads most stats categories but Port is well on top with the uncontested count (+22, including +14 for the second term revival.

3.24pm - Essendon 8.15 (63) Carlton 5.10 (40)
Where would Essendon be with accurate kicking on goal? Midway through the third term the pattern of the game hasn't changed much. However we've seen a vital moment. Crameri was racing towards an easy shot on goal and faced the prospect of a 'handball-over-the-top' (of an opponent) to a teammate. He hesitated and his snap missed. A moment to remember?

3.20pm - Half-time: Collingwood 8.8 (56) Port Adelaide 5.7 (37)
The visitors fight back impressively in the second term. Is there still hope for an upset? Kane Cornes (22) and John McCarthy (19) against his former team are getting plenty of the pill. Chris Connolly on the ABC says we've seen four teams on display so far at the Docklands. Some Heckle-and-Jyde analogies please. An intriguing day of footy so far.

3:15pm - Essendon 8.12 (60) Carlton 5.9 (39)
Six minutes into the second term and, importantly for Carlton fans, they pull back a goal. Next 10 minutes of this term are absolutely vital.

2.52pm - Half-time: Essendon 8.11 (59) Carlton 4.7 (31)
Who saw this coming? Are the Blues set for a let-down? Matthew Lloyd had suggested that the Bombers write this game off and concentrate on Wednesday's Anzac Day clash against Collingwood. They've done the opposite. They're committed, desperate and they look slick. Brent Stanton with 19 possessions is very influential. The uncontested possessions differential (+39 in Essendon's favour) tells a story. The Bombers are running hard to maintain possession.

2.49pm - Quarter-time: Collingwood 7.5 (47) Port Adelaide 2.2 (14)
An impressive quarter by the Magpies after questions were asked about a potential upset. Kane Cornes with the proverbial 'leather poisoning' with a stack of touches.

2.47pm - Essendon 8.10 (58) Carlton 4.7 (31)
SIX GOALS IN A ROW!! All of a sudden this is danger territory for Carlton. Essendon has dominated this term, capitalising on Carlton's errors. Stanton, Heppell and Davey doing the damage. Less than two minutes until half-time. Carlton yet to score a major this term.

2.44pm - Essendon 7.10 (52) Carlton 4.6 (30)
Bombers on top with all the scoreboard action in the latter stages of the half. We've seen this before though, haven't we? These two clubs have a remarkable recent history with at least a couple of examples of large leads being reeled in. Brendan Fevola often involved in Carlton revivals versus the Bombers.

2.41pm - Collingwood 6.5 (41) Port Adelaide 2.2 (14)
It's fast approaching the first break at Etihad Stadium and the Magpies are well ahead. Kane Cornes enjoying a massive first term but it's Dane Swan who is having the greatest impact. Magpies dominating the contested possession count (+15)

2.39pm - Essendon 6.9 (45) Carlton 4.6 (30)
GOAL! Guess who? If you picked Dustin Fletcher go to the top of the class. The veteran backman booted truly with a set-shot drop-punt from beyond 50 metres. A popular player snares a rare goal. But who can forget his major from inside the square in the corresponding game last year?

2.33pm - Collingwood 5.4 (34) Port Adelaide 2.1 (13)
A flurry of goals from the Pies sees them skip ahead with the roof open at Etihad. Kane Cornes (12), Dane Swan and Scott Pendlebury the main possession winners by late into the opening term. All solitary goalscorers so far.

2.29pm - Essendon 4.7 (31) Carlton 4.5 (29)
Six minutes into the second term and this clash looks set to remain tight. Both clubs have been poor in front of goal. The Bombers have had much more of the uncontested possessions while the Blues are clearly in top with contested touches. It illustrates that the Bombers have been a little more patient with their forward thrusts.

2.21pm - Collingwood 1.3 (9) Port Adelaide 1.1 (7)
Collingwood just ahead at the Docklands. An unrecognisable Magpies team started with Alex Fasolo, Tom Young and Simon Buckley on the bench. Paul Seedsman is the substitute.

2.17pm - Quarter-time: Carlton 4.4 (28) Essendon 3.6 (24)
That's the quarter-time break in front of a bumper crowd at the MCG. The Blues, despite a frightening early injury count, hold the ascendancy, but it's still pretty tight.

2.15pm - Carlton 4.3 (27) Essendon 3.6 (24)
A great contest so far at the MCG. Essendon is well in the contest and only poor conversion has kept them from holding the lead. Carlton is well on top with contested possessions but Essendon has the edge on the tackle count. Less than one minute of play to go in the opening term.

Q1 - 20 mins: Carlton 3.3 (21) Essendon 2.4 (16)
Blues are edging ahead as they start to gain the ascendancy with contested possessions. For those who may have missed the news, Courtenay Dempsey was a late withdrawal for the Bombers and Ricky Dyson came into the 22.

Q1 - 12 mins: Essendon 2.2 (14) Carlton 1.3 (9)
Early injury concerns for Carlton. Carrazzo, Laidler and Curnow all have complaints, with Carrazzo already subbed off. Brock McLean on the field for Carlton!

Q1 - 7 mins: Essendon 1.0 (6) Carlton 1.0 (6)
Robinson gets one back for the Blues. He's becoming a handy midfielder for Carlton. Terrific foil for blue-chip players Chris Judd, Marc Murphy and the like.

Q1 - 3 mins: Essendon 1.0 (6) Carlton 0.0 (0)

Crameri draws first blood for the Bombers. The big man marked in the forward pocket and snapped truly at the Punt Road End with a delightful set shot.

1.48pm
- Play is underway in beautiful conditions at the MCG. Fans still seem to be getting used to the 1.45pm start (yours truly included) for the first game on a Saturday. Jobe Watson won the toss for the Bombers.

5 comments

  • Just turned on my TV to watch the Essendon Carlton game live after Demetriou said every game will be live this year, what bullshit there's 5 minutes to go in the game on the radio, and on the TV it's not even half time.

    We've all been conned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Commenter
    Bushy
    Location
    Cressy
    Date and time
    April 21, 2012, 4:13PM
    • It is live - on Foxtel!!

      Commenter
      Jim
      Date and time
      April 21, 2012, 4:37PM
      • I know that Jim but it's supposed to be live on free to air as well.

        Commenter
        Bushy
        Location
        Cressy
        Date and time
        April 21, 2012, 5:19PM
      • That an undermanned Essendon in a rebuilding year easily defeated premiership favourite Carlton which had players who collected twice as many Brownlow votes last year can be attributed to two factors. Carlton's coaching was clearly inadequate. And the Carlton forward line was less effective than North Melb, Port Adelaide, and Gold Coast in the first three rounds. It is unlikely that Carlton can get past the first round of the finals.

        Commenter
        SEAN McGINN
        Location
        Cairns
        Date and time
        April 21, 2012, 5:34PM
    • It's on 7Mate - if you can get. Reception isw non-existent where I live.

      Commenter
      kywong73
      Location
      Sydney (Northen Beaches)
      Date and time
      April 21, 2012, 5:38PM
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