July 28, 2023

AFL 2023 round 20 LIVE updates: Impressive Carlton build lead against shell-shocked Collingwood at packed MCG

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yesterday 10.59pm

Ta ta, and farewell

That’s a wrap on tonight’s AFL live blog.

Thanks for following along what was a tasty glimpse of finals footy in September. Congratulations Carlton fans, commiserations Pies fans.

We’ll be back to blog tomorrow’s AFL matches. Have a great night!

yesterday 10.49pm

Watch: Voss laps up big win

The Carlton boss enjoyed that one out on the MCG.

yesterday 10.37pm

Six in a row for Carlton, who move to fifth in the ladder

Carlton are hitting some tasty form as we edge towards September.

They’ve won six matches in a row, including wins against the top two teams in the league over the past three weeks.

Their reward is fifth spot in the ladder, two points ahead of the Bulldogs, Giants and St Kilda.

The Blues lost eight out of nine at one point earlier this season but stuck with Michael Voss and now look as good as anyone.

Meanwhile Collingwood are still sitting pretty atop the ladder, eight points ahead of Port Adelaide albeit with a game in hand.

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yesterday 10.33pm

‘Speechless’ Curnow named man of the match

Unsurprisingly, Charlie Curnow is named man of the match. He wins the Richard Pratt medal, named after the former Blues president.

“I’m a bit speechless to be honest, I’m so proud of the way the Blues came out,” he says.

“We always have great games [against Collingwood], the old players come in and tell us about the old rivalries. This game matters a lot to us, it was a great one to be in and I’m so proud of the boys.”

Curnow has 67 goals this season, 13 ahead of Taylor Walker’s tally this season.

“I’m just so happy to be out here and playing footy,” Curnow concludes.

yesterday 10.30pm

Full-time: Carlton shock Collingwood to win by 17

What a win for Carlton.

Charlie Curnow stole the show with his six goals and a dominant performance the Blues were superior all across the park.

Jack Martin chipped in with three goals and Jesse Motlop booted two.

Collingwood certainly didn’t hit their peak and it’s probably fair to assume they were suffering some kind of hangover on the back of an emotional win over second-placed Port Adelaide and a six-day break.

Full-time: Carlton 93 (14.9) defeat Collingwood 76 (10.16).

yesterday 10.26pm

Final consolation goal for Collingwood

Taylor Adams reduces the deficit to 16 points with less than a minute to play.

Michael Voss is on the sideline high-fiving his team. It has been an impressive showing.

Collingwood 76, Carlton 92 with 30 seconds left in Q4.

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yesterday 10.23pm

Carlton fans are loving it

And why shouldn’t they be?

Fans at the MCG tonight.
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yesterday 10.17pm

Three goals for Howe this quarter

This has been quite the showing from Jeremy Howe, who’s more accustomed to playing at the back.

He takes a mark in the forward left pocket before wheeling around and snapping a goal. That’s three in the last five minutes or so for Howe, who’s kicked almost 100 AFL goals but has been unexpectedly efficient.

Meanwhile the crowd figure is in: 86,785. It’s the third biggest attendance this year.

Collingwood 68, Carlton 91 with 6 minutes left.

yesterday 10.14pm

Curnow stops the Collingwood flow

Who else?

Just as the Pies threaten a comeback, Charlie Curnow pops up with his sixth goal of the night. It comes after Darcy Moore again gives away a free kick for pulling Curnow from behind.

Carlton lead the stoppage clearances 23 to 16 tonight. That’s been a big point of difference between the sides.

Collingwood 62, Carlton 91 with 8 minutes left in Q4.

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yesterday 10.10pm

Two in a row for Jeremy Howe

Two goals in a minute for Howe, who’s been moved from his usual defensive outpost into the forward 50.

The lead is down to 23 points, with plenty of time still to play.

The Blues still look good but there won’t be a single Carlton fan who’s not stressed at the moment.

Collingwood 62, Carlton 85 with 10 minutes left in Q4.

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