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|Round: 4 Venue: M.C.G. Date: Sun, 21-04-2013 1:10 pm Crowd: 20,018|
|Melbourne||4.5.29||7.7.49||10.10.70||22.12.144||C: Mark Neeld|
|Greater Western Sydney||3.3.21||8.8.56||13.11.89||15.13.103||C: Kevin Sheedy|
|MELB by 8||GWS by 7||GWS by 19||MELB by 41|
|Brownlow Medal||3 Nathan Jones (MELB)||2 Shannon Byrnes (MELB)||1 Tom Scully (GWS)|
An amazing 12-goal last quarter burst has seen Melbourne record a come-from-behind victory, their first of 2013, and saved the Demons from plunging further into crisis. The club has lurched from one disaster to another in recent months, with a fines and suspensions resulting from the so-called "tanking" allegations, three disastrous losses to open the season, and most recently being linked to drugs administered at the direction of Stephen Dank, who is currently the focus of several investigations.
At three-quarter time in Sunday's match, it appeared that things were about to get worse for Melbourne. They trailed GWS, a club in just its second season with only two previous wins to its name, by 19 points, and they looked a beaten side. All of which made what happened in the last quarter all the more remarkable.
The first act of the last quarter did not suggest that things were about to get any better for the Demons, as Shannon Byrnes tripped over his own feat in the goal square and turned a certain goal into a point. But three minutes in, Nathan Jones took a mark and calmly slotted a goal to reduce the GWS lead to 12 points. Less than two minutes later Max Gawn took a pack mark in the goal square and converted to cut the lead to 6. Two minutes after that Michael Evans marked and also goaled and the scores were level after just seven minutes.
Toby Greene briefly restored the lead to the Giants with a goal but a behind to Evans was followed by another mark, this time to co-captain Jack Trengove and his true kick gave the Demons a one-point lead which, remarkably, they would not surrender.
Three more goals followed, to Jeremy Howe, Evans and Aaron Davey and Melbourne jumped to an 18-point lead. The Giants' Liam Sumner then marked and goaled to reduce the lead to just 12 points at the 22-minute mark but this was to be the last shot GWS would fire. The Demons would amazingly round out the quarter with another five goals (through Davey, Evans, Gawn and two more to Howe), ultimately winning in a canter by 41 points.
The wash-up from that final quarter, which began with Melbourne potentially facing its darkest moment, was a term in which the Demons kicked 12.2 (74), their highest-EVER score in any quarter. It was a remarkable effort and one that well keep the doomsayers at bay for awhile at least.
Best for the Demons included Nathan Jones and Jeremy Howe, while the Giants were well-served by Adam Treloar and Setanta O'hAilpin who, returning from a knee reconstruction, kicked five goals.
Melbourne will now travel to Brisbane to take on the Lions, who are also struggling. The Giants will host Gold Coast at Manuka, the venue of their first-ever victory last year against the same opponent.
Melbourne: Howe 4; Byrnes, Evans 3; Pedersen, Gawn, Davey 2; Sylvia, Bail, N Jones, Trengove, Clark, Jamar
GWS: O'hAilpin 5; Palmer 2; Cameron, Treloar, Shiel, Giles, Ward, Scully, Shiel, Sumner
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Melbourne: N. Jones, Gawn, Grimes, Howe, Garland, Evans, Terlich, Trengove
GWS: Scully, Shiel,Treloar, Whitfield, O'hAilpin, Greene, Ward
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Melbourne: Evans, Byrnes, Howe, N.Jones, Frawley, Garland, Jamar
GWS: O'hAilpin, Treloar, Shiel, Greene, Scully, Davis, Gilham
Mark Neeld (Melb): We were confident of a competitive last quarter but you can't predict the scoreboard. They're a resilient bunch of young boys and we felt that in the last quarter the young boys kept going.
Kevin Sheedy (GWS): We played our just about best three quarters [of the season] in the first three quarters. That was our only positive really, out of the game. The last quarter was very disappointing. We just didn't have enough players get their hands on the footy.
Melbourne: Aaron Davey replaced Jack Viney in the third quarter
GWS: Anthony Miles replaced Nick Haynes at three-quarter time
Neville Jetta (Melbourne) reported for engaging in rough conduct on Lachie Whitfield (GWS)
UMPIRES: Bannister, Margetts, Harris
Video sourced from YouTube, courtesy of AFL Media.
|44||Bail, Rohan||10||5||4||14||1||0||0||8||0||1||24y 299d||38||14|
|10||Byrnes, Shannon||14||8||9||23||3||1||0||3||0||0||29y 14d||112||105|
|11||Clark, Mitch||6||4||3||9||1||1||2||1||1||2||25y 184d||97||97|
|36||Davey, Aaron||5||1||0||5||2||0||0||1||0||0||29y 315d||161||164|
|32||Evans, Michael||15||7||5||20||3||1||0||3||4||0||20y 282d||6||4|
|8||Frawley, James||10||4||7||17||0||0||0||5||0||1||24y 213d||105||3|
|20||Garland, Colin||11||5||13||24||0||0||0||2||1||0||24y 358d||84||12|
|37||Gawn, Max||3||6||10||13||2||0||13||2||1||0||21y 112d||5||3|
|31||Grimes, Jack||17||7||12||29||0||1||0||7||1||0||23y 345d||57||5|
|38||Howe, Jeremy||9||7||4||13||4||1||0||2||1||1||22y 296d||39||44|
|40||Jamar, Mark||6||3||10||16||1||0||31||5||2||0||29y 255d||128||46|
|39||Jetta, Neville||7||0||5||12||0||0||0||6||1||3||23y 68d||38||19|
|45||Jones, Matt||9||5||12||21||0||0||0||7||1||1||25y 185d||4||0|
|2||Jones, Nathan||16||2||12||28||1||0||0||3||3||1||25y 91d||139||70|
|25||McDonald, Tom||8||3||8||16||0||0||0||2||0||1||20y 215d||25||0|
|21||Pedersen, Cameron||4||4||4||8||2||1||3||6||0||3||26y 35d||19||23|
|12||Sylvia, Colin||13||4||6||19||1||1||1||5||3||1||27y 164d||142||123|
|35||Tapscott, Luke||8||4||3||11||0||1||0||1||3||0||21y 297d||32||5|
|46||Terlich, Dean||12||3||4||16||0||1||0||2||1||0||23y 129d||3||0|
|9||Trengove, Jack||15||4||7||22||1||1||0||10||2||3||21y 231d||62||32|
|7||Viney, Jack||3||0||2||5||0||0||0||2||0||1||19y 8d||4||1|
|4||Watts, Jack||9||1||10||19||0||0||0||2||1||0||22y 26d||58||38|
|Greater Western Sydney||Match Stats||Career|
|14||Bugg, Tomas||8||1||12||20||0||1||0||2||2||1||20y 16d||22||6|
|18||Cameron, Jeremy||6||3||2||8||1||0||1||1||0||0||20y 20d||20||35|
|3||Coniglio, Stephen||11||3||12||23||0||0||0||6||0||1||19y 127d||16||3|
|1||Davis, Phil||7||5||8||15||0||0||0||2||3||1||22y 234d||44||6|
|48||Frost, Sam||3||1||5||8||0||0||2||0||0||0||19y 236d||4||1|
|26||Giles, Jonathan||8||0||2||10||1||0||29||5||0||2||25y 103d||24||23|
|38||Gilham, Stephen||5||2||10||15||0||0||0||0||0||1||28y 231d||103||4|
|4||Greene, Toby||14||3||13||27||1||1||0||5||1||2||19y 208d||23||10|
|19||Haynes, Nick||6||5||3||9||0||0||0||0||0||2||20y 338d||9||1|
|40||Kennedy, Adam||11||5||8||19||0||0||0||1||0||3||20y 283d||19||0|
|25||Miles, Anthony||4||0||1||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||21y 52d||8||0|
|39||Mohr, Tim||9||1||4||13||0||0||1||0||1||1||24y 184d||17||1|
|37||O'Hailpin, Setanta||12||2||2||14||5||3||0||0||2||2||30y 34d||82||74|
|7||Palmer, Rhys||10||2||8||18||2||1||0||5||2||0||24y 67d||70||34|
|23||Reid, Sam||8||1||10||18||0||0||0||6||4||1||23y 165d||17||1|
|9||Scully, Tom||18||4||8||26||1||0||1||6||1||5||21y 341d||54||11|
|5||Shiel, Dylan||10||1||19||29||1||0||0||2||0||1||20y 43d||16||8|
|28||Sumner, Liam||5||3||4||9||1||2||0||3||0||1||19y 248d||6||5|
|31||Townsend, Jacob||4||2||7||11||0||0||0||2||0||0||19y 305d||12||2|
|17||Treloar, Adam||13||5||17||30||1||0||0||2||0||0||20y 43d||22||17|
|8||Ward, Callan||10||3||13||23||1||0||1||3||2||1||23y 11d||84||42|
|6||Whitfield, Lachie||10||4||14||24||0||1||0||4||2||1||18y 277d||4||1|