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Melbourne vs Gold Coast

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Round: 19   Venue: M.C.G.   Date: Sun, 31-07-2016 1:10 pm   Crowd: 20,627  
Melbourne 1.3.96.6.427.10.529.12.66 C:  Paul Roos
Gold Coast 3.3.214.6.306.8.449.10.64 C:  Rodney Eade
  SUNS by 12MELB by 12MELB by 8MELB by 2  
Weather
min temp  10.3°C      max temp  17.0°C
rainfall  2.0mm    humidity  41%    air pressure  1014.9mb
wind speed 9km/h      wind direction  NNW
Brownlow Medal 3 Max Gawn (MELB)2 Jack Watts (MELB)1 Dom Tyson (MELB)

Match Report

With both sides out of finals contention, this match had little riding on it, but Melbourne and the Gold Coast Suns turned on a thrilling - albeit low-scoring - affair at the MCG which went right down to the wire. The result was in doubt until the last kick of the match, with the Suns' Tom Lynch having a shot after the final siren to steal victory. His kick, a difficult one from the boundary line about 50 metres out, fell just short and wide, giving the Demons victory by two points.

Gold Coast started brightly with Lynch marking and goaling in the second minute of the match. The Suns then dominated the next 20 minutes, and further majors from Jarrod Garlett and Nic Malceski saw them leading 3.3 to 0.3 before mark in the goal-square by Jack Watts saw him convert for Melbourne's first major to have the Demons within 12 points at the first change of ends.

When play resumed in the second quarter, Watts followed up with another mark and goal and the Demons were back within a goal and right in the match. Defences got on top over the next 10 minutes, neither side scoring a goal before Demon Chris Dawes broke the drought to put Melbourne in front for the first time in the match. Lynch's second returned the lead to the Suns at the 19-minute mark but the Demons dominated time on, with Aaron Vandenberg kicking two goals and Dean Kent one to see the home side ahead by an even two goals at the half.

The goals dried up for Melbourne in the third quarter, the Demons unable to manage more than four behinds until the last minute of the term. Their defence held up well, though, and the Suns could manage only two majors via Barndon Matera at the four-minute mark and Matt Shaw at the 18-minute mark, the latter goal levelling the scores. Behinds to Watts and Bernie Vince gave Melbourne a narrow two-point lead before Vandenberg's third goal just before the three-quarter time siren extended the margin to eight points at the last change.

Melbourne looked to be safe and heading for a comfortable victory, leading by 14 points after Christian Petracca marked and goaled at the three-minute mark of the final term but Gold Coast turned the match on its head over the next 10 minutes, with goals to Garlett, Matera and Jarrad Grant seeing the Suns grab a five-point lead at the 15-minute mark. They clung grimly to that lead for the next 12 minutes before Jack Watts managed to take a mark inside 50 and kick truly to return the Demons to a two-point lead. Melbourne looked like hanging on until an errant kick out of defence landed in the arms of Sun Lynch, whose dramatic post-siren shot fell short, the Demons hanging on for a thrilling win.

Dom Tyson played a great game for the winners, collecting 31 disposals and taking six marks, while Touk Miller stood out for Gold Coast, with nine tackles and 21 touches.

Melbourne will need to improve dramatically if it is to challenge Hawthorn at the MCG next Saturday, while the Suns face a huge task when they return home to Carrara to take on the rampaging GWS Giants on the same day.

GOALS
Melbourne:
 Vandenberg, Watts 3; Dawes, Kent, Petracca
Gold Coast: Lynch, Garlett, Matera 2; Malceski, Shaw, Grant

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Melbourne:
Tyson, Watts, Harmes, vandenBerg, O.McDonald, Gawn
Gold Coast: Miller, Rosa, Lynch, Harbrow, Shaw

BEST - THE AGE
Melbourne: Watts, Gawn, Tyson, Petracca, Jones, Vandenberg, N Jetta, O McDonald, T McDonald, Brayshaw
Gold Coast: Miller, Lynch, Sexton, Harbrow, Kolodjashnij, Rosa, Matera

INJURIES
Melbourne:
Hogan (left knee)
Gold Coast: Shaw (left ankle)

UMPIRES: Fisher, Margetts, Foote

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Fox Footy

COMMENTATORS: Anthony Hudson, Jason Dunstall, Danny Frawley, Cameron Mooney

Source

Match Report by Andrew Gigacz

Footnotes

Video sourced from YouTube, courtesy of the AFL.

Match stats

Melbourne Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
10 Brayshaw, Angus 11 5 11 22 0 0 0 8 1 1 20y 204d 27 8
6 Dawes, Chris 5 5 3 8 1 1 5 4 1 1 28y 76d 121 130
17 Frost, Sam 15 6 6 21 0 0 0 3 0 3 22y 338d 36 6
36 Garlett, Jeff 4 2 2 6 0 1 0 3 0 0 26y 363d 143 248
11 Gawn, Max 4 2 5 9 0 0 60 4 2 0 24y 214d 57 32
43 Harmes, James 14 4 9 23 0 0 0 0 0 2 20y 300d 24 15
1 Hogan, Jesse 10 9 2 12 0 2 0 1 0 0 21y 170d 38 83
29 Hunt, Jayden 10 5 9 19 0 0 0 3 0 0 21y 119d 15 1
39 Jetta, Neville 11 7 7 18 0 0 0 4 2 0 26y 170d 90 21
45 Jones, Matt 11 6 10 21 0 0 0 5 2 0 28y 287d 60 11
2 Jones, Nathan 9 3 14 23 0 0 0 8 1 0 28y 193d 219 104
16 Kent, Dean 12 6 4 16 1 0 0 2 0 1 22y 158d 49 47
28 McDonald, Oscar 9 7 10 19 0 0 0 1 1 0 20y 135d 13 0
25 McDonald, Tom 12 7 5 17 0 0 0 2 0 0 23y 317d 100 8
5 Petracca, Christian 7 1 7 14 1 0 0 2 0 0 20y 209d 13 11
15 Stretch, Billy 13 7 6 19 0 0 0 7 0 0 19y 327d 23 4
12 Tyson, Dom 12 6 19 31 0 0 0 5 1 1 23y 53d 67 34
37 vandenBerg, Aaron 8 6 10 18 3 2 0 5 1 1 24y 150d 24 14
23 Vince, Bernie 10 4 11 21 0 1 0 3 0 2 30y 303d 189 109
7 Viney, Jack 7 0 12 19 0 0 0 8 2 0 22y 109d 66 19
42 Wagner, Josh 8 5 5 13 0 0 0 2 0 0 22y 37d 14 0
4 Watts, Jack 12 10 6 18 3 2 2 3 0 1 25y 127d 133 117
  Rushed   3  
  Totals 214 113 173 387 9 12 67 83 14 13 23y 331d 1521 1022
Gold Coast Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
13 Ah Chee, Callum 5 0 8 13 0 0 0 4 1 0 18y 296d 12 9
39 Davis, Ryan 8 0 5 13 0 4 0 4 1 0 27y 54d 29 15
12 Day, Sam 11 9 5 16 0 2 5 4 2 0 23y 329d 94 61
41 Garlett, Jarrod 8 1 4 12 2 0 0 5 1 1 20y 89d 14 9
2 Grant, Jarrad 9 3 5 14 1 0 0 0 1 3 27y 25d 90 93
5 Harbrow, Jarrod 10 4 9 19 0 0 0 2 0 0 28y 13d 181 51
38 Joyce, Jesse 3 2 5 8 0 0 0 5 0 0 18y 349d 8 0
28 Kolodjashnij, Kade 12 3 5 17 0 0 0 2 0 0 20y 357d 55 10
37 Lonergan, Jesse 4 1 2 6 0 0 0 8 1 0 21y 260d 46 5
19 Lynch, Tom 10 7 10 20 2 2 1 0 0 0 23y 274d 98 181
7 Malceski, Nick 6 3 4 10 1 0 0 1 0 0 31y 351d 210 75
4 Martin, Jack 9 3 5 14 0 0 0 5 1 2 21y 184d 40 34
32 Matera, Brandon 10 1 6 16 2 0 0 2 1 0 24y 142d 87 98
17 May, Steven 6 4 4 10 0 0 0 1 1 1 24y 203d 84 17
11 Miller, Touk 7 0 14 21 0 0 0 9 2 0 20y 160d 36 10
22 Nicholls, Tom 2 2 11 13 0 0 9 7 0 0 24y 149d 44 6
3 Rosa, Matt 12 2 11 23 0 0 0 7 1 1 29y 251d 179 42
36 Schoenfeld, Josh 6 1 6 12 0 0 0 6 0 1 19y 28d 2 0
6 Sexton, Alex 11 2 7 18 0 1 0 5 0 3 22y 241d 52 30
26 Shaw, Matt 10 5 8 18 1 0 0 1 0 0 24y 177d 96 32
16 Thompson, Rory 5 6 3 8 0 0 0 4 0 1 25y 141d 75 7
30 Wright, Peter 5 4 4 9 0 0 6 3 0 1 19y 327d 16 23
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 169 63 141 310 9 10 21 85 13 14 23y 217d 1548 808

Match highlights

Max Gawn had 60 hitouts for Melbourne vs. Gold Coast (AFL, Premiership Season, R19)
Tom McDonald played his 100th V/AFL game: Melbourne vs. Gold Coast (AFL, Premiership Season, R19)

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.