Carlton win by 5 points
In a battle between two sides desperately trying to firm up their place in the race for the top four, the Blues eventually won a thriller which all but assured them of a finals berth and left the top four unchanged from the previous Saturday afternoon.
After two narrow defeats in a row the Demons had slid to fourth on percentage only, and with a tough run of games to end the season they desperately needed to reverse their fortunes and have a win. The sides traded the lead at the end of each of the first three quarters, before a frenzied final term in front of a big crowd who had braved biting wind and heavy rain.
Fanning had 3.2 of Melbourne's entire score of 3.6 in the second quarter before Carlton's defenders brought him under control.
Melbourne struck first in the final term, before two goals to Carlton seemed to make the result safe for them. The Demons struck again, with Dullard and Fanning both goalling to reduce the margin to five points.
The home side desperately attacked Carlton's goal for the last seven minutes of the match, but they couldn't breach the Blues' defence and get the goal they needed to win.
Best were Don Cordner, Lock and Deans.
Melbourne's next assignment was against Geelong at Kardinia Park, with the Pivotonians hot on their heels in the battle for fourth.
Carlton 17.19 d. Melbourne 12.16
Blueseum match report
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