Qualifying Final 2000

Qualifying Final, 2000
Melbourne vs Carlton
Sunday 13 August
Venue: MCG
Attendance: 75,570

Match Statistics

Melbourne win by 9 points

Goalkickers: Brad Green 4, Cameron Bruce 2, Stephen Powell 2, David Schwarz 2, Andrew Leoncelli 1, Anthony McDonald 1, David Neitz 1, Peter Walsh 1, Adem Yze 1

Best and Fairest
32 - Anthony Ingerson
30 - Brad Green
26 - Andrew Leoncelli
20.5 - Cameron Bruce
19.5 - Adem Yze


After losing to the Blues by a whopping 98 points in Round 13, Melbourne's performance was vastly improved but they still looked dead and buried early in the last quarter, before storming home to a memorable victory.

With memories of their thumping win just over two months earlier still fresh, Carlton started heavy favourites. They were the better team for much of the game, gradually building a lead that stretched to over five goals late in the third term.

In the second quarter David Schwarz had run into an open goal and held the ball aloft to the crowd. It seemed to rebound on him when the Blues kicked six of the next seven goals. Despite goals to James McDonald and Brad Green late in the third term, Carlton still held a handy 21 point lead and looked set to earn the week's rest before a Preliminary Final. Neale Daniher gave his troops a fearful spray at the last change, and they soon overran the more experience opposition. After being thrown forward in the second quarter when Jeff Farmer failed to fire, Green played the game of his young career with four goals, and was pivotal in the final term comeback along with fellow rookie Cameron Bruce. Farmer, Neitz, Woewodin and Schwarz were all down on their best but the comeback was driven by the team's younger players.

Green's goal a minute into the last quarter started the comeback, and when he got another two minutes later, the game was thrown wide open. A Bruce goal at the seven minute mark cut the gap to less than six points. Then the game was thrown into a nine minute stalemate until Adem Yze soccered a goal to give his side the lead. Green got another, but just as it looked like Carlton had folded, they kicked two goals to retake the lead. Leoncelli and Bruce then replied, carrying the Demons over the line.

The cliffhanger win gave Melbourne a week off and a trip straight to the Preliminary Final. Best were Yze, Green and Anthony McDonald.

The importance of having avoided a loss in Round 22 and a match against Essendon was underlined when the Bombers demolished the Kangaroos by 125 points in the other Qualifying Final.



Herald Sun - 14/08/2000
Herald Sun - 14/08/2000
SportsToday - 14/08/2000

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