Jack Newnes has kicked a goal after the final siren to lift Carlton to a pulsating four-point win over Fremantle in Perth.
- Jack Newnes landed the winning goal for the Blues from a tight angle on the boundary line
- Newnes had the set-shot after the Dockers gave away a down-the-ground free kick with only seconds left on the clock
- The Demons and Lions also posted victories in Saturday’s AFL matches
In a dramatic finish to Saturday night’s match, Carlton received a downfield free kick after Fremantle’s Andrew Brayshaw knocked over Sam Docherty with just seconds remaining.
Docherty’s kick had sailed out on the full but the free kick gave Newnes the chance to kick the goal from 45 metres out on the boundary line.
The space was so tight the former Saints player had to ask a photographer to move so he could get a proper run-up.
The odds were against Newnes, given it was the wrong side for a right-footer, but he calmly nailed the major and was mobbed by his teammates as he celebrated wildly.
The 5.10 (40) to 5.6 (36) win kept Carlton’s finals hopes alive, improving its win-loss record to 5-6.
“A few of the boys ran over and said ‘Mate there’s 10 seconds left, have the shot’,” Newnes told Grandstand.
“I was going to pass it before they said that. It all kind of worked out just perfectly.
Newnes described the moment as a childhood dream that came true.
“When you’re a kid, you go down to the park and tell yourself there’s five seconds left,” he said.
“I’ve never really had the chance but I certainly got mine tonight.”
The Dockers dropped to a 4-7 win-loss return as a result of the defeat to all but end their top-eight ambitions.
Blues midfielder Ed Curnow starred with 33 disposals and nine clearances, while Patrick Cripps tallied eight clearances from 24 disposals.
Fremantle’s Luke Ryan continued his outstanding season in defence with 24 disposals and eight rebound 50s opposed to Levi Casboult (one goal).
Nat Fyfe led from the front as the Dockers dominated the opening term, with the hosts winning the inside-50 count 15-4 to go into the first break with a 20-1 advantage.
Rory Lobb kicked Fremantle’s third goal of the term courtesy of a dubious free kick.
Carlton scored its first goal of the match at the 12-minute mark of the second term when Casboult pushed Lobb away in a ruck contest before snapping truly.
The Blues made their charge in the third quarter on the back of their midfield dominance, and they would have hit the lead if not for inaccuracy in front of goal.
The Blues booted 2.5 to 1.1 to trail by just two points at the final change.
Harry McKay, Sam Walsh, and Newnes all missed gettable shots, but the Blues at least had the momentum.
Carlton continued to push in the final quarter but McKay and Liam Jones both missed in the dying minutes.
The wasted chances looked set to cost Carlton until Newnes received a last-gasp chance to win the game off his own boot.
Demons thrash Magpies
Melbourne has extended its AFL purple patch to three matches with a thumping 56-point win over Collingwood in Brisbane.
The Demons started fast and never looked back, capitalising on their superb inside-50 entries while delivering a stingy defensive performance in a 16.4 (100) to 6.8 (44) triumph.
Midfield trio Clayton Oliver (25 disposals), Christian Petracca (24 touches and a goal) and Angus Brayshaw (23 possessions) again combined with aplomb for the Demons.
Livewire Charlie Spargo (three goals) and in-form tall Sam Weideman (two) led the way up forward for Melbourne.
Despite the best efforts of Taylor Adams (30 disposals) and Steele Sidebottom’s (29 touches), Collingwood was never in the contest while also adding to its mounting injury list.
Forward Brody Mihocek was taken off the field on a stretcher in the second term after a heavy collision in a marking contest with Melbourne’s Aaron vandenBerg while Ben Reid limped off with a hamstring issue in the third term.
The Demons were without skipper Max Gawn but flew out of the blocks with their intense pressure and hard work on the outside a feature of the opening term.
Although Simon Goodwin’s side largely failed to capitalise on their early opportunities and took just a 14-point lead into the first break.
That changed in the second quarter, when the Demons seized their opportunity to grab the game by the scruff of the neck.
Spargo led the way with three majors as Melbourne piled on seven goals to three to take a 32-point lead into half-time.
The Demons held their nerve as Collingwood attempted a fightback in the third term amid heavy rain.
The final term was all Melbourne, with the Demons wrapping up a four-quarter performance by keeping the Magpies goalless while booting four goals.
The victory puts Melbourne into the finals mix before a difficult travel schedule that includes games on the Gold Coast, in Alice Springs and in Cairns.
Lions home by a point against Kangaroos
The Brisbane Lions have survived a scare against lowly North Melbourne to register a one-point AFL win on the Gold Coast.
The second-last Kangaroos produced a plucky performance against their high-flying opponents, who were wayward with the boot in their 7.11 (53) to 8.4 (52) victory in Carrara.
North Melbourne cut six players after a horror loss last week and had experienced defender Robbie Tarrant pull out late due to a calf problem.
But they kicked four of the six goals in the final quarter to go within a whisker of causing a boilover.
The match was in the balance when North Melbourne’s Cameron Zurhaar snapped a goal to reduce the margin to eight points inside the final three minutes.
Zurhaar then grabbed a pack mark with two minutes remaining but could not convert from an angle.
He slotted a free kick after the siren for the final one-point margin.
The Lions were desperate in defence to secure their ninth win of the season, which lifts them level with ladder leader Port Adelaide but in second place on percentage.
North Melbourne’s Jed Anderson topped the match possession count with 29, while Lachie Neale (24 touches) and Dayne Zorko were strong through the middle for the Lions.
Lincoln McCarthy and Oscar McInerney both kicked two goals for Brisbane, including a pair of crucial majors in the last term.
The Lions held a two-point lead at quarter-time — their first five scores of the match were behinds, which included some relatively easy missed set shots.
Brisbane led 24-21 at the main break and kicked the opening goal of the third term after an animated address from coach Chris Fagan at half-time.
North Melbourne hit straight back with Bailey Scott, keeping the Lions’ lead to 12 points heading into the final quarter.