Round 10 Saturday 12 March

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    Dees lock in top-two berth after edging Blues in one-point thriller

    MELBOURNE was given a wake-up call of what to expect in the AFLW finals as it capped the end of the home and away season with a tense one-point win over Carlton.

    The Demons struggled to get their overlap and free-flowing style operating at anywhere near previous rounds and in the end were lucky to sneak home 5.4 (34) to 5.3 (33) at Casey Fields in Cranbourne.

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    With the Blues trailing by just two points, experienced forward Darcy Vescio had a chance to snatch an upset victory with a free kick deep in the forward pocket with only 35 seconds left on the game clock.

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    But the kick from 25m on a tight angle drifted across the goal and the ball was bundled across the line for a behind.

    Such was the threat of Carlton's surge that Melbourne sent experienced forward Daisy Pearce to the backline as an extra to help out when against the breeze in the second and fourth quarters.

    Pearce's skills and poise, particularly in the frantic final minutes, helped save the game.

    After contributing two goals in the first half, her work down back was pivotal. She even took the kick-out with only seconds remaining and found a teammate as the final siren blew.

    "Yes, it wasn't always on our terms, but we found a way to win. Heading into the finals, we're going to play a lot of close games like that, so it was good practice," Pearce said.

    "We're hungry to keep improving, our goals this year were to master our own roles and game style.

    "Obviously, the stakes go up (in the finals), but nothing really changes in terms of what we're trying to achieve and we're confident if we nail that, we can compete with the best."

    Last two mins: Dees hang on in desperate finish against Blues

    03:33 Mar 12. 2022. 9:05 PM

    Enjoy the thrilling final moments between the Demons and Blues at Casey Fields

    Melbourne was never allowed to settle with Carlton's relentless pressure on the ball carrier and at stoppages given it an impressive and superior tackle count.

    But the Demons found a way to hold onto a slender lead despite kicking only one goal in the defence-dominated second half.

    Gun Melbourne forward Tayla Harris had a quiet night in her first game against her former side and was kept goalless.

    It was left to teenage forward Alyssa Bannan to come to the Demons' rescue with three goals in the first half that ultimately proved enough.

    Bannan's three leads Dees to tight win

    01:27 Mar 12. 2022. 9:05 PM

    Alyssa Bannan was deadly in front of goal, with her three goals setting up the Demons in a final-round win over the Blues

    The Blues, on a three-game winning streak, were left to ponder what might have been after the late-season rally left them just short of the top six and a finals berth.

    The committed Blues answered coach Daniel Harford's decree to make the normally free-running Demons earn every possession and it took the home side 11 minutes to finally scrounge a behind to open the scoring.

    Blues get hot with two in a minute

    00:54 Mar 12. 2022. 7:50 PM

    Carlton had a minute to remember with goals to Nicola Stevens and Jess Good reducing the margin to under a kick

    The Blues didn't score in the opening quarter but they absorbed enormous pressure from a lopsided inside 50 count and then grew in confidence with better reward from the midfield contests late in the first half.

    Two goals from Nicola Stevens and others from Jess Good and Keeley Sherar enabled Carlton to stay in touch with the potent Demons.

    Stevens makes it three with soccer special

    00:36 Mar 12. 2022. 9:03 PM

    Nicola Stevens cut the margin to one behind with this incredible off-the-ground finish giving the Blues a sniff

    MELBOURNE     2.3     4.3      5.3     5.4 (34)
    CARLTON          0.0     4.1     4.1    5.3 (33)

    GOALS
    Melbourne: 
    Bannan 3, D.Pearce 2
    Carlton: Stevens 3, Good, Sherar

    BEST
    Melbourne:
    Hanks, Bannan, Mithen, Paxman, D.Pearce
    Carlton: Stevens, Guerin, Hill, Prespakis, Egan

    INJURIES
    Melbourne: 
    Nil
    Carlton: Nil

    Reports: Nil

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