June 15, 2024

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Michael Voss reflected on Carlton’s King’s Birthday Eve triumph over Essendon that saw brothers Harry and Ben McKay collide in a physical contest, leaving the Blues’ key forward the worse for wear.

The McKay brothers competed against each other for the first time in an AFL game on Sunday night as Voss’ Blues claimed a 26-point victory at the MCG, despite recording four fewer scoring shots than Brad Scott’s wasteful brigade.

The win represents Carlton’s ninth of the season from 13 games as it sits second on the ladder on 36 points, having leapfrogged the third-placed Dons after Sunday’s result.

Despite out-possessing (+35) the Blues, winning the inside-50 count (+19), and registering 58 more uncontested possessions, the Bombers’ inefficiency in their forward sector proved detrimental to their winning chances.

Carlton was 16 per cent more efficient inside its forward 50 than Essendon, who put up 9.16 for the evening.

“It was territory versus efficiency, wasn’t it?” said Voss post-game, essentially summing up the contest.

“When you looked at the game itself, certainly through the third quarter they had complete dominance against us — we just couldn’t get the ball out of our back half. But they also couldn’t score — or it was hard to score.

“Credit to them, they were able to pin us in a lot. We had 38 back-of-centres — that’s just an extraordinary number.

“I think, going into the last quarter we had 24 inside-50s. I’m not sure what they had, but that seemed low to me.”


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