Only two days remain in 2017, thus only two games remain in our countdown of the 10 best AFLW games of the year.
You might not have thought that Melbourne and Carlton’s round four game would make this countdown after the first quarter, but the clash progressed into a shootout with a rather wild ending.
The quality of football in the game and the nail-biting finish made this one of the best games of the season, coming in at number two.
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The first quarter was pretty much a write-off, but quarter number two was a sight to see, with both teams firing on all cylinders to combine for five goals in the term.
Melbourne claimed the only two goals in the third term, however, and their 19-point lead looked to be too much for Carlton to overcome.
But the Blues made a habit of coming back in second halves in 2017, and their effort to do so against the in-form Dees was done so with class and poise.
Three set shot goals, including two to budding star Bella Ayre, had the match all square with seven minutes remaining.
It looked like neither team would be able to break through for a score until a crazy defensive lapse from the Blues.
Remarkably, Richelle Cranston found herself in 40m metres of space deep inside the forward 50, getting on the end of a rushed kick forward to kick the goal that would separate the two teams.
The Blues couldn’t find an avenue to goal in the remaining minutes, but their effort to come back from three goals down has to be applauded, as do both teams for their incredible display of skill.
You can watch the highlights of Melbourne’s narrow victory over Carlton below!
Melbourne: 0.1, 3.2, 5.6, 6.6 (42)
Carlton: 0.1, 2.3, 2.5, 5.6 (36)
Melbourne: Alyssa Mifsud 2, Elise O’Dea, Shelley Scott, Deanna Berry, Richelle Cranston
Carlton: Isabella Ayre 2, Kate Shierlaw, Darcy Vescio, Bianca Jakobsson
Melbourne: Daisy Pearce (28), Elise O’Dea (27), Karen Paxman (24)
Carlton: Sarah Hosking (12), Tilly Lucas-Rodd (11), Lauren Arnell (10)