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Match-day guide: Round 3

Cold hard facts | Round 3 Hear the cold hard facts of our Round 3 match against Essendon, presented by OnTime.

It’s Carlton against Essendon as we take to the MCG to tackle the arch-enemy in our 2017 Blueout guernsey. 


Carlton v Essendon
Sunday 9 April
MCG, 3:20pm AEST


Played 244
Carlton 122
Essendon 116
Draws 6


Round 23, 2016, MCG
Essendon 15.13 (103) d Carlton 10.19 (79) 


Showers – top of 17 degrees.  


When Carlton lines up for its second home game of 2017, the Blues will sport a new look, one that pays homage to Carlton – the suburb.  

In conjunction with long-standing apparel partner Nike, the new-look guernsey takes inspiration from the traditional bluestone appearance commonly discovered in heritage streets throughout the suburb.

With the bluestone look sublimated in the guernsey, the Blueout will see a navy monogram on the navy guernsey for the first time in the Club’s 153-year history. In a further change, the playing numbers on the back of the guernseys are keylined and the word ‘CARLTON’ is proudly displayed on the back of the jumper, replacing the crest which used to sit above the number.



For the 21st time on Sunday, Carlton and Essendon will battle it out for the Madden Cup.

The Madden Cup is named in honour of brothers Justin and Simon, who between them played 710 games for Carlton and Essendon.

With the Bombers the reigning winners of the cup, the Blues will have extra incentive to bag the four points on Sunday and see the silverware return to Ikon Park. 


After being selected by Carlton with pick 61 in the 2016 national draft, Tom Williamson will make his AFL debut on Sunday afternoon.

The former North Ballarat Rebel featured in Carlton’s second JLT Community Series match against St Kilda and has also demonstrated his potential during the Northern Blues' pre-season matches.

The 18-year-old is a skillful medium defender/midfielder who can break games open with his speed.


Carlton’s 167-game and one-time premiership player Bryan Quirk will ring the historic old blue bell at the top of Carlton’s race 15 minutes prior to the first bounce, before being inducted into the Carlton Ring of Honour on Sunday afternoon. 

Quirk made his Carlton debut in Round 3, 1965 against South Melbourne and featured in the Blues’ premiership victory in 1968.

In his first season he took home the Terry Ogden Memorial Trophy as the best first-year player in 1965 and nine years later he received the Best Clubman Award. 

Quirk was also inducted into the Carlton Hall of Fame in 2006.


The Carlton Football Club is proud to have CareerOne as its match-day partner for Round 3. 

Prior to the first bounce, you can ‘celebrate and win’ with CareerOne! There’ll be two 2017 team signed footballs up for grabs as well as one Blueout guernsey. But don’t panic if you miss out, you’ll have another chance to ‘celebrate and win’ during the half-time break – we’ll have three more limited-edition guernseys to give away!


Kicking off at 12:10pm, the NAB AFL Academy 20th Anniversary Celebration Match will see Team Weitering take on Team Daniher before the Blues face the Bombers from 3:20pm. 


Free general admission for kids

Children under the age of 15 are entitled to free general admission tickets to all Sunday matches played at the MCG.

For further details, click here. 

National Sports Museum

Children under 15-years old will also be granted free entry into the National Sports Museum when arriving with an adult.

When Carlton takes on Essendon this weekend, the first 20 visitors at the NSM will receive a free kids’ meal voucher.

Be sure to have a go at our Speedster Challenge to score great giveaways!

You’ll also have the chance to meet Captain Carlton and Navy Nina, they’ll be there from 1:30-2:00pm.


Subject to weather, fans will be able to have a kick-to-kick on the MCG after the game so don’t forget to bring a footy!  



Want to wear what the team wears? Shop our latest men’s and women’s range at the MCG Superstore as well as all merchandise outlets throughout the stadium.

The MCG Superstore will stock our limited edition Blueout guernsey, but with a limited number of jumpers available you’ll have to get in quick! 

2017 Carlton members can receive their 10 per cent discount at all merchandise outlets with all proceeds going directly to the Club.

Alternatively, you can stock up on the latest Blues gear online.


The journey continues, so make sure you’re on board!

Visit our Membership Hub located outside Gate 3.

Our friendly membership team will be there to assist you with any enquiries from 11:30am until half-time.

With every access membership purchased, you’ll receive a ticket to Sunday’s game!

For more information, head to: or call 1300 CARLTON. 


  • 11:00am – Outside Gate 3: Ticket box office opens
  • 11:30am – Gates open
  • 11:30pm – Inside Gate 3: Kids under 15 can enter the National Sports Museum for free when arriving with an adult
  • 12:10pm – On ground: NEAFL curtain raiser begins between Team Weitering and Team Daniher
  • 1:30pn – On the concourse: be on the lookout for our ZTE match-day moments staff for your chance to be on the big screen
  • 2:58pm – On ground: celebrate and win with CareerOne
  • 3:00pm – On ground: Captain Carlton and Navy Nina make their grand entrance on board their Blue Betty hovercraft for the first time in 2017
  • 3:05pm – On ground: Carlton great Bryan Quirk will ring the iconic Blue bell, before being inducted into Carlton’s Ring of Honour
  • 3:20pm – Game starts
  • 4:30pm – On ground: celebrate and win with CareerOne
  • Post-game - Make sure you stick around after the match to enjoy kick-to-kick and test your own footy skills on the ‘G (weather dependent). 


The Ticketek box office, located to the left-hand side of Gate 3, will open at 11:00am.

You can also purchase your tickets online by visiting 


Great Southern Stand

Q4-Q15 (Rows P-DD)

Ponsford Stand

M33 (Rows AA-NN)

Olympic Stand

Q49-Q53 (Rows K-MM)


Bay M3 (Rows A-V) 


Public gates will open at 11:30am

AFL Reserve will open at 11:30am

MCC Reserve will open at 11:30am 


There will be no car parking available in Yarra Park at the Carlton v Essendon match at the MCG on Sunday April 9, due to the heavy rain forecast.

All public patrons, members (AFL, MCC and competing clubs), staff, emergency services personnel and working media are encouraged to take public transport to the MCG, or to seek alternative parking in the CBD and surrounding suburbs.

Access for vehicles with a disability permit:

A limited number of spaces on the hard stand area adjacent to Punt Road Oval will be available to disabled patrons on Sunday. Car park Gate 6 will open at 12.00pm to accommodate these vehicles.

CBD parking locations:

11 Exhibition Street

121 Exhibition Street

12-20 Flinders Lane

114 Flinders Street

28 Flinders Street

32 Flinders Street

172 Flinders Street

Federation Square

202 Flinders Lane

1 Allowah Tce, Richmond

On-street parking:

Metered parking is available around the Botanical Gardens and along the Yarra River.


You can take a train, tram or bus to the MCG. 

Trams No.75 (City-Vermont South), No.48 (City-North Balwyn) and No.70 (City-Wattle Park) stop within walking distance of the ground.

Jolimont and Richmond Train Stations are within walking distance of the MCG. To get to Jolimont station take Hurstbridge or Epping line trains. To get to Richmond station from the city, take any train on the Lilydale, Belgrave, Alamein, Glen Waverley, Dandenong, Pakenham, Cranbourne, Frankston or Sandringham lines.

The Bus route 246 is run by National Bus Company, which links La Trobe University with Elsternwick Station. The 246 Bus stops on Punt Road.

For more information visit the PTV website.


Metro TV in Melbourne and Adelaide: Channel 7 (LIVE), Fox Footy (LIVE)

Metro TV in Perth, Sydney, Brisbane: 7mate (LIVE), Fox Footy (LIVE)

Melbourne Radio: 3AW, ABC, Triple M, ABC Grandstand, SEN

Regional Radio: Triple M Bendigo, Triple M Shepparton, MMM Mildura, StarFM Warragul, Crocmedia, NIRS, ABC 





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