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Congratulations to Carlton FC - the winners of the 28th Peter Mac Cup

01 August 2023

Congratulations to Carlton FC for taking home the 28th Peter Mac Cup on Friday night. 

The 2023 contest marked 30 years since the first cup was first awarded, marking the longest running charity match in VFL/AFL history between old rivals, Collingwood and Carlton. This marks the 16th occasion the Blues have taken the cup back to IKON Park. 

It was a nail-biting match at the MCG, with both teams putting on an incredible show for the 90,000 strong crowd. But it was Carlton that brought home the Cup with a final score of 76-93.

It was especially exciting for Peter Mac patients and staff at the game, who got to watch Collingwood charge in through a Peter Mac banner at the beginning of the game.

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In the lead up to Friday’s blockbuster, we were fortunate enough to have players from Collingwood and Carlton visit us at Peter Mac.

They met fans in Ward 6A, Ward 3A, Clinical Trials, Radiation Therapy and the Chemotherapy Day Unit, plus and a quick stop in the labs to hear about research from Ryan Brown in the Hogan Lab.

Huge thanks to Nick Daicos, Darcy Cameron and Mason Cox from Collingwood, and Sam Docherty, Mitch McGovern, Brodie Kemp and Matt Owies from Carlton.

Carlton and Collingwood visit Peter Mac

We would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the staff, players and coaches from Collingwood and Carlton for their incredible support and generosity of time and spirit in the lead up and on the night for this year’s Peter Mac Cup.

As the longest running charity match in the AFL/VFL, your support is vital for building awareness for the vital work being done to accelerate cancer research at Peter Mac.


Looking to raise both awareness and funds for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, it’s a cause close to everyone at both clubs, particularly Sam Docherty, who was treated at Peter Mac upon his cancer diagnosis a few years ago.  

“Great win by the boys to take home the Peter Mac Cup.

“Surreal to see my two worlds merge together to raise awareness and funds for Peter Mac. Working closely with the Foundation, I see how appreciated moments like last night are.

“To those in their battle, you got this ?”

Carlton captain Patrick Cripps echoed this sentiment as he accepted the Peter Mac Cup on the ground at the ‘G.

Cripps and Cup

“This round means a lot to us and this game. A special mate of ours went through a tough time, and to see what Peter Mac does for people struggling is huge.

“To everybody out there who is going through their own battle right now: if you’re family, get around them, and keep fighting.”

A testament to both Collingwood and Carlton’s clubs characters, these age old rivals came together off the field to raise awareness and funds for Peter Mac. Every dollar raised through the Peter Mac Cup this year will help Peter Mac researchers make new world-leading breakthroughs that will help to improve care for people affected by cancer.

Thank you again to all involved in making this year’s Peter Mac Cup a success!

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