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Round 15 concludes as the Carlton Blues battle the Adelaide Crows with coach David Teague under mounting pressure to keep his job. Follow along with all the action from Marvel Stadium with live scores right here on The Roar from 4:10pm (AEST).
Things are beginning to get desperate for Teague and the Blues. Just four wins for the season, with all nine of their losses by between 16 and 36 points, has left them floundering far too close to the bottom of the ladder for a side tipped to make great strides in 2021. With the Blues’ game plan coming in for a barrage of criticism – almost as much as what’s been directed at high profile recruit Zac Williams – the last week has been yet another troubling one for the club.
Coming in off a 36-point loss to another finals hopeful in GWS, the Blues’ finals hopes are already all but snuffed out – but defeat here wouldn’t just extinguish those chances completely, it would be disastrous for everyone associated with the club. It’s been mooted that a big enough defeat could even see Teague’s day of reckoning come even sooner than expected.
A few of the Blues’ inclusions may be playing for their careers this afternoon, most notably veteran Marc Murphy. Currently sitting on 295 games, him finding the four remaining games to join the prestigious 300-game club could be dependent on his performance today. Equally, youngster Sam Petrevski-Seton returns to the side after an extended stint on the outer; he’ll be keen to establish himself as a best-22 player in the run home.
The Crows headed into their bye last week in high spirits, thanks to a remarkable comeback win over St Kilda in Round 13. Scoreless up until halfway through the second quarter, the Crows took until the dying seconds to hit the front, thanks to a winning goal from prized number two draft pick Riley Thilthorpe.
Expectations are a funny thing in footy; while Matthew Nicks’ team are just one win ahead of the Blues on the ladder, things look far rosier at West Lakes than they do at Ikon Park. A win here, while disastrous for their rivals, would be another step towards future success for the Crows after the horror of last year’s wooden spoon.
Due to alterations to the fixture caused by Sydney’s COVID-19 outbreak, this match has been moved forward half an hour from an original start time of 4:40pm.
B: 13 Liam Stocker, 23 Jacob Weitering, 42 Adam Saad
HB: 20 Lachie Plowman, 14 Liam Jones, 6 Zac Williams
C: 21 Jack Martin, 9 Patrick Cripps (c), 15 Sam Docherty (c)
HF: 35 Ed Curnow, 1 Jack Silvagni, 19 Eddie Betts
F: 44 Matthew Owies, 7 Matthew Kennedy, 10 Harry McKay
FOLL: 12 Tom De Koning, 2 Paddy Dow, 18 Sam Walsh
INT: 3 Marc Murphy, 5 Sam Petrevski-Seton, 8 Lachie Fogarty, 32 Jack Newnes
EMG: 4 Lochie O’Brien, 24 Nic Newman, 36 Josh Honey, 46 Matthew Cottrell
IN: Lachie Plowman, Marc Murphy, Sam Petrevski-Seton, Jack Newnes (R14 medical sub)
OUT: Luke Parks, Marc Pittonet, Nic Newman, Zac Fisher
B: 39 Tom Doedee, 41 Jordon Butts, 1 Chayce Jones
HB: 33 Brodie Smith, 8 Jake Kelly, 16 Luke Brown
C: 38 Lachlan Sholl, 2 Ben Keays, 11 Paul Seedsman
HF: 25 Ned McHenry, 13 Taylor Walker, 21 Sam Berry
F: 23 Shane McAdam, 7 Riley Thilthorpe, 31 James Rowe
FOLL: 43 Reilly O’Brien, 29 Rory Laird, 9 Rory Sloane (c)
INT: 14 David Mackay, 17 Will Hamill, 26 Harry Schoenberg, 32 Darcy Fogarty
EMG: 6 Jackson Hately, 28 Nick Murray, 34 Elliott Himmelberg, 36 Andrew McPherson
IN: Luke Brown, Lachlan Sholl (R13 medical sub)
OUT: Andrew McPherson, Josh Worrell