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A Friday night doubleheader begins with the Carlton Blues hosting the Hawthorn Hawks at Perth’s Optus Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores from 5:40pm (AEST).
Carlton have been a genuinely good team this year, but frustrating losses have contributed to their average 4-4 record. The Blues remain in finals contention, and while last week’s close win over the Kangaroos was not their best display, it nonetheless got them back onto the winners’ list. Another victory win today has the potential to send them into the top eight yet again, barring other results.
Fortunately for the Bluebaggers, Hawthorn have been in terrible form of late. They enter Round 9 on a four-game losing streak, going down to the younger and less experienced Sydney Swans last Sunday. Their poor play has been consistent across the board, with losses against teams both in and out of the eight.
Both teams have visited Optus Stadium twice since its redevelopment. Hawthorn have a superb record at the ground, winning both clashes by 39 and 58 points respectively. The Blues have split their record, winning just once, a 2019 upset win over Fremantle. Hawthorn shapes as a challenge, though. Besides a close victory in 2017, the Carlton haven’t won against the Hawks since 2005.
David Teague has made just one change. With Mitch McGovern out due to injury, in comes Harry McKay. Alastair Clarkson has swung the axe, dumping four young players and bringing in experienced hands including Jarman Impey and Luke Breust.
Opening bounce: 5:40pm (AEST)
Venue: Optus Stadium, Perth
TV: Fox Sports
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass
B: L.Plowman, J.Weitering, K.Simpson
HB: S.Docherty, L.Jones, S.Petrevski-Seton
C: S.Walsh, P.Cripps, M.Murphy
HF: J.Martin, L.Casboult, M.Gibbons
F: E.Betts, H.McKay, D.Cuningham
Foll: M.Pittonet, E.Curnow, W.Setterfield
Bench: T.Williamson, J.Newnes, M.Kennedy, C.Moore
Emergencies: Z.Fisher, M.Cottrell, S.Philp, T.De Koning
B: B.Hardwick, J.Frawley, J.Sicily
HB: J.Impey, S.Frost, B.Stratton
C: T.Scully, J.O’Meara, I.Smith
HF: J.Gunston, S.Burgoyne, C.Wingard
F: W.Day, T.O’Brien, L.Shiels
Foll: B.McEvoy, J.Worpel, T.Mitchell
Bench: J.Scrimshaw, J.Ceglar, H.Morrison, L.Breust
Emergencies: M.Hartley, C.Glass, O.Hanrahan, D.Minchington