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Carlton Media  February 1, 2018 6:00 PM

Press Conference | Damien Keeping & Wayne Siekman Carlton and Collingwood AFLW senior coaches Damien Keeping and Wayne Siekman fronted the media at Ikon Park today, with preparations escalating for the season-opening clash this Friday.

THIS has been a long time coming!

The Hosking twins will run out alongside each other for the first time on Friday night, after the pair were selected to play in the season opener against Collingwood at Ikon Park on Friday night. 

Watching from the sidelines last year due to injury, there’s no doubt it will be a special moment for Jess when she pulls on her No.11 navy blue jumper, and runs through the banner with sister Sarah for the first time. 

Jess is one of seven players who will make their Carlton debut under lights on Friday night, with new recruits Tayla Harris and Nicola Stevens also set to don the navy blue for the first time. 

AFLW 2018 Practice Match - Western Bulldogs v Carlton
Star signing Tayla Harris will line up in the Blues' forward line on Friday night. (Photo: AFL Media)

There’s no doubt Carlton fans will look forward to seeing Darcy Vescio and Harris bounce off each other in the forward line, while Stevens will team up with Bri Davey in defence and have the ability to run through the middle. 

Kerryn Harrington and Maddison Gay, code-hoppers and last year’s rookie elevations, will also make their debuts, while draftees Georgia Gee and Sophie Li have worked hard over the pre-season to earn their spot in the side. 

Make sure you get Ikon Park early to secure your seat – let’s fill the stands with navy blue! 

CARLTON'S ROUND 1 AFLW TEAM:

Backs: J. Hosking, D. Hardiman, L. Brazzale, B. Davey, A. Downie 

Mids: G. Pound, S. Audley, N. Stevens 

Forwards: T. Harris, K. Harrington, M. Gay, D. Vescio, S. Li 

Ruck: B. Moody 

Followers: S. Hosking, K. Loynes

Interchange: N. Plane, K. Gillespie-Jones, K. Shierlaw, L. Arnell, G. Gee 

Emergencies: S. Last, M. Keryk, T. Lucas-Rodd