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Shierlaw: Forwards will find a way

Game Changers Update | Round 4 Carlton Media's Emily Angwin brings you all the news from Ikon Park as the Blues prepare for their Round 4 clash against Western Bulldogs.

CARLTON forward Kate Shierlaw is adamant the Blues can bounce back this Friday night against the Bulldogs, despite a suspension to Tayla Harris.

Producing just eight goals as a team in AFLW 2.0, Shierlaw remains confident the Game Changers have plenty of depth in the team’s attacking line.

“Tayla’s a big loss for us, but it should make us more unpredictable going forward. We’ll have more targets for our midfielders, and hopefully I can provide a big target,” Shierlaw told Carlton Media.

“She (Harris) takes those big marks, but it’s just about sharing the load and making us less predictable, and we’ve got the girls capable.

“Last week was pretty disappointing. We were pretty flat after the game but we’ve moved on pretty quickly focusing on the Bulldogs this week.”

Kate Shierlaw celebrates her goal in Round 1. (Photo: AFL Photos)

The Game Changers ended Round 3 with more than just a loss; injuries mean small forward Georgia Gee (concussion) and midfielder Lauren Brazzale (shoulder) are likely to miss this Friday night’s inaugural AFLW pride game at the Whitten Oval.

“‘Braz’ (Brazzale) will probably miss this week with her shoulder,” Shierlaw said.

“We’ll miss her run down the wing, but we have a number of girls that can come in. There’s lots of midfield depth in our group and maybe one of the rookies can get a go.”

The Bulldogs head into Friday night’s crucial clash with their own injury headaches, with captain Katie Brennan missing with an ankle injury. Shierlaw isn’t underestimating the talent of hungry the Bulldogs, though.

“It’s never good to see the best players in the competition out,” the 28-year-old said.

“Their kicking is really good, so we have to be switched on with our defensive structures and limit their opportunities.”

The utility also wasn’t shy about commending teammate Breann Moody. The 20-year-old played a standout game against the Lions and was pivotal to the Blues’ defence.

“She (Moody) was playing as a ruck and helped down back. She was really good, especially in the air, and hopefully she can just get better and better.”