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Moody identifies key to success

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INTERRUPTING Adelaide's run-and-carry game will be Carlton's key to success this weekend, Blues' reigning best and fairest Breann Moody says.

Sunday afternoon's game at IKON Park, the Blues' first home game for the season, provides both sides with the chance to score their maiden win.  

The Crows will be keen to atone for their disappointing one-point loss to the Western Bulldogs at Norwood Oval (they kicked a dismal 1.11), while the Blues want to put on a better showing after a 36-point loss against North Melbourne in Hobart.

"Obviously it was not the result we wanted, but we have been back on the track a couple of times this week and we've got so much to take out of that game," ruck Moody told womens.afl.

"All of our lines have taken some pretty strong points to improve on. We’ve been doing a lot of work in the midfield. I know our structures and set-ups – particularly at centre bounces (which the Blues lost eight to one) – have got a lot of room for improvement.

"After watching Adelaide's game, they seem like a very attacking side. They want to move the ball very quickly, so that's going to challenge our defensive urgency.

"I love playing at home … we always get a good atmosphere and we really appreciate our supporters, so it should be really good."

 

Last week, Moody came up against Emma King, one of the premier rucks in the competition and a player Moody sees as a role model.

"She's got a bit of height on me (King is 187cm to Moody's 180cm), which is always a bit of a challenge. The way she covers the ground, is able to get forward and take marks, while also dominating in the ruck, is impressive," Moody said.

"I definitely look up to a player like that. I wish I was a little more competitive against her in terms of our set-ups and clearances."

This weekend, Moody will be facing Jess Foley, a 35-year-old former Opals basketballer playing just her second season of football.

"Nothing changes with our set-ups, whether the opposition ruck is experienced or not," Moody said.

"We'll just continue to work on what we're putting in place and hopefully we'll get the result we want."

Despite the 2018 wooden-spooner's big round-one loss against a strong Kangaroos side, Moody, who is in her third AFLW season, said the team was significantly different this year under first-year coach Daniel Harford.

"Our group is a lot more connected than the past two years. That's something I've really noticed," she said.

"It's a really fresh atmosphere, so hopefully that'll show on the field for the rest of the season."

Moody is refreshed after missing the latter half of Carlton's VFLW season to take part in a university exchange program, going from studying sports science and business management at Deakin University to spending time at Iowa State University in the Midwest of the United States.

She has already pencilled round seven into her diary, a match against reigning premiers the Western Bulldogs, and, hopefully, twin sister and fellow ruck Celine.

Celine, who has six centimetres on Breann, made her AFLW debut last week against Adelaide.

"I'm a little bit nervous about round seven," Moody said with a laugh.

"It was awesome to see her out there. She knows I'm one of her biggest supporters and I'll always help her on and off the track.

"It was fantastic seeing her having a crack and she's going really well."