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Preview: Blues v Crows

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CARLTON will be searching for its first win of the season when it takes on the Crows this Sunday.

In their return to Ikon Park, the Blues will be hoping to right the wrongs of last week’s disappointing loss against North Melbourne.

One change has been made to the line-up, with 19-year old Georgia Gee coming in for Tilly Lucas-Rodd. Gee will hopefully add some zip to the Blues’ forward line, and help the team make an impact on the scoreboard.

Details: Ikon Park, North Carlton, Sunday, February 10, 4.05pm AEDT

Broadcast: Fox Footy (Channel 504)

The game in focus

This will be the first time these two teams have met at Ikon Park, and the Blues will be looking to make the most of their home ground advantage.

 

Adelaide are also coming off a disappointing loss at the hands of the Bulldogs last week. Similarly to the Blues, the Crows struggled to make the most of their opportunities up forward, scoring just one goal from 12 scoring opportunities.

Two youngsters from either side will be the ones to keep your eyes on. Carlton’s Maddy Prespakis was extremely impressive in her AFLW debut last week, finishing with 13 disposals, five tackles and demonstrating the class which has been spoken about throughout the pre-season.

On the other side, Crows’ youngster Chole Scheer was just as impressive in her debut. It is expected that she will once again be at her very best, and Carlton should not discount her impact on the field.

The difference

The Blues will look for more from their dangerous forward combination of Tayla Harris and Darcy Vescio.

Both were unable to have an impact on the scoreboard last week but did show promising signs, taking strong marks, getting into the right positions and did worry their defenders.

The two are capable of turning the game at any moment and are damaging if given the opportunity to do so.

 

Blue focus

Katie Loynes was a standout in the Blues’ midfield last week. Her experience and tenacity around the contest was unmatched.

If the reigning best-and-fairest winner is able to replicate this week, the Crows will struggle to hold her back.

Blue view

Two things will impact the Blues’ ability to get the win this week. Clearances and locking the ball in their forward half.

The Blues rucks dominated the contest last week, however, the midfielders were unable to capitalise on it. If this changes and the Blues are able to keep the ball locked in their forward half, the game will be theirs for the taking.