CARLTON will write a new chapter against an old enemy in its first home game of the 2020 season on Sunday.
The Blues will be looking to keep up their perfect AFLW record against the Magpies after a win in Round 1 over the Tigers.
Details: Ikon Park, Sunday, February 16, 3.10pm EDT.
Broadcast: Fox Footy, Channel 7 and 7mate from 3.00pm
The game in focus:
Written on the Game Changers wall outside of Carlton’s AFLW changing rooms at Ikon Park there is one message that stands out more than most.
“Never lose to Collingwood.”
It’s a streak the ‘Baggers have upheld so far in the women’s competition and one they certainly won’t want to break on Sunday.
After their resounding victory in Round 1, the Blues will take a consistent side into the clash except for one forced change.
Jess Hosking will make her first AFLW 4.0 appearance, coming in for Jayde Van Dyk who will miss the week through injury.
What to watch:
2019 AFLW Rising Star and Carlton best and fairest winner Maddy Prespakis broke out of the gates in last week’s victory over Richmond.
The youngster showed a packed Ikon Park what the future of women’s football, and it sure is bright.
With new additions to the midfield group beginning to find their feet, Bluebaggers will be eager to see how the No.4 continues to gel with Carlton’s newest Blues in the centre.
Grace Egan was strong on debut with 11 disposals and six tackles and will look to continue to harass the opposition as an inside midfielder.
But supporters will be eager to see if Lucy McEvoy can back up the breakout performance that earned her a Rising Star nomination against the Tigers.
Player in focus:
All eyes will be on newly-minted leadership group member Nicola Stevens when the Blues run out on Ikon Park on Sunday afternoon.
The former Magpie will face her old side for the third time since making the switch to Navy Blue at the end of the 2018 season.
Stevens will be looking to cement herself a spot in the Blues forward line after making the switch from defence in the offseason.
Bluebaggers will be eager to see how the experienced Blue gels with the likes of Tayla Harris.
Though these two sides have only a short history in the women’s competition, it is a rivalry that runs deep for supporters on both sides of the fence.
Collingwood will be itching to get a win over the Blues after falling short in all previous attempts, but Carlton won’t give up their winning streak without a fight.