CARLTON will continue its tradition of participating in the Pride Game this Saturday against the Western Bulldogs.
The Blues have played in the last two Pride Games against the Dogs at Whitten Oval, with one loss and one win to their name.
Details: Whitten Oval, Saturday, February 22, 3.10pm EDT.
Broadcast: Fox Footy, Channel 7 and 7mate from 3.00pm
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The game in focus:
After a loss to Collingwood last week, the girls will be looking to quickly bounce back against the Western Bulldogs at Whitten Oval.
The Blues will take a relatively unchanged line-up to the west this weekend, with Jess Edwards coming in for Joanne Doonan.
Both teams are sitting on one win in this recurring match-up: the next winner will claim bragging rights.
The Club will auction off the specially designed 2020 AFLW Pride game-worn guernseys following the match, with the funds to Carlton Pride and Minus18. Bidding is open now.
What to watch:
The Blues stormed out of the gates in last year's Pride Game before the Bulldogs clawed back in an impressive final quarter fightback.
It was a day to remember for Brooke Walker who exploded with three goals, while teammate Chloe Dalton unleashed a monster goal from the centre square to provide one of the highlights of the day.
Maddy Prespakis was also a force to be reckoned with, collecting 19 disposals and laying four tackles.
These three players could be the difference for the Blues as they look to leave Whitten Oval with the win.
Player in focus:
In her third game for the ‘Baggers, Mua Laloifi will line up against some of her former VFLW Bulldogs teammates.
Laloifi’s run-and-carry across half-back should stop her old teammates in their tracks as she aims to impress Carlton coaches in her third AFLW appearance, solidifying her senior spot.
With both teams sitting on one win each so far this season, Saturday's game holds slightly greater significance.
The inclusion of Jess Edwards will add some stability to the Blues' backline, especially in the absence of key defender Jayde Van Dyk. If the Blues can make the most of the superb ruckwork of Alison Downie and Breann Moody, their clearance speed and forward entries will cause headaches for the Dogs.
A win against the Dogs and a loss for any top-three in Conference B, could see the ‘Baggers climbing up the ladder as the halfway point of the season approaches.