CARLTON will take on St Kilda for the first time tonight at Ikon Park.
It will be the first time the two teams have lined up against each other for premiership points, with St Kilda embarking on its first AFLW season.
The Blues currently sit third on the AFLW Conference B ladder, with winning form key as the season enters its second half.
Don’t forget to wear a touch of orange to the game for the third annual AFLW Carlton Respects Game.
Details: Ikon Park, Saturday 7 March, 7:10pm AEST.
Broadcast: Fox Footy, Channel 7/7 Mate from 7pm.
The game in focus:
With this being just St Kilda's fifth game in the competition, there'll be a sense of the unknown for the Game Changers heading into tonight's encounter. The two teams faced off in pre-season, but this is the first time in the AFLW competition.
Coming off two wins in a row, the Blues could make it three in a row against the Saints' relatively new line-up, taking advantage of their experience and cohesion as a side.
Tonight's match marks the third annual AFLW Carlton Respects Game, with the Game Changers to wear orange socks on-field to raise awareness about gender equality and the prevention of violence against women.
Throughout the week, the players have described it as representing 'something more than just yourself'. With only one win in a Carlton Respects game, the Blues will be out celebrate a big day for the Club with a victory.
"It's so much bigger than you and the game that you're playing in."— Carlton Womens (@carltonfc_w) March 5, 2020
Growing up, @kez_harrington dreamed of playing in the Navy Blue. As a co-captain and a member of the Club's Community team, she opens up on how much wearing the orange socks means. ??#BoundByBlue
What to watch:
It was a reward for effort early in the week, with Grace Egan nominated as a Rising Star.
It was her 18-disposal, four-tackle game against Adelaide which clinched it, but it was Egan's consistency, combativeness and class over the opening month which saw her get the recognition she deserved.
With Egan joined by Lucy McEvoy as well as Georgia Patrikios and Caitlin Greiser in opposition, four of the eight Rising Star nominees this season will run out on Ikon Park tonight.
From a Navy Blue perspective, there aren't many sights better than Carlton running out on Ikon Park.
This weekend, both the men’s and the women's side will run out at the spiritual home, with the Game Changers kicking things off tonight.
With the top three in Conference B coming down to the wire, the Blues would love to continue their winning form against the competition newcomers.