Details: GMHBA Stadium, Saturday 20 June, 7:40pm (AEST)
Broadcast: FOX Footy, KAYO, AFL App
Live Updates: Twitter, Instagram and the Carlton App
The game in focus:
The Blues have a tough task ahead of them as they look to bounce back from last week’s disappointing loss against the Demons.
Carlton can’t let another slow start get in its way against a Geelong outfit which is full of confidence following a big win over Hawthorn.
The Blues will be looking to draw some extra motivation from a few milestones, with Jack Martin to celebrate his 100th game while Kade Simpson will equal John Nicholls’ tally of 328 games in Navy Blue.
Last time we met:
It was a cold, wet and windy day when the Blues travelled down the highway to play the Cats in the final game of the 2019 season.
Kicking into the wind for three quarter, the Blues were unable to steal an unlikely victory from the Cats at home.
Defender Jacob Weitering was outstanding in defence, keeping the dangerous Tom Hawkins goalless for the day and restricting him to just seven disposals. It’s a feat the in-form Weitering will undoubtedly be hoping to replicate once again this week.
It’s all about the start.
If Carlton is able to put their slow-starting demons to rest against Geelong, then it is proven that it has what it takes to come home with the four points.
After the first quarter, the Blues are ranked within the top five of a key number of statistics across the competition under David Teague: they are more than up to the challenge.
Get excited about:
Another week, another milestone for defender Kade Simpson.
This week, the veteran will equal the tally of 328 games set by Carlton’s greatest ever player, John Nicholls.
In doing so, Simpson joins Nicholls in third place for the most games played in the Navy Blue, further cementing his place in the proud history of the Club.