A BRIGHT return for Zac Fisher was one of a number of clear Carlton positives from Saturday’s reserves scratch match against Essendon.
The speedy midfielder made a successful return from the syndesmosis injury he sustained in Round 1, showcasing his customary zip at Ikon Park.
In three 20-minute time periods, Fisher kicked two goals, had two goal assists and laid a double tackle to directly force a Matthew Owies major.
Fisher wasn’t alone in the 12-against-12 hitout, which saw the Ikon Park boundary line brought inwards on either side.
Midfielders Matthew Kennedy and Liam Stocker also finished with two goals apiece, with Kennedy in particular finding plenty of the football for the second straight week.
With no wingers given the reduced numbers, Lochie O’Brien still managed to provide some important run between the arcs, while Josh Honey continued his impressive early form.
The draftee once again displayed his willingness to take the game on at all counts, kicking Carlton’s first goal of the day and getting plenty of midfield exposure.
Callum Moore (two goals) and Tom De Koning combined well as the ruck/forward combo against former Blue Andrew Phillips, while Hugh Goddard and Ben Silvagni performed strongly in key defensive posts.
GOALS: Fisher 2, Kennedy 2, Moore 2, Stocker 2, De Koning, Honey, Owies, Silvagni