CARLTON V RICHMOND
MCG – THURSDAY 7:20 PM
PAST 3 GAMES
R1, 2016, Richmond 14.8 (92) d Carlton 12.11 (83) at the MCG
R15, 2015, Richmond 10.11 (71) d Carlton 5.11 (41) at the MCG
R1, 2015, Richmond 15.15 (105) d Carlton 11.12 (78) at the MCG
LAST TIME THEY MET
Carltons No.1 selection in the 2016 draft Sam Petrevski-Seton has been training with the full squad and should be ready for selection within the coming weeks, but will take no part in round 1 against the Tigers.
Former-Cat Billie Smedts is a very good chance of making a debut for his new club against the Tigers Thursday night. Jarrod Pickett may have squeezed into selection after booting 3 goals in Carltons’ final match against the Dockers.
Ruckman Daniel Gorringe has recovered from an achilles complaint and is available for selection, so is Dylan Buckley, who has over come a hip injury.
Kristian Jaksch would be giving Coach Brendon Bolton a match selection headache after kicking 7 goals in his past two trial games and is knocking on the door for a spot in Carltons best 22.
Young ball-magnet Nick Graham has been impressive in pre-season once again, gathering 33 touches in his last trial match – dashing through the middle unmarked. Expect Graham to be an emergency for the game against the tigers.
Good News for the blues ruckman Andrew Phillips is making pleasing progress from a hot-spot in his left foot that was diagnosed in early January. Phillips is back running on a modified programs and is expected to join the group for full training within the month.
Ciaran Byrne – ACL (Indefinate)
Sam Petrevski-Seton – Quad (Rounds 3-5)
Andrew Phillips Foot (Rounds 4-6)
PREDICTED TEAM FOR ROUND 1
B: Sam Docherty, Lachie Plowman, Simon White
HB: Kade Simpson, Sam Rowe, Caleb Marchbank
C: Ed Curnow, Patrick Cripps, Matthew Wright
HF: Sam Kerridge, Jacob Weitering, Dale Thomas
F: Jack Silvagni, Levi Casboult, Rhys Palmer
FOLL: Matthew Kreuzer, Marc Murphy, Bryce Gibbs
I/C: Dennis Armfield, Charlie Curnow, Billie Smedts, Jarrod Pickett
EMG: Kristian Jaksch, Nick Graham, Daniel Gorringe