Old Foes Go Head-To-Head

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Marc Murphy returns to save the Blues sinking ship. Image courtesy of heraldsun.com.au/George Salpigtidis

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Carlton v Collingwood


Sunday June 29 – 7:10 PM (AEST)




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It is a rivalry that has been around for well over a century. The first match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Carlton Blues was way back in 1892 when the competition was known as the VFA (Victorian Football Association). Since then they have gone head-to-head 248 times, with the Blues having the upper hand with 125 wins to Collingwood’s 119, and there is also a few draws thrown in there.

Carlton need to find the form that saw them reach the finals last year. They always seem to be quick out of the blocks but fade away towards the final siren. Last week against the Giants they were dominant in the first quarter, but fell off in the second to allow GWS to get a lead that the Blues couldn’t run down. They can’t keep relying on Chris Judd and Marc Murphy too much. They need to work together and everyone needs to stand up. The return of Murphy after missing last week’s game is a massive boost for Carlton. He provides that strength and agility up front that they missed last week. After signing a huge five-year deal, Bryce Gibbs will be looking to have huge game to once again prove his loyalty to the club. 18-year-old Blaine Johnson is set to make his debut for the club, coming off the interchange in what is a huge day in the young forwards career.

Collingwood is on a two-game losing streak. Losing to the Bulldogs two weeks ago and to the Hawks last week was not on the Pies agenda. They have been rocks and diamonds at times. Earlier in the year they were the team that took down the Swans at home, and then they are getting beaten by the Western Bulldogs who are only 4 points from the bottom of the ladder. Coach Nathan Buckley is set to welcome back some big names into his starting side, with both Steele Sidebottom and Tyson Goldsack both returning from injury. If the Pies look to get back to their winning ways, they need both Travis Cloke (28 goals) and Jamie Elliot (30 goals) to fire.

Last time these two met was back in Round 7. The Pies had the goods on the Blues that time, but both are in ordinary form and it could go either way on Sunday. The team that dominates in the middle and can control their passing game will be the victors in this one. Expect a couple of “Jesaulenko” calls to thrown in their as well.

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