Fri, Jun 10, 11:40pm by Kevin Pitstock
When and Where:
1.10pm at Etihad Stadium
Carlton – 23
Brisbane Lions – 16
Draws – 0
Last Time They Met:
Carlton 18.12 (120) defeated Brisbane Lions 9.11 (65), Round 14, 2010 at Etihad Stadium
Carlton – WWLWW
Brisbane Lions – LLWWL
Current Ladder Positions:
Carlton – 4th (7-1-2)
Brisbane Lions – 15th (2-8)
Lachlan Henderson has always been known as the man who replaced Brendan Fevola at Carlton. While he hasn’t come on exactly yet, the 21-year-old has shown glimpses of his potential and why Brisbane – his original club – took him with pick seven in the 2007 national draft. Henderson has only played one senior game for the Blues this season, gathering just three disposals as a substitute during the Blues’ draw with Essendon. However he’s been brought in for Sunday’s match to give the Blues a bit more variety up forward. Expect Henderson to lift against his former team too.
Tom Rockliff returns to the Brisbane side for the first time in a few weeks. The 21-year-old siffered an ankle injury a month back, but has recovered to line-up for Sunday’s match. Rockliff is perhaps the most important member of the Lions’ up-and-coming midfield. He’s averaged 26 disposals, five marks and five tackles from his first eight games of the season. Expect Rockliff to make a big impact in his first game back.
Carlton Team Changes:
IN – Paul Bower, Matthew Kreuzer and Lachlan Henderson
OUT – Setanta O’hAilpan (hand), Dennis Armfield and Jarrad Waite (hamstring)
Brisbane Lions Team Changes:
IN – Tom Rockliff, Matt Maguire and Mitchell Golby
OUT – Daniel Merrett (back), Jesse O’Brien and Rohan Bewick
BRISBANE LIONS – Mitchell Golby (19, Gippsland Power)
Let’s not harp on this one for too long.
Carlton did what it had to do last weekend, producing a blistering second half to beat lowly Port Adelaide by 62 points. It’s been the Blues’ lesser like players who have really stepped up in 2011 and given their team a genuine chance at making the top four. ‘Mr Consistency’ Heath Scotland is having a magnificent season across half-back and has yet to play a bad game, while Andrew Walker has booted 25 goals this season and has developed into the Blues’ X-factor up forward. Finally, they are coming.
It’s hard to know what to say about Brisbane. How does a team win two straight games then find itself 78 points behind at halftime the following week? That’s what happened to the Lions last weekend, as they put up a spiritless performance against a ruthless Sydney. In the first term, the Lions only went inside 50 twice and cleared the ball just once from a stoppage. They are ordinary numbers to say the least. It’s obviously a mental issue for the Lions, but it’s an issue they need to address quickly.
Pretty simple – Carlton by the length of the Flemington straight.
Best Head-To-Head Bet:
Carlton by 60+ ($2.55 – Centrebet)
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