Match making history in a very special tour.
This weekend, Carlton will celebrate the Aboriginal tour of IKON Park when he faces Port Adelaide for the first time in competition history.
On the back of winning by the narrowest margin possible at ETU, the Blues will be on course for their opening win in Season 7 when they face a hungry Port side.
As the makers prepare for another match against a new opponent, here’s what to expect, what to look forward to and what to be wary of going into Round Three.
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The Blues will be looking to build momentum after their thrilling one-point win over Essendon in the second round, responding to the positives that emerged while also working on areas for improvement that crept into the team’s game in the final quarter.
Carlton has a solid record against opposition for the first time in recent years, but he should be wary of the threat Port Adelaide poses in its search for the club’s first win in the AFLW competition.
A key aspect of Sunday’s game will be the game-changers’ ability to convey their style of play in the competition, with AFLW coach Daniel Harford hailing his team’s ability to get the game on their terms for three quarters against the Bombers last week after frustration. At the season opener.
It would come as no surprise that the Blues sought the ball into the hands of Darcy Viseu, who has been the hot hand throughout the season’s opening two weeks with four goals to their name. Of course, the attacking star won’t be alone, with new faces Phoebe McWilliams and Keeley Skepper looking to continue their bright start in the navy.
There’s an added element of a triple guru that the Blues will want to spot right, with Breann Moody (all in navy), Elise O’Dea (formerly Melbourne) and Jess Dal Pos (formerly GWS) all looking to finish their 50 matches in AFLW with their second straight win.
Eye on the opposition:
Port Adelaide hasn’t secured the four points in its inaugural season yet, but showed plenty of promise in a narrow two-goal loss to the Eagles in the first round, followed by a more challenging showdown with the Bulldogs where they fell by 19 points.
Pressing around the ball became their trademark, led by former Leon Maria Moloney, who continued to build their reputation as a magnet for the contested ball.
Another Rising Star nominee, Abbey Dowrick, will be the blues to watch, as the young shotgun earned praise for her debut performance, collecting 21 eliminations, seven passes and earning seven marks.
While it was a young team, with eight players making their first-round match debut, they certainly didn’t lack leadership – led by captain Erin Phillips and deputy captain Angie Foley, who both knocked out the Ravens after the tournament’s sixth season.
The force would be without their captain Gemma Hutton, who suffered a syndromic injury in the second round, leaving them to find new ways to hit the target.
The last time we met:
For the second time in as many weeks, the Blues will face a team for the first time in the competition’s history.
That doesn’t mean there won’t be any familiar faces on the field – none more so than Philips. She is joined by former fellow Ravens Foley and Justin Mules, as well as Lions Moloney and Andy Thow as well as former Gold Coast captain Hannah Dunn.
Carlton AFLW inaugural captain Lauren Arnell will also return to IKON Park – this time as head coach for Port Adelaide.
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Sunday, September 11, 12:10 p.m.
Live broadcast on Channel 7, FOX Footy, AFLW and Kayo app.
Tickets can be purchased here.
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