The 2015 AFL season kicks off tonight at 7.20pm where the Blues will be looking to upset an improved Richmond line up. The Tigers will be looking to bury their miserable September campaign that came to a shuddering halt at the Portress last year. After winning nine games on the trot Damien Hardwick’s men succumbed to a rampant Port Adelaide by 57 points. A win tonight for the Tigers would go a long way to putting the demons of last season behind them.
As for the Blues, they will be aiming to avenge their Round 2 loss from last season against the Tigers (98-96). Mick Malthouse has been saying all the right things in the pre season pressers; but he’s yet to provide any evidence in his tenure that he is the man Carlton need. A win tonight against Richmond will be a good start, but keep in mind that Carlton lost four of their first five games last season.
Liam Jones (Blues) and Taylor Hunt (Tigers) will both debut for their new clubs. Kamdyn McIntosh, who impressed in the NAB Challenge, will line up on the wing for the yellow and black. Expect this contest to be brutal early on, but the class of Richmond through the middle of the ground should see them get off to a winning start in 2015.
Justin’s tip: Richmond by 14 points.
2 Troy Menzel, 3 Marc Murphy, 4 Bryce Gibbs, 5 Chris Judd, 6 Kade Simpson, 9 Patrick Cripps, 13 Chris Yarran, 14 Liam Jones, 15 Sam Docherty, 17 Sam Rowe, 18 Kristian Jaksch, 22 Jason Tutt, 23 Lachie Henderson, 25 Clem Smith, 28 Tom Bell, 33 Andrejs Everitt, 35 Ed Curnow, 36 Cameron Wood, 39 Dale Thomas, 40 Michael Jamison, 41 Levi Casboult, 42 Zach Tuohy, 43 Simon White, 44 Andrew Carrazzo, 46 David Ellard
1 Chris Newman, 2 Dylan Grimes, 3 Brett Deledio, 4 Dustin Martin, 5 Brandon Ellis, 6 Shaun Grigg, 8 Jack Riewoldt, 9 Trent Cotchin, 10 Shane Edwards, 11 Jake Batchelor, 13 Ricky Petterd, 14 Bachar Houli, 18 Alex Rance, 20 Ivan Maric, 22 Nathan Gordon, 24 Ben Griffiths, 25 Troy Chaplin, 26 Anthony Miles, 27 Sam Lloyd, 28 Taylor Hunt, 29 Ty Vickery, 31 Nick Vlastuin, 33 Kamdyn McIntosh, 38 Steven Morris, 48 Kane Lambert
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