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A look at Carlton’s 2021 opening game

CARLTON’s first dress rehearsal for the AFL season 2021 ended with a 21-point victory over Essendon in Ikon Park

With a number of key names for both sides, there were many positives for the blues: not least, a detrimental third quarter that effectively put the bottom line to bed

It was a goal-to-goal start at Ikon Park, with Jack Martin scoring Carlton’s first goal of the day after a free kick, Harry McKay and Paddy Dow also hit the scoreboard with precise set shots, while Liam Jones did Patrick Cripps was the main business of the blues in the center, along with Sam Walsh and new recruit Zac Williams as the starting combination

It was a hot start for Carlton early in the second season when he scored the first three goals of the season due to a rapid ball movement in the future It was the little ones who had to work on attack David Cuningham and Zac Fisher both hit the scoreboard while Marc Murphy was directly involved in two of the Blues’ three goals. A late Essendon riot brought the lead back to three points, while Carlton’s coaching staff kept twirling the magnets and Sam Petrevski-Seton for some time on the floor while Will Setterfield spent time as an inside and outside midfielder

The Blues opened the game wide in the third season after Essendon briefly took the lead, Carlton scored six goals in a row at the end of the Legend Stand, with an assistant to Adam Saad arguably the choice for Patrick Cripps Dow continued a true midfielder, shooting multiple goals forward while Zac Williams scored his first goal in the Navy Blue. Sam Docherty and Petrevski-Seton half recovered when the Blues limited their opponents to just two goals

During the last season at Ikon Park there were a lot of tired legs The game was almost over when the Blues went into the final round five goals ahead Marc Pittonet continued to enjoy success as both the lone ruckman and striker, scoring his second goal in the game The Run of Ed Curnow, Fisher ( two goals) and Adam Saad didn’t give up all afternoon, and Carlton ran out as a 21-point winner

1 The main positive result of the day was clearly Paddy Dow’s shape from a Carlton perspective, the 21-year-old got involved in everything during the four quarters at Ikon Park and used his explosive power to exploit after winning the contested ball Coming out of Overload Perhaps the most promising thing about Dow’s performance was its impact on the scoreboard, which ended the day with multiple goals

2 When The Carlton Little Ones Get To Work They Are An Exciting Team And Hard To Stop The Blues shared the load today with a number of players spinning through the front line at the feet of Harry McKay and Jack Silvagni While Zac Fisher scored two goals, David Cuningham, Marc Murphy and Michael Gibbons enjoyed the pitch late in the game and made the most of it

3 While it may have been a consistent center-square combo for the Blues last year, it looks like David Teague’s squad will have a ton of numbers in 2021. It was a starting trio from Cripps, Walsh and Williams at the feet of Marc Pittonet, but it wasn’t uncommon for Ed Curnow, Dow, Jack Martin, and Will Setterfield – among others – to spend time at the Coal Mountain


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