Game Day Round 3: Essendon vs Carlton, Windy Hill, Sunday 02/05/2021 @ 12:05 AEST

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The traditional rivals of the AFL will meet in the VFL for the first time in over 20 years, and it will be on. Both sides enter the clash at 1-1, although Carlton will be warm favourites after winning their last start by 12 goals against the team Essendon lost to by 11 goals in round 1. On the injury front, Essendon will be welcoming back key defenders James Stewart and possibly Zach Reid as well as inside midfielder Dylan Clarke, whilst ruckman Tom de Koning will come back for the Blues.

Essendon jumped to an early lead against Collingwood and never surrendered it, kicking away to a 35 point win. Tom Cutler was clearly best on ground, having 27 disposals and a 10 minute burst in the third quarter where he kicked 3 goals really buried the Pies. Danny Younan was also lively up front with 3 goals as captain, whilst Josh Tynan was in control in defence with his footy brain and solid skills.

A remarkable 12 goal opening quarter won Carlton the game, former Collingwood and Adelaide player Ben Crocker kicking 4 of his 7 goals in the opening stanza in what was a completely dominant game from him, having an able partner in former Geelong midfielder James Parsons having 21 disposals and 5 goals. Will Setterfield was excellent through the middle as well, collecting 25 disposals and 10 tackles.

Possible Sides:

Essendon vs Carlton

FB: Martin Gleeson - James Stewart - Zachary Reid
FF: Ben Crocker - Alex Mirkov - Eddie Betts
HB: James Harrold - Cian McBride - Tom Hird
HF: Ben Caluzzi - Toby Wooller - Sam Ramsay
MF: David Zaharakis - Dylan Clarke - Kyle Dunkley
MF: Cooper Stephens - Will Setterfield - Fraser Phillips
HF: Patrick Ambrose - Josh Eyre - Alec Waterman
HB: Lochie O'Brien - Stefan Radovanovic - Matthew Cottrell
FF: Lachlan Johnson - Sam McLarty - Danny Younan
FB: Cody Hirst - Ed Delaney - Ryley Stoddart
OB: Nick Bryan - Ned Cahill - Joe Atley
OB: Tom de Koning - James Parsons - Paddy Dow

IC: Cody Brand - Josh Smithson - Josh Tynan - Angus Baker
IC: Tom North - Sam Philp - Matt Shannon - Corey Durdin

Not overly confident, Carlton will be there abouts for top 4 this season, whereas we'll be very up and down. Blues by 22.
 

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nice wrap up. how good is going to be to be back Carlton v Bombers at Windy Hill.
Only thing better would have been a curtain raiser at the G.
Not sure what happened to you guys v Brizzy last week but look pretty strong on paper .
 

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nice wrap up. how good is going to be to be back Carlton v Bombers at Windy Hill.
Only thing better would have been a curtain raiser at the G.
Not sure what happened to you guys v Brizzy last week but look pretty strong on paper .
We got jumped and didn't have our best side on the park.
 

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We have more AFL listed players than they do it seems (10 to 9) but they're still probably favourites.

Us:

FB: Cody Brand - Brandon Zerk-Thatcher - James Harrold
HB: Angus Baker - Cian McBride - Tom Hird
MF: Tom Cutler - Joe Atley - Kyle Dunkley
HF: Lachlan Johnson - Patrick Ambrose - Alec Waterman
FF: Jack Hickman - Josh Eyre - Danny Younan
OB: Sam McLarty - Ned Cahill - Nicholas O'Kearney
IC: Sam Conforti - Billy Cootee - Josh Smithson - Josh Tynan

Them:

FB: Cooper Stephens - Stefan Radanovic - Ryley Stoddart
HB: James Parsons - Tom Williamson - Sam Petrevski-Seton
MF: Matthew Shannon - Will Setterfield - Lochie O'Brien
HF: Ben Caluzzi - Toby Wooller - Josh Honey
FF: Corey Durdin - Ben Crocker - Cody Hirst
OB: Tom de Koning - Sam Ramsay - Matthew Kennedy
IC: Aaron Grundy - Nic Newman - Tom North - Fraser Phillips
 

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We have more AFL listed players than they do it seems (10 to 9) but they're still probably favourites.

Us:

FB: Cody Brand - Brandon Zerk-Thatcher - James Harrold
HB: Angus Baker - Cian McBride - Tom Hird
MF: Tom Cutler - Joe Atley - Kyle Dunkley
HF: Lachlan Johnson - Patrick Ambrose - Alec Waterman
FF: Jack Hickman - Josh Eyre - Danny Younan
OB: Sam McLarty - Ned Cahill - Nicholas O'Kearney
IC: Sam Conforti - Billy Cootee - Josh Smithson - Josh Tynan

Them:

FB: Cooper Stephens - Stefan Radanovic - Ryley Stoddart
HB: James Parsons - Tom Williamson - Sam Petrevski-Seton
MF: Matthew Shannon - Will Setterfield - Lochie O'Brien
HF: Ben Caluzzi - Toby Wooller - Josh Honey
FF: Corey Durdin - Ben Crocker - Cody Hirst
OB: Tom de Koning - Sam Ramsay - Matthew Kennedy
IC: Aaron Grundy - Nic Newman - Tom North - Fraser Phillips
So, are we actually taller at the back in the VFL than in the seniors?
 

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So, are we actually taller at the back in the VFL than in the seniors?
Stewart - 199 cm
Ridley - 195 cm
Laverde - 191 cm
Heppell - 190 cm
Redman - 187 cm
Guelfi - 183 cm
Hind - 180 cm

Average height 189.2 cm. Compared to:

McBride - 197 cm
Brand - 196 cm
Zerk-Thatcher - 195 cm
Baker - 190 cm
Harrold - 184 cm
Hird - 180 cm
Tynan - 180 cm

Average height 188.8 cm

Strictly speaking no but it has more genuine KPP's
 

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Stewart - 199 cm
Ridley - 195 cm
Laverde - 191 cm
Heppell - 190 cm
Redman - 187 cm
Guelfi - 183 cm
Hind - 180 cm

Average height 189.2 cm. Compared to:

McBride - 197 cm
Brand - 196 cm
Zerk-Thatcher - 195 cm
Baker - 190 cm
Harrold - 184 cm
Hird - 180 cm
Tynan - 180 cm

Average height 188.8 cm

Strictly speaking no but it has more genuine KPP's
The reason I asked was mostly because I looked at McBride, BZT and Brand and thought, wowsers.
 

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We have more AFL listed players than they do it seems (10 to 9) but they're still probably favourites.

Us:

FB: Cody Brand - Brandon Zerk-Thatcher - James Harrold
HB: Angus Baker - Cian McBride - Tom Hird
MF: Tom Cutler - Joe Atley - Kyle Dunkley
HF: Lachlan Johnson - Patrick Ambrose - Alec Waterman
FF: Jack Hickman - Josh Eyre - Danny Younan
OB: Sam McLarty - Ned Cahill - Nicholas O'Kearney
IC: Sam Conforti - Billy Cootee - Josh Smithson - Josh Tynan

Them:

FB: Cooper Stephens - Stefan Radanovic - Ryley Stoddart
HB: James Parsons - Tom Williamson - Sam Petrevski-Seton
MF: Matthew Shannon - Will Setterfield - Lochie O'Brien
HF: Ben Caluzzi - Toby Wooller - Josh Honey
FF: Corey Durdin - Ben Crocker - Cody Hirst
OB: Tom de Koning - Sam Ramsay - Matthew Kennedy
IC: Aaron Grundy - Nic Newman - Tom North - Fraser Phillips
They actually have 17 to our 12 AFL experience players. Expect De Koning to take control of this one and there mids to get on top. Setterfield was good last week. Expect Crocker to not get nearly as much 1:1 as he was afforded last week either.


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They actually have 17 to our 12 AFL experience players. Expect De Koning to take control of this one and there mids to get on top. Setterfield was good last week. Expect Crocker to not get nearly as much 1:1 as he was afforded last week either.


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They have named all four emergencies so one will obviously miss. I expect it to be Petrevski-Seton.
 

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Ambrose goal before the siren is peak VFL.

Actually, correction, how poor the Ch 7 coverage is peak VFL. Cut to ads mid play etc is crap


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