AFL Live Richmond Tigers vs Carlton Blues Stream AFL Football 2015 Online, AFL Round 01 Match will be kick off at Melbourne Cricket Ground Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Thursday 24 March 2016 online, 19.20 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The 2016 AFL home and away season gets underway on Thursday night when Richmond takes on Carlton at the MCG in the traditional season opener.
The Tigers will be keen to atone for what was a disappointing finals exit last year and get their chance to get their season off to a flyer against the Blues, who were wooden spooners in 2015.
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Both sides head into this with some indifferent pre-season form. The Blues lost all three of their pre-season encounters, while Richmond won one from three.
The Tigers last game was marred by a series of injuries to key players and at one stage late in the game they finished with just 15 players on the field.
Despite this, Damien Hardwick’s men head in as favourites for this due to their superior form last season that saw them win 15 of 22 regular season games, compared to the Blues, who scraped together just four wins.
The Tigers will be without Reece Conca and Shaun Grigg for an extended period, while their are some concerns over the fitness of Shane Edwards. They key playmaker, Brett Deledio, has already been ruled out of this due to a foot injury.
Deledio is regarded as a bit of a barometer for his side, who have a much better record he is in the 22. However, the Tigers should have enough depth to cover for his loss and their fans can expect big games from Dustin Martin, Anthony Miles and Trent Cotchin, who will be keen to atone for a disappointing game in the finals last year.
Carlton will take an inexperienced line up into the game and are set to name the No.1 draft pick, Jacob Weitering as well as Charlie Curnow, while the former Adelaide Crows duo of Matthew Wright and Sam Kerridge will be seen in the navy blue for the first time.
Brendan Bolton takes charge of the coaches box for the first time and will be looking to improve on the Blues’ recent record against Richmond, in which they have lost all three previous encounters by an average margin of 23 points.
Key contributors for the Blues in the NAB Challenge included youngsters such as Patrick Cripps and Nick Graham, while a lot will rest on the shoulders of the skipper Marc Murphy as well as Bryce Gibbs and Kade Simpson.
Richmond look to have an edge in class and experience at both ends of the ground and the All Australian pair of Alex Rance and Jack Riewoldt will have a major influence on the outcome.
B: David Astbury, Alex Rance, Dylan Grimes
HB: Nick Vlastuin, Bachar Houli, Brandon Ellis
C: Anthony Miles, Corey Ellis, Kamdyn McIntosh
HF: Kane Lambert, Dustin Martin, Shane Edwards
F: Jack Riewoldt, Sam Lloyd, Ty Vickery
FOLL: Shaun Hampson, Jacob Townsend, Trent Cotchin
I/C: Steven Morris, Connor Menadue, Ben Griffiths, Daniel Rioli
EMG: Andrew Moore, Taylor Hunt, Troy Chaplin
NEW: Jacob Townsend (GWS), Daniel Rioli (St Mary’s, NT)
B: Jacob Weitering, Michael Jamison, Zach Tuohy
HB: Bryce Gibbs, Sam Rowe, Andrejs Everitt
C: Sam Docherty, Ed Curnow, Kade Simpson
HF: Jed Lamb, Levi Casboult, Patrick Cripps
F: Andrew Walker, Matthew Kreuzer, Sam Kerridge
FOLL: Andrew Phillips, Matthew Wright, Marc Murphy
I/C: Dylan Buckley, Blaine Boekhorst, Nick Graham, Simon White
EMG: Charlie Curnow, Clem Smith, Mark Whiley