Australian Football League (AFL) Live Carlton Blues vs Gold Coast Suns match will be kick off at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne,Saturday 09 August 2014 online, 14:10 AEDT and its broadcast on Fox Footy.
The Blues might not make too many changes from the side that narrowly lost to Fremantle last weekend. Troy Menzel could return from a knee injury with the positions of Brock McLean, Blaine Johnson and Tom Bell in most jeopardy. The Suns will be hopeful that Kade Kolodashnij will recover from his hamstring complaint and David Swallow, who was subbed out against the Saints with a lower leg complaint. Zac Smith will miss the rest of the year after sustaining an ankle injury two weeks ago.
Since round 10, the Suns are 3-6 including an embarrassing 56-point defeat to Brisbane two weeks ago. They responded with a nice win over the Saints leaving them in ninth spot with a 10-8 record. They are 7-4 both head-to-head and against the line vs bottom-ten teams this year. The Blues have split their last four 2-2 but were only beaten by a clutch Lachie Neale goal last Thursday night. They’re 6-12 this year sitting in 13th spot on the ladder with a 5-4 both head-to-head and against the line record vs bottom-ten teams.
The Blues had a mammoth 40 scoring shots in their 43-point win over the Suns in round 18 last year. Matthew Kreuzer had 42 hit-outs in a dominant rucking performance whilst Lachie Henderson and Eddie Betts combined for seven goals as seven Blues had more than 25 touches. For the Suns, Sam Day, Aaron Hall and Charlie Dixon slotted two goals each and Gary Ablett was the only player to have over 24 disposals.
B: Chris Yarran, Michael Jamison, Sam Rowe
HB: Zach Tuohy, Simon White, Sam Docherty
C: Kade Simpson, Chris Judd, Ed Curnow
HF: Brock McLean, Levi Casboult, Ciaran Sheehan
F: Dale Thomas, Jarrad Waite, Troy Menzel
Fol: Cameron Wood, Marc Murphy, Bryce Gibbs
I/C: Tom Bell, Andrew Carrazzo, David Ellard, Nick Graham
Emg: Dennis Armfield, Blaine Johnson, Matthew Watson
In: Ciaran Sheehan, Troy Menzel,
Out: Lachie Henderson (eye socket), Blaine Johnson (omitted)
New: Ciaran Sheehan
B: Rory Thompson, Steven May, Greg Broughton.
HB: Kade Kolodjashnij, Trent McKenzie, David Swallow.
C: Jarrod Harbrow, Danny Stanley, Matt Shaw.
HF: Michael Rischitelli, Tom Lynch, Harley Bennell.
F: Jack Martin, Sam Day, Aaron Hall.
Fol: Daniel Gorringe, Jaeger O’Meara, Dion Prestia.
I/C: Alex Sexton, Brandon Matera, Jesse Lonergan, Sean Lemmens.
Emg: Timmy Sumner, Clay Cameron, Louis Herbert
In: Kade Kolodjashnij, Brandon Matera.
Out: Timmy Sumner (omitted), Louis Herbert (omitted)