The Northern Blues host Geelong at Ikon Park tomorrow. (PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Dodge, AFL Media)
A first home win of 2018 will be on the agenda for the Northern Blues tomorrow afternoon.
The Blues will host Geelong at Ikon Park, returning to the Carlton ground for the second straight week.
After the difficult circumstances of last weekend, the Blues will be hoping for a four-quarter performance against the Cats.
The last time these two teams played against each other, Northern came away with a gripping five-point win late in the final quarter.
They’ll be hoping for a similar result tomorrow, against a Geelong side hopeful of a top-four position heading into the mid-season bye.
The Cats have won four of their seven games, with their losses coming by two, four and seven points.
In a significant boost for the Blues, Nick Graham has been deemed fit to play tomorrow, after coming from the field early last weekend.
His 34 disposals and 11 clearances in the corresponding fixture last year saw him come away with the three Liston Trophy votes as best-on-ground.
Both sides have added some firepower in front of goal, with Harry McKay and Stewart Crameri named for their respective teams.
Northern will be hoping their tall timber fires, with McKay joining Tom De Koning, Matthew Harman and Matthew Lobbe. Andrew Phillips has been managed.
Despite last week’s result, the Blues could be pleased with a number of the signs shown before injuries took their toll against the Bombers.
They’ll be reliant on Graham and captain Tom Wilson to get the job done in the middle of the ground, while inclusion Aaron Mullett will provide some valuable run-and-carry.
Those three names make up half of the players aged over 22 in the squad as the Blues once again back their youth in the cut-and-thrust of the VFL.
Fresh from five goals last weekend, it’s expected Jesse Palmer will once again play his role up forward, while Josh Hill and Matthew Shaw will provide the experience in an otherwise young Northern defensive group.
The game begins at 2pm, with entry free for Carlton and/or Northern Blues members.
There will be no live stream of the game.
Round 9 VFL
Northern Blues vs. Geelong
Saturday, June 2 — 2pm
Adults — $10
Concession — $5
Children under-15 — Free entry
Carlton members — Free entry
Northern Blues members — Free entry
The game will mark the first home double-header for the VFL and VFLW Blues. The VFL Women’s clash gets underway from 11:30am, as Carlton take on the Darebin Falcons.
Entry is free for the game up until half-time.