Preview: Cats v Blues

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Matthew Kreuzer will play his first VFL game in nearly four years when the Northern Blues head to Geelong. (PHOTO CREDIT: Amy Paton)

THE Northern Blues will return to VFL action today when they take on Geelong at GMHBA Stadium.

After having the bye in Round 1, Sunday marks Northern’s first game of 2019 for VFL premiership points, with a tricky assignment to come.

Should the Blues triumph, it would be the first time since 2014 where they would open their season with a victory.

Details: GMHBA Stadium, Sunday, April 14, 1pm
Broadcast: Due to Channel 7 broadcasting Sandringham v Box Hill, there will be no stream available for the game.

The game will be covered across the Northern Blues’ social media channels. There will also be radio coverage available via gofooty.live website and app. 

THE GAME IN FOCUS:

The Blues have the chance to get their year off on the right note.

As is always the case with a new VFL season, there’s no shortage of players who will run out in Northern colours for the first time.

Up to nine players could run out for the Blues for the first time in the VFL, including new Carlton recruits Hugh Goddard, Finbar O’Dwyer and Ben Silvagni.

If they are to have a winning debut, Northern will have to produce a consistent performance against a Geelong side stewing over last week’s season opener.

Having led against Richmond at three quarter time last Friday night, the Cats conceded six straight goals to ultimately go down by 13 points.

This week, Geelong welcomes back experienced AFL duo Aaron Black and Cam Guthrie from injury.

BLUE FOCUS:

While two Cats will return from injury, Northern will also welcome back two players who have had their starts to the year delayed.

Ruckman Matthew Kreuzer will return to action via the VFL on Sunday, coming back to action after knee surgery back in January. The big man will play his first game for Northern in almost four years.

Also welcomed back into the fold is Darcy Lang, who will know Sunday’s ground and opponent well. The former Cat is ready to return after having his pre-season delayed due to a foot injury.

While it’ll be their first games back for quite some time, the two senior heads will have a big say in Northern’s fortunes tomorrow.

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Northern’s midfield brigade will have their work cut out for them at the coalface, but they’ll back themselves in to get the job done.

The likes of Jack Silvagni and captain Tom Wilson will be joined by Sam Fisher, who brings in some outstanding practice match form. 

In Patrick Kerr, Jesse Palmer and recruit Alex Fasolo, the Blues also have no shortage of firepower up front capable of kicking a winning score.

BLUE VIEW:

Northern is yet to get off to a winning start under Josh Fraser, but there’s no time like the present.

A positive final performance in the practice match against North Melbourne will give the Blues confidence.

It looms as a genuine 50-50 battle to start the year off for a new-look Northern, who will field only 10 players who ran out in the final round of 2018.

Having been challenged to take ownership of the Club’s direction over the pre-season, the time is now to deliver for Northern’s mix of AFL and VFL Blues.

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