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THE Northern Blues will kick off a big day of action at Marvel Stadium when they take on Sandringham. (PHOTO CREDIT: Rose Zarucky)

THE Northern Blues will kick off a big day of action at Marvel Stadium when they take on Sandringham.

For the first time in 2019, the Blues and Zebras will meet in a critical game for Northern’s season. A win in today’s curtain raiser will see the Blues kick out to a 5-1 start to the year for the second time under Josh Fraser.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Round 8 VFL clash.

Details: Marvel Stadium, Sunday 26 May, 11:50am
Broadcast: The game will be broadcast live on Channel 7.

THE GAME IN FOCUS:

The Blues just about got the job done against Frankston eight days ago, kicking away in the last quarter for the second consecutive game.

After three consecutive wins, Sandringham narrowly fell to the high-flying Essendon last weekend, so both teams enter the contest in form and hoping to make a mark at Marvel Stadium. 

A win could see Northern enter the top four come the conclusion of Round 8, while a Zebras victory would lock in a spot in the top eight.

There’s a lot to play for.

BLUE FOCUS:

If previous form is anything to by, former Saint Hugh Goddard is likely to get first crack at emerging forward Max King.

Last year’s first round draft pick notched up four goals against Essendon, in what was just his second game of the year after his draft year was interrupted with a knee injury.

However, Goddard – the former Saint – has been in stellar form to open the VFL season for the Northern Blues. With his intercept work a feature, it could prove to be a pivotal match-up.

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With Alex Fasolo named as the holdover emergency, Patrick Kerr will once again need to fire in front of goal if the Blues are to kick a winning score.

The in-form forward produced his most efficient performance of the season last weekend, kicking six straight goals in a best-afield performance.

Sandringham has shown this season its ability to shut the opposition out in wins, averaging just 66 points against in its three victories so far.

If the Blues are to notch their fifth win of the season, they’ll need Kerr and his fellow forwards to fire.

BLUE VIEW:

It’s a special weekend for Jarrod Garlett, Josh Hill and Kym Lebois, with today doubling up as Sir Doug Nicholls Round in the AFL.

Presented with Carlton Indigenous guernseys prior to the game, the trio will be looking to provide the spark across the ground which will be critical in Northern’s fortunes.

The experienced Hill will be Northern’s co-captain on the day, joined by Goddard.

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