Well here we are - only 2 days away from our thrilling finals shoot-out with the old enemy, the Bombers. It will be an awesome day, both from a club rivalry and pure football point of view. Let's hope our boys can get the win, and keep the momentum going further into September!
This week has seen the retirement of one of Carlton's favourite sons, Ryan 'Hoops' Houlihan. 200+ games at AFL level is an amazing achievement, and I'm sure all Blues supporters will be sorry to see team sheets without the name 'R. Houlihan' appearing on them from now on. Well done to a wonderful, skilful and much loved Blue.
Two other items of note this past week, were the inclusions of Carlton players in both the AFL MVP nominations, as well as the initial All-Australian squad.
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Finally, this weekend's game sees Mr Consistent, Kade Simpson, achieve a unbelievable milestone; 143 consecutive games for the club. This creates a new club record for consecutive games by any Carlton player. What a fantastic effort!
Carlton's team for Sunday's game:
Backs: Michael Jamison Lachie Henderson Jeremy Laidler
HBacks: Aaron Joseph Nick Duigan Chris Yarran
Centres: Bryce Gibbs Chris Judd Dennis Armfield
HForwards: Jeff Garlett Bret Thornton Kade Simpson
Forwards: Eddie Betts Setanta O’hAilpin Andrew Walker
Followers: Rob Warnock Heath Scotland Marc Murphy
Interchange: Andrew Carrazzo Marcus Davies David Ellard Mitch Robinson
Emergencies: Paul Bower, Kane Lucas, Zach Tuohy
In: Carrazzo, Ellard, Jamison, Thornton
Out: Kreuzer (foot), Lucas, Russell, Tuohy (all omitted)