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Aussie Rules: Geelong look to bounce back against Carlton

Reigning premiers Geelong will be keen to respond to their round one loss against Collingwood when they take on Carlton at the MCG.

The Cats stormed to Grand Final glory in 2022 after dominating the competition throughout the campaign, but started this season with a loss to the Pies.

Nobody will be panicking at Geelong but it is important they respond with a win against the Blues under the lights at the MCG.

Carlton have high hopes for making the top eight this season but had to settle for a very rare draw against the Richmond Tigers in their opening game last week.

Michael Voss’ men will take plenty of heart from that performance against the Tigers and will attempt to cause a boilover against the Cats.

The opening game of week two has all the makings of another exciting encounter so let’s take a closer look at both sides and their team news ahead of the game.

What:Carlton v Geelong
Where:MCG, Melbourne
When:19:20 (AEST) Thursday 23rd March 2023
How to watch:Channel 7, Foxtel, Kayo
Odds:Carlton 2.35, Geelong 1.60

Big Hewett blow for Cats

Carlton’s hopes of causing an upset against the Cats have been hit by the news key midfielder George Hewett has been ruled out with a hand injury. 

Hewett had an outstanding game in the clash against the Tigers when finishing with 28 disposals and eight clearances, but also suffered an injury to his hand.

His hand was stood on during the match and although he managed to battle on and see the game out, the injury is enough to force him out against Geelong.

Carlton have ruled out any serious damage but after the player had a fitness test on Wednesday, the club have decided not to take any risks. The news does come as a big blow as Hewett is key to everything the Blues do in midfield and it will be a tough hole to fill.

There is some good news for Carlton though as Corey Durdin has recovered from a hamstring injury and will step in to replace Hewett.

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Elsewhere, Carlton will once again be without Marc Pittonet which means Tom De Koning will be the main ruckman for the Blues.

Carlton are still without Sam Walsh due to a back injury, while Jordan Boyd and Matt Cottrell are both still battling back from foot injuries and will miss out.

Stewart facing a month out

Geelong suffered a setback when losing their opening game of the season and just to make matters worse captain Tom Stewart was also injured during the game. 

Stewart suffered an MCL strain in his knee after slipping on the MCG turf and the Cats are now expecting to be without him for up to four weeks. 

It is not all bad news though and Geelong will be delighted to hear that young starlet Sam De Koning has avoided any serious damage to his knee and will be able to face his brother Tom.

There were big fears De Koning had done something serious when his knee buckled in the second quarter against Collingwood. It turned out to be his last action in the game but coach Chris Scott will have him available to face the Blues. 

Tom Hawkins just about proved his fitness to play against Carlton and following another week of training under his belt, he should be ready to fire.

Geelong remain without a number of players heading into the game and Scott is lacking options in his forward line. Jack Henry is facing a lengthy spell out after needing more surgery on his foot, while Jake Kolodjashnij missed round one with concussion and is not ready to return just yet.

Mitch Duncan and Sam Menegolao also miss out. Scott has confirmed that new recruit Jack Bowes is set to figure after missing out against the Pies with a calf injury.

Cooper Whyte is also set to make his AFL debut and Scott has high hopes for the youngster, who has been earmarked as a star midfielder of the future.

Geelong saw their 16-match unbeaten run snapped last week and Scott will be keen for them to go on a new one as soon as possible.

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