Carlton have named a near full strength side to take on the Brisbane Lions in Friday nights NAB Cup Grand Final. Chris Judd will play his first game of the year after recovering from a hamstring strain.
The Lions will spend their third week in a row on the road, despite being the only side undefeated in the pre-season competition. They too will field one of their strongest sides to take on the Blues, boasted by the return of Jack Redden and Matt Maguire.
The two teams met in the 2007 NAB Cup Grand Final, that day it was Carlton who were victors by 25 points. Can the Lions go against the odds to win their first ever pre-season trophy?
NAB CUP GRAND FINAL
Carlton v Brisbane Lions
Etihad Stadium (Friday, March 15, 7.45pm AEDT)
B: Chris Yarran, Michael Jamison, Simon White
HB: Nick Duigan, Lachie Henderson, Zach Tuohy
C: Kade Simpson, Brock McLean, Dennis Armfield
HF: Andrew Carrazzo, Andrew Walker, Kane Lucas
F: Sam Rowe, Levi Casboult, Eddie Betts
Foll: Shaun Hampson, Bryce Gibbs, Marc Murphy
Int: Chris Judd, Matthew Kreuzer, Mitch Robinson, Josh Bootsma, Ed Curnow, Aaron Joseph
Emg: Jeremy Laidler, Tom Bell, Heath Scotland
B: Joel Patfull, Daniel Merrett, Elliot Yeo
HB: Jed Adcock, Matt Maguire, Mitch Golby
C: Patrick Karnezis, Tom Rockliff, Pearce Hanley
HF: Rohan Bewick, Jonathan Brown, Josh Green
F: Aaron Cornelius, Stefan Martin, Dayne Zorko
Foll: Billy Longer, Brent Moloney, Daniel Rich
Int: Sam Docherty, Ashley McGrath, Claye Beams, Andrew Raines, Jack Redden, James Polkinghorne
Emg: Marco Paparone, Ryan Lester, Jack Crisp