JLT Series pre-season teams Week 1: SuperCoach Essendon v Carlton, Sam Walsh, Dylan Shiel, Michael Gibbons, Will Setterfield
Carlton and Essendon have named near full strength squads for Thursday night’s JLT Series opener at Ikon Park.
The Blues are only missing Matthew Kreuzer and Caleb Marchbank from what is arguably their best 22 while first-round draft pick Liam Stocker misses out on a navy blue debut.
The Bombers will be without Cale Hooker, Tom Bellchamers, Marty Gleeson, Orazio Fantasia and David Myers.
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Blues fans will get their first real look at new faces including No.1 draft pick Sam Walsh, Michael Gibbons, Will Setterfield and Nic Newman.
Essendon will unveil boom recruit Dylan Shiel as well as rookie picks Zac Clarke and Tom Jok.
The match marks exactly three weeks to Carlton’s Round 1 blockbuster against Richmond.
ESSENDON v CARLTON
Thursday, February 28 at Ikon Park, 6.40pm (EDT)
B: Kade Simpson, Lachie Plowman, Paddy Dow
HB: Nic Newman, Cam Polson, Liam Jones
C: Sam Petrevski-Seton, Patrick Cripps, Zac Fisher
HF: Charlie Curnow, Matthew Lobbe, Angus Schumacher
F: Will Setterfield, Mitch McGovern, Harry McKay
Foll: Andrew Phillips, Michael Gibbons, Ed Curnow
I/C: Marc Murphy, Jacob Weitering, Jarrod Garlett, Sam Walsh, Jack Silvagni, David Cuningham, Dale Thomas, Lachie O’Brien
Emerg: Tom De Koning, Levi Casboult, Hugh Goddard, Matt Kennedy
B: Patrick Ambrose, Michael Hartley, Jake Long
HB: Aaron Francis, Michael Hurley, Adam Saad
C: Dyson Heppell, Kyle Langford, Zach Merrett
HF: Dylan Shiel, Mitch Brown, David Zaharakis
F: Jake Stringer, Joe Daniher, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti
Foll: Zac Clarke, Andrew McGrath, Darcy Parish
I/C: Conor McKenna, Tom Jok, Shaun McKernan, Jordan Ridley, Matt Guelfi, Jayden Laverde, Devon Smith, Mark Baguley
Emerg: James Stewart, Sam Draper, Trent Mynott, Dylan Clarke
Originally published as Big names in for Blues-Bombers JLT opener