Eddie Betts shines early as Carlton Blues return in practice match against Collingwood Magpies


The only blip for the Blues came when key defender Jacob Weitering left the ground after stretching for a mark with Carlton saying it was a precautionary measure while Collingwood midfielder Brayden Sier also left the ground early after getting a head knock.

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Although the scoreboard was irrelevant the Blues looked further advanced than the Magpies in the first half with their tackling pressure and intensity at the fall of the ball stronger than Collingwood who were missing dynamic forwards Jamie Elliott, Jordan De Goey and Jaidyn Stephenson.

They outscored Collingwood by eight goals in the first three quarters before the Magpies kicked into gear with five goals in the fourth quarter despite also missing Jordan Roughead, Jack Crisp, Tom Phillips, Brayden Maynard, Ben Reid, Jeremy Howe and Brody Mihocek from last year’s preliminary final team.

Matthew Kreuzer was missing from Carlton after a procedure on his heart last week however the ruckman trained on Wednesday and the Blues are hopeful he will be available for the opening Marsh Series match against Fremantle. The Blues also held over Zac Fisher, who was sore, Jack Martin, Caleb Marchbank, Sam Petrevski-Seton, Mitch McGovern and Harry McKay.

Marc Pittonet was promising in the ruck and made life difficult for the Magpies behind the ball, particularly after the Blues pulled Weitering out of the game, while Jack Silvagni was busy up forward.

The Magpies got most of their drive from the usual performers with Steele Sidebottom and Taylor Adams pushing the ball forward while Scott Pendlebury spent some time as a forward as he gears up for the Bushfire Relief match.

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Former basketballer Tom Wilson showed promising signs up forward for Collingwood while Isaac Quaynor looked ready to take a step forward in his second season in 2020 and Will Kelly played in defence.

Carlton recruit Jack Newnes was solid while Levi Casboult was outstanding inside 50 kicking four goals and shapes as a strong fill-in while Charlie Curnow is sidelined and McKay builds his fitness.

The Blues trialled four players they are considering during the pre-season supplemental period with Jordan Cunico, Lukas Webb, Ryan Sturgess and Callum Moore all getting a run in an attempt to prove their worth.



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