Richmond Tigers veteran Shane Edwards has savaged rival club Carlton ahead of Thursday evening’s season opener at the MCG.
The derby will be played in front of approximately 50,000 spectators to kick off the 2021 premiership, with Victorian crowds returning to the AFL for the first time in 18 months.
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Each year there’s huge anticipation around the roune one clash and each season we’re given new reasons why this will be the year Carlton finally turns it around.
But it hasn’t happened yet and Richmond has won the past seven most recent season openers against the Blues — often in one-sided fashion.
Last season, for example, the Tigers secured a 16.9 (105) to 12.9 (81) victory over the Blues in an empty MCG.
Speaking on the That’s Good For Footy Panel Show last week, Edwards couldn’t resist the opportunity to poke fun at his upcoming opponent.
“I love playing in Carlton’s Grand Final every year,” he said with a smirk.
Shane Edwards brought down the house.Source:Supplied
Carlton has not recorded a win against Richmond since the 2013 post-season, where the Tigers were knocked out in an elimination final.
Since then, Richmond has won 10 consecutive AFL games against the Blues and claimed three premierships.
Unfortunately for Carlton, a cluster of injuries has damaged their chances of ending the eight-year drought on Thursday evening.
Veteran small forward Eddie Betts is still recovering from a calf complaint, while Charlie Curnow (knee) and Mitch McGovern (hamstring) will also be unavailable for the round one fixture.
New recruit Zac Williams will have to wait for his debut game with the Blues after copping a one-match suspension for a high bump on St Kilda’s Hunter Clark during the AAMI Community Series.
However, young midfielder Lachie Fogarty and former Bomber Adam Saad are expected to make their Carlton debuts.
Shane Edwards of the Tigers crashes over Sam Docherty of the BluesSource:AAP
Meanwhile, Richmond look set to field a near full-strength side at the MCG, with Bachar Houli and Marlion Pickett the only notable absentees from the 22.
The first bounce is scheduled for 7:25pm AEDT.
RICHMOND VS CARLTON ROUND ONE RESULTS
2007 — Carlton by 17 points
2008 — Richmond by 30 points
2009 — Carlton by 83 points
2010 — Carlton by 56 points
2011 — Carlton by 20 points
2012 — Carlton by 44 points
2013 — Richmond by 5 points
2015 — Richmond by 27 points
2016 — Richmond by 9 points
2017 — Richmond by 43 points
2018 — Richmond by 26 points
2019 — Richmond by 33 points
2020 — Richmond by 24 points
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