Blues’ steely performance a finals rehearsal

Of course, the Blues have a few big names like Harris and Vescio running around alongside some of the AFLW’s most talented youngsters in Prespakis, McEvoy and Georgia Gee, but they’re certainly not overflowing with headline talent in the way that other teams are – which makes their form that much more impressive.

Melbourne weren’t lacking for star power (despite their long and growing injury list) and it seemed that after the first half was in the books, the Demons were in the box seat.

Even as the game turned and Carlton used tempo footy with territory control through calm field kicking interspersed with run and carry to brutal effect, names like Paxman, Pearce, Scott, O’Dea and Zanker kept bobbing their heads up in cameo roles.

Billed as an early glimpse into the Conference B finals, this game lived up to the hype as Carlton put in a very finals footy-like effort through leadership, will, communication, coaching and a sprinkling of panache when the occasion called for it.

They made the Grand Final last year and all signs point to them being an even better side this season.