Elite footy returns to Morwell

Age old rivals Collingwood and Carlton will go head-to-head at Morwell Recreation Reserve in March as part of the 2019 JLT Community Series.

The Magpies will take on the Blues on Labour Day Monday, 11 March, in the finak match of the annual pre-season competition.

It marks the third visit to Gippsland in as many years for the Magpies, who will be looking to continue their successful partnership with the region, following back-to-back win against Richmond and the Western Bulldogs at Moe's Ted Summerton Reserve on previous occasions.

Morwell last hosted an AFL pre-season match in 2015, when St Kilda and Essendon played in front of 5542 spectators.

Both clubs have ties to the region, with the potential for Collingwood skipper Scott Pendlebury (Sale) and wily defender Tyson Goldsack (Pakenham) to line up against newly-appointed Blues co-captain Sam Docherty (Phillip Island), veteran utility and former Pie Dale Thomas (Drouin) and budding key forward Harry McKay (Warragul).

All five are also graduates from the Gippsland Power TAC Cup program.

The match may also see the return to Morwell of Tarkyn Lockyer, who was part of the local club's back-to-back Gippsland League premiership teams in 2013-14.

Lockyer now serves as Collingwood's Head of Academy.

Meanwhile the Magpies' women's side will also bring elite footy to Morwell when it hosts Greater Western Sydney in round four of the ALFW home and away season on Sunday, 24 February.

Collingwood was narrowly defeated by eventual premier the Western Bulldogs at Moe's Ted Summerton Reserve last season and Gippsland-raised duo Holly Whitford and Darcy Guttridge will be keen for a better result this time around and to put on a show in front of their home fans.


To view the full fixtures visit www.afl.com.au


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