Pre Game Permutations: AFL 2020 R1 Carlton vs Richmond March 08, 2020, 11:13:54 PM With a less than inspiring Practice Match series and a load of players not fully fit, the opening round is beginning to look ... less than optimal. Ruck: Big problem so far with Kreuzer no where near 100 %. Our back-ups are d Koning, who is developing, but who isn't ready yet, and Pittonet, who offers something different, but who does not have many runs on the board against mature ruckmen. On-Ballers: Not looking all that good, although Cripps and Walsh appear to be going well. Tall forwards: At the moment, only Levi has shown anything. McGovern did nothing today. Charlie Curnow won't be playing for half a year and probably won't be near his best until next year. H hasn't played at all, and is extremely unlikely to line up for the first game. Defenders: We haven't seen the full defence yet. At least Jones appeared to have played reasonably today. Williamson and Docherty were good against Collingwood, but haven't done much since. Recruits: At the moment, this area is not looking promising. Martin has done OK, and we know what Eddie Betts can do, but Newnes has not excited and the rest are kids. The other younger players appear to have stagnated, other than Walsh. Our skills do not appear to have improved. We still ruin too many chances. Our pressure has been very low in the last 2 games. Nor has there been any clear tactical or strategic change visible at this time.I hate being so negative less than 2 weeks before the season starts, and I know practice match form is not a great indication of how we may play, but at the moment, I couldn't see us as anything but rank under-dogs. If we manage to win, it will be a huge turnaround.