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CARLTON will unveil three recruits and one draftee in Thursday night's NAB AFLW season-opener, with opponent Collingwood set to field one recruit and three debutants of its own.

The 2019 No.2 draftee, Lucy McEvoy, has not been named for Carlton, set to miss her first game after playing all seven matches last year.

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McEvoy suffered a head knock in a practice match 11 days ago, leaving the field with what developed into a considerable black eye and a fractured cheekbone. 

The Blues will play recruits Elise O'Dea, Maddy Guerin (recovered from a torn ACL suffered last year) and Charlotte Hammans, with their top draft pick Mimi Hill named on the wing.

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Gab Pound (hand) and Brooke Walker (foot) will miss, but Grace Egan (finger), Alison Downie, Tayla Harris and Katie Loynes (managed) have been named after sitting out the practice match against St Kilda.

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Collingwood father-daughter selection Tarni Brown will make her debut under the bright Thursday night lights, along with tall utility Bella Smith and inexperienced forward Amelia Velardo, who will be playing just her fifth game of football.

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Speedy forward Aliesha Newman will play after crossing from Melbourne, but Irishwoman Sarah Rowe was not named, and star defender Ash Brazill is still recuperating from a torn ACL.

Co-captain Brianna Davey will finally face her old side after missing last year's clash with bone bruising in her leg, while Harris and Stacey Livingstone are set to renew hostilities after the latter labelled the Blue "useless" last year when the ball hit the deck.

Thursday, January 28

Carlton v Collingwood, Ikon Park, 7.15pm AEDT

CARLTON

B: B.Vernon 31 N.Plane 32  
HB: V.Laloifi 8 C.Wilson 20 K.Harrington - C 9
C: L.Brazzale 12 E.O'Dea 46 K.Loynes 2
HF: M.Hill 10 T.Harris 7 D.Vescio 3
F: N.Stevens 21 J.Hosking 11
Foll: B.Moody 16 M.Prespakis 4 G.Gee 19
I/C: M.Guerin 18 A.Downie 30 A.McKay 5 G.Egan 1 C.Hammans 17  

Emerg: J.Edwards 25 D.Walker 23  

COLLINGWOOD

B: L.Butler 23 J.Allen 6  
HB: R.Schleicher 18 S.Livingstone 12 A.Porter 9
C: S.Chiocci - C 17 J.Lambert 13 E.Fowler 15
HF: A.Velardo 5 B.Smith 19 A.Sheridan 14
F: C.Molloy 2 A.Newman 16
Foll: S.Norder 1 B.Davey 3 B.Bonnici 8
I/C: M.Cann 25 S.Alexander 24 S.Casey 22 E.O'Dea 50 T.Brown 26  

Emerg: J.Lin 20 A.Moloney 40  

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