TEAMS: Defender makes Suns debut after 733 days out, Blues change two

GOLD Coast defender Emma Pittman will return for her first AFLW game in more than two years in Friday's clash against Carlton at Metricon Stadium. 

Pittman last played an AFLW match on March 17, 2019, representing Brisbane before injuring and then re-injuring her ACL, wiping out her next two seasons. 

She is one of two inclusions for the Suns, with forward Janet Baird included for the clash, and Tori Groves-Little (concussion) and Paige Parker (omitted) making way.

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"There are a lot of emotions, it’s not really real right now," Pittman said.

"I’m just so stoked to run out with the girls, they’re my second family and I’ve gotten really close with them over the last two years so to be able to run out with them will be really exciting."

Carlton has also made two changes, with first-year Blue Charlotte Hammans and Brooke Walker included for tall forward Serena Gibbs (omitted) and defender Charlotte Wilson (managed). 

Hammans will play her second game for the club after impressive for three weeks in the VFLW.

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Friday, March 19

Gold Coast v Carlton at Metricon Stadium, 4.10pm AEST

GOLD COAST

B: C.Hammond 29 J.Pregelj 42  
HB: E.Keaney 30 L.Ahrens 7 E.Pittman 9
C: K.Howarth 23 A.Drennan 33 D.D'Arcy 20
HF: K.Surman 26 L.Kaslar 11 M.Levi 6
F:   J.Baird 18 S.Virgo 22
Foll: L.Bella 2 S.Watson 14 L.Single 13
Int: H.Dunn - C 24 D.Heslop 25 B.Perry 16 S.Riley 8 W.Randell 15  
Emerg: G.Bevan 27 P.Parker 1 

In: E.Pittman, J.Baird
Out: T.Groves-Little (injured), P.Parker (omitted)

CARLTON

B: V.Laloifi 8 D.Walker 23  
HB:
G.Pound 6 A.Downie 30 K.Harrington - C 9
C:
L.Brazzale 12 K.Loynes 2 C.Hammans 17
HF:
G.Gee 19 T.Harris 7 D.Vescio 3
F:  
N.Plane 32 N.Stevens 21
Foll:
B.Moody 16 M.Prespakis 4 L.McEvoy 13
Int:
E.O'Dea 46 A.McKay 5 J.Hosking 11 G.Egan 1 B.Walker 14  
Emerg:
M.Guerin 18 S.Gibbs 33  

In: C.Hammans, B.Walker
Out: C.Wilson (managed), S.Gibbs (omitted)

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