The eagerly anticipated round one match-up between the Blues and the Tigers at the MCG is officially a sellout. The complex nature of club memberships, AFL and MCC memberships means that the stadium may not be packed to capacity but the AFL has advised that for all intents and purposes the match has been sold out.
The clash between two clubs, of whom much is expected in 2009, was always going to draw a massive crowd but the added spice of the first meeting of former teammates Ben Cousins and Chris Judd has seen the match draw ANZAC Day-esque interest.
Shaun Brown of the MCC has indicated that a crowd of between 85,000 and 90,000 is expected.
The formbook indicates that the two teams appear evenly matched with the Tigers finishing 9th in 2008 and the Blues 11th however, the arrival of Ben Cousins at Punt Road in the off-season has made for a mouth-watering prospect for footy lovers in general.
For the Blues Chris Judd has enjoyed his best pre-season in years and Brendan Fevola is expected to play through the pain of a bruised heal he suffered 10 days ago in Carlton’s final pre-season hitout against Fremantle in Bunbury.