MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15: Patrick Cripps of the Blues and Marcus Bontempelli of the Bulldogs line up on each other in the centre of the ground during the round 13 AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Western Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium on June 15, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Carlton are reportedly set to replace the Western Bulldogs as one half of the Good Friday clash for 2023, with the Blues to go toe-to-toe with North Melbourne on the Easter public holiday.

The Western Bulldogs have been part of the Good Friday fixture for the last two seasons, amassing two monster wins over the Roos for an aggregate winning margin of 196 and an average buffer of 98 points.

Those two matches drew in an average attendance of close to 30,000 fans, leaving the AFL to consider changing the fixture given its potential in a public holiday time slot.

That change is now likely to come to fruition, with The Herald Sun revealing Carlton will replace the Western Bulldogs for the April 7 clash.

The Round 4 encounter would likely see a bump on attendance compared to the recent Good Friday showings, with Blues fans expected to come out in full force as their side bids for a finals finish in 2023.

The match would hopefully see twins Ben and Harry McKay clash for the first time in their seven-year careers, with injuries and form both meaning the key-positon pair are yet to clash on-field in the AFL.

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The Roos will be hoping to tame McKay and co. as they look to steer their Good Friday form around, however the Roos will be hoping they won't succumb to a similar result that saw them lose to the Blues by 50 points in Round 7 this year.

The AFL confirmed over the weekend that the Roos will open their 2023 campaign against West Coast at Marvel Stadium on Saturday, March 18 in what will be Alastair Clarkson's first match in charge of the Arden Street side.

Carlton will return to opening the new season when they clash with Richmond at the MCG on Thursday, March 16.

West Coast and Sydney also played off in a Good Friday clash last year, with the Swans recording a 63-point win at Optus Stadium in a 7:40pm (AEDT) time slot.


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