Carlton aim to make it a perfect 10 against GWS


Carlton coach Michael Voss insists winning will remain a top priority against GWS on Sunday even though the Blues have already locked up a home elimination final.

The Brisbane Lions' 12-point victory over St Kilda on Saturday means Carlton can't finish lower than sixth, guaranteeing them home-ground advantage in week one of the finals.

Despite having little to play for in their final-round clash with the Giants at Marvel Stadium, Voss is urging his players to maintain the hunger that has helped reap a red-hot nine-match winning run.

"We've struggled too much to be able to get the momentum we have, we just don't want to give that away," Voss said, in reference to his team's six-match losing run earlier this season.

"So for us being able to finish the season strongly is a real priority for us.

"Because we feel like that coming in with some really good form and finishing off the season well is an absolute priority for us."

If the Western Bulldogs beat the injury-hit Cats at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday, GWS will need to defeat Carlton in order to secure a finals berth.

Giants coach Adam Kingsley says his side won't be distracted by the results of other games.

"We're striving for finals each and every week, not just the last week of the season," Kingsley said.

"We'll prepare no differently to what we have any of the other weeks.

"Yes, there's a lot riding on this game obviously. We win, we're in.

"But our focus must lie on our preparation in the process, as opposed to the results of our game and others. We'll prepare as well as we can and then everything will take care of itself."

One scenario is Carlton finishing fifth and GWS eighth. If that occurs, the two sides will face off again in week one of the finals.

Voss said despite that possibility, he wouldn't be holding anything back against the Giants this week.

Carlton's victory hopes were dealt a big blow on Friday when skipper Patrick Cripps was ruled out with soreness, a day after being named in the team.

Sam Docherty (calf) will also miss, but the Blues have been bolstered by the returns of Adam Cerra, Mitch McGovern and Sam Walsh.

Small forward Jesse Motlop was withdrawn from the selected side on Saturday because of illness, replaced by Corey Durdin.

Sunday's match will mark the 200-game milestone of GWS veteran Stephen Coniglio.