AFL Live North Melbourne Kangaroos vs Brisbane Lions Stream AFL Football 2015 Online, match will be kick off at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Australia Sunday 12 April 2015 online, 16.40pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
North Melbourne Kangaroosh was utterly disappointing against Adelaide, their fifth straight round 1 defeat whilst the Lions were upset by a spirited Collingwood side in Brisbane.
The Roos swung the axe at selection, dropping Bastinac, Wright and Jacobs replacing them with Robin Nahas, Ben Brown and Mason Wood. The Lions omitted talented midfielder James Aish whilst veterans Tom Rockliff and Daniel Merrett will miss with injury. They added Matt Maguire, Michael Close and Zac O’Brien to replace them.
The Kangaroos rank last in kicks, second last in disposals, and third last in points following round 1. The Lions ranked fourth in contested possessions and third in clangers following their loss to Collingwood.
Drew Petrie v Matt Maguire – The big North forward has kicked 14.8 in his last four games against the Lions and will face a defence without Joel Patfull or Daniel Merrett for the first time in many years. The Lions are a touch undersized in defence with Maguire or Justin Clarke set to try and keep the big man in check.
North Melbourne and the Lions have met 30 times with the Lions leading 15-14 with one draw. The Kangaroos have won four of the last six matches between the two teams. Since 2010, North is 5-3 (3-5 against the line) vs Brisbane. North Melbourne has won their last four of their last five games against Brisbane at Etihad Stadium by an average of 31 points. North Melbourne was 6-1 both head to head and against the line following a loss in 2014.
Who knows what North Melbourne side will front up today. They responded very well following a loss last season and will no doubt be primed to get their first win for the year. The Lions are a plucky side with a promising midfield, albeit without Rockliff and Aish, though they are severely undersized down back and lack real firepower in attack. North should bounce back in fine style.
North Melbourne Kangaroos:
B McDonald, Thompson, Firrito
HB Atley, Tippett, Macmillan
C Wells, Ziebell, Gibson
HF Higgins, Waite, Turner
F Thomas, Petrie, Harvey
FOLL Goldstein, Cunnington, Swallow
I/C Dal Santo, Nahas, Wood, Brown
EMG Bastinac, Wright, Tarrant
IN Nahas, Wood, Brown
OUT Jacobs, Wright, Bastinac
B Paparone, Maguire, Clarke
HB Beams, Adcock, McGrath
C Bewick, Redden, Zorko
HF Christensen, Green, Close
F McStay, Martin, Mayes
FOLL Leuenberger, Beams, Robinson
I/C Rich, Taylor, Lester, O’Brien
EMG Aish, Cutler, Golby
IN Maguire, Close, O’Brien
OUT Merrett (hamstring), Rockliff (ribs), Aish