Australian Football League Live Essendon Bombers vs North Melbourne Kangaroos Stream AFL 2015 Seasons Week 07 math will be kick off at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Friday 15 May 2015 online, 19.50pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The slumping Bombers come up against a North team that has finally found its groove. Essendon seem to find another gear when in the face of WADA/ASADA adversity in recent years, they’ll need to dip into that again this weekend.
Jamie Macmillan’s Achilles injury is keeping him out of the North team. There’ll be hopeful Jarrad Waite (hamstring) can take his place whilst Daniel Wells and Nick Dal Santo remain out. For the Bombers, Paul Chapman (groin), Adam Cooney (hamstring) and David Myers (shoulder) are missing from their best 22 with super veteran Dustin Fletcher (groin) a chance to return. David Zaharakis is unlikely to play due to an ankle injury.
Essendon average just 61-points in the last three weeks and have scored the third least amount of points all season. They sit 11th on the ladder after a patchy three week stretch which includes losses to Collingwood and Fremantle and a tight 2-point win over St Kilda. The Roos are ninth on the table with the same record as the Bombers but have won two of their last three (Richmond and Geelong) with a 10-goal loss to Hawthorn in between.
North Melbourne and Essendon have met 151 times with the Bombers leading 96-54 with one draw. In their last nine games, North have won five and Essendon four. Since 2010, North is 4-3 (5-2 against the line) vs Essendon. The Roos have won nine of their 13 games against Essendon at the Docklands. North Melbourne has scored over 100-points in five of their last seven games against the Bombers.
Essendon has performed pretty well on the back of a supplement update in the past three years, it appears to galvanise them in the past. However, they are in a serious scoring rut having kicked just 24 goals in their past three games. In North’s three wins this season they have restricted their opponents to just 64-points. Their defence can really shut down their opposition whilst they have the ability to score very quickly too. Like them a lot to cover this relatively small start.
B Michael Hurley, Dustin Fletcher, Mark Baguley
HB Martin Gleeson, Cale Hooker, Michael Hibberd
C Dyson Heppell, Jobe Watson, Courtenay Dempsey
HF Kyle Langford, Jake Carlisle, Travis Colyer
F Jackson Merrett, Patrick Ambrose, Joe Daniher
FOLL Tom Bellchambers, Brent Stanton, Brendon Goddard
I/C Jason Ashby, Ben Howlett, Jake Melksham, Zach Merrett
EMG James Gwilt, Shaun McKernan, Orazio Fantasia
IN Dustin Fletcher, Kyle Langford, Jason Ashby
OUT David Zaharakis (ankle), James Gwilt, Will Hams
North Melbourne Kangaroos:
B Lachlan Hansen, Scott D. Thompson, Michael Firrito
HB Shaun Atley, Robbie Tarrant, Sam Wright
C Shaun Higgins, Jack Ziebell, Ben Jacobs
HF Brent Harvey, Jarrad Waite, Robin Nahas
F Lindsay Thomas, Drew Petrie, Ben Brown
FOLL Todd Goldstein, Ben Cunnington, Andrew Swallow
I/C Ryan Bastinac, Luke McDonald, Jamie Macmillan, Sam Gibson
EMG Trent Dumont, Mason Wood, Kayne Turner
IN Jamie Macmillan
OUT Mason Wood (rested)