Australian Football League (AFL) Live North Melbourne Kangaroos vs Essendon Bombers AFL Qualifying Final match will be kick off at MCG Stadium,Melbourne,Saturday 06 September 2014 online, 19:15 AEDT and its broadcast on Fox Footy.
Both sides have abysmal recent finals record but that is about to change for one of them. The Bombers are making up for their lost year in 2013 whilst the Brad Scott will be determined for North to not miss their chance to do some damage.
Both teams will not be at full strength for this final with Jake Carlisle (Essendon) and Brent Harvey (NM) unavailable. The Kangaroos will welcome back a host of best 22 players with Levi Greenwood, Lindsay Thomas, Luke McDonald, Michael Firrito and Todd Goldstein will come back with Dan Currie and Mason Wood likely to get the chop. David Myers will return for the Bombers whilst Jackson Merrett and Kyle Hardingham could also return.
Unlike the top four sides, both Essendon and North have had a relatively easy finishes to the year. The Bombers escaped with a draw last weekend against Carlton and beat West Coast and Gold Coast in the fortnight preceding that. They have a 2-6 (but 6-2 against the line) record against top-eight teams this season. The Kangaroos are 4-4 head to head and against the line vs top-eight teams this year and come into their first finals series since 2012 on the back of four straight wins.
These two sides have not met since round 1 when the Bombers surprised North to win by 39-points. They kept the Kangaroos to just nine goals, four of which were kicked by Lindsay Thomas. For the Bombers, Jobe Watson had 38 touches and two goals whilst Brendon Goddard (three), Paul Chapman (four), Kyle Hardingham (two) and Joe Daniher (two) all contributed. Dyson Heppell got his Brownlow Medal campaign off to a nice start with 37 touches and 16 marks.
North Melbourne and Essendon have met 150 times with the Bombers leading 96-53 with one draw. They have split their last eight games 4-4 and their last four 2-2. Since 2010, Essendon is 3-3 (2-4 against the line) vs North. The Bombers have not won a final since 2004 – losing in 2009 by 96 points to Adelaide and 62-points to Carlton in 2011. North Melbourne has not won a final since 2007 when they beat Hawthorn by 33 points – in 2008 they lost to Sydney by 35-points and in 2012 they went down to West Coast by 96-points. These two have met in seven finals with the Bombers leading 5-2. North Melbourne has scored over 100-points in five of their last six games against the Bombers.
B Luke McDonald, Scott D. Thompson, Michael Firrito
HB Sam Gibson, Nathan Grima, Shaun Atley
C Nick Dal Santo, Andrew Swallow, Ryan Bastinac
HF Levi Greenwood, Ben Brown, Daniel Wells
F Lindsay Thomas, Drew Petrie, Aaron Black
FOL Todd Goldstein, Ben Cunnington, Jack Ziebell
I/C Ben Jacobs, Sam Wright, Jamie Macmillan, Kayne Turner
EMG Trent Dumont, Mason Wood, Aaron Mullett
IN Luke McDonald, Michael Firrito, Levi Greenwood, Lindsay Thomas, Todd Goldstein
OUT Lachlan Hansen (Hip), Daniel Currie (Omitted), Aaron Mullett (Omitted), Mason Wood (Omitted), Leigh Adams (Concussion)
B Mark Baguley, Cale Hooker, Courtenay Dempsey
HB Jason Winderlich, Michael Hurley, Michael Hibberd
C Brendon Goddard, Jobe Watson, Dyson Heppell
HF Paul Chapman, Joe Daniher, Brent Stanton
F David Zaharakis, Tom Bellchambers, Zach Merrett
FOLPatrick Ryder, David Myers, Heath Hocking
I/C Ariel Steinberg, Martin Gleeson, Ben Howlett,Travis Colyer
EMG Patrick Ambrose, Jackson Merrett, Cory Dell’Olio
IN David Myers, Ariel Steinberg
OUT Patrick Ambrose (Omitted), Orazio Fantasia (Omitted)