Australian Football League Live Geelong Cats vs North Melbourne Kangaroos Stream AFL 2017 Seasons Week 02 match will be kickoff at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Sunday 02 April 2017 online, 13.10 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
North Melbourne ruckman Todd Goldstein is in doubt for Sunday’s clash against Geelong because of an ankle issue.
Goldstein was seen leaving Kangaroos training on Friday on crutches, having hurt himself at training.
The Roos made four changes to the side beaten by the West Coast Eagles, although one was through injury with Jarrad Waite (shoulder) sidelined for up to six weeks.
Goldstein’s absence at Etihad Stadium would be a major blow for he remains arguably the league’s best ruckman.
The Roos had dropped debutant Braydon Preuss but he was listed as first emergency, and would be a likely inclusion should Goldstein be a late withdrawal.
High-leaping forward Majak Daw was among the inclusions and he would share the ruck duties.
Hard-nut Ben Cunnington is a key inclusion, and his toughness will aid the Roos in their midfield battle against a Cats unit led by Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood.
Dangerfield was superb against the Roos in round 12 last year, collecting 48 disposals and booting two goals.
Coach Brad Scott said the Roos would have three different plans in a bid to counter the Brownlow medallist.
“He was unbelievable [last year]. We lost a few guys in the second half in that game and then he really got off the leash,” he said.
“I think Dal [Nick Dal Santo] and Andrew Swallow were out there but were injured. It’s hard enough to go with Dangerfield when you’re fully fit, let alone when you’re hobbling around. We’ll have probably three distinct plans for him and try and counter him.
“But people have tried lots of things against him in the past and he’s a Brownlow medallist for a reason and probably favourite to do it again.”
B: Andrew Mackie, Tom Lonergan, Zach Tuohy
HB: Jackson Thurlow, Lachie Henderson, Tom Stewart
C: George Horlin-Smith, Joel Selwood, Mitch Duncan
HF: Jordan Murdoch, Harry Taylor, Darcy Lang
F: Daniel Menzel, Tom Hawkins, Steven Motlop
Foll: Rhys Stanley, Patrick Dangerfield, Mark Blicavs
I/C: Josh Cowan, Lincoln McCarthy, Brandan Parfitt, Tom Ruggles
EMG: Jed Bews, Sam Menegola, Zac Smith
IN: Darcy Lang
OUT: Nakia Cockatoo
North Melbourne Kangaroos:
B: Marley Williams, Scott Thompson, Luke McDonald
HB: Jamie Macmillan, Robbie Tarrant, Shaun Atley
C: Sam Gibson. Trent Dumont, Andrew Swallow
HF: Nathan Hrovat, Lachie Hansen, Jy Simpkin
F: Lindsay Thomas, Ben Brown Kayne Turner
FOLL: Todd Goldstein, Jack Ziebell, Shaun Higgins
I/C: Ben Cunnington, Aaron Mullett, Taylor Garner, Majak Daw
EMG: Braydon Preuss, Mitch Hibberd, Declan Mountford
IN: Ben Cunnington, Majak Daw, Aaron Mullett, Taylor Garner
OUT: Jarrad Waite, Mitch Hibberd, Braydon Preuss, Declan Mountford