Australian Football League Live Melbourne Demons vs Port Adelaide Stream AFL 2015 Seasons Week 09 math will be kick off at TIO Traegar Park, Alice Springs, Australia Saturday 30 May 2015 online, 14.10pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
A skidding Port side is look to get their season back on track against a plucky Melbourne team coming off a confidence boosting win.
Paul Roos has selection headaches after Melbourne’s win over the Bulldogs. Chris Dawes, Neville Jetta, Jack Viney and Dom Tyson could all be available after injury and it would not surprise to see three of those return via the VFL. The usual suspects in Rohan Bail and Matt Jones could get the chop. For Port, Kane Cornes (retired) and Jackson Trengove (ankle) will miss with Cam O’Shea, Tom Clurey, Sam Colquhoun, Andrew Moore and Paul Stewart options to replace them.
Melbourne is fifth on the ladder having bounced back from a 100-point thrashing to Hawthorn with a hard fought win over the Bulldogs last weekend. They do rank last for points scored (averaging just 70 points per game) and are 13th in most points conceded this season. The Power have lost three in a row (to the Eagles, Lions and Tigers) to sit 13th on the ladder. They rank 10th for most points conceded and only 15th for most points scored this season.
Melbourne and Port have played 28 times with the Power leading 17-11. Port have won six of their last seven matches, and 10 of the last 13, against the Demons. Since 2010, Port is 6-2 (5-3 against the line) vs Melbourne though Melbourne did cover the line in two losses to Port last year. Melbourne is 4-18 (6-16 against the line) when travelling outside of Victoria since 2011 and 1-7 (4-4 against the line) under Paul Roos when on the road. Under Ken Hinkley, Port is 12-13 (14-13 against the line) away from Adelaide. Three of their past four match-ups have totalled under 169 points.
The noises coming out of Port Adelaide are not pretty and The Wolf prides himself on an ability to sniff the breeze. Port coach Ken Hinkley has publicly said that he’s not sure when the tide will turn and it won’t be easy against a Melbourne side that is hell-bent on playing one-on-one footy. With no Jackson Trengove, Port’s tall defenders will be a bit stretched whilst Jack Fitzpatrick could be the tall defender that Melbourne has been looking for – he will be a great match-up for Ryder. Backing the Melbourne midfield to nullify Port and the Dees to be in this for a long, long way.
B: C.Garland, T.McDonald, J.Grimes
HB: J.Howe, L.Dunn, N.Jetta
C: D.Cross, A.Vandenberg, H.Lumumba
HF: R.Bail, C.Pedersen, J.Watts
F: J.Garlett, J.Hogan, J.Fitzpatrick
Foll: J.Spencer, N.Jones, B.Vince
Inter: M.Jones, J.Viney, A.Brayshaw, J.Toumpas
Emer: M.Gawn, A.Riley, B.Newton
In: N.Jetta, J.Viney
Out: A.Riley, B.Newton
B: J.Hombsch, A.Carlile, J.Impey
HB: N.Krakouer, T.Jonas, J.Pittard
C: M.White, T.Boak, B.Ebert
HF: R.Gray, J.Westhoff, C.Wingard
F: K.Amon, J.Schulz, A.Monfries
Foll: M.Lobbe, H.Hartlett, O.Wines
Inter: T.Clurey, P.Stewart, M.Broadbent, S.Gray
Emer: C.O’Shea, A.Young, A.Moore
In: P.Stewart, M.Broadbent, T.Clurey
Out: K.Cornes (retired), P.Ryder (Achilles), J.Trengove (ankle)