Australian Football League (AFL) Live Geelong Cats vs Essendon Bombers match will be kick off at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne,Friday 27 june 2014 online, 19:50 AEDT and its broadcast on Fox Footy.
Essendon Bombers are ninth on the ladder with a 7-6 record. They are 1-4 against top eight sides in 2014 – losing their last four by an average of 33 points. They snuck past a plucky Adelaide side last Saturday night to leave them clear one game clear of the Crows but still one win outside of the eight. The Cats are 9-4 and sit in 5th, despite splitting the last four 2-2 featuring losses of 40 and 90 points. They’ve only lost to Sydney (flying), Fremantle (at home), Port (flying, at home) and Gold Coast (at home) this year and despite such a heavy defeat last week only a fool would right them off completely – especially with such a cosy month to come.
After a tight first half (only four points the margin at half-time), the Cats accelerated away kicking 10 goals to five after the main break to cruise to a 28-point win. Steve Johnson did as he pleased with 36 touches whilst Stokes, Smedts, Lonergan, Hawkins and Blicavs all kicked multiple goals. For the Bombers, usual suspects David Zaharakis, Jobe Watson and Brendon Goddard had over 29-disposals.
B Corey Enright, Tom Lonergan, Andrew Mackie
HB Cameron Guthrie, Harry Taylor, Jared Rivers
C Steve Johnson, Joel Selwood, Allen Christensen
HF Jimmy Bartel, Shane Kersten, Jordan Murdoch
F Steven Motlop, Tom Hawkins, Travis Varcoe
FOLL Dawson Simpson, George Horlin-Smith, James Kelly
I/C Jed Bews, Mark Blicavs, Josh Caddy, Mitch Duncan
EMG Brad Hartman, Billie Smedts, Jesse Stringer
IN Harry Taylor, Dawson Simpson, George Horlin-Smith, Jed Bews
OUT Hamish McIntosh (Ankle), Billie Smedts (Omitted), Mathew Stokes (Ankle), Josh Walker (Omitted)
B Courtenay Dempsey, Michael Hurley, Dustin Fletcher
HB Michael Hibberd, Cale Hooker, David Myers
C Dyson Heppell, Brendon Goddard, David Zaharakis
HF Paul Chapman, Joe Daniher, Ben Howlett
F Travis Colyer, Patrick Ambrose, Jake Carlisle
FOLL Patrick Ryder, Heath Hocking, Brent Stanton
I/C Jake Melksham, Kyle Hardingham, Zach Merrett, Jackson Merrett
EMG Tom Bellchambers, Elliott Kavanagh, Cory Dell’Olio
IN Paul Chapman, Jake Carlisle, Kyle Hardingham, Jackson Merrett
OUT Elliott Kavanagh (Omitted), Tom Bellchambers (Omitted), Mark Baguley (Back), Jason Winderlich (Suspension)