AFL Live Melbourne Demons vs Carlton Blues Stream AFL JLT Series 2017 Pre Seasons match will be kick off at Casey Fields Stadium, Cranbourne East, Victoria, Australia, Saturday 25 February 2017 online, 14.05 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
For everything that Carlton have already achieved this season, this shapes as their most important match. The Blues kept the Crows goalless in the first half, but were overrun late in what was a disappointing finish. To make matters worse, they lost the influential Brianna Davey with a back injury for this match, while Sarah Last will sit out the rest of the year with a knee injury.
Davey has the second most disposals in the league this year and her loss will be massive. Bianca Jakobsson is the only other Blue inside the top 35 ball winners in the league. The Blues have called in Tahni Nestor and Jessica Kennedy.
The Demons have rebounded superbly from their shock opening round loss to the Lions, knocking off the Bulldogs and Collingwood in the past two weeks. Melbourne took control of last week’s game against the Dogs in the second quarter and helped along by a breakout match from Alyssa Mifsud, who kicked three goals, ran out 14-point winners.
While Mifsud was the headline act, it was the on-ball trio of Daisy Pearce, Elise O’Dea and Karen Paxman who provided the point of difference, combining for 72 possessions. Pearce in particular is franking her reputation as one of the most influential players in the league and she may well lead the Demons to a Grand Final appearance. Aliesha Newman comes into Melbourne’s side for Sarah Jolly.
With no Davey to direct play for the Blues, this shapes as a great opportunity for Melbourne to further build their momentum.
Melbourne Demons: 1. Jesse Hogan, 2. Nathan Jones, 3. Christian Salem, 5. Christian Petracca, 6. Jordan Lewis, 7. Jack Viney, 9. Jack Trengove, 10. Angus Brayshaw, 11. Max Gawn, 13. Clayton Oliver, 14. Michael Hibberd, 15. Billy Stretch, 18. Jake Melksham, 20. Colin Garland, 22. Aaron vandenberg, 23. Bernie Vince, 24. Jay Kennedy-Harris, 25. Tom McDonald, 26. Sam Weideman, 28. Oscar McDonald, 29. Jayden Hunt, 30. Alex Neal-Bullen, 32. Tomas Bugg, 33. Jake Spencer, 37. Dion Johnstone, 43. James Harmes, 44. Joel Smith
Notable absentees: Neville Jetta, Jeff Garlett, Dom Tyson, Jack Watts
Carlton Blues: 1. Jack Silvagni, 3. Marc Murphy, 4. Bryce Gibbs, 6. Kade Simpson, 7. Dylan Buckley, 8. Matthew Kreuzer, 10. Harry McKay, 11. Sam Kerridge, 13. Jed Lamb, 15. Sam Docherty, 16. Billie Smedts, 17. Sam Rowe, 20. Lachie Plowman, 22. Caleb Marchbank, 23. Jacob Weitering, 24. Rhys Palmer, 25. Zac Fisher, 27. Dennis Armfield, 28. David Cuningham, 29. Cameron Polson, 30. Charlie Curnow, 33. Jarrod Pickett, 35. Edward Curnow, 37. Daniel Gorringe, 39. Dale Thomas, 41. Levi Casboult, 42. Kym LeBois, 43. Simon White, 46. Matthew Wright
Notable absentees: Sam Petrevski-Seton, Patrick Cripps, Nick Graham, Andrew Phillips