AFL Live Melbourne Demons vs Carlton Blues Stream AFL 2017 Seasons Round 02 match will be kick off at Melbourne Cricket Ground Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Sunday 02 April 2017 online, 15:20 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Can the Dees make it two in a row, or will Carlton score their first win for the season?
This Sunday features the showdown of two teams on the complete opposite spectrum of their development. Melbourne are just starting to come out of their rebuild and made a great start to life under Simon Goodwin last week in their 30 point win over the Saints. The Demons had a slow start but kicked into gear, and the Saints were no match for their hard-running game style. It is already evident that Goodwin will produce a risk-taking, attacking team for the opposition. This was clear when multiple times last week, Goodwin had up to 9 players start on the defensive side of the square and storm in to give his team the advantage. The Saints were left shell-shocked and under prepared for the wave of Melbourne numbers storming into their defensive 50. Of course, it’s easy to do this when you are 99% guaranteed to win the centre ruck with the most dominant ruck in the league.
Compare that to the Blues. A team just starting on their journey. Now into the second year of Bolton’s reign, it is clear that this will be a long year. Many expect Carlton to take a backwards step after last year’s unexpectedly good season. Carlton won 4 straight at one point in a competitive start to the year. However, they dramatically fell away after that. The Blues have stated many time this preseason that they will be playing kids. This is all fair to do, but there still has to be progression. There has to be signs there moving in the right direction. Carlton has won four of the past 5 against Melbourne all at the MCG with the last two being convincing wins (58 and 61 points respectively). Last year, Patrick Cripps stared in this fixture with 30 disposals and a goal on his way to collecting 3 votes.
Last week the Dee’s torched the Saints with their attacking ball movement and game style. This will be key this week as the MCG is a bigger and wider ground. It is important for the Dees to look for the risky option and try to put the young Carlton defenders under pressure consistently.
This week’s key player is Jesse Hogan. Hogan will likely get Plowman or Marchbank and will need to dominate this match up for the Dees to win. With playing on a young defender, it’s important for Hogan to try and get as many one on one opportunities as possible to keep the pressure on. He must take his opportunities as he is his own worst enemy sometimes.
FB: J.Pickett, C.Marchbank, L.Plowman
HB: H.Macreadie, S.Rowe, S.Docherty
HF: J.Silvagni, L.Casboult,C.Curnow
FF: S.White, J. Weitering, S. Petreveski-Seton
Followers: M.Kruezer, P.Cripps,M.Murphy
Extended Bench: D.Armfield,E.Curnow,N.Graham,S.Kerridge,H.McKay,B.Smedts,D.Thomas
Extended Bench: D,Tyson,D.Kent,M.Hannan,A.Neal-Bullen,J.Spencer,B.Kennedy,J.Harmes