AFL 2014 Live North Melbourne Kangaroos vs Geelong Cats match will be kick off at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne,Saturday 02 August 2014 online, Time 19:40 AEDT and its broadcast on Fox Footy.
The Cats should welcome back ruckman Mark Blicavs and midfielder Allen Christensen to play the Roos whilst Jed Bews and Lincoln McCarthy have pushed their cases in the VFL. Brad Scott might be more willing to shake things up for the Roos following their poor performance against Carlton. Youngsters Trent Dumont and Mason Wood could come into calculations whilst the likes of Brad McKenzie, Aaron Mullet and Liam Anthony should all be prominent on his whiteboard.
Geelong is sitting third on the ladder (equal first separated by percentage) with a 13-4 record having won their last four games. The Cats have a 4-2 record (3-3 against the line) vs fellow top-eight sides in 2014. North have the fourth stingiest defence in the league – allowing just 78 ppg this year. They’re sixth on the ladder with a 10-7 record having won three out of their last five games. The Kangaroos are 4-3 head to head and against the line vs top-eight teams this year.
The Cats hosted North Melbourne in round 10 this year and came away with a 20-point win. Despite the relatively close margin, this one was never in doubt after Geelong held a 35-point half-time lead. James Kelly and Jimmy Bartel turned back the clock with 65 possessions and 19 marks between them whilst Tom Hawkins (4 goals) did the damage in attack. For the Roos, Brent Harvey had another 33 touches whilst Drew Petrie and Lindsay Thomas kicked three goals each.
Geelong and North Melbourne have faced each-other 154 times with Geelong leading 94-60 with one draw. North have won two of their last four games against Geelong. North Melbourne is 38-21 under Brad Scott at Etihad Stadium. North have a 5-4 career advantage over the Cats at Etihad Stadium including two wins from their last three games at the venue. North is 5-3 both head-to-head and against the line at their roofed home-ground this year. The Cats are 12-3 (but only 5-10 against the line) at Etihad Stadium under Chris Scott. Brad Scott’s team has usually responded well in the week following a loss this year – North Melbourne has won all six games (by an average of 25-points) and against opponents like Hawthorn, Fremantle (away), West Coast (away). Chris Scott holds a 3-2 advantage over brother Brad in the coaches box – in their five matches as head-coaches since 2011. These two have played tight games recently with their last four games separated by an average of just 13-points.
B Michael Firrito, Scott D. Thompson, Luke McDonald
HB Shaun Atley, Lachlan Hansen, Sam Wright
C Sam Gibson, Andrew Swallow, Levi Greenwood
HF Nick Dal Santo, Aaron Black, Ryan Bastinac
F Brent Harvey, Drew Petrie, Lindsay Thomas
Fol Todd Goldstein, Ben Cunnington, Jack Ziebell
I/C Ben Jacobs, Leigh Adams, Majak Daw, Aaron Mullett
Emg Brad McKenzie, Mason Wood, Scott McMahon
In Aaron Mullett
Out Scott McMahon (omitted).
B: Jared Rivers, Tom Lonergan, Andrew Mackie
HB Corey Enright, Harry Taylor, James Kelly
C: Cameron Guthrie, Joel Selwood, Jimmy Bartel
HF Jordan Murdoch, Shane Kersten, Steven Motlop
F Travis Varcoe, Tom Hawkins, Allen Christensen
Fol: Hamish McIntosh, Josh Caddy, Steve Johnson
I/C: Mark Blicavs, Mitch Duncan, George Horlin-Smith, Mathew Stokes
Emg: Jed Bews, Darcy Lang, Dawson Simpson
In: Allen Christensen, Mark Blicavs
Out: Dawson Simpson (Omitted), Brad Hartman (omitted)