AFL 2014 Live North Melbourne Kangaroos vs Western Bulldogs match will be kick off at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne,Sunday 17 August 2014 online, Time 13:10 AEDT and its broadcast on Fox Footy.
Two up and down teams. For a club with very limited big names, the Western Bulldogs have been dangerous and are playing top footy. Though their position on the ladder doesn’t suggest it, the Dogs are not a team to be taken lightly, with plenty of their young talent starting to stand up. North Melbourne find themselves just ahead of the fringe top 8 sides, but below the top 4-5 premiership contenders. A result either way here will indicate which pack they are likely to fall into.
Hansen and Greenwood pulled out late before the GWS game, looking to rest their minor injuries. Both should be back on deck for the Roos while live-wire Daniel Wells should be up for selection despite picking up a minor shin injury in his comeback reserves game. For the Bulldogs, Easton Wood will miss the rest of the season after breaking his hand against the Saints. Jason Johannisen will be tested during the week and maybe due for a return from his calf injury.
Both teams come in off a victory against lesser opposition but were beaten in both their two appearances before that. North were disappointing in the first half against the Giants but were able to kick away in the second half, running out 75-point winners. The Western Bulldogs ran out 23-point winners against a St Kilda team that looks to have run out of gas. As you cast your eye over both teams last couple of months, the only impressive win from either side was when the Bulldogs pipped Collingwood on the 15th of June.
When they met in a low-scoring, scrappy affair earlier this year, North Melbourne proved to be just a touch too good, running out 29-point winners. New recruit Nick Dal Santo had a good run for his new club, racking up 31 disposals, while the ageless Boomer Harvey kicked 3 goals. For the Bulldogs, ruckman Will Minson had to do it all himself, with 42 hitouts to go with his 7 clearances.
This will be a deciding match in the long Head-to-Head history between these clubs, as after 153 AFL/VFL contests both teams sit on 75 wins each. In their last 7 match-ups its the Kangaroos who hold a 4-3 H2H advantage, including winning the last 3 matches dating back to 2012. A testament to both of their unpredictable form, North Melbourne are 4-8 H2H following a win, while the Bulldogs similarly struggle at 2-7 following a victory, over the past 12 months. North Melbourne are currently sitting tied for first in the cover leader board at 11-8 for 2014.
B, Michael Firrito, Scott D. Thompson, Luke McDonald
HB, Shaun Atley, Nathan Grima, Sam Wright
C, Ryan Bastinac, Andrew Swallow, Ben Jacobs
HF, Nick Dal Santo, Ben Brown, Sam Gibson
F, Brent Harvey, Drew Petrie, Lindsay Thomas
Fol, Todd Goldstein, Ben Cunnington, Jack Ziebell
I/C, Daniel Wells, Leigh Adams, Levi Greenwood, Aaron Black
EMG: Kayne Turner, Aaron Mullett, Mason Wood
In, Daniel Wells, Levi Greenwood
OUT: Kayne Turner, Aaron Mullett
B Liam Picken, Jordan Roughead, Mark Austin.
HB Robert Murphy, Dale Morris, Shaun Higgins.
C Sam Darley, Matthew Boyd, Adam Cooney.
HF Marcus Bontempelli, Stewart Crameri, Koby Stevens.
F Luke Dahlhaus, Jake Stringer, Lachie Hunter.
Fol Will Minson, Ryan Griffen, Tom Liberatore.
I/C Jack Macrae, Daniel Giansiracusa, Jason Johannisen, Tom Campbell (three to be omitted)
EMG Jarrad Grant, Jason Tutt, Tom Young,
In Daniel Giansiracusa, Jason Johannisen
Out Easton Wood (hand), Nathan Hrovat (ankle)