Australian Football Pre Seasons NAB Cup Live Western Bulldogs vs Melbourne Demons Stream AFL NAB Cup match will be kick off at Eureka Stadium,Creswick Road, Wendouree. Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, Saturday 14 March 2015 online, 16.10pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Foxtell.
On Saturday the 167cm South Australian will get his first taste of the big time in a NAB Challenge clash against Melbourne at Ballarat’s Eureka Stadium.
It will just reward for the dynamic midfielder, who has turned heads for more than just his size since he arrived at the Kennel.
“I spoke about energy before and he’s got tons of it,” said Morris, who will captain the Dogs in Robert Murphy’s absence against the Demons.
“In training he’s the one that’s always last off the track, always working the hardest already in his first year.
“So I’m excited to see how he goes and I’m sure he’s going to do some nice things for this football club.”
Daniel, who was the 46th pick in last year’s NAB AFL Draft, is one of seven new Dogs who could be unleashed against the Demons.
Fellow draftees Toby McLean, Lukas Webb, Declan Hamilton and Bailey Dale might get their chance, while rookie recruits Jordan Kelly and Roarke Smith have also been named in the 29-man squad.
“It’s a good sign for the club, good for the supporters, good for the players, good for the club to see how the new draftees and some young guys are going to go out on the big stage,” Morris said.
The Bulldogs have rested first-year skipper Murphy and vice-captain Jordan Roughead won’t take the field at the Bulldogs’ new second home in Ballarat.
It is their first game at the venue since the club announced plans to expand into the region.
A PAIR of Jacks is set to return to Melbourne’s team for its second NAB Challenge clash against the Western Bulldogs at Eureka Stadium on Saturday.
Jack Watts and Jack Viney have been named in the club’s 29-man squad for the trip to Ballarat, after they missed Melbourne’s opening clash against Fremantle at Fremantle Oval last Thursday.
Manager of football operations Josh Mahoney said Viney was back after a knock in the lead-up to last week’s match.
“Jack Viney is back in the squad this week after a head clash at training,” he told melbournefc.com.au.
“Given the timing of the year, we didn’t think he was worth risking in the first game, but he comes back into the team for his first match of the year.”
Mahoney said Watts had been progressing strongly since Melbourne’s pre-season camp at Maroochydore.
“Jack Watts has built up his training and had a really good block of training following our camp on the Sunshine Coast in January,” he said.
“He played our internal practice match two weeks ago and we didn’t risk him in the first game.
“He’ll be brought back for this weekend’s game in Ballarat.”
Looking ahead to the match, Mahoney said it was another important stepping stone towards Melbourne’s home and away season.
“Again, our approach will be to field our most competitive team,” he said.
“We are also keeping an eye on the load management of our players and getting the best [benefits] for round one.”
Western Bulldogs: Jarrad Grant, Mitch Wallis, Marcus Bontempelli, Matthew Boyd, Jake Stringer, Tom Campbell, Toby McLean, Tom Boyd, Lukas Webb, Daniel Pearce, Mitch Honeychurch, Declan Hamilton, Will Minson, Josh Prudden, Tory Dickson, Joel Hamling, Bailey Dale, Michael Talia, Sam Darley, Jordan Kelly, Caleb Daniel, Roarke Smith, Dale Morris, Jason Johannisen, Liam Picken, Jack Redpath, Brett Goodes, Lin Jong, Ayce Cordy
Melbourne Demons: Jesse Hogan, Nathan Jones, Christian Salem, Jack Watts, Jimmy Toumpas, Chris Dawes, Jack Viney, Heritier Lumumba, Max Gawn, Dom Tyson, Jordie Mckenzie, Lynden Dunn, Billy Stretch, Sam Frost, Daniel Cross, Ben Newton, Colin Garland, Cameron Pedersen, Viv Michie, Jay Kennedy-Harris, Tom McDonald, Jack Grimes, Jeff Garlett, Aaron VandenBerg, Neville Jetta, Mark Jamar, Rohan Bail, Matt Jones, Jack Fitzpatrick