Australian Football League (AFL) Live Richmond Tigers vs Essendon Bombers match will be kick off at MCG Stadium,Melbourne,Friday 08 August 2014 online, 19:50 AEDT and its broadcast on Fox Footy.
For the second straight week Richmond coach Damien Hardwick will have to find a replacement for a suspended player (Vickery last week, Conca this week). Liam McBean must be in the mix after kicking five goals in the VFL whilst Shaun Grigg, Matt McDonough and Orren Stephenson also pushed their claims. For the Bombers, Patrick Ambrose will miss with a broken jaw whilst Jobe Watson is edging closer to a return.
The Tigers are one of the in-form sides in the competition having won five straight and are still a mathematical chance of making the finals. In the last five weeks they’ve had their opposition score over 73-points just once. Richmond is 1-7 (4-4 against the line) vs top eight sides this season. The Bombers have the third best defence averaging just 77 points against per game this year – they rank first in kicks and marks per game. They sit seventh on the ladder with a 10-8 record. Essendon has a 7-2 (2-7 against the line) record against bottom-ten teams this season.. They have won their last four of their last six defeating fellow finals fancies Port Adelaide, Adelaide and Collingwood.
After opening up a 27-point lead at quarter-time the Bombers were never troubled in their Dreamtime at the ‘G match in round 11. Bombers midfielder Ben Howlett was the main beneficiary of the one-sided affair kicking five goals whilst Joe Daniher and Zach Merrett also kicked multiple majors. Brendon Goddard was handed the Yiooken Award for best on ground having amassed 30 disposals and 11 marks. For the Tigers, Dustin Martin found the ball 28 times and Jack Riewoldt kicked three goals in the 50-point defeat.
B: Troy Chaplin, Alex Rance, Dylan Grimes
HB: Bachar Houli, Chris Newman, Steven Morris
C: Nick Vlastuin, Trent Cotchin, Anthony Miles
HF: Dustin Martin, Ben Griffiths, Brett Deledio
F: Shane Edwards, Jack Riewoldt, Ricky Petterd
Fol: Ivan Maric, Brandon Ellis, Shaun Grigg
I/C: Jake Batchelor, Matt Thomas, Nathan Foley, Nathan Gordon
Emg: Matt Dea, Ben Lennon, Aaron Edwards
In: Steven Morris, Shaun Grigg,
Out: Reece Conca (suspension), Sam Lloyd (omitted)
B Mark Baguley, Cale Hooker, Courtenay Dempsey
HB Jason Winderlich, Michael Hurley, David Myers
C David Zaharakis, Brent Stanton, Travis Colyer
HF Brendon Goddard, Joe Daniher, Ben Howlett
F Paul Chapman, Jake Carlisle, Zach Merrett
Fol Patrick Ryder, Heath Hocking, Dyson Heppell
I/C Orazio Fantasia, Jake Melksham, Elliott Kavanagh, Cory Dell’Olio
Emg Tom Bellchambers, Ariel Steinberg, Jackson Merrett
In Joe Daniher, Orazio Fantasia, Jake Melksham, Elliott Kavanagh
Out Patrick Ambrose (Jaw), Dustin Fletcher (Groin), Tom Bellchambers (omitted), Jackson Merrett (omitted)