AFL Richmond Tigers vs Melbourne Demons Footy 2014 Match played on saturday 17 may 2014, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Stadium, Melbourne.
Richmond Tigers will have to replace injured veteran Chris Newman with first round draftee Ben Lennon in line to replace him. Anthony Miles and Ricky Petterd have been pushing their case in the reserves too. Whilst for the Demons, Aidan Riley, Jimmy Toumpas and Sam Blease are in the mix to replace James Frawley and Dean Terlich should they be ruled out with injury.
Surprisingly both sides are 2-5 after their first seven games. After a big loss to Hawthorn, the Tigers were impressive when losing to Geelong before the bye. If they want to make the finals they need to start putting a few together and what better way to start then against Melbourne. The Demons had their chance against the Bulldogs last weekend and other than their loss to West Coast their average losing margin is only 25 points.
Melbourne was quite competitive against Richmond last season, leading at quarter-time and trailing by only seven points at half-time. The Tigers kicked clear in the second half, booting eight goals to four. Brandon Ellis got the three votes with 39 disposals, 11 marks and a goal. Whilst for the Dees, Nathan Jones was their top possession getter with only 22 touches.
B Troy Chaplin, David Astbury, Alex Rance
HB Bachar Houli, Ben Lennon, Steven Morris
C Shaun Grigg, Daniel Jackson, Reece Conca
HF Dustin Martin, Ben Griffiths, Brett Deledio
F Shane Edwards, Jack Riewoldt, Ty Vickery
FOL Shaun Hampson, Brandon Ellis, Trent Cotchin
I/C Nathan Foley, Matt McDonough, Nick Vlastuin, Sam Lloyd
EMG Ricky Petterd, Nathan Gordon, Jake Batchelor
IN Ben Lennon, Nathan Foley, Ben Griffiths
OUT Aaron Edwards (Omitted), Nathan Gordon (Omitted), Chris Newman (Calf)
B Neville Jetta, Tom McDonald, Colin Garland
HB Dean Terlich, Lynden Dunn, Jack Grimes
C Bernie Vince, Jack Viney, Daniel Cross
HF Jack Watts, Max Gawn, Jeremy Howe
F Cameron Pedersen, Chris Dawes, Rohan Bail
FOL Mark Jamar, Nathan Jones, Dom Tyson
I/C Matt Jones, Aidan Riley, Christian Salem, Jay Kennedy-Harris
EMG Alex Georgiou, Jimmy Toumpas, Jordie McKenzie
IN Aidan Riley, Max Gawn
OUT James Frawley (Hamstring), Shannon Byrnes (Foot)