Australian Football League Western Bulldogs vs Sydney Swans Live Stream Free, AFL 2019 Round 01 Live Stream. Western Bulldogs vs Sydney Swans match will be kickoff at Marvel Stadium, Docklands, Australia, Saturday 23 March 2019 online, 19:25 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The Swans have first shot at christening the newly named Marvel Stadium with another win against the Western Bulldogs on Saturday night, while the Bulldogs will be gunning for payback for their upset loss in Round 4 of 2018.
Oliver Florent was the surprise packet of the game, booting the winning goal on the run in front of ruckman Tim English, while Luke Parker picked up the three Brownlow votes with 21 disposals and three goals.
The Swans went from strength to strength after their clash, entering the bye with a 10-3 record, before spectacularly crashing out of the top eight while the Bulldogs struggled all year, finishing 14th with eight wins.
Despite rarely training and nursing a heel injury, superstar Lance Franklin booted three second-half goals and was influential throughout, finishing with 16 disposals, ten marks and two Brownlow votes.
Jack Macrae was one of the Bulldogs’ shining lights, picking up 34 disposals and regularly threatening to blow the game open, with Marcus Bontompelli bobbing up for 21 disposals and two goals.
After the Bulldogs raced out to a 22-point lead early in the second quarter, the Swans rallied and took the lead early in the third quarter before going into the final change level.
The Swans will miss tough defender Nick Smith for the clash but welcome back Sam Reid, Lewis Melican and Callum Mills, as well as debuts to Nick Blakey and Ryan Clarke.
The Western Bulldogs are nursing a long injury list, with Tom Boyd, Lin Jong, Dale Bailey, Jason Johannisen, Dale Morris and Liam Picken missing, and will look to the heavens when the Swans’ tall forward line takes station.
The Bulldogs are short on defenders and Franklin is short on fitness. Will it make a difference for the big guy? If history is anything to go by, not a bit. Someone that can kick almost 60 goals while hardly training for an entire season is special, so Wood is going to have to channel his inner Phil Davis to have a chance here.
The old adage that big men don’t get any smaller as the game goes on will be turned up to 11 as the Bulldogs injury-stricken defence runs head first into the Swans 190+ forward line. Lance Franklin (199cm), Sam Reid (196cm), Callum Sinclair (200cm) and Nick Blakey (193cm) are not only capable forwards, but capable ground-ball players, with the Bulldogs naming Zaine Cordy (193cm) and Easton Wood (187cm) as their tall defenders.
B: Duryea, Cordy, Crozier
HB: Daniel, Wood, Suckling
C: Hunter, Liberatore, Macrae
HF: Gowers, Schache, Dunkley
F: McLean, Naughton, Lloyd
FOLL: English, Bontempelli, Wallis
I/C: Smith, Richards, Dickson, Williams
EMG: Young, Trengove, Greene, Hayes
B: Mills, Rampe, Melican
HB: McVeigh, Grundy, Lloyd
C: Clarke, Kennedy, Florent
HF: Parker, Reid, Papley
F: Sinclair, Franklin, Blakey
FOLL: Aliir, Hewett, Jones
I/C: Hayward, Heeney, Cunningham, Dawson
EMG: Thurlow, Ronke, O’Riordan, McInerney