Australian Football League Live Melbourne Demons vs Gold Coast Suns Stream AFL 2015 Seasons Week 01 match will be kick off at Melbourne Cricket Ground Stadium, Melbourne, Australia, Saturday 04 April 2015 online, 13.40pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The Gold Coast go into round 1 aiming for their maiden finals appearance whilst the Dees enter season 2015 just hoping to win more than four games and show some improvement.
The Dees could have up to seven debutants in this one. Boom forward Jesse Hogan is guaranteed of a game whilst number 3 pick Angus Brayshaw could join him. Heritier Lumumba, Ben Newton, Sam Frost, Jeff Garlett and Aaron vandenBerg could also play their first games in red and blue. Whilst Chris Dawes will be out suspended. For the Suns, Gary Ablett will play but Jaeger O’Meara (knee), Tom Lynch (suspended) and Charlie Dixon (ankle) will not play whilst Sam Day (calf) is also in doubt. Adam Saad is likely to make his debut whilst Touk Miller is a chance too.
The Suns beat Geelong in NAB 1 before falling to a GWS when fielding an inexperienced side in NAB 2. In their final game, they withstood a final quarter comeback to draw with the Lions. The Dees performed well when losing to Freo in NAB 1 – beat the Bulldogs in NAB 2 before embarrassingly falling to Essendon in their final pre-season game.
Gary Ablett vs Melbourne. The little master may have not played in a pre-season game but will definitely need to be curtailed if Melbourne are to win this. Expect Lynden Dunn to get the match-up when he goes forward whilst it will be a team effort to stop in when he plays on the ball. Ablett had 32 disposals and two goals in the Suns’ 12-point win over Melbourne last year to earn three Brownlow votes.
Melbourne and the Gold Coast have played each other six times with the series evenly split at 3-3 (also Melbourne are 3-3 against the line). The Suns, however, have won the last three games by 12, 60 and 13 points. Gold Coast is 2-5 at the MCG, with those two wins coming against the Dees. The Demons have not won a Round 1 match since 2005, with an average losing margin of 41 points with one draw. Since 2010 they are 0-4 head to head with one draw (0-5 against the line) – having started favourite in their last four season openers. The Suns are 2-2 head-to-head and against the line in their four season openers. Melbourne averaged a paltry 60.5 points per game in 2014 with their games total score average being 148.
The Dees look significantly better with their mature age recruits bolstering nearly every part of the ground. Both forward lines are missing key pieces and although Paul Roos has stated he wants Melbourne to be more attacking this season, it’s hard to see too many points in this one with both defences being a full strength. The Suns should get the chocolates based on their superior talent and midfield but the total looks to be the way to play this one.
B: Colin Garland, Lynden Dunn, Neville Jetta
HB: Christian Salem, Tom McDonald, Jeremy Howe
C: Heritier Lumumba, Daniel Cross, Ben Newton
HF: Dean Kent, Jesse Hogan, Jimmy Toumpas
F: Jeff Garlett, Sam Frost, Jack Watts
Fol: Mark Jamar, Nathan Jones, Dom Tyson
I/C: Jack Viney, Angus Brayshaw, Jay Kennedy-Harris, Aaron vandenBerg
Emg: Max Gawn, Jack Grimes, Matt Jones
New: Heritier Lumumba, Ben Newton, Jesse Hogan, Jeff Garlett, Sam Frost, Angus Brayshaw, Aaron vandenBerg
Gold Coast Suns:
B: Jarrod Harbrow, Rory Thompson, Kade Kolodjashnij
HB: Trent McKenzie, Steven May, Nick Malceski
C: Jack Martin, Dion Prestia, Alex Sexton
HF: Michael Rischitelli, Sam Day, Matt Shaw
F: Harley Bennell, Daniel Gorringe, Touk Miller
Fol: Zac Smith, Gary Ablett, David Swallow
I/C: Mitch Hallahan, Jarrod Garlett, Adam Saad, Greg Broughton
Emg :Tom Nicholls, Brandon Matera, Seb Tape
New: Nick Malceski, Touk Miller, Mitch Hallahan, Jarrod Garlett, Adam Saad