Australian Football League Live North Melbourne Kangaroos vs Adelaide Crows Stream AFL 2016 Seasons Week 01 math will be kick off at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Saturday 25 March 2016 online, 07.25 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
With back-to-back appearances in the preliminary final, North Melbourne have huge expectations as they enter 2016 with a vision to go a few steps further this year. Adelaide, under the tutelage of new head coach Don Pyke, have a tremendously tough opening to the season with six of their first seven against 2015 finalists and it starts with the Kangaroos.
Adelaide have won four of their last five games against North Melbourne, including round one last year when they were victorious by 77 points as Taylor Walker slammed home six goals. North Melbourne’s only recent victory against the Crows was in round 22, 2014, when they were triumphant by seven points. Before that the Crows had won by 1, 9 and 36 points.
Adelaide were bundled out of the 2015 Finals by Hawthorn in the semi-finals by 74 points after winning their first final over the Western Bulldogs by seven points. In their finals campaign, North Melbourne defeated Richmond by 17 points and Sydney by 26 points before having their season end at the hands of the West Coast Eagles by 25 points.
Adelaide were third in goals per game last season with 14.4 per game, while North Melbourne were ranked fifth with 13.4 goals per game. The Crows were second in kicks per game with 212.0 but fell to 14th in disposals per game with 359.6. The Kangaroos were 14th in disposals at 354.0. North Melbourne scored over 100 ten times in their 25 games last season. Adelaide scored over 100 in nine games from 23 games (and scored 99 in one game).
The Wolf thinks Adelaide have it in them to score an upset and they have the firepower to put points up on the scoreboard in a flash, but is playing it safe and giving the edge to North Melbourne in a close game.
North Melbourne Kangaroos:
B: Michael Firrito, Robbie Tarrant, Sam Wright
HB: Shaun Atley, Scott D. Thompson, Jamie Macmillan
C: Sam Gibson, Daniel Wells, Nick Dal Santo
HF: Shaun Higgins, Jarrad Waite, Brent Harvey
F: Jed Anderson, Drew Petrie, Lindsay Thomas
Foll: Todd Goldstein, Ben Cunnington, Jack Ziebell
Int: Andrew Swallow, Taylor Garner, Luke McDonald, Ben Brown
B: Rory Laird, Daniel Talia, Kyle Cheney
HB: Paul Seedsman, Jake Lever, Nathan Van Berlo
C: David Mackay, Matt Crouch, Brodie Smith
HF: Rory Atkins, Taylor Walker, Rory Sloane
F: Eddie Betts, Josh Jenkins, Tom Lynch
Foll: Sam Jacobs, Scott Thompson, Richard Douglas
Int: Brad Crouch, Luke Brown, Wayne Milera, Mitch McGovern