North look set to welcome back Andrew Swallow from a long absence with an Achilles injury but Daniel Wells will miss with a persistent foot problem. The Lions will have to replace defender Matt Maguire who was suspended with Michael Close and Claye Beams looming as the most likely replacements.
The Roos will be hurting after having a week to mull over a heavy loss to Gold Coast two Sunday’s ago. They have really mixed up their form this year with wins over Port, Sydney (in Sydney) and Fremantle (in Perth) whilst heavy losses to Essendon, Collingwood and the Suns. They’re a tough team to catch but have shown that they bounce back well from defeats. The Lions took it up to Essendon last week but were let down by some basic errors in the final quarter (Ryan Lester’s handball…). They sit last on the ladder with just one win this season.
Tom Rockliff starred for the Lions as they upset North in round 16 last year. The Lions vice-captain had 28 disposals and 11 tackles as he earnt the three Brownlow votes. Youngster Sam Mayes kicked three goals as did Jonathan Brown and Ash McGrath. For the Roos, Drew Petrie slotted five majors whilst Aaron Black and Robbie Tarrant kicked three each.
North Melbourne Kangaroos:
B Luke McDonald, Joel Tippett, Aaron Mullett
HB Nick Dal Santo, Scott D. Thompson, Shaun Atley
C Sam Gibson, Andrew Swallow, Leigh Adams
HF Lindsay Thomas, Aaron Black, Brent Harvey
F Majak Daw, Drew Petrie, Lachlan Hansen
FOL Todd Goldstein, Jack Ziebell, Ben Cunnington
I/C Levi Greenwood, Robin Nahas, Sam Wright, Ryan Bastinac
EMG Liam Anthony, Brad McKenzie, Scott McMahon
IN Robin Nahas, Sam Wright, Andrew Swallow
OUT Nathan Grima (Foot), Brad McKenzie (Omitted), Michael Firrito (Omitted)
B Darcy Gardiner, Justin Clarke, Joel Patfull
HB Pearce Hanley, Jed Adcock, Tom Cutler
C Marco Paparone, Jack Redden, Andrew Raines
HF Tom Rockliff, Jackson Paine, Lewis Taylor
F Josh Green, Daniel Merrett, Jonathan Brown
FOL Trent West, James Aish, Dayne Zorko
I/C Ryan Lester, Jordan Lisle, Claye Beams, Mitch Golby
EMG Nick Robertson, Michael Close, Jack Crisp
IN Jordan Lisle, Claye Beams, Mitch Golby
OUT Matt Maguire (Suspension), Nick Robertson (Omitted), Sam Mayes (Concussion)