Australian Football League (AFL) Live Melbourne Demons vs GWS Giants match will be kick off at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne,Sunday 17 August 2014 online, 15:20 AEDT and its broadcast on Fox Footy.
Not the most glamorous match up but an important one for the make up of the ladder. This is a battle to stay off the bottom. The Giants showed a glimpse last week at hanging with a quality team in North Melbourne, but folded late and didn’t end up getting close. The Demons-Roos honeymoon is coming to a close and the bleak reality of their very thin line-up is becoming glaringly obvious.
First round pick, Christian Salem, will be on the verge of a recall to the first team after being the best of a bad bunch in Melbourne’s reserve team’s 108-point defeat last week. Jack Grimes goes straight into the starting side following the omission of Kennedy-Harris. For the Giants, former Swan Jed Lamb, continues to struggle to holding down a spot at the club after again being dropped from the senior side. Jonathan Giles, is among four new players added to an extended bench for GWS.
After both teams showed improvement at the start of the year, it has been slim pickings for both these clubs of late. After back-to-back wins against Brisbane and Carlton, GWS have gone on to lose their last 6 matches, only getting within 40 points once. Similarly, the Demons have been struggling and have now strung 7 losses together and apart from a 6-point loss to the Bulldogs in June, they too have been largely out of touch. The Giants did show promising signs last week against North Melbourne up until half time, but it appears they have regressed into their old habit of falling away as the game goes on.
When these teams met in Round 3 this year, the Giants put in one of the best performances in club history to come away victorious. On the defensive end, they set a new club record for lowest score conceded, only giving up 47 points to Dees. For the Giants, Adam Treloar was everywhere, with 33 disposals (including 21 contested possessions), 14 tackles and 11 clearances. For the Demons, Dom Tyson was doing all the heavy lifting with 10 clearances from his 25 touches. It was a scrappy affair, with inaccurate kicking from the Giants (10.19) keeping the scores close.
After giving up the first three matches between the clubs, the Giants have gone onto claim two in a row against the struggling Demons. Expect this to be a low scoring affair as both teams show a record that favours the unders, including Melbourne’s league leading 13 unders matches this year. In the Giants two visits to play the Demons at the MCG, Melbourne have run out winners by a 40+ margin on both occasions. In their last 10 matches playing away and getting points, the Giants have only covered 4 times. There’s been little joy for Demons fans who are yet to witness a win at home this season, while the Giants are yet to win at the MCG in their history after six attempts.
B, Neville Jetta, Tom McDonald, Colin Garland
HB, Jeremy Howe, Lynden Dunn, Jack Grimes
C, Bernie Vince, Jack Watts, Daniel Cross
HF, Viv Michie, James Frawley, Jack Viney
F, Dean Kent, Chris Dawes, Max Gawn
Fol, Mark Jamar, Nathan Jones, Dom Tyson
I/C, Christian Salem, Aidan Riley, Dom Barry, Matt Jones
EMG Jack Fitzpatrick, Rohan Bail, Jordie McKenzie
In, Jack Grimes, Christian Salem
Out, Jay Kennedy-Harris (omitted), Rohan Bail
B: Adam Kennedy, Lachie Plowman, Heath Shaw
HB Jono O’Rourke, Phil Davis, Matt Buntine
C: Devon Smith, Adam Treloar, Toby Greene
HF: Rhys Palmer, Adam Tomlinson, Will Hoskin-Elliott.
F: Joshua Kelly, Jonathon Patton, Tom Boyd
Fol: Shane Mumford, Callan Ward, Dylan Shiel
I/C Mark Whiley, Tomas Bugg, James Stewart, Nathan Wilson
EMG: Tim Golds, Jonathan Giles, Zac Williams
IN: Mark Whiley, James Stewart, Nathan Wilson
OUT: Jed Lamb (omitted), Tim Golds, Zac Williams