AFL Essendon Bombers vs Richmond Tigers Live Footy Games are kick off at MCG Stadium, Melbourne, Saturday 31 May 2014, 13:40 AEDT.
The Bombers will be happy to welcome back Paul Chapman from suspension whilst Jason Winderlich is also a chance to recover from a knee injury. Elliot Kavanagh, Travis Colyer, Nick O’Brien and Shaun Edwards pressed their cases in the VFL too. For the Tigers, key ruckman Ivan Maric will play his first game of the year but Daniel Jackson is in doubt with a groin injury.
After three losses in a row, the Tigers responded in devastating fashion with a 113-point spanking of GWS with marquee players Jack Riewoldt kicking 11 goals and Dustin Martin having 36 disposals. The Bombers have won two of their last three games (albeit against the Bulldogs and Brisbane) but suffered a 50-point drubbing at the hands of Sydney before their bye last week.
The Bombers were in free-fall when they faced Richmond in the final home-and-away round of 2013. On their way to the finals, the Tigers cruised to a 39-point win thanks to big games from Brandon Ellis, Daniel Jackson and Trent Cotchin whilst Tyrone Vickery and Aaron Edwards kicked four goals each.
B: Michael Hibberd, Michael Hurley, Mark Baguley
HB: Courtenay Dempsey, Cale Hooker, Dustin Fletcher
C: Brent Stanton, Jobe Watson, Brendon Goddard
HF: Jason Winderlich, Tom Bellchambers, Paul Chapman
F: Zach Merrett, Jake Carlisle, Heath Hocking
Fol: Patrick Ryder, David Myers, Dyson Heppell
I/C: Ben Howlett, David Zaharakis, Jake Melksham, Patrick Ambrose
Emg: Elliott Kavanagh, Joe Daniher, Travis Colyer,
In: Jason Winderlich, Paul Chapman, Ben Howlett,
Out: Jackson Merrett (hand), Joe Daniher (omitted), Kurt Aylett (omitted)
B: T.Chaplin, D.Grimes, S.Morris
HB: B.Houli, A.Rance, S.Grigg
C: D.Jackson, S.Edwards, R.Conca
HF: D.Martin, I.Maric, B.Deledio
F: M.Thomas, J.Riewoldt, B.Lennon
FOLL: S.Hampson, B.Ellis, T.Cotchin
I/C: B.Griffiths, M.Dea, M.McDonough, N.Foley
EMG: R.Petterd, A.Miles, J.Batchelor