AFL Live Melbourne Demons vs Hawthorn Hawks Stream AFL 2017 Regular Seasons Round 07 match will be kick off at Melbourne Cricket Ground Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Sunday 07 May 2017 online, 15:20 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Sunday afternoon AFL action sees the Melbourne Demons take on the Hawthorn Hawks at the MCG at 3.20PM and after another capitulation last weekend it will be interesting to see how the Hawks respond against the Demons, who will be out to make it two wins in a row.
First bounce is at 3.20PM and the action can be seen on Channel 7 and Fox Footy. AFL Live Vision is also available to ALL CrownBet members. Every Match, wherever you are.
Melbourne come off a 38 point win over Essendon in Round 6 and after an error-riddled first half, the undersized Demons came to the fore with an eight goal to two third term.
Hawthorn, who sit in 17th position on the ladder, endured another horror day, this time at the hands of St Kilda, who capitalised on a stack of turnovers from the brown and gold to win by 75 points.
The Hawks have plenty of headaches at the moment and clearly need a better system when heading inside their forward 50. And despite the arrival of new recruit, Tom Mitchell, who has been one of the few shining lights, the Hawks still struggle to win the contested football. They are ranked 17th in this area.
Melbourne fare much better and are 7th in the competition for contested possessions, while they lead the way for total disposals. Clayton Oliver, Nathan Jones and former Hawk, Jordan Lewis, have been finding plenty of the footy and should pose plenty of problems for the under siege Hawk defenders, who have conceded an average of 118 points per game, the most of any side in the competition.
Look for Christian Petracca, Jack Watts and Jeff Garlett to continue their good form inside forward 50m for the Dees. That trio combined for 11 goals in the recent win over the Bombers.
For Hawthorn to give themselves a chance, they will need to display the hunger that was evident in their sole win to date, a 50 point victory over West Coast a fortnight ago, while the ruck is one area in which the brown and gold may have an advantage, due to the absence of Melbourne’s Max Gawn and Jake Spencer.
Ben McEvoy should give the Hawks first use against the undersized Demons but the question will be whether or not the Hawks can capitalise at ground level.
Another Hawthorn loss will see them slip to 1-6, their worst start to a year since 2010. Interestingly, the Hawks recuperated that year to play finals but the differences between todays group and the class of 2010 seem to be poles apart.
At stake for Melbourne is a spot in the top eight. They currently occupy 8th position but need to secure a vital four points, given that they will likely be in the bottleneck for a spot later on.
B: M.Hibberd, T.McDonald, N.Jetta
HB: J.Hunt, S.Frost, J.Lewis
C: N.Jones, C.Oliver, T.Bugg
HF: C.Petracca, J.Watts, M.Hannan
F: J.Garlett, J.Hogan, J.Kennedy-Harris
FOL: C.Pedersen, B.Vince, J.Viney
I/C: C.Salem, D.Tyson, O.McDonald, J.Wagner
EMG: D.Kent, B.Stretch, A.Neal-Bullen
IN: J.Wagner, J.Hogan
OUT: J.Melksham, A.Neal-Bullen
B: G.Birchall, J.Frawley, B.Stratton
HB: R.Burton, J.Gibson, S.Burgoyne
C: I.Smith, T.Mitchell, J.O’Meara
HF: L.Breust, T O’Brien, J.Gunston
F: P.Puopolo, J.Roughead, C.Rioli
FOL: B.McEvoy, L.Shiels, L.Hodge
I/C: J.Sicily, B.Hartung, D.Howe, B.Hardwick
EMG: B.Whitecross, K.Brand, W.Langford
IN: G.Birchall, C.Rioli
OUT: W.Langford, K.Brand