AFL JLT Series Live Essendon Bombers vs Richmond Tigers Streaming Free 2018 AFL Pre Seasons match will be kick off at Norm Minns Oval, Sports complex in Victoria, Australia, Saturday 24 February 2018 online, 16:35 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Richmond are set to feature the bulk of their premiership team while Essendon will be without a string of their best players in Saturday’s AFL pre-season clash in Wangaratta.
Only three Richmond grand final heroes are likely to miss the JLT Community Series match – injured duo Daniel Rioli and Dion Prestia, along with Nathan Broad who will miss the first three home-and-away matches due to suspension.
In contrast, Essendon will begin their pre-season campaign without Michael Hurley, Cale Hooker, Orazio Fantasia and ruckman Tom Bellchambers, but their three big-name recruits – Jake Stringer, Devon Smith and Adam Saad – are all set to feature.
The Bombers’ 26-man squad includes captain Dyson Heppell, Zach Merrett, Joe Daniher, David Zaharakis and the club’s other ruck option Matthew Leuenberger.
Essendon coach John Worsfold said players were missing the club’s opening JLT clash as part of their pre-season management.
‘‘Those guys (Hurley, Hooker, Fantasia and Bellchambers) were part of a crew of about six or seven that didn’t do a lot of work pre-Christmas, due to injuries late last year or surgeries post season,’’ Worsfold told the club’s website.
‘‘Out of those guys that were in that crew only Daniher and Heppell have done enough to come in to contention for this week. They’ll probably still be on limited preparations within the game.
‘‘Those other guys are prepping for the JLT two game, so they’ll train here and have a big hit-out on Saturday morning.’’
A bumper crowd in Wangaratta for the Saturday twilight clash is guaranteed as reigning premiers Richmond take to the field with close to the outfit that famously broke the club’s premiership drought.
B: A.McGrath, M.Brown, P.Ambrose
HB: A.Saad, M.Hartley, C.McKenna
C: M.Gleeson, Z.Merrett, D.Parish
HF: A.McDonald-Tipungwuti, S.Draper, D.Zaharakis
F: D.Smith, J.Daniher, S.McKernan
Foll: M.Leuenberger, J.Begley, J.Long
I/C: M.Baguley, D.Heppell, J.Houlahan, M.Dea, K.Langford, M,Guelfi, B.Goddard, J.Green, D.Clarke, J.Stringer, J.Merrett, B.McNiece
B: A.Rance, D.Astbury, D.Grimes
HB: N.Vlastuin, B.Houli, B.Ellis
C: S.Grigg, S.Edwards, T.Cotchin
HF: J.Castagna, J.Graham, C.Ellis
F: J.Riewoldt, J.Caddy, D.Butler
Foll: T.Nankervis, K.Lambert, D.Martin
I/C: R.Conca, S.Bolton, J.Townsend, K.McIntosh, J.Short, R.Garthwaite, J.Higgins, M.Chol, A.Miles, C.Moore, S.Lloyd, I Soldo