Australian Football League (AFL) Live Essendon Bombers vs Gold Coast Suns match will be kick off at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne,Saturday 23 August 2014 online, 14:10 AEDT and its broadcast on Fox Footy.
The Bombers are getting better as the season wears on, which is a distinct opposite to previous years whilst Gold Coast is in freefall with any finals chances now very remote.
The Bombers will be hopeful that tall forward Jake Carlisle will be fit to return to the side after missing last week with a sore back. Other than that, don’t expect too many changes to their winning side. The Suns have an injury crisis with big men Charlie Dixon and Steve May unlikely to play. Soon-to-be-retired defender Tom Murphy could return for a farewell game whilst Clay Cameron is also a chance to comeback.
Since round 10, the Suns are 4-8 having won only one of their last five games slumping to eleventh on the ladder. They challenged Port last weekend but ultimately they wilted in the trying conditions. Essendon has a 7-2 (2-7 against the line) record against bottom-ten teams this season.. They have won their last five of their last eight defeating fellow finals fancies Port Adelaide, Adelaide, Collingwood and West Coast.
These sides have not met for over a year when the Bombers were far too strong coming away for a 43-point win. Brendon Goddard starred with 38 touches, 12 marks and a goal whilst Jobe, Stanton and Zaharakis all had over 30 disposals. For the Suns, Ablett received two Brownlow votes for his usual 36 disposals. Paddy Ryder dominated in the ruck with 26 hit-outs, 18 touches and two goals.
Essendon and Gold Coast have met three times with the Bombers victorious in all three games. Essendon is 2-1 against the line in those three games. All three Bombers-Suns games’ have totalled over 186-points. Essendon is 10-9 (8-11 against the line) at the Dome since the start of last year. The Suns have a 2-7 (3-6 at the line) record at Etihad Stadium but are 2-1 under the roof this year.
B Ariel Steinberg, Cale Hooker, Mark Baguley
HB Courtenay Dempsey, Michael Hurley, Brendon Goddard
C Jason Winderlich, Jobe Watson, David Myers
HF Travis Colyer, Joe Daniher, Zach Merrett
F Jake Carlisle, Patrick Ambrose, Paul Chapman
FOL Patrick Ryder, Heath Hocking, Brent Stanton
I/C Michael Hibberd, David Zaharakis, Orazio Fantasia, Ben Howlett
EMG Tom Bellchambers, Jake Melksham, Cory Dell’Olio
IN Jake Carlisle, Orazio Fantasia
OUT Dyson Heppell (Hand), Jake Melksham (Omitted)
B Seb Tape, Rory Thompson, Kade Kolodjashnij
HB Sean Lemmens, Clay Cameron, Trent McKenzie
C Jarrod Harbrow, Danny Stanley, Matt Shaw
HF Michael Rischitelli, Tom Lynch, Harley Bennell
F Jack Martin, Sam Day, Brandon Matera
FOL Daniel Gorringe, Jaeger O’Meara, Dion Prestia
I/C Timmy Sumner, Alex Sexton, David Swallow, Jesse Lonergan
EMG Karmichael Hunt, Jack Leslie, Louis Herbert
IN Clay Cameron, Matt Shaw
OUT Charlie Dixon (Quad), Louis Herbert (Omitted)