AFL NAB Cup Live Richmond Tigers vs North Melbourne Kangaroos Stream AFL Pre Seasons NAB Challenge match will be kick off at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Australia, Saturday 21 March 2015 online, 13.10pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Foxtell.
Richmond Tigers captain Trent Cotchin will make his first appearance of this year’s AFL preseason tournament when the Tigers take on North Melbourne.
Cotchin, 24, has been carefully managed throughout the AFL preseason as he worked to overcome hamstring soreness.
Coach Damien Hardwick expected Cotchin to breeze through a training session at Punt Road Oval on Thursday and go on to gain some valuable match practice ahead of the Tigers’ season opener against Carlton.
“We need to get some game minutes into him,” Hardwick said.
“He’s trained really well over the course of the last two weeks. We could have pushed the envelope (and played him) last week, but there’s no point at this time of year.
“He’ll play about three quarters and it will be a good first up hit out against good opposition.”
Hardwick will name a strong line-up for Saturday’s clash at Docklands as he looks to nail down his best 22 for round one.
“We’re getting to the business end of the preseason and we’ve just got to find those guys who are putting their hands up for positions,” he said.
“We’ve still got a lot of competition with regard to the back-line mix, the forward line and through the midfield.”
Former skipper Chris Newman will not be in line for selection for the season opener after undergoing heart surgery this week to correct an irregular heartbeat, which Hardwick said sounded more serious than it actually was.
“It’s a common operation in athletes,” he said.
“He’s ready to go, but he’s just got to wait for the wound to heal.
“The operation was a success, so it’s not a major concern for us.”
Newman will miss two weeks of training while he recuperates from the procedure.
Richmond Tigers: 2. Dylan Grimes, 3. Brett Deledio, 4. Dustin Martin, 5. Brandon Ellis, 6. Shaun Grigg, 8. Jack Riewoldt, 9. Trent Cotchin, 10. Shane Edwards, 11. Jake Batchelor, 12. David Astbury, 13. Ricky Pettard, 14. Bachar Houli, 18. Alex Rance, 20. Ivan Maric, 22. Nathan Gordon, 24. Ben Griffiths, 25. Troy Chaplin, 27. Sam Lloyd, 28. Taylor Hunt, 29. Tyrone Vickery, 30. Reece Conca, 31. Nick Vlastuin, 33. Kamdyn McIntosh, 35. Ben Lennon, 36. Matt McDonough, 38. Steven Morris, 48. Kane Lambert
North Melbourne Kangaroos: 2. Brad McKenzie, 3. Ryan Bastinac, 4. Shaun Higgins, 5. Ben Jacobs, 7. Jack Ziebell, 8. Daniel Wells, 9. Andrew Swallow, 10. Ben Cunnington, 11. Michael Firrito,12. Lindsay Thomas, 13. Leigh Adams, 15. Nick Dal Santo, 16. Scott Thompson, 18. Shaun Atley, 19. Sam Wright, 20. Drew Petrie, 21. Luke McDonald, 22. Todd Goldstein, 25. Robbie Tarrant, 29. Brent Harvey, 32. Mason Wood, 34. Jamie MacMillan, 35. Aaron Black, 36. Joel Tippett, 40. Kayne Turner, 43. Sam Gibson, 50. Ben Brown