Australian Football Live Geelong Cats vs Essendon Bombers JLT Series Stream AFL 2017 Pre Seasons Week 04 match will be kick off at Queen Elizabeth Stadium, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, Sunday 12 March 2017 online, 16.10 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The Cats and Bombers are headed to Bendigo, hometown of Geelong skipper Joel Selwood, for their third match of the JLT Community Series.
The preseason match is a precursor their second AFL Country Game clash on May 13.
Geelong forward Tom Hawkins, who grew up in Finley in southern NSW, said it was a great concept to play in regional areas.
“They’re still pretty vocal in terms of the noise and atmosphere, it’s just you don’t have the stadiums around so you probably get a bit more of a feel of the area and the fans and how they’re reacting,” Hawkins said.
Essendon vice-captain and Cobden export Zach Merrett said visits by AFL players when he was in primary school were an inspiration for his own journey to the top.
“To go and play in the country … is very special,” he said.
“A lot of kids and families probably wouldn’t come to the city to watch games so for them to be able to see their stars like Tom and so on in action is pretty special for them as well.”
This is the last chance for both sides to get a win in the preseason competition.
Merrett was one of eight inclusions named in Essendon’s 27-man squad for the Sunday clash, along with captain Dyson Heppell who hails from the Gippsland town of Leongatha.
Defenders Andrew Mackie and Cam Guthrie have been included in Geelong’s squad for the trip north.
Geelong Cats: 1. Rhys Stanley, 2. Zach Tuohy, 3. Brandan Parfitt, 4. Andrew Mackie, 5. Nakia Cockatoo, 6. Lincoln McCarthy, 7. Harry Taylor, 9. Zac Smith, 10. Daniel Menzel, 11. Darcy Lang, 13. Tom Lonergan, 14. Joel Selwood, 18. Josh Cowan, 21. Jordan Murdoch, 22. Mitch Duncan, 23. Aaron Black, 25. Lachie Henderson, 26. Tom Hawkins, 27. Sam Menegola, 29. Cameron Guthrie, 32, Steven Motlop, 33. George Horlin-Smith, 35. Patrick Dangerfield, 36. Tom Ruggles, 40. Jackson Thurlow, 44. Tom Stewart, 46. Mark Blicavs
Essendon Bombers: 1. Andrew McGrath, 3. Darcy Parish, 4. Jobe Watson, 5. Brent Stanton, 6. Joe Daniher, 7. Zach Merrett, 8. Martin Gleeson, 9. Brendon Goddard, 11. David Zaharakis, 12. Mark Baguley, 13. Orazio Fantasia, 16. Joshua Begley, 17. James Stewart, 18. Michael Hurley, 21. Dyson Heppell, 22. Matthew Leuenberger, 28. Mitch Brown, 29. Patrick Ambrose, 30. Kyle Langford, 32. Travis Colyer, 33. Jayden Laverde, 36. Michael Hartley, 40. Ben Howlett, 43. Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, 44. Shaun McKernan, 47. James Kelly, 49. Matt Dea