AFL 2014 Live North Melbourne Kangaroos vs Adelaide Crows match will be kick off at Blundstone Arena, Hobart,Saturday 23 August 2014 online, Time 13:45 AEDT and its broadcast on Fox Footy.
Yet another game with top eight implications – this is a mini elimination final for the Crows whilst a loss to North could forfeit their stranglehold on a home final.
North Melbourne will be without key midfielders Brent Harvey and Daniel Wells who were both suspended during the week whilst Jack Ziebell, Lindsay Thomas and Lachie Hansen will have to pass a fitness test. Jamie Macmillan is close to returning from a broken leg also. Will the Crows bring in North bogey-man Sam Kerridge who had 26 touches in the SANFL last week. Scott Thompson will have to prove his hamstring complaint is no more whilst Rory Laird and Matt Crouch dominated in the two’s as well.
The Crows squandered a chance to sure up a spot in the eight last week against the Tigers. They’re 3-3 in their last six weeks and are 4-6 both head to head and against the line vs top-eight sides this year. North have got their confidence up after two consecutive big wins and sit pretty safe in sixth spot at the moment. The Kangaroos are 8-4 both head to head and against the line vs bottom-ten teams this year.
The Crows were too strong against North in round 13 this year running away with a six goal win. Sam Kerridge kicked four goals whilst Eddie Betts (three goals), Taylor Walker (two), Josh Jenkins (two) and James Podsiadly (two) also chipped in with multiple majors. Brodie Smith ran rampant across half back with 29 touches. For the Roos, Lindsay Thomas slotted four goals whilst Levi Greenwood and Brent Harvey had over 30 touches each.
Adelaide and North have met 35 times with the Crows leading 19-17. Adelaide has won three straight against North although the Kangaroos had won three in a row before that. Since 2010, North is 2-4 both head-to-head and against the line vs Adelaide. Four of the past five games between these two sides have totalled over 181-points. The Kangaroos are 3-2 head to head (2-3 ATL) in Hobart. Adelaide is 10-9 (11-8 against the line) when playing away from Adelaide in the last two years.
B Michael Firrito, Scott D. Thompson, Luke McDonald
HB Shaun Atley, Nathan Grima, Sam Wright
C Ryan Bastinac, Andrew Swallow, Ben Jacobs
HF Nick Dal Santo, Ben Brown, Sam Gibson
F Lindsay Thomas, Drew Petrie, Aaron Black
FOL Todd Goldstein, Ben Cunnington, Levi Greenwood
I/C Lachlan Hansen, Jack Ziebell, Leigh Adams, Kayne Turner
EMG Brad McKenzie, Mason Wood, Aaron Mullett
IN Lachlan Hansen, Kayne Turner
OUT Daniel Wells (Suspension), Brent Harvey (Suspension)
B Luke Thompson, Ben Rutten, Luke Brown
HB Brodie Smith, Daniel Talia, Rory Laird
C Brodie Martin, Scott Thompson, Rory Sloane
HF Richard Douglas, Josh Jenkins, Matthew Wright
F James Podsiadly, Taylor Walker, Eddie Betts
FOL Sam Jacobs, Patrick Dangerfield, Brad Crouch
I/C Matthew Jaensch, Jarryd Lyons, Charlie Cameron, Ricky Henderson
EMG Brent Reilly, Sam Kerridge, Mitch Grigg
IN Ben Rutten, Rory Laird, Scott Thompson
OUT Sam Shaw (Hamstring), Mitch Grigg (Omitted), David Mackay (Concussion)