AFL Live Melbourne Demons vs Sydney Swans Stream AFL 2017 Regular Seasons Round 15 match will be kick off at Melbourne Cricket Ground, East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Friday 30 June 2017 online, 19:50 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Round 14 was full of thrilling results. Melbourne and Sydney featured in a couple of the cliffhangers with both getting up after producing remarkable comebacks.
The Demons ventured over to Perth to take on West Coast and were 16 points down late in the last quarter before kicking the last three goals, including one to Tom McDonald with just seconds to steal a three-point victory.
The previous night it was Sydney in almost identical circumstances. The Swans were 19 points down with less than five minutes to go against Essendon at the SCG and rattled home. The last play of the night saw Gary Rohan take a one handed mark on the goal line before converting after the siren, handing the Swans a one point win.
The win for John Longmire’s side was their sixth from their previous seven outings, while the Demons made it four on the trot. Little separates the two in the head to head betting.
The battle in the midfield should be an absorbing one with two bulls set to go at it in the form of Melbourne’s Jack Viney and Sydney’s Josh Kennedy. The two players were instrumental in their sides wins last weekend.
Kennedy is ranked No.2 in the competition for contested disposals and Viney is high up in a number of statistical measures. Another Melbourne player, Clayton Oliver, that is ranked No.3 for contested possessions and it will be interesting to see how the young Demon midfielder responds after being accused of diving last weekend.
The Demons are the highest ranked side for total disposals and can get on top in the middle of the ground but the Swans have greater experience in the big games and were winners at the MCG as little as two weeks ago, coming from behind to defeat Richmond by nine points.
One player that Melbourne will need to stop in Lance Franklin. The superstar forward was off his radar in the win against Essendon last weekend, booting 0.6 but generally plays well against Melbourne, who have struggled to contain opposition big men this year.
At the other end of the ground it will be interesting to see if the Demons opt to play Tom McDonald in the forward line. The former defender booted five goals against the Eagles last weekend.
The most recent clash between the two was in Round 13 at the SCG last year and it was the Swans by 55. Josh Kennedy, Daniel Hannebery and Luke Parker found plenty of footy for the Swans that night, while Lance Franklin booted four goals. Max Gawn and Bernie Vince were among the best for Melbourne.
The encounter is as big a game that Melbourne have faced in over 10 years. After battling in the lower reaches of the ladder for a decade, a Demons win may see them squeeze into the top four by the end of the round.
For Sydney, the Swans are amongst the bottleneck of sides that are vying for spots inside the eight. They can ill afford to drop too many more after their horror start to the year that saw them lose their first six matches
Melbourne have a number of players on the sidelines including Jack Watts, Jesse Hogan and Nathan Jones. That trio are all likely to miss. Ben Kennedy and Sam Weideman have been super in the VFL and may sneak a spot in the seniors.
Sydney may regain Jarrad McVeigh, who made his return from a calf injury in the NEAFL last week, while Jordan Dawson is another that will be considered.
B: M.Hibberd, O.McDonald, N.Jetta
HB: J.Lewis, S.Frost, J.Hunt
C: J.Harmes, D.Tyson, B.Vince
HF: B.Stretch, C.Pedersen, C.Petracca
F: C.Oliver, T.McDonald, A.Neal-Bullen
FOLL: M.Gawn, J.Melksham, J.Viney
I/C: M.Hannan, T.Bugg, M.White, J.Wagner
EMG: J.Trengove, S.Weideman, D.Johnstone
IN: J.Wagner, M.White
OUT: J.Garlett (hamstring), C.Salem (hamstring)
B: N.Newman, H.Grundy, N.Smith
HB: Z.Jones, D.Rampe, J.Lloyd
C: I.Heeney, J.Kennedy, C.Mills
HF: G.Hewett, L.Franklin, K.Jack
F: G.Rohan, S.Reid, T.Papley
FOLL: S.Naismith, D.Hannebery, L.Parker
I/C: O.Florent, J.McVeigh, L.Melican, D.Towerrs
EMG: J.Foote, J.Laidler, C.Sinclair
IN: J.McVeigh, Z.Jones
OUT: C.Sinclair (omitted), W.Hayward (foot)