The Melbourne Football Club has been hit with a 15,000 dollar fine over a late change that was made in last week’s game against the Blues. The change saw James Frawley out for Matthew Warnock who was not named as an emergency. (more…)
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Barry Hall is listed as a key player in our Melbourne vs. Western Bulldogs match preview and for good reason. The last five times Big Barry has played against Melbourne he has averaged 4 goals a game.
A lot has changed since 2005-8 though. Hall has moved from Sydney and taken home at the Western Bulldogs. Melbourne has evolved too. The Dees now have two good quality big defenders in Matthew Warnock and James Frawley. (more…)
Saturday night / Blacktown Oval
Odds: Sydney $1.91 vs. Carlton $1.91
This game offers plenty for both sides and fans alike.
Carlton will be trailing their new look forward line without Brendan Fevola whilst hope to show the even spread of goal kickers that they’ll need to do anything this season.
Sydney will be looking to show off a bunch of new recruits with names like Kennelly, Seaby, Rohan, Jetta, MyGlynn and Kennedy amongst others having their first hit-out in Swans colours.
The game will be messy due to the new players, but it will be close.
Players to watch for Sydney
Mark Seaby – After leaving West Coast when being displaced by Nic Naitanui, Seaby will be looking for a good start at his new club who is now looking for a number 1 ruckman to take Darren Jolly’s previous spot.
With fellow new recruit Shane Mumford not playing; it’s his chance to take advantage.
Gary Rohan – The Swans first choice from last years draft is a massive talent with that X-factor which everyone loves.
After seeing how good Dustin Martin was in his first game, I’m eager to see how good Rohan is.
Tadgh Kennelly – After a years hiatus, the Irishman is said to be in career best condition, and with his return, it will allow greater use of Rhyce Shaw in his outside midfield role that he was originally recruited for.
Can Kennelly return to the player that he was?
Players to watch for Carlton
Lachlan Henderson – A fair bit of pressure will be on this youngster who played just about all of his Lions stint in the backline.
Will he be able to fill a void up front?
Robbie Warnock – His presence in the ruck will be vital for Kruezer in have lengthy stints up forward. It will be good to see if he can justify the commitment Carlton have shown when they recruited him.
Brock McLean – He’s another player that Carlton have paid a high price for.
With enough outside runners to support him, he should be able to play his custom in-and-under role and provide plenty for Carlton.
St Kilda –11.17 (86)
Melbourne – 6.10 (46)
St Kilda are a very good side but were pushed by Melbourne in the first half of this game. In the end the class of St Kilda came over the top of the valiant Demons. The Saint’s midfield was dominant in the second half of the game and St Kilda eventually put that result on the score board. Strangely though, Melbourne has gone two whole weeks without conceding the first goal from a center clearance.
Turning points of the match
After the bounce of the ball to start the second half Melbourne didn’t score another goal, including a scoreless third term, it would seem that St Kilda really turned the volume up in the third quarter.
Key Players for the St Kilda
Leigh Montagna – Was up against Cale Morton, he demolished him with 13 tackles and 31 possesions
Lenny Hayes – 35 disposals is pretty sexy
Key Players for Melbourne
Mark Jamar – Where have you been? 29 hitouts and 6 tackles (they would hurt), only 2 kicks though.
Colin Sylvia – Fairly consistent, he is a different player to last year.
Musings from the match
- Why the eff was this on the Gold Coast, what a dud fixture, it’s not like Melbourne or the Saints are ever going to be popular up there
Melbourne can’t play 4 quarters
- Nick Riewoldt killed Matthew Warnock
- Jarred Rivers beat Justin Koschitzke
- James McDonald tagged Nick Dal Santo
- Milne didn’t play and Jason Gram was the late replacement
- Brad Miller was a dud
- Melbourne needed Russell Robertson for a marking target. He had 9 shots on goal this week at Casey so he should be straight back in for the Queen’s Birthday game on Monday
- Melbourne really needed Jamar’s height this week, he was a welcome inclusion
Aaron Davey had a hard tag this week again, that’s probably evidence of his great form, but it also shows he can’t shake a tag that well. It’s very interesting for SuperCoaches. All the usual St Kilda suspects hit triple figures. Jack Grimes had a heap of it as loose man back, this will probably continue through the season unless he gets a man on him. He gets a lot of cheap marks and kicks back there.