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18 SPORT FRIDAY MARCH 25 2016 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 I MELBOURNE v GWS SATURDAY, MCG, 12.lOPM HEAD TO HEAD: Demons 4 Giants 4 lAST CLASH: Round 23, 2015 - Demons 15.13 (103) d Giants 11.11 (77) at Etihad Stadium UBET: Demons $2.20 Giants $1.68 SUMMARY: Is this the year when the Demons' neverending rebuild finally bears fruit? Melbourne are growing in confidence after winn ing all their pre-season games. This is a tough one to pick - at first glance, the Giants still look a better side. But there's a lot to like about the Demons around the ground. KEY: At one end, Melbourne have Rising Star winner Jesse Hogan as their target. At the other, Jeremy Cameron is suspended for four matches and Cameron McCarthy is on indefinite leave. Who can GWS rely on to kick their goals? TIP: Melbourne by 15 points. TV: Fox Footy & 7Mate (regional) noon (live) HEAD TO HEAD: Suns 1 Bombers 4 LAST CLASH: Round 21 , 2015 - Suns 14.13 (97) d Bombers 14.11 (95) at Metricon Stadium UBET: Suns $1.15 Bombers $5.50 SUMMARY: It is impossible to have faith in the makeshift Bombers and they must prove otherwise. For all the doubts over Gold Coast and their injury problems, captain Gary Ablett is a massive return. Heaven help the Suns if they drop this - all the off-season talk about improvement will sound very hollow. But on talent alone, Gold Coast should prevail in what is likely to be a scrappy match. KEY: In their last NAB Challenge match, Essendon won the ball often enough. But West Coast slaughtered them in ball use and turnovers on the W<I'f to a 105-point thumping. It's the great intangible for the Dons - how quickly they can combine as a team. TIP: Suns by 30 points. TV: Fox Footy, 3pm (live) FF: KENT 16 HOGAN 1 GARLETT 36 FB: SHAW 23 CORR 35 BUNTINE 21 HF: WATTS 4 FROST 17 HARMES 43 HB: WILSON 16 DAVIS 1 KENNEDY 40 C: VINCE23 VINEY 7 VANDENBERG 37 C: WHlffiELD 6 WARD8 STEWART 36 HB: M JONES 45 0 McDONALD 28 SALEM 3 HF: PALMER 7 LOBB 37 SCULLY9 FB: JETTA 39 T McDONALD 25 GARIAND 20 FF: GREENE 4 TOMLINSON 20 SMITH 10 =.&."-M_E_LB_O_UR_N_E ___ ""'V_G_W_S ____ _ Followers: Gawn 11, N Jones 2, Followers: Mumford 41, Tyson 12 Griffen 32, Shiel 5 Inter: Bugg 32, Oliver 13, Inter: Marchbank 34, Steele 11, Pedersen 21, Kennedy 35 Kel~ 22, Johnson 17 Emerg Dunn 14, Stretch 15, Emerg: Coniglio 3, Williams 29, Grimes 31 Hoskin-Elliott 33 FF: SEXTON 6 DAY 12 DAVIS 39 FB: DEA 49 BROWN 28 GLEESON 8 HF: A HALL 33 LYNCH 19 MARTIN 4 HB: MGULEY 12 AMBROSE 29 KELLY 47 C: ROSA3 RISCHITELU 35 HARBROW S C: GODDARD 9 BIRD 24 SIMPKIN 52 HB: MALCESKI 7 MAY17 KOLODJASllNIJ 28 HF: COONEY 17 LANGFORD 30 J MERRETT 20 FB: SAAD 42 THOMPSON 16 CAMERON 27 FF: Z MERRETT 7 DANIHER 6 PARISH 3 =.&.'-"G"""O""LD_;C""'OAST"'"""'"--- V ESSENDON Foll tNlers: Nicholls 22, Followers: McKeman 44, Prestia 10,Ablett 9 Crowley 51, Zaharakis 11 Inter: Miller 11, McKenzie 18, Inter: McDonald-Tipungwuti 43, Lernmens 23, Lonergan 37 Gwilt 42, Leuenberger 22, Emerg: Ah Chee 13, Hallahan 14, Stokes 48 Wright 30 Emerg: Michael 56, Grimley 54, Kommer 38 ... SYDNEY v COLLINGWOOD SATURDAY, SCG, 5.55PM HEAD TO HEAD: Swans 82 Magpies 140 drawn 1 LAST CLASH: Round 20, 2015 - Swans 13.9 (87) d Magpies 10.16 (76) at the SCG UBET: Swans $1.65 Magpies $2.25 SUMMARY: The Magpies were in uproar when Sydney announced a few weeks ago they were no longer playing at ANZ Stadium, meaning a late venue switch for this match. But it is probably indicative that on-field leaders such as coach Nathan Buckley and captain Scott Pendlebury have not raised any objections to playing at the SCG. While the Swans back their famous system, Collingwood are bullish in the wake of some strong recruiting. KEY: Lance Franklin, of course. Buddy is back in the wake of a strong pre-season and Buckley notes the Pies' defence will need a team effort if they are to quell his potential to tear the game apart But if Franklin is on fire, good luck with whatever is thrown at him. TIP: Swans by 20 points. TV: Southern Cross & Fox Footy, 5.30pm (live) FF: TOWERS 22 TIPPETTS PARKER 26 FB: RAMSAY 31 BROWN 16 LANGDON 8 HF: HEENEY 5 FRANKLIN 23 PAPLEY 41 HB: SINCLAIR 28 FROST 45 WILLIAMS 26 C: HANNEBERY 4 MITCHELL& MIUS 14 C: SIDEBOTTOM 22 TRELOAR 7 GREENWOOD 19 HB: lAIDLER 11 TALIA 32 JONES 10 HF: SWAN 36 MOORE30 DE GOEY 2 FB: SMITH 40 GRUNDY 39 RAMPE 24 FF: FASOLO 1 CLOKE 32 GAULT 44 =.&.~S_YD_NEY ____ V COLLINGWOOD Fol1CN1ers: Sinclair 18, Kennedy 12, K Jack 15 Inter: Cunningham 7, Hewett 29, Lloyd 44, Robinson 27 Emerg: Hiscox 17, Nankeriis 13, Rose 1 Followers: Witts 15, Pendlebury 10, Adams 13 Inter: Macaffer 3, Blair 11, Crisp 25, Maynard 37 Emerg: Grundy 4, Toovey 34, Oxley 43 11111 NORTH MELBOURNE v ADELAIDE SATURDAY, ETIHAD STADIUM, 5.55PM HEAD TO HEAD: Kangaroos 18 Crows 20 LAST CLASH: Round 1, 2015 - Crows 21.14 (140) d Kangaroos 9.9 (63) at Adelaide Oval UBET: Kangaroos $1.50 Crows $2.65 SUMMARY: Have no doubt, th is is big for North. A year ago, the Crows smashed them in round one at Adelaide Oval. The Roos have not won a season opener since 2009 and it's an important little goal as they try to take the next step to genuine premiership contention. It is impossible to draw a bead on the Crows, who start life under new coach Don Pyke and without star midfielder Patrick Dangerfield. KEY: Big Tex. Adelaide captain Taylor Walker has shown repeatedly that when he fires, teammates invariably are dragged along. While obviously it ca nnot be left to the star forward alone, a big first-up game from Walker would be a powerful statement of intent. TIP: Kangaroos by 10 points. TV: Fox Sports 3, 5.30pm (live) FF: ANDERSON 3 PEIRIE 20 THOMAS 12 FB: LAIRD 29 TALIA 12 CHENEY 25 HF: HIGGINS 4 WAITE 30 HARVEY 29 HB: SEEDSMAN 11 LEVER 6 VAN BERLO 7 C: GIBSON 43 WEUS8 DAL SANTO 15 C: MACKAY 14 M CROUCH 44 SMITH 33 HB: AREY 18 THOMPSON 16 MACMILLAN 34 HF: ATKINS 21 WALKER 13 SLOANE 9 FB: FIRRITO 11 TARRANT 25 WRIGHT 19 FF: BETTS 18 JENKINS 4 LYNCH 27 .A NORTH MELBOURNE FollCN1ers: Goldstein 22, Cunnington 10, Ziebell 7 Inter: Swallow 9, Garner 27, McDonald 21, Brown 50 Emerg: Jacobs 5, Hansen 6, Tumer40 V ADELAIDE Followers: Jacobs 24, Thompson 5, Douglas 26 Inter: B Crouch 2, Brown 16, Milera 30, McGoYern 41 Emerg: Hartigan 15, EllisYolmen 28, Lyons 31 Milera shows promise SARAH OLLE FOR Adelaide draftee Wayne Milera, there could be no bigger compliment than being compared to the inimitable Andrew McLeod. But the comparison is also fraught with danger, particularly when the young man in question is yet to play a senior game. Despite this, Adelaide veteran Scott Thompson said the parallels between McLeod and draftee Wayne Milera were startling. "Andrew McLeod is a twotime Norm Smith medallist, one of the greats of the game and probably one of the best players our club has ever produced," Thompson told Fox Spo1ts News 500. "We're talking about a firstyear player that is yet to play a game. "But he's got enormous talent - as with a number of draftees that we've got - and I'm sure if he gets the opportunity this week, we'll hopefu lly see glimpses of what he's going to give us for more than the next decade." Thompson is the latest voice to join the chorus championing Milera, the Crows' first pick in the 2015 draft. who - with only 12 touches had made an indelible impression on the game. "He's going to be an absolute champion," Betts told Fox Footy after the match. "You'll hear the boys say he plays a bit like Andrew McLeod. He's going to be good for us this year." The nephew of Swans legend Michael O'Loughlin, Milera has footy smarts built into his DNA and adds class to a forward line already bursting with talent. The mercurial Betts kicked 63 goals last season, earning his first All-Australian honours in the process. Captain Taylor Walker - who Thompson described as a "knockabout kid from Broken Hill" - kicked 59 majors of his own. While Josh Jenkins chipped in for a han dy 46goals. "It shows that going towards goal we've got a number of different avenues," Thompson said. Adelaide will line up for the first time this weekend without its 2015 best and fairest winner, Patrick Dangerfield. While the Crows are widely tipped to slide without their defected superstar, Thompson was inclined to say otherwise. "I think we'll see a number of players with different type bodies - inside mid, outside run that'll roll through there and hopefully be quite damaging for Indeed, after the Crows' 100point belting of West Coast in the NAB Challenge, Eddie Betts was spruiking the 18-year-old us,'' he said. Adelaide recruit Wayne Milera has teammate Scott Blues chase Good Friday 1 CA RLTON has launched an audacious bid to take part in next year's Good Friday clash while keeping its marquee Round I slot with Richmond. The Blues will next year retain the entire gate takings from their home clash against Richmond so are keen to play the season opener, but Round l does not clash with Easte r in 2017. Easter Sunday falls on April 16 next year, with Easter not returning to a March date until 2024 (March 31). It means the Blues believe they could juggle their traditional slot against Richmond in late March as well as an early April Good Friday clash. Blues chief executive Ste ven Trigg says it shapes as a perfect window for the Blues to snare another marquee fixture. Carlton and North Melbourne were keen to play each other in 2014, believing they were a perfect fit as the two clubs closest to the Royal Children's Hospita l. Any Good Friday game would link with the Good Friday Appeal and seek to raise even more money for the annual fundraiser. The Blues were stripped of all Friday night games this year and Trigg is keen to build big clashes for the former Victorian powerhouse club. " If Good Friday is available for AFL footba ll we would love to be part of it. As far as the eye can see in the next decade Good Friday doesn't clash with the opening round," Trigg said. " I don't know about North Melbourne, but all we can do is speak for ourselves. Carlton enjoys the position of the opening game of the season, but in many other ways doesn't have a signature timeslot of signature game on the fixture. League chief executive Gillon McLachlan said this week the AFL Commission would have "a good look" at scheduling at 2017 Good Friday game. North Melbourne believes it could integra te a game at Etihad Stadium - home of Channel 7 - to add to the fundra ising appeal rather than detract from it. ~ SUPER ....... " .... ~ ntnews.com.au ,...,.., SUPER ... .,..." .... ~
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