2nds VFL Round 15: Essendon vs North Melbourne, Windy Hill, Saturday 13/07/19 @ Midday

eth-dog

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The top of the table Essendon face cellar dwellers North in this week's VFL match, in a match that Essendon really have to win if they're to finish top 2 and secure a home final, whilst North will be hoping to get revenge on the smashing earlier in the season. Essendon have been in fantastic form, winning their last 5 matches including 3 wins against current top 8, whilst North have won 2 of their last 5, oddly beating Richmond in second but losing to Frankston in last. Essendon have won both matches between the two teams in the VFL in their head-to-head record.

Essendon had a comfortable victory against Coburg, getting an early lead and then holding the Lions at arms length for the rest of the day, ending up 39 point victors. Will Snelling pushed for an AFL debut at Essendon with 33 disposals and 8 tackles whilst Josh Begley worked hard across half forward for his 20 disposals, 3 of which were goals. Michael Hartley enjoyed playing at his old stomping ground, keeping Coburg captain Peter McEvoy to 0 goals.

North Melbourne used Majak's comeback to their advantage, their emotion carrying them to a 57 point win. A four goal to one second quarter set up the win for the Shinboners, and then they just kept the pressure on to end Sandringham's season. Nick Rippon was prolific in the middle, collecting 28 disposals which included 3 goals, whilst young forward Curtis Taylor had 4 goals, Ben McKay getting best afield with 23 disposals and 4 marks.

North had a great win but emotion can only get you so far. Essendon by 53. Possible side:

FB: Jordan Ridley - Michael Hartley - Matthew Dea
HB: Josh Tynan - Brandon Zerk-Thatcher - Ben McNiece
MF: Tom Jok - David Myers - Brayden Ham
HF: Josh Begley - Mitchell Brown - Will Snelling
FF: Mark Baguley - Noah Gown - Jordan Houlahan
OB: Riley Bowman - Trent Mynott - Kobe Mutch

IC: Aaron Heppell - Nino Lazzaro - Luke Goetz - Heath Hocking
IC: Danny Younan - Jake Long - Wilson Berry - Jake McQueen
23P: Ben Huggard
 

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brad

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Both won't play. BZT 2 weeks thankfully = 1 week with a bye following the North game. Will definitely need him with tough games against Willy (away), Footscray (away), Richmond and Geelong in Geelong to come.
 

eth-dog

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Us:

FB: Aaron Heppell - Brandon Zerk-Thatcher - Matthew De
HB: Josh Tynan - Jordan Ridley - Tom Jok
MF: Jake Long - Kurt Aylett - Ben McNiece
HF: Josh Begley - Heath Hocking - Trent Mynott
FF: Jordan Houlahan - Noah Gown - Mark Baguley
OB: Luke Goetz - David Myers - Will Snelling

IC: Daniel Guccione - Nino Lazzaro - Bruno Laguda - Riley Bowman
IC: Jacob Brown - Jake McQueen - Dylan Landt - Wison Berry
23P: Daniel Hanna

Them:

FB: Louis Cunningham - Majak Daw - Joel Crocker
HB: Declan Watson - Ben McKay - Sam Durdin
MF: Cameron Hodges - Nash Holmes - Sam Wright
HF: Tristan Xerri - Brendan Whitecross - Tom Wilkinson
FF: Lachlan Hosie - Ryan Morrison - Nathan Hrovat
OB: Tom Campbell - Daniel Robinson - Luke Davies-Uniacke

IC: Chris Jansen - Red Og Murphy - Matt Northe - Tom Hotchin
IC: Quentin Montenaro - Jordan McIvor-Cark - Tyrone Leonardis - Brodie McLaughlin
23P: Lewin Davis

They have a very tall team. Daw, McKay, Durdin and Watson will have trouble once the ball hits the deck with the likes of Begley and Hocking. Both sides have 13 AFL listed players named but I'd expect both to have a held over emergency. I think playing Guccione would be the wisest move with their tall forward line instead of Laguda, Brown or Landt.
 

Duckworth

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Us:

FB: Aaron Heppell - Brandon Zerk-Thatcher - Matthew De
HB: Josh Tynan - Jordan Ridley - Tom Jok
MF: Jake Long - Kurt Aylett - Ben McNiece
HF: Josh Begley - Heath Hocking - Trent Mynott
FF: Jordan Houlahan - Noah Gown - Mark Baguley
OB: Luke Goetz - David Myers - Will Snelling

IC: Daniel Guccione - Nino Lazzaro - Bruno Laguda - Riley Bowman
IC: Jacob Brown - Jake McQueen - Dylan Landt - Wison Berry
23P: Daniel Hanna
Are we holding over both Hartley and Ham?
 

Yoda_

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What I can’t fathom is it is 2019 and we not only can’t get a proper second division going but coverage of said second division is amateur.. at beat


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