10.14 (74)
17.10 (112)
Etihad Stadium


Both of these sides had very different experiences last weekend. Essendon had an emotional win over Collingwood on ANZAC Day, while Melbourne succumbed to the late run of the Tigers.

Joe Daniher showed just exactly how good he can be on the weekend, and will look to continue on from that performance. He will take extra confidence out of the fact that Jack Riewoldt kicked six goals against the Demons on the weekend.

There has been talk about the aggressiveness of Jack Viney, and whether it is over the top. Expect the youngster to come out with a point to prove, after questions were raised about his play.

The Demons will be buoyed by the return of Jordan Lewis, who has completed his three week suspension. That, along with with the inconsistency of the Bombers, should mean that Melbourne get back on the winners list this round.

However, Jesse Hogan will not play due to the passing of his father, which will limit the Dees up forward.

Tip: Demons by 10.

Team Line-Ups

IN Matt Dea, Martin Gleeson, T. Bellchambers, Ben Howlett, Conor McKenna
OUTBrent Stanton, Aaron Francis, M. Leuenberger, James Kelly, Patrick Ambrose
IN Jordan Lewis, Mitch Hannan, C. Pedersen, Oscar McDonald, Tomas Bugg
OUTBilly Stretch, Jesse Hogan, Timothy Smith, Jake Spencer, James Harmes
FB 49 Matt Dea 18 Michael Hurley 8 Martin Gleeson
FF 24 J. Kennedy-Harris 19 Mitch Hannan 36 Jeff Garlett
HB 12 Mark Baguley 28 Mitch Brown 41 Ben McNiece
HF 5 C. Petracca 23 Jack Watts 30 A. Neal-Bullen
C 32 Travis Colyer 7 Zach Merrett 1 Andrew McGrath
C 29 Jayden Hunt 2 Nathan Jones 18 Jake Melksham
HF 13 Orazio Fantasia 26 Cale Hooker 11 David Zaharakis
HB 6 Jordan Lewis 17 Sam Frost 23 Bernie Vince
FF 43 A. McDonald-Tipungwuti 6 Joe Daniher 9 Brendon Goddard
FB 14 Michael Hibberd 25 Tom McDonald 39 Neville Jetta
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Team Stats

372 Disposals 419
142 Contested Possessions 131
248 Kicks 240
124 Handballs 179
18 Free Kicks 17
31 Clearances 40
10 Centre Clearances 18
21 Stoppages 22
54 Inside 50 55
138 Marks 111
8 Marks in 50 13
24 Contested Marks 10
46 Tackles 48
45 Hit-Outs 25

Player Stats

Essendon Bombers

Andrew McGrath167236131
Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti851341512
Ben Howlett951441131
Ben McNiece6814222
Brendon Goddard171431513
Cale Hooker47115311421
Conor McKenna147219231
Darcy Parish5611221
David Zaharakis17179131
Dyson Heppell15722813
Jobe Watson85134111
Joe Daniher1251713922216
Josh Green76133122
Mark Baguley1221491
Martin Gleeson14418611
Matt Dea116177313
Michael Hurley19423131
Mitch Brown55106
Orazio Fantasia5494112
Tom Bellchambers7297331121
Travis Colyer1462091111
Zach Merrett2393233

Melbourne Demons

Alex Neal-Bullen28101112
Bernie Vince16122851
Cameron Pedersen118198182112
Christian Petracca8311514
Christian Salem1482252
Clayton Oliver825335115
Dom Tyson191029921
Jack Viney9101916
Jack Watts136195111341
Jake Melksham1131441111
Jay Kennedy-Harris4711231
Jayden Hunt1331651321
Jeff Garlett6283133
Jordan Lewis1515307221
Michael Hibberd168246111
Mitch Hannan95145331
Nathan Jones1218304212
Neville Jetta66124113
Oscar McDonald1141582
Sam Frost12416633
Tom McDonald179261261211
Tomas Bugg85131121


  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
2.2 (14) 4.8 (32) 6.12 (48) 10.14 (74)
2.4 (16) 4.6 (30) 12.9 (81) 17.10 (112)