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The Melbourne Demons are looking to extend their remarkable winning streak into double digits when they travel to South Australia take on the Adelaide Crows. Stay up to date with their AFL clash with live scores on The Roar from 4:35pm (AEDT).
Not since 1964 have Demons fans been as up and about as they are right now. After decades in the wilderness, the Melbourne of 2021 appear primed to break the AFL’s longest current premiership drought.
They’re the last unbeaten side in the competition with nine wins from nine starts in 2021 – and what’s more, they’ve hardly even been challenged along the way. So good is their form, that they even have the luxury of omitting boom recruit Ben Brown from their line-up to take on the Crows.
The Crows were far from disgraced in their 30-point loss to West Coast in Perth last weekend; however, having lost five in a row, the gloss of their strong start to the season has well and truly worn off. Sitting fifteenth, it’s looking like a second consecutive long season for Matthew Nicks and his charges.
In-form former skipper Taylor Walker returns, having been rested last week, with his duel with former Crow Jake Lever in the forward line adding some spice to this encounter. Walker was famously less than impressed with Lever choosing to head to the Demons at the end of 2017: expect Tex, and the Crows fans in the stands, to at least acknowledge his presence.
B: 39 Tom Doedee, 41 Jordon Butts, 28 Nick Murray
HB: 33 Brodie Smith, 1 Chayce Jones, 16 Luke Brown
C: 38 Lachlan Sholl, 2 Ben Keays, 11 Paul Seedsman
HF: 25 Ned McHenry, 13 Taylor Walker, 21 Sam Berry
F: 32 Darcy Fogarty, 7 Riley Thilthorpe, 31 James Rowe
FOLL: 43 Reilly O’Brien, 29 Rory Laird, 9 Rory Sloane (c)
INT: 8 Jake Kelly, 14 David Mackay, 23 Shane McAdam, 26 Harry Schoenberg
EMG: 17 Will Hamill, 22 Billy Frampton, 36 Andrew McPherson, 37 Ronin O’Connor
IN: Ned McHenry, Nick Murray, Taylor Walker
OUT: Billy Frampton, Ronin O’Connor, Will Hamill
B: 14 Michael Hibberd, 1 Steven May, 8 Jake Lever
HB: 3 Christian Salem, 35 Harrison Petty, 29 Jayden Hunt
C: 10 Angus Brayshaw, 5 Christian Petracca, 15 Ed Langdon
HF: 23 James Jordon, 25 Tom McDonald, 30 Alex Neal-Bullen
F: 9 Charlie Spargo, 6 Luke Jackson, 31 Bayley Fritsch
FOLL: 11 Max Gawn (c), 13 Clayton Oliver, 36 Kysaiah Pickett
INT: 4 James Harmes, 18 Jake Melksham, 24 Trent Rivers, 26 Sam Weideman
EMG: 32 Tom Sparrow, 37 Kade Chandler, 39 Neville Jetta, 50 Ben Brown
IN: Luke Jackson, Jake Melksham (R9 medical sub)
OUT: Ben Brown, Kade Chandler