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The Essendon Bombers will need to take care of business against the Adelaide Crows to keep their flickering finals hopes alive. Follow all the action from Marvel Stadium here on The Roar with live scores from 7:50pm (AEST).
Consecutive losses to premiership contenders Melbourne and Geelong have put a damper on Bombers fans daring to dream of September action, while doing nothing to suggest this young team has a bright future ahead.
The newly-resigned Darcy Parish keeps racking up possessions, Jake Stringer is in arguably career-best form, while the likes of Zach Merrett and Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti remain stars of the game. Coach Ben Rutten will, however, know that with a 6-9 record and sitting 12th on the ladder, they’ll need to bounce back fast to remain on track for a finals berth in his first year at the helm.
The Crows have less lofty ambitions, with Matthew Nicks still blooding youth in his second year in charge. The Crows have also shown signs this year that they’re in for success down the track, stunning the Cats and Demons themselves on their home turf at the Adelaide Oval. Away from home has been a different story, though, with the Crows’ only win in Melbourne this year coming over the lowly Kangaroos back in Round 4.
Captain Dyson Heppell is a big loss for the Bombers, having had surgery on an injured thumb. An equally major blow at the Crows sees Taylor Walker ruled out, after suffering a neck injury in last week’s loss to Brisbane.
B: 15 Jayden Laverde, 17 James Stewart, 14 Jordan Ridley
HB: 19 Nick Hind, 27 Mason Redman, 8 Martin Gleeson
C: 13 Nik Cox, 7 Zach Merrett (c), 35 Matt Guelfi
HF: 25 Jake Stringer, 20 Peter Wright, 43 Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti
F: 45 Alex Waterman, 23 Harrison Jones, 5 Devon Smith
FOL: 2 Sam Draper, 3 Darcy Parish, 4 Kyle Langford
I/C: 12 Tom Cutler, 16 Archie Perkins, 26 Cale Hooker, 40 Will Snelling
EMG: 24 Nick Bryan, 30 Brandon Zerk-Thatcher, 33 Brayden Ham, 42 Sam Durham
IN: Martin Gleeson, Matt Guelfi (R16 medical sub)
OUT: Dyson Heppell, Brayden Ham
B: 39 Tom Doedee, 41 Jordon Butts, 8 Jake Kelly
HB: 33 Brodie Smith, 28 Nick Murray, 14 David Mackay
C: 38 Lachlan Sholl, 2 Ben Keays, 11 Paul Seedsman
HF: 25 Ned McHenry, 34 Elliott Himmelberg, 4 Lachlan Murphy
F: 10 Luke Pedlar, 7 Riley Thilthorpe, 22 Billy Frampton
FOLL: 43 Reilly O’Brien, 29 Rory Laird, 9 Rory Sloane (c)
INT: 1 Chayce Jones, 21 Sam Berry, 26 Harry Schoenberg, 31 James Rowe
EMG: 6 Jackson Hately, 17 Will Hamill, 36 Andrew McPherson, 40 Ben Davis
IN: Elliott Himmelberg, Lachlan Murphy
OUT: Taylor Walker, Luke Brown