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Gold Coast Suns vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores

1st August, 2021
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Queensland’s snap COVID-19 lockdown has forced the Melbourne Demons and Gold Coast Suns back to Victoria in a hastily arranged match a day behind schedule. Tune into events from Marvel Stadium with live scores on The Roar from 12:10pm (AEST).

In more bizarre scenes, the Demons were mid-flight to the Gold Coast when they were forced to turn their plane around. Briefly, it looked like they’d make a beeline for Perth ahead of next week’s game with West Coast, but they’ve eventually landed back home in Melbourne for this match.

Having been clear on top for ten of the last twelve weeks, the Demons’ loss to the Western Bulldogs in Round 19 saw them tumble all the way down to… third. Amid a concerning form slump and with a misfiring forward line, suddenly the Dees seem off the pace among the premiership contenders.

Simon Goodwin has chosen to give highly touted youngster Jake Bowey his debut, while the impressive James Jordon has been surprisingly dropped alongside veteran Michael Hibberd.

The Suns’ recent improvement looked to have hit a crescendo with a stunning first half against Brisbane last week; but a horror second half that saw them give up thirteen goals to one proves how far they still have to go.

Young forward Izak Rankine’s second-year blues have culminated in a shock omission, making way for red-hot key forward Joel Jeffrey. The young Sun kicked nine goals in a stunning reserves match performance last week – can he repeat the dose at the top level?

Game information

Opening bounce: 12:10pm (AEST)
Venue: Marvel Stadium, Melbourne
TV: Fox Footy
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel Now, Foxtel Go
Betting: Suns $4.20, Demons $1.22 (odds via PlayUp)

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Gold Coast Suns
B: 27 Wil Powell, 25 Sam Collins, 23 Sean Lemmens
HB: 50 Jy Farrar, 29 Chris Burgess, 10 Charlie Ballard
C: 13 Jack Lukosius, 11 Touk Miller, 37 Jeremy Sharp
HF: 6 Alex Sexton, 40 Joel Jeffrey, 19 Josh Corbett
F: 44 Darcy MacPherson, 34 Ben King, 9 Ben Ainsworth
FOL: 32 Zac Smith, 15 Noah Anderson, 24 David Swallow (c)
I/C: 3 Jack Bowes, 8 Brayden Fiorini, 18 Matt Rowell, 26 Sam Flanders
EMG: 2 Rory Atkins, 7 Will Brodie, 30 Alex Davies, 46 Caleb Graham
IN: Darcy MacPherson, Jy Farrar, Zac Smith, Joel Jeffrey (debut)
OUT: Caleb Graham, Izak Rankine, Oleg Markov, Rory Atkins

Melbourne Demons
B: 24 Trent Rivers, 1 Steven May, 35 Harrison Petty
HB: 29 Jayden Hunt, 8 Jake Lever, 3 Christian Salem
C: 10 Angus Brayshaw, 5 Christian Petracca, 15 Ed Langdon
HF: 9 Charlie Spargo, 25 Tom McDonald, 7 Jack Viney
F: 30 Alex Neal-Bullen, 50 Ben Brown, 31 Bayley Fritsch
FOL: 11 Max Gawn (c), 13 Clayton Oliver, 4 James Harmes
I/C: 6 Luke Jackson, 17 Jake Bowey, 32 Tom Sparrow, 36 Kysaiah Pickett
EMG: 14 Michael Hibberd, 18 Sam Weideman, 23 James Jordon, 26 Sam Weideman
IN: Jake Bowey (debut), Tom Sparrow (R19 medical sub)
OUT: James Jordon, Michael Hibberd

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