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After 2019 became the season from hell, the Melbourne Demons have a chance to start afresh in 2020, taking on the Adelaide Crows in their first Marsh Community Series match on Saturday afternoon. Join The Roar for live scores from 4:40pm (AEDT).
A poor pre-season in 2019 proved an early sign that Simon Goodwin’s men would fall from a preliminary final to 17th in just 12 months, so the Demons will be gunning to make the most of their practice matches this time around. The Crows, too, have a point to prove, several experienced players needing to impress new coach Matthew Nicks to secure their spots in his best 22 this year.
The Crows have named six new faces in their 26-man squad for the match, including former Port Adelaide ruckman Billy Frampton and 2018 top draft pick Ned McHenry, while the list of absences includes former captain Taylor Walker. Walker and wingman Paul Seedsman will miss the match to attend a wedding.
The Demons have named a far less experienced side, with star ruckman Max Gawn, midfielder Angus Brayshaw, new recruit Harley Bennell and former Gold Coast Sun Steven May all to miss. However, top draftees Luke Jackson and Kysaiah Pickett, alongside former Giant Adam Tomlinson and former Docker Ed Langdon, will all don the red and blue for the first time.
First bounce: 4:40pm (AEDT)
Venue: Casey Fields, Melbourne
TV: Fox Footy
Online: Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Odds: Demons $1.70, Crows $2.15
Melbourne Demons line-up
B: 39 Neville Jetta, 28 Oscar McDonald, 3 Christian Salem
HB: 2 Nathan Jones, 8 Jake Lever, 14 Michael Hibberd
C: 15 Ed Langdon, 7 Jack Viney (c), 20 Adam Tomlinson
HF: 18 Jake Melksham, 25 Tom McDonald, 5 Christian Petracca
F: 31 Bayley Fritsch, 38 Mitch Brown, 22 Aaron vandenBerg
R: 26 Sam Weideman, 4 James Harmes, 13 Clayton Oliver
I/C: 6 Luke Jackson, 9 Charlie Spargo, 30 Alex Neal-Bullen, 32 Tom Sparrow, 36 Kysaiah Pickett, 41 Jay Lockhart, 42 Josh Wagner, 44 Joel Smith
Adelaide Crows line-up
B: 16 Luke Brown, 12 Daniel Talia, 29 Rory Laird
HB: 30 Wayne Milera, 41 Jordon Butts, 6 Bryce Gibbs
C: 10 Myles Poholke, 5 Matt Crouch, 28 Ben Keays
HF: 23 Shane McAdam, 40 Ben Davis, 27 Tom Lynch
F: 18 Tyson Stengle, 34 Elliott Himmelberg, 4 Lachlan Murphy
R: 43 Reilly O’Brien, 2 Brad Crouch, 1 Chayce Jones
I/C: 8 Jake Kelly, 9 Rory Sloane (c), 14 David Mackay, 20 Ben Crocker, 21 Rory Atkins, 22 Billy Frampton, 25 Ned McHenry, 31 Patrick Wilson