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The Western Bulldogs and the North Melbourne Kangaroos will both be looking to bounce back at Marvel Stadium today, after both sides suffered defeat last weekend. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 2:10pm (AEST).
Despite the fact Luke Beveridge’s side lost to the Geelong Cats at GMHBA Stadium last weekend, there were aspects of the performance which will please the Western Bulldogs coach.
The 44-point loss does not read well on paper, but they were well in the game for the majority of the day, and there is no shame in losing at the Cattery.
In terms of individuals who performed well on the day, Mitch Wallis was solid, as he finished the game with 29 disposals and two majors next to his name. Jack Macrae also had a 29-disposal game.
Marcus Bontempelli also showed his ability in front of goal, as the midfielder finished the game with two majors, also.
In team news this week for the Dogs, Billy Gowers, Fletcher Roberts, Will Hayes and Lachie Young are all omitted.
Bailey Dale, Tim English, Patrick Lipinski, Bailey Williams all come into the side. The Dogs have secured four wins after nine rounds.
As for Brad Scott’s side, they are coming off a horrendous loss down in Tasmania. The Kangaroos have made Blundstone Arena a fortress over the years, but it did not show against the Sydney Swans last week, who defeated North Melbourne by five points.
It will go down as one of the worst defeats in Scott’s time at Arden Street. The Swans were a few short due to injury and had little experience of playing in Tasmania.
When you also factor in North Melbourne had close to a full squad to pick from, it only adds to what was a horrendous defeat.
Jack Ziebell was the highlight for North Melbourne, as the captain finished the game with 35 disposals next to his name. Kayne Turner was able to kick two majors, which will please the small forward, as that is an area of his game he no doubt is looking to improve.
In team news this week for the Kangaroos, Taylor Garner has been dropped. Luke Davies-Uniacke is his replacement. North Melbourne have only secured two wins after nine rounds.
The match appears likely to be Scott’s last in charge of the Kangaroos, after Friday’s news.
The Dogs have been impressive as of late, and despite the loss to the Cats last week, they showed more than enough to warrant starting favourites against a struggling North Melbourne outfit.
The Dogs by 17 points.
Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 2:10pm (AEST).
When: 2:10pm (AEST)
Where: Marvel Stadium
TV: Fox Footy
Betting: Bulldogs $1.61, Kangaroos $2.25
B Jason Johannisen, Jackson Trengove, Hayden Crozier
HB Caleb Daniel, Zaine Cordy, Easton Wood
C Lachie Hunter, Tom Liberatore, Bailey Dale
HF Bailey Smith, Aaron Naughton, Sam Lloyd
F Toby McLean, Marcus Bontempelli, Mitch Wallis
FOL Tim English, Josh Dunkley, Jack Macrae
I/C Matthew Suckling, Ed Richards, Patrick Lipinski, Bailey Williams
B Marley Williams, Scott D. Thompson, Jamie Macmillan
HB Shaun Atley, Robbie Tarrant, Jasper Pittard
C Jy Simpkin, Trent Dumont, Jared Polec
HF Jed Anderson, Nick Larkey, Cameron Zurhaar
F Jack Ziebell, Ben Brown, Tarryn Thomas
FOL Todd Goldstein, Ben Cunnington, Shaun Higgins
I/C Luke McDonald, Mason Wood, Luke Davies-Uniacke, Kayne Turner