Demons Need A Finisher To Slay The Giants

Image courtesy of foxsports.com.au / Photo: Mark Evans
GWS can win its second match in 2014 against the hapless Melbourne Demons. Image courtesy of foxsports.com.au/Photo: Mark Evans

GWS GIANTS v MELBOURNE

Spotless Stadium

Sunday April 6, 1:10pm (AEST)

Why watch?
There's some strange pleasure in seeing just how low Melbourne can plunge. There list is no doubt better this year with some smart recruiting and they have one of the best coaches going round, but still they can't fire a shot on the field. At the start of the season, they would have pencilled this match in as winnable, but combined with their poor first rounds and GWS' encouraging start, the Giants are heavy favourites. They have so many exciting players and seeing Jeremy Cameron and Jon Patton strut their stuff is always worth tuning in for.


Match notes
- Courageous GWS defender Phil Davis is out of hospital following his kidney injury
- Josh Kelly had 11 possessions starting as the sub last week. He won't be wearing the green vest this week
- Nathan Jones leads the AFL in total disposals with 72
- Melbourne rank second – behind Essendon – in total disposals with 799
- Paul Roos suffered the worst loss of his coaching career last week against West Coast

Say what?

"I'll play footy again, definitely," Phil Davis said. "Obviously there will be some mental challenges when I come back … but I'm pretty excited about when that time will come."

Key injuries
Phil Davis (kidney) - TBC
Tim Mohr (foot) - 2-4 weeks
Rhys Palmer (hamstring) - 3-5 weeks
Dylan Shiel (quad) - 2 weeks
Mitch Clark (personal leave) - indefinite
Chris Dawes (calf) - 1-2 weeks
Colin Garland (ankle) - test
Jesse Hogan (back) - TBC
Mark Jamar (foot) - test
Tom McDonald (thigh) - test
Jordie McKenzie (foot) - test
Aidan Riley (leg) - 3-4 weeks

Last 5 games (includes 2013 season)
GWS
L 60 Brisbane
L 121 Richmond
L 83 Gold Coast
W 32 Sydney
L 7 St Kilda
Melbourne
L 95 Fremantle
L 68 Adelaide
L 20 Western Bulldogs
L 17 St Kilda
L 93 West Coast

Last 5 between clubs

GWS-Melb-Melb-Melb

Fantasy factoid

As mentioned, Nathan Jones has started the season in blistering fashion and it's worth noting that he 29 and 28 in his two matches against the Giants last year.

Cold hard fact
Since the start of 2012, Melbourne have won just six matches and lost 40. Three of those wins came against GWS.

Final word
You couldn't possibly tip the Demons on their form, but they do have a history of bouncing back after insipid displays. That's not suggesting they will win the match, but it might be a lot closer than people are suggesting. Unfortunately Melbourne still lack a key forward, and it's just hard to see them kicking a winning score.

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