B: 61. W. Berry, 36. M. Hartley, 53. S. Hooper
HB: 14. J. Ridley, 10. A. Francis, 70. J. Sheahan
C: 77. H. Hocking, 59. A. Heppell, 19. K. Mutch
HF: 33. J. Laverde, 17. J. Stewart, 20. J. Merrett
F: 15. J. Green, 22. M. Leuenberger, 55. D. Younan
R: 38. S. Draper, 37. D. Clarke, 39. T. Mynott
Int: 76. L. Collins, 75. T. Crosbie, 63. M. Darby, 57. N. Hind, 54. K. Huntly, 62. N. Lazzaro, 72. J. Ottavi, 56. T. Simpson
23P: 64. J. Harrison
In: L. Collins, S. Hooper, J. Ottavi, M. Darby, T. Simpson, J. Harrison, J. Laverde, M. Leuenberger, K. Mutch
Out: B. Zerk-Thatcher, L. Lavender, J. Houlahan, J. McQueen, D. Parish
B: 44. J. Henderson, 15. S. Collins, 7. D. McFarlane
HB: 12. R. Barrack, 5. N. Coughlan, 28. M. Brett
C: 31. K. Declase, 6. J. Sharp, 10. J. Maishman
HF: 46. F. Brancatisano, 9. K. Aylett, 29. D. Brew
F: 14. A. Hooper, 18. J. Porter, 2. M. Munro
R: 36. J. Berry, 3. M. Sodomaco, 4. T. Gribble
Int: 17. M. Augerinos, 37. J. Bennett, 25. N. Buykx, 13. J. Cleeland, 49. J. Lockwood, 35. B. McNamara, 27. E. Petterwood, 33. B. Rees
23P: 38. K. Gray
In: B. Rees, F. Brancatisano, J. Lockwood, J. Cleeland, B. McNamara
2017 Rd 3 @ North Melbourne Recreation Reserve: Werribee 14.13 (97) d Essendon 9.20 (74)
FORM COMING IN
Werribee (12th, 3-9) has lost back-to-back matches to top-eight opposition, a 58-point loss to Collingwood last week following a defeat at the hands of Geelong. Meanwhile, Essendon (4th, 7-5) has suffered back-to-back losses to top-four opponents after going down to the Casey Demons and then Richmond by 32 points in Round 14.
How important is this game to the Bombers? The answer is: Very important. After failing consecutive tests against the top two, Essendon is only percentage ahead of ninth position and has dates with fellow top-eight teams Collingwood, Port Melbourne, Geelong and then Footscray after this game, meaning a victory here is crucial for keeping pace.
The Bombers struggled with ball in hand in the face of pressure from Richmond last week and won’t get a let up against Werribee, which laid 101 tackles in the wet against the Magpies in Round 14. Pressure machine Dominic Brew recorded almost a fifth of that total with a huge 20 tackles – more than the AFL record for tackles in a game (19).