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Sport Melbourne primed to end AFL finals drought

14:21  14 march  2018
14:21  14 march  2018 Source:   msn.com

Kieran Foran primed to wind back NRL clock

  Kieran Foran primed to wind back NRL clock Canterbury will be hoping Kieran Foran can rediscover his best form when the star playmaker makes his Bulldogs NRL against Melbourne in Perth. New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney hopes to see Kieran Foran return to his best this NRL season - even though he won't reap the benefits himself.Foran spent an ill-fated season last year at the Warriors, with injuries and personal issues hurting his form.The 27-year-old has switched to the Bulldogs, with the move to Sydney allowing him to be closer to his two children.Foran has been plagued by shoulder and hamstring issues over the past few years.

The Australian Football League ( AFL ), known as the Victorian Football League (VFL) until 1990, is the elite national competition Most conventional grand finals are a single match at the end of a finals series where the winner of the match wins the premiership. East Melbourne Cricket Ground. 20,181.

Manage my AFL Live Pass. Melbourne had won four in a row over the Pies until Nathan Buckley's men thwarted the red and blue's bid to end its finals drought in round 23 last year.

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The recruitment of young star Jake Lever, prised away from Adelaide in exchange for two first-round draft picks, will help.

A natural leader, the 22-year-old intercept marking specialist will instantly improve the Dees' backline.

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And the Dees will be better served by a fully-fit Gawn, who is eyeing a return to his 2016 All-Australian form after missing half of last season with a hamstring injury.

Gawn's recent contract extension takes him through to the end of 2021 and will effectively ensure he finishes his career with the Demons.

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"We've worked incredibly hard on the training track and that's really setting us up for our season ahead," Goodwin said.

"The boys have come with a really strong work ethic. They've created some great habits.

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Exciting draftee Bayley Fritsch is certain to be in contention for a round one debut after an impressive pre-season campaign.

MELBOURNE

Coach: Simon Goodwin

Captains: Nathan Jones and Jack Viney

Last five years: 17-17-13-11-9

Premierships: 12 (1900, 1926, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1948, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1964).

Key five: Clayton Oliver, Jack Viney, Max Gawn, Jesse Hogan, Christian Petracca.

One to watch: Bayley Fritsch. The mature-aged draftee slotted three goals during Melbourne's trial match victory over North Melbourne and another against St Kilda. The 21-year-old's ability in the air and at ground level should add versatility to the Dees' forward line.

Ins: Jake Lever (Adelaide), Harley Balic (Fremantle), Charlie Spargo (Murray Bushrangers U18), Bayley Fritsch (Casey Demons VFL), Harrison Petty (Norwood U18), Oskar Baker (Aspley NEAFL).

Outs: Jack Watts (Port Adelaide), Jack Trengove (Port Adelaide), Heritier Lumumba (retired), Colin Garland (retired), Jake Spencer (delisted), Mitch White (delisted), Liam Hulett (delisted), Ben Kennedy (delisted).

Best line-up:

B: Neville Jetta, Oscar McDonald, Michael Hibberd

HB: Jayden Hunt, Jake Lever, Jordan Lewis

C: Christian Salem, Clayton Oliver, Nathan Jones

HF: Christian Petracca, Jesse Hogan, Jake Melksham

F: Bayley Fritsch, Tom McDonald, Jeff Garlett

R: Max Gawn, Jack Viney, Dom Tyson

Int: Angus Brayshaw, Alex Neal-Bullen, James Harmes, Sam Frost

Predicted finish: 7th

Betting (William Hill)

To win the flag: $11

To make the top eight: $1.55

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