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NAB Cup week 2 preview

Date

Brent Diamond

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Friday - Etihad Stadium

RICHMOND

While it will be a milestone for Trent Cotchin running out as captain for the first time, it will be somewhat of a change for former skipper Chris Newman, who is set to be released in a midfield role during the NAB Cup.

Midfield coach Danny Daly said: ''Newy was getting a lot of attention from opposition players at half-back last season, which probably limited his effectiveness. This will give him the chance to be released and will revitalise him. He is an excellent user of the football, which will help the quality of our forward-50 entries.

''He's feeling really good about it and looking forward to the challenge … after giving up the captaincy, this is another opportunity for him to play good footy.''

Ricky Petterd, who has shown some form over the pre-season, will make his debut in Tiger colours, along with mature-age ruckman Orren Stephenson, who was delisted by the Cats last year.

Tigers fans will also be looking to see how advanced draftee Nick Vlastuin is and how he may fit into the midfield with already so much talent from previous drafts in the mix.

Watch out for: Dustin Martin. He has been a top performer during the pre-season amid concerns about his off-field behaviour. The club is hoping he's set for a breakout season.

 

MELBOURNE

The Demons' prized draftees Jack Viney and Jimmy Toumpas will showcase their skills on Friday night but coach Mark Neeld has already hosed down talk of early expectations.

''Our plan is not to play those boys every game, be it NAB Cup games or the home-and-away season,'' Neeld said.

''We get lots of information and among that the workload increases every week and every season. It's hard for an 18-year-old to come in and make an impact on every game.

''We want them to be long-term players for the football club, so we don't want to kill them early.''

Mini-draft pick Jesse Hogan has also been given permission to play but as an under-aged selection, cannot play in the season proper until next year. The forward will play for the Casey Scorpions in the VFL this season.

It will be a new-look Melbourne squad taking to the field with mature-age recruits Shannon Byrnes, Chris Dawes, Cameron Pedersen, Dean Terlich and David Rodan adding some much-needed experience to the group.

Watch out for: Shannon Byrnes - starred in an intra-club match last week with five goals and underlined his importance to the team as an experienced recruit who has been there, done that.

 

NORTH MELBOURNE

Majak Daw has produced some remarkable highlights in his three seasons at North's affiliate Werribee but after being elevated from the rookie list, there is more hype to come about his much-anticipated AFL debut.

Daw is one of the most recognisable faces on North's list despite not having played a senior game. But the 21-year-old Sudanese player, who comes out of contract at the end of this season, will be wanting to prove his talent in the big league sooner rather than later.

Drew Petrie believes Daw possesses some amazing skills and athleticism. ''He's definitely a very different type of player,'' Petrie said. ''I know our defenders have found him a really difficult match-up … I haven't seen his athleticism in anyone else before, ever.'' Recruits Ben Jacobs and Jordan Gysberts have been named, along with mature-age ruckman Daniel Currie, and could put some pressure on Daw's chances this year.

Watch out for: Jack Ziebell - the talented midfielder underwent a minor knee operation last month but has made a shock return for the NAB Cup.

 

Saturday

BRISBANE LIONS

Former Hawk Jordan Lisle is expected to be trialled in a forward role during the NAB Cup in a bid to win a regular role alongside Jonathan Brown.

Lisle, who struggled for senior opportunities at Hawthorn and even at the Lions last season, is touted by vice-captain Daniel Merrett as the early front-runner for the position, perhaps ahead of new recruit Stefan Martin.

''That spot will be up for grabs all year I reckon,'' Merrett said.

''Probably Jordy Lisle at this stage, he's probably stepped up. He's definitely matured. He's talking a lot more and he's improved his fitness so from my point of view, he's also up there but also Stefan Martin probably. Obviously we've got him across for a reason to try and fill that void and we'll be looking for Stef to step up,'' he said.

It will be Jed Adcock's first outing as a co-captain in the NAB Cup after winning the role to be shared by Brown.

Injured players Simon Black and Matthew Leuenberger are expected to make returns until at least round three or four of the NAB Cup.

Watch out for: Brent Moloney - The former Demon will wear his coach Michael Voss' former No.3 guernsey and is expected to help the Lions in the centre clearances this season.

 

HAWTHORN

Former Northern Territory Thunder midfielder Jed Anderson has also been touted for an AFL debut this season by coach and captain, and Hawks fans are already licking their lips over the talented indigenous prospect.

The 18-year-old, who was pre-listed by Greater Western Sydney before being on-traded to the Hawks, is set to play in the NAB Cup after starring for the All-Stars against Richmond earlier this month.

''No one knows too much about Jed Anderson at the moment but we're hoping that by the end of the year everyone will know him,'' Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson told SEN radio.

''He's had a great summer for us and I reckon he'll feature at some point throughout the year for us.''

While Anderson has been the pick of the draftees over summer, it has been veterans Brad Sewell and Jordan Lewis who have also led the way during training as the grand finalists looks to go one better in the season proper this year.

Lance Franklin is also set to play in the NAB Cup despite some injury concerns but is not expected to play a major part.

Watch out for: Ryan Schoenmakers - has looked sharp over the pre-season in his bid to hold down a key-position post this season despite the arrival of Brian Lake.

 

GOLD COAST

Suns midfielder David Swallow admits last season was a downer for him given his run with injuries and form, but is confident of turning it around.

He has finally got through a pre-season unscathed for the first time while at the Suns.

''Last year was probably one to forget for me, so [I am] definitely looking forward to this year and hopefully I can string some games together, unlike last year,'' Swallow said. ''The first two years, I've probably struggled to have good pre-seasons, being able to put one together this year was probably pretty important for me.''

Swallow expects the midfield group to step up a gear this year, with draftee Jesse Lonergan set to get a run against the Hawks and Lions, while other draftees, Jack Martin and Andrew Boston, are also poised to have influence early.

Suns assistant coach Dean Solomon said the club was hoping to gain some early confidence from the NAB Cup. ''We're going to be playing to win, to get some confidence and some momentum to roll into round one,'' he said.

Watch out for: Jack Martin - the 17-year-old midfielder has been given permission to play in the NAB Cup after starring in an intra-club match. He is already considered to be in the Suns' best team.

 

Sunday

SYDNEY

Previous Fothergill-Round medallists in the VFL such as Michael Barlow and Ahmed Saad have had instant impacts on their teams and Sydney thinks nothing different of last year's winner Dean Towers.

The former North Ballarat wingman has excellent pace and an amazing leap that triggered the Swans to take him with an early pick in last year's draft. He is expected to have some major game time in the NAB Cup as he aims to break into the premiership-winning team early in the season proper.

Mature-age rookie Dane Rampe, who spent two seasons on Williamstown's VFL list before crossing to UNSW Bulldogs, is also expected to get some game time, along with young draftees such as Tim Membrey.

''There will certainly be some chances for some of our newer players to be running around in our first game in particular,'' coach John Longmire said. ''Probably in the first two games there will be some new faces that the supporters will see, which will be really good and exciting to get a bit of a look at them.''

Watch out for: Tim Membrey - the power forward has the potential to kick big bags on big occasions with eight goals in a TAC Cup preliminary final last year.

 

CARLTON

Brock McLean had only played four AFL matches in 2011, he'd only been called up twice until round eight last year and appeared to be on his last legs at the Blues despite dominating at VFL level.

Then he finished the season playing the last 10 matches with his form surpassing many other midfielders.

Former Blues VFL coach Robert Hyde said last year that McLean's turnaround in form stemmed from becoming fitter.

''Just talking to him, this is the first time that he hasn't had operations over the summer for the last three or four years. He reckons his body's really good and he's just looking forward to having a crack at it,'' Hyde said.

McLean (pictured) has dominated the past two intraclub matches to show he is the most in-form midfielder at the club to date.

Watch out for: Nick Graham - The former Gippsland Power midfielder and Morrish medallist was a standout in an intraclub match last week, with Rob Wiley declaring his progress to be outstanding.

 

GWS

The Giants will roll out their No. 1 selection in last year's draft - Lachie Whitfield - straight away in their opening NAB Cup clash this weekend.

It is in contrast to that of 2011 No. 1 draft pick Jonathon Patton, who the Giants had to wait until June last year to see his potential as a forward.

Giants assistant coach Leon Cameron said Whitfield, considered to be one of the club's best young midfielders, will take time to develop but is already showing great signs.

''Lachie is one of those lads and his professionalism, the way he moves and the way he has settled in Sydney, has just been fantastic and we couldn't be more impressed,'' Cameron said. ''I am really rapt with the way Lachie is going, and it is going to take a couple of years [for him] to mature in terms of size.''

Whitfield will be one of a number of players making their debuts for Greater Western Sydney this weekend. Others set for game-time during the NAB Cup will be former Hawk Stephen Gilham, who is set to bolster the Giants defence, along with former Blue Bret Thornton.

Watch out for: Setanta O'hAilpin - the enigmatic former Blue will make his return in this weekend's NAB Cup after suffering a season-ending ACL injury in round six last year against Carlton.

AFL 2015

Round 1
Thu, 02 AprTimes shown AEDT
CAR 78vs RIC 105 Report Stats
Sat, 04 AprTimes shown AEDT
MEL 115vs GCF 89 Stats
SYD 72vs ESS 60 Stats
BRI 74vs COL 86 Stats
WBU 97vs WCE 87 Stats
Sun, 05 AprTimes shown AEST
STK 78vs GWS 87 Stats
ADE 140vs NTH 63 Stats
FRE 75vs PTA 68 Stats
Mon, 06 AprTimes shown AEST
HAW 123vs GEE 61 Stats
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Round 2
Fri, 10 AprTimes shown AEST
WCE 131vs CAR 62 Stats
Sat, 11 AprTimes shown AEST
RIC 66vs WBU 85 Report Stats
GWS 101vs MEL 56 Stats
COL 63vs ADE 90 Report Stats
GCF 76vs STK 104 Stats
PTA 44vs SYD 92 Stats
Sun, 12 AprTimes shown AEST
GEE 60vs FRE 104 Stats
ESS 78vs HAW 76 Stats
NTH 133vs BRI 51 Stats
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Round 3
Fri, 17 AprTimes shown AEST
COL 140vs STK 66 Stats
Sat, 18 AprTimes shown AEST
CAR 84vs ESS 105 Stats
ADE 80vs MEL 55 Stats
SYD 111vs GWS 90 Report Stats
NTH 105vs PTA 113 Stats
BRI 58vs RIC 137 Stats
Sun, 19 AprTimes shown AEST
HAW 127vs WBU 57 Stats
GEE 105vs GCF 96 Stats
WCE 81vs FRE 111 Stats
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Round 4
Fri, 24 AprTimes shown AEST
RIC 51vs MEL 83 Stats
Sat, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
STK 81vs CAR 121 Report Report Stats
ESS 49vs COL 69 Report Stats
GWS 119vs GCF 53 Stats
PTA 99vs HAW 91 Stats
FRE 74vs SYD 60 Stats
Sun, 26 AprTimes shown AEST
BRI 65vs WCE 118 Stats
GEE 67vs NTH 83 Stats
WBU 125vs ADE 68 Stats
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Round 5
Fri, 01 MayTimes shown AEST
CAR 45vs COL 120 Stats
Sat, 02 MayTimes shown AEST
RIC 76vs GEE 85 Stats
SYD 73vs WBU 77 Stats
GCF 118vs BRI 54 Stats
NTH 70vs HAW 130 Stats
WCE 120vs GWS 33 Stats
Sun, 03 MayTimes shown AEST
MEL 50vs FRE 118 Stats
STK 80vs ESS 82 Stats
ADE 91vs PTA 115 Stats
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Round 6
Fri, 08 MayTimes shown AEST
COL 59vs GEE 100 Stats
Sat, 09 MayTimes shown AEST
NTH 109vs RIC 74 Stats
WBU 87vs STK 94 Stats
GWS 108vs HAW 98 Stats
GCF 78vs ADE 119 Stats
MEL 50vs SYD 88 Stats
FRE 80vs ESS 52 Stats
Sun, 10 MayTimes shown AEST
CAR 75vs BRI 84 Report Stats
PTA 68vs WCE 78 Stats
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Round 7
Fri, 15 MayTimes shown AEST
ESS 82vs NTH 93 Stats
Sat, 16 MayTimes shown AEST
ADE 119vs STK 73 Stats
HAW 155vs MEL 50 Stats
CAR 57vs GWS 135 Stats
SYD 120vs GEE 77 Stats
WCE 135vs GCF 43 Stats
Sun, 17 MayTimes shown AEST
WBU 88vs FRE 101 Stats
RIC 105vs COL 100 Report Stats
BRI 102vs PTA 65 Report Stats
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Round 8
Fri, 22 MayTimes shown AEST
GEE 140vs CAR 63 Report Stats
Sat, 23 MayTimes shown AEST
STK 78vs WCE 131 Report Stats
GWS 108vs ADE 84 Report Stats
GCF 63vs COL 132 Report Stats
HAW 69vs SYD 73 Report Stats
FRE 115vs NTH 42 Report Stats
Sun, 24 MayTimes shown AEST
ESS 136vs BRI 78 Report Stats
MEL 103vs WBU 64 Report Stats
PTA 43vs RIC 76 Report Stats
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Round 9
Fri, 29 MayTimes shown AEST
SYD 122vs CAR 62 Report Stats
Sat, 30 MayTimes shown AEST
HAW 93vs GCF 40 Report Stats
MEL 54vs PTA 115 Report Stats
WBU 113vs GWS 68 Report Stats
RIC 72vs ESS 59 Report Stats
ADE 57vs FRE 68 Report Stats
Sun, 31 MayTimes shown AEST
BRI 86vs STK 108 Report Stats
COL 112vs NTH 95 Report Stats
WCE 120vs GEE 64 Report Stats
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Round 10
Fri, 05 JunTimes shown AEST
FRE 70vs RIC 97 Report Stats
Sat, 06 JunTimes shown AEST
CAR 90vs ADE 99 Report Stats
GCF 41vs SYD 93 Report Stats
ESS 53vs GEE 122 Report Stats
PTA 100vs WBU 62 Report Stats
Sun, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
GWS 97vs BRI 67 Report Stats
NTH 85vs WCE 75 Report Stats
STK 69vs HAW 132 Report Stats
Mon, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
MEL 85vs COL 110 Report Stats
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Round 11
Fri, 12 JunTimes shown AEST
PTA 69vs GEE 92 Report Stats
Sat, 13 JunTimes shown AEST
GCF 46vs FRE 53 Report Stats
WCE 96vs ESS 46 Report Stats
NTH 75vs SYD 91 Report Report Stats
Sun, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
COL 119vs GWS 77 Report Stats
STK 85vs MEL 83 Report Stats
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Round 12
Thu, 18 JunTimes shown AEST
ADE 85vs HAW 114 Report Stats
Fri, 19 JunTimes shown AEST
RIC 70vs WCE 90 Report Stats
Sat, 20 JunTimes shown AEST
CAR 110vs PTA 106 Report Stats
GWS 61vs NTH 117 Report Stats
WBU 146vs BRI 74 Report Stats
Sun, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
GEE 89vs MEL 113 Report Stats
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Round 13
Thu, 25 JunTimes shown AEST
FRE 80vs COL 73 Report Stats
Fri, 26 JunTimes shown AEST
SYD 77vs RIC 95 Report Stats
Sat, 27 JunTimes shown AEST
HAW 114vs ESS 76 Report Stats
BRI 69vs ADE 82 Report Stats
STK 56vs WBU 62 Report Stats
Sun, 28 JunTimes shown AEST
CAR 103vs GCF 69 Report Stats
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Round 14
Thu, 02 JulTimes shown AEST
SYD 94vs PTA 84 Report Stats
Fri, 03 JulTimes shown AEST
COL 91vs HAW 101 Report Stats
Sat, 04 JulTimes shown AEST
RIC 78vs GWS 69 Report Stats
GCF 125vs NTH 70 Report Stats
WBU 64vs CAR 53 Report Stats
MEL 60vs WCE 114 Report Stats
Sun, 05 JulTimes shown AEST
ESS 52vs STK 162 Stats
ADE vs GEE 15:20Adelaide Oval
FRE 84vs BRI 48 Report Stats
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Round 15
Thu, 09 JulTimes shown AEST
PTA 66vs COL 63 Report Stats
Fri, 10 JulTimes shown AEST
RIC 71vs CAR 41 Report Stats
Sat, 11 JulTimes shown AEST
ESS 69vs MEL 60 Report Stats
WBU 95vs GCF 73 Report Stats
NTH 120vs GEE 79 Report Stats
WCE 147vs ADE 91 Report Stats
Sun, 12 JulTimes shown AEST
GWS 84vs STK 49 Report Stats
HAW 115vs FRE 43 Report Stats
BRI 49vs SYD 70 Report Stats
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Round 16
Fri, 17 JulTimes shown AEST
NTH 93vs ESS 68 Report Stats
Sat, 18 JulTimes shown AEST
GEE 72vs WBU 64 Report Stats
GCF 79vs GWS 94 Report Stats
COL 56vs WCE 87 Report Stats
SYD 57vs HAW 146 Report Stats
FRE 95vs CAR 53 Report Stats
Sun, 19 JulTimes shown AEST
MEL 60vs BRI 36 Report Stats
PTA 113vs ADE 116 Report Stats
STK 73vs RIC 89 Report Stats
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Round 17
Fri, 24 JulTimes shown AEST
CAR 35vs HAW 173 Report Stats
Sat, 25 JulTimes shown AEST
GWS 42vs GEE 69 Stats
ADE 125vs GCF 80 Stats
RIC 78vs FRE 82 Stats
ESS 116vs PTA 129 Stats
BRI 38vs NTH 110 Report Stats
Sun, 26 JulTimes shown AEST
WBU 104vs COL 86 Report Stats
MEL 46vs STK 83 Report Stats
WCE 103vs SYD 51 Report Stats
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Round 18
Fri, 31 JulTimes shown AEST
HAW 53vs RIC 71 Report Stats
Sat, 01 AugTimes shown AEST
GEE 113vs BRI 57 Stats
COL 54vs MEL 91 Report Stats
SYD 117vs ADE 65 Report Stats
CAR 54vs NTH 118 Report Stats
GCF 83vs WCE 83 Report Stats
Sun, 02 AugTimes shown AEST
PTA 112vs STK 49 Report Stats
ESS 40vs WBU 127 Report Stats
FRE 84vs GWS 63 Report Stats
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Round 19
Fri, 07 AugTimes shown AEST
ADE 88vs RIC 52 Report Stats
Sat, 08 AugTimes shown AEST
COL 105vs CAR 87 Report Stats
WBU 128vs PTA 64 Report Stats
BRI 100vs GCF 114 Report Stats
GEE 95vs SYD 63 Report Stats
WCE 74vs HAW 88 Report Stats
Sun, 09 AugTimes shown AEST
MEL 92vs NTH 127 Report Stats
GWS 93vs ESS 61 Report Stats
STK 59vs FRE 96 Report Stats
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Round 20
Fri, 14 AugTimes shown AEST
SYD 87vs COL 76 Report Stats
Sat, 15 AugTimes shown AEST
ESS 59vs ADE 171 Report Stats
NTH 120vs STK 83 Report Stats
PTA 111vs GWS 90 Report Stats
GEE 85vs HAW 121 Report Stats
BRI 131vs CAR 67 Report Stats
Sun, 16 AugTimes shown AEST
RIC 138vs GCF 55 Report Stats
WBU 153vs MEL 55 Report Stats
FRE 80vs WCE 104 Report Stats
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Round 21
Fri, 21 AugTimes shown AEST
HAW 86vs PTA 108 Report Stats
Sat, 22 AugTimes shown AEST
COL 56vs RIC 147 Report Stats
GWS 44vs SYD 133 Report Stats
GCF 97vs ESS 95 Report Stats
STK 97vs GEE 97 Report Stats
ADE 131vs BRI 44 Report Stats
Sun, 23 AugTimes shown AEST
NTH 94vs FRE 83 Report Stats
CAR 78vs MEL 55 Report Stats
WCE 162vs WBU 85 Report Stats
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Round 22
Fri, 28 AugTimes shown AEST
GEE 62vs COL 110 Report Stats
Sat, 29 AugTimes shown AEST
GWS 132vs CAR 51 Report Stats
HAW 134vs BRI 62 Report Stats
NTH 73vs WBU 96 Report Stats
ESS 47vs RIC 74 Report Stats
GCF 51vs PTA 88 Report Stats
Sun, 30 AugTimes shown AEST
ADE 126vs WCE 69 Report Stats
STK 38vs SYD 135 Report Stats
FRE 108vs MEL 54 Report Stats
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Round 23
Fri, 04 SepTimes shown AEST
RIC vs NTH 19:50ES
Sat, 05 SepTimes shown AEST
GEE vs ADE 13:05SS
BRI vs WBU 13:45G
PTA vs FRE 15:50Adelaide Oval
HAW vs CAR 16:40MCG
SYD vs GCF 19:20SCG
WCE vs STK 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 06 SepTimes shown AEST
MEL vs GWS 13:10ES
COL vs ESS 15:20MCG
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AFL 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D % Pts
Fremantle 21 17 4 0 125.10 68
West Coast Eagles 21 15 5 1 143.00 62
Hawthorn 21 15 6 0 156.77 60
Sydney Swans 21 15 6 0 124.11 60
Richmond 21 14 7 0 121.39 56
Western Bulldogs 21 14 7 0 116.76 56
Adelaide Crows 20 13 7 0 119.10 54
North Melbourne 21 13 8 0 109.08 52
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