The first game on Saturday for AFL Round 20 is between Greater Western Sydney Giants and North Melbourne Kangaroos. The opening bounce is set to commence at 1:45 PM with the game to be played at StarTrack Oval, Canberra. The favourite for the match is away team North Melbourne Kangaroos. View our preview and teams for the game between Greater Western Sydney Giants and North Melbourne Kangaroos.
Round: Round 20 , August 09, 2014, 1:45 PM
Stadium: StarTrack Oval, Canberra
Weather: 14° Mostly sunny.
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DESPITE losing its past five matches, Greater Western Sydney is finishing the season stronger than in previous years. Competitive against Geelong and Richmond over the past fortnight, GWS reduced a 113-point loss to the Tigers back in round 10 to just 27 points at the MCG last Saturday. The club is aiming to end its third season with at least one more victory, but could find the going tough against North Melbourne. The Kangaroos’ last-start loss to the Cats left them in a dogfight in the bottom half of the top eight and they can’t afford a slip-up at StarTrack Oval.
LAST THREE TIMES
R14, 2013, North Melbourne 19.16 (130) d GWS 6.8 (44) at Etihad Stadium
R23, 2012, North Melbourne 16.9 (105) d GWS 11.11 (77) at Spotless Stadium
R2, 2012, North Melbourne 28.15 (183) d GWS 8.6 (54) at Blundstone Arena
THE SIX POINTS
1. North Melbourne has had few troubles against GWS to date, winning all three contests between the teams by an average of 81 points.
2. Clearances are an area in which the Giants may be able to get on top – they are ranked equal second in the AFL with 40.6 per game. The Kangaroos are 14th.
3. GWS has played eight games in Canberra, with its lone victory coming against Gold Coast in round seven, 2012. North has a solid 4-2 interstate record in 2014.
4. Both sides boast strong ruck divisions, with GWS’ Shane Mumford ranked second in the competition for average hit-outs per game. North’s Todd Goldstein is sixth.
5. When these teams last met, in round 14 last year, Drew Petrie and Lindsay Thomas kicked nine goals between them, while Brent Harvey’s 24 touches and three goals gave him the three Brownlow votes.
6. Callan Ward has been climbing the standings in the Official AFL Player Ratings. Ranked 43rd overall back in round five, he has risen to a career-high 17th entering round 20.
B: Matt Buntine, Phil Davis, Heath Shaw
HB: Zac Williams, Lachie Plowman, Adam Kennedy
C: Toby Greene, Adam Treloar, Will Hoskin-Elliott
HF: Tomas Bugg, Adam Tomlinson, Tom Boyd
F: Devon Smith, Jonathon Patton, Jed Lamb
Fol: Shane Mumford, Callan Ward, Rhys Palmer
I/C: Joshua Kelly, Dylan Shiel, Tim Golds, Jono O’Rourke
Emg: Cameron McCarthy, James Stewart, Mark Whiley
In: Matt Buntine, Jed Lamb
Out: Sam Frost (omitted), Josh Hunt (hip)
B Michael Firrito, Scott D.Thompson, Luke McDonald
HB Shaun Atley, Lachlan Hansen, Sam Wright
C Sam Gibson, Andrew Swallow, Levi Greenwood
HF Nick Dal Santo, Aaron Black, Brent Harvey
F Ben Brown, Drew Petrie, Lindsay Thomas
Fol Todd Goldstein, Ben Cunnington, Jack Ziebell
I/C Ryan Bastinac, Ben Jacobs, Leigh Adams, Kayne Turner
Emg Nathan Grima, Mason Wood, Aaron Mullett
In Ben Brown, Kayne Turner
Out Aaron Mullett (Omitted), Majak Daw (omitted)