Melbourne Football Club

03/15/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 03/14/2019 17:56

Is this Melbourne's team for round one?

WITH the first bounce of the 2019 AFL season just days away, AFL Media have predicted who will appear when round one blasts off next weekend.

So who gets the nod? Who's on the bench? Who misses out? Take a look.

B: Neville Jetta, Oscar McDonald, Marty Hore
HB: Michael Hibberd, Sam Frost, Jordan Lewis
C: Christian Salem, Angus Brayshaw, Nathan Jones
HF: Alex Neal-Bullen, Tom McDonald, Jake Melksham
F: Christian Petracca, Sam Weideman, Joel Smith
Foll: Max Gawn, Clayton Oliver, Jack Viney
I/C: Aaron vandenBerg, Bayley Fritsch, James Harmes, Jayden Hunt
EMERG: Billy Stretch, Charlie Spargo, Corey Wagner, Declan Keilty

NEW: Marty Hore

UNAVAILABLE: Jeff Garlett (shoulder), Mitch Hannan (knee), Kade Kolodjashnij (adductor), Jay Kennedy Harris (leg), Steven May (suspended), Jake Lever (knee), Tim Smith (calf)

NOTES: With Steven May suspended for round one, Sam Frost comes into the side and gets his chance to cement a spot in Melbourne's back six.

Mature draftee Marty Hore is the Demons' only debutant after an impressive pre-season where he has taken his opportunity in the absence of Jake Lever.

Joel Smith (groin) remains under an injury cloud and will face a fitness test ahead of the clash with the Power.

Braydon Preuss misses selection after picking up a groin injury in last week's VFL practice match, while Jayden Hunt has been preferred ahead of Charlie Spargo after a strong performance against Brisbane in the last JLT Community Series game.