Gary Ablett will play his first game in over 250 days as the Gold Coast Suns head to the MCG to start their 2015 season against the Melbourne Demons. The last time these two sides met, the Suns were victorious by eight points (86-78) and Ablett amassed 32 disposals. The Suns were in the eight for much of last season until the bald magician went down with a shoulder injury, which resulted in Gold Coast losing six of their last seven games. Rodney Eade; who assumed Guy McKenna’s position after he was sacked following the Suns late season fade out, will be expecting his men to push for an inaugural finals berth this season.
The Demons will blood Jesse Hogan in today’s clash. The number two pick in the 2012 mini-draft will make his long awaited debut after battling several injuries over the past two years. The 195cm key position forward has been touted as the next big thing and is a must in any supercoach side. Today’s contest also marks Heritier Lumumba’s 200th game and his first with Melbourne after he was traded to the Demons in the off season. Although these teams were relatively even in their last encounter, expect the cream to rise to the top for the Suns under the command of seasoned veteran Rodney Eade. The Suns have also won their last three games against Melbourne. Kick off is at 1.40pm (AEST).
Justin’s tip: Gold Coast by 35 points.
1 Jesse Hogan, 2 Nathan Jones, 3 Christian Salem, 4 Jack Watts, 5 Jimmy Toumpas, 7 Jack Viney, 8 Heritier Lumumba, 10 Angus Brayshaw, 12 Dom Tyson, 14 Lynden Dunn, 16 Dean Kent, 17 Sam Frost, 18 Daniel Cross, 19 Ben Newton, 20 Colin Garland, 24 Jay Kennedy-Harris, 25 Tom McDonald, 36 Jeff Garlett, 37 Aaron vandenBerg, 38 Jeremy Howe, 39 Neville Jetta, 40 Mark Jamar
2 Zac Smith, 4 Jack Martin, 5 Jarrod Harbrow, 6 Alex Sexton, 7 Nick Malceski, 9 Gary Ablett, 10 Dion Prestia, 11 Harley Bennell, 12 Sam Day, 14 Mitch Hallahan, 15 Daniel Gorringe, 16 Rory Thompson, 17 Steven May, 18 Trent McKenzie, 24 David Swallow, 26 Matt Shaw, 28 Kade Kolodjashnij, 35 Michael Rischitelli, 36 Greg Broughton, 41 Jarrod Garlett, 42 Adam Saad, 44 Touk Miller
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