Sunday’s (17/04/2016) AFL 2016 Round 4 match is between North Melbourne Kangaroos and Fremantle Dockers. The opening bounce is set to commence at 16:40 local time with the game to be played at Etihad Stadium. The home team North Melbourne Kangaroos are the favourite for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between North Melbourne Kangaroos and Fremantle Dockers.
When: 16:40 | Sunday 17/04/2016
Where: Etihad Stadium
Tip: North Melbourne Kangaroos at $1.22
Value Bet: First Goal Scorer: Todd Goldstein at $19.00
North Melbourne Kangaroos:
B Michael Firrito, Robbie Tarrant, Sam Wright
HB Shaun Atley, Scott D. Thompson, Luke McDonald
C Jamie Macmillan, Daniel Wells, Nick Dal Santo
HF Jack Ziebell, Jarrad Waite, Shaun Higgins
F Brent Harvey, Drew Petrie, Lindsay Thomas
FOL Todd Goldstein, Ben Cunnington, Andrew Swallow
I/C Ben Jacobs, Lachlan Hansen, Mason Wood, Kayne Turner, Sam Gibson, Farren Ray, Ben Brown (Three to be omitted)
Lachlan Hansen, Mason Wood, Kayne Turner, Farren Ray
Taylor Garner (Hamstring)
B Garrick Ibbotson, Zac Dawson, Lee Spurr
HB Cameron Sutcliffe, Michael Johnson, Tommy Sheridan
C Ed Langdon, Stephen Hill, Danyle Pearce
HF Michael Walters, Matthew Pavlich, Hayden Crozier
F Alex Pearce, Chris Mayne, Hayden Ballantyne
FOL Jonathon Griffin, Nat Fyfe, Lachie Neale
I/C Nick Suban, Lachie Weller, Matt Taberner, Darcy Tucker, Matt De Boer, Jack Hannath, Michael Barlow (Three to be omitted)
Hayden Crozier, Jonathon Griffin, Matt Taberner, Darcy Tucker, Jack Hannath
Tendai Mzungu (Omitted), Aaron Sandilands (ribs)
MILESTONES: Zac Dawson – Playing 150th game.
Fremantle champion Matthew Pavlich has backed Chris Mayne to break out of his form slump, saying the struggling forward deserves a chance to improve.
Mayne established a reputation for being one of the AFL’s most-accurate goallkickers earlier in his career, booting a combined 76.19 over the 2012-13 seasons.
But his form and goalkicking accuracy have tailed off significantly since then.
The situation has reached a crisis point this season, with the 27-year-old returning a woeful 1.5 through the opening three rounds.
Some of those misses have been simple 30m set shots from in front of goal.
Calls are growing for Mayne to be dumped for Sunday’s clash with North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium.
But Pavlich wants Mayne to be given a chance to work through his problems.
“As a forward, you do go through some troughs and some peaks and a variety of form in front of goal,” Pavlich said.
“He’s not having the best time of it right now, and he understands that.
“But he’s working incredibly hard to improve that on the training track.
“And away from the training track, (he’s working on) some imagery, mental visualisation and preparation.
“We get around each other when you’re not executing like you should be, and we’re trying to do that with Chris. We’ll back him in to improve.”
Fremantle’s finals’ hopes are on thin ice following their 0-3 start to the year, and they’ll face another stern test against the unbeaten Kangaroos.
Compounding Fremantle’s woes are injuries to key trio Aaron Sandilands, David Mundy and Harley Bennell.
Sandilands is expected to miss at least six weeks because of a deflated lung and broken ribs, while Bennell is set to spend 8-10 more weeks on the sidelines because of a calf issue.
Mundy (calf) is a chance to return for next week’s home clash with Carlton.
CHRIS MAYNE’S JOURNEY TO WAYWARDNESS:
* 2008: 10.8 from 17 games
* 2009: 10.4 from 5 games
* 2010: 16.9 from 14 games
* 2011: 25.23 from 22 games
* 2012: 39.7 from 23 games
* 2013: 37.12 from 24 games
* 2014: 13.11 from 23 games
* 2015: 28.17 from 22 games
* 2016: 1.5 from 3 games.