Melbourne Vs Richmond on Tuesday night at 7,25pm on the 24th of April and Collingwood Vs Essendon on Wednesday afternoon at 3.20pm on the 25th of April headline two major Anzac Day matches.
Melbourne Vs Richmond, 7.25pm
Pre-game ceremony: 6.45pm, First Bounce: 7.25pm
AFL Reserve: 5.00pm
MCC Reserve: 5.00pm
A special pre-game ANZAC Day Eve ceremony will commence at 6:45pm. Please allow plenty of time to enter the arena and get in your seats to ensure you do not miss the ceremony.
Melbourne memberships and scarf collection will be available at the Club Hub outside Gate 3 and outside Gate 5 from 4.30pm
To find out which membership is best for you, visit our membership website.
Memberships can be used to gain access to the game. If you’re an unrenewed member who received their card in the mail, visit a membership tent to activate the card. If you’re a new member and sign up at the ground, you will receive a ticket to gain entry.
General Admission members can gain access to the game*. We strongly suggest all General Admission members to upgrade to a reserved seat for this match as there will be no general admission seating available on Level 1 at the MCG. *subject to capacity
Visit Ticketek to upgrade to a reserved seat by using your membership barcode in the field provided.
The Demon Shop will be open from 10.00am until half an after the game and is located on Brunton Avenue next to carpark Entrance E. All 2018 members will receive 10% off full priced merchandise on presentation of their membership card.
GENERAL ADMISSION SEATING
Ponsford Stand: Level 4: Q29-Q36
Olympic Stand: Level 4: Q49-Q55 Rows S-MM
Southern Stand: Level 4: Q1-Q7, Q8-Q15 ½ Rows P-DD
Public reserved seat sales available at all Public Gates, as well as at the Ticketek box office at Gate 3.
CHEER SQUAD LOCATION
Melbourne: M3 Row A-T
Richmond: M33 Rows A-S
CAR PARK CLOSED
For safety and security reasons, there will not be any public parking in Yarra Park at this match. A limited number of spaces will be available for disability permit holders.
Frankston Line: no services from Carrum to Frankston Station from 9pm, trains are running up to Carrum Station
Pakenham / Dandenong Line: no service from Caulfield to Westall Station from 9pm, trains are running to Caufield and from Westall Stations
Hurstbridge Line: no services from Clifton Hill to Macleod all day and up to Greensborough after 9pm, trains are running to Clifton Hill
Burnley Line: Lilydale, Belgrave, Alamen, Glen Waverley – no impacted on train services
PTV have ensured that services are departing from the city and are replaced by buses further out along the lines.
There will be an impact, patrons are advised to plan ahead and be patient.
Melbourne: 7mate – 7.00pm LIVE, Fox Footy – 7.00pm LIVE
Sydney: 7mate – 7.00pm LIVE, Fox Footy – 7.00pm LIVE
Brisbane: 7mate – 7.00pm LIVE, Fox Footy – 7.00pm LIVE
Adelaide: Channel 7 – 6.30pm LIVE, Fox Footy – 6.30pm LIVE
Darwin: Southern Cross – 6.30pm LIVE, Fox Footy – 6.30pm LIVE
Tasmania: Southern Cross – 7.00pm LIVE, Fox Footy – 7.00pm LIVE
Perth: 7mate – 5.00pm LIVE, Fox Footy – 5.00pm LIVE
Full Broadcast Guide Click Here
Melbourne FC 2-2
After a disappointing loss to Hawthorn Melbourne will be dead set on showing their fans they are a serious team this season. Look for them to throw their weight around early and to target Martin and Cotchin in particular in contested situations. The most important thing part of their play is dominating clearances in the middle and converting them into scoring opportunities and at the least locking the ball in their forward 50. With Lewis out they will look to fill his position with a good running defender although in this year’s games scores from transition defence to offence have been less significant than a few years ago. Scores from the forward half dominate the league at present with Richmond’s mosquito fleet manic pressure and tackling in the forward half the blueprint being chased.
Melbourne will look to its core players Oliver, Jones, Hogan and Gawn to establish a foundation that Petracca, Salem and their other players back up with consistent effort and application. The key to victory will be their ability to dominate possession, Adelaide have already demonstrated how to beat Richmond, you must continually diffuse pressure situations with sturdy skill execution. The challenge for Melbourne is until recent years this was their biggest challenge, executing their skills under pressure. Hogan will need to either kick goals or create goals with intelligent forward play, then 2-3 of the other medium sized forwards will need to step up with 2-3 goals each, then you have some midfield goals where Oliver may get a goal from a perfect Gawn tap inside 50, Petracca will look to kick some goals on the run from 50 on the counter.
If they are to win they must get 20 points clear and maintain that advantage, they must also close down Martin when he is up forward and prevent him scoring goals after half time at least. Like always accurate shots at goal are essential to building confidence and keeping the team playing to to the game plan, their will be a huge crowd so pressure will grow quickly if the first few shots at goal are misses. If Melbourne can withstand the pressure of both the moment and Richmond then they will go a long way to winning, they will be hard pressed to win if they don’t score over 100 points so multiple goal kickers are needed. Lets hope this is not a repeat of the Hawthorn game.
The Tigers will be aiming to follow up there dominate win over Brisbane with another devastating display to send shockwaves through the competition and establish themselves as this year’s Premiership Favorite. Midfield domination and defensive oppression are the central elements with Richmond’s defence being the key to their best footy.
Martin and Cotchin are key midfield cogs unless Martin plays forward and kicks 4-5 goals, then it’s up to a rotation of Short, Lambert, Caddy, Conca, Graham, McIntosh, Grigg and any other forward who gets a go to carry the weight of the midfield and to work with quality ruckman Nankervis. Nankervis who operates as a defensive ruckman who takes great pressure relieving marks in defence is up against Gawn in an important contest that may well decide the result if the scores are close in the 4th quarter. Richmond should be comfortable with overrunning Melbourne in a close contest with Melbourne likely to buckle under the pressure in a tight contest as opposed to Richmond who have thrived in close contests in recent times.
The small forwards need to hit the scoreboard and a number of midfielders need to hit the scoreboard with a large spread of goalkickers Melbourne’s beleaguered defence may continue to buckle at the knees. Riewoldt is due for a big game, his record in marque games is good so he will be up and about, although even if he gets a bag of goals that doesn’t guarantee victory. Richmond are deserved favourites in this game, if their bottom 8 players cannot contribute then they may struggle, even so, they are capable of winning.
Enjoy the game and if you drink or gamble please do so responsibly.
Collingwood v Essendon
Date: Wednesday 25 April, 2018
Time: 3:20pm EST
Gates open: 12:30pm EST
Tickets: Ticketek – exhausted
MATCH DAY RUNSHEET
12:30pm – Gates open
2:32pm – Veterans Motorcade
2:54pm – Collingwood enters MCG
2:59pm – Joint banner with Essendon
3:08pm – ANZAC Day Observance Ceremony
3:20pm – Match commences
5:55pm – Post-match presentation
This year, Collingwood is joining forces with the Essendon Football Club, and the RSL to support the ANZAC Appeal.
Donations to the appeal will help men and women of the Australian Defence Force, past and current, in times of need.
Please give generously at anzacappeal.com.au
Public tickets for the Collingwood v Essendon, ANZAC Day match on Wednesday April 25 at the MCG are now exhausted.
The allocation of reserved seats and visitor tickets for the MCC Reserve for Collingwood v Essendon on Wednesday 25 April is currently exhausted. Eligible MCC Members can still scan their card at Gate 2 on the day to gain access to the MCC Reserve, however this is strictly subject to capacity.
Collingwood’s membership hub and Make Me a Magpie zone will be located at Gate 3 on Wednesday afternoon. Visit for membership enquiries, free face painting, airbrush tattoos and special Jamie Elliott hero posters.
Cap collections will also be available to Gate 1.
MATCH DAY PARTNER
Ever wanted your own free personalised footy card?
Our friends at Holden can make it happen on the MCG concourse in round five. The Holden Fan Zone will be located near light-tower 1 (between Gates 2 and 3), with a number of exciting activations.
Get your professional photo taken and your footy card will be printed FOR FREE on the spot! Get in quick, the Holden Fan Zone will be open from 12:30pm until the first bounce at 3:20pm.
Holden’s Steer for Cash
At halftime, one lucky fan will win $1000 thanks to the Holden ‘Steer for Cash’ competition. Make sure the Holden Colorado lands in your seating bay, and then show off your best steering move for a chance to win!
In addition to giving $1000 to a lucky fan, Holden will also donate $1000 to the RSL to support men and women who have served or are serving in the Australian Defence Force.
DINING AND EVENTS
The Social Club at the Holden Centre will be open to all members from 12pm on Wednesday afternoon. Mingle with other Magpie fans with food and beverages available for purchase.
Please note that all other match day dining packages are sold out for Wednesday’s ANZAC Day clash with Essendon.
Car park gates 3, 5, 6 and 7 at the MCG will be open, but are expected to fill quickly. If possible, arrive using public transport, or find alternative parking in the CBD or at Federation Square.
By public transport:
CLICK HERE to plan your trip to the MCG using Melbourne’s public transport network.
Please note, major rail and road construction projects will impact some public transport services. To find how your journey may be affected, click here.
At the ground:
– Arrive early: Security measures such as wanding and bag checks will have an impact on the time taken to admit patrons to enter the stadium. Please allow extra time and don’t leave your arrival until the last minute.
– Be patient: Security inspections take time, so please understand it will take a little longer to move people into the stadium.
– Limit the number of bags you bring: Each bag will be inspected, so the more you bring the longer it will take.
The season has arrived and the Collingwood Superstore is full of your 2018 must-haves with new guernseys, ISC training apparel, AFLW apparel and plenty of Black and White accessories filling the shelves.
The Superstore will be open from 10am so you can visit us on the way to game.
Members can redeem their caps in-store and redeem their 10% discount on all purchases.
CLICK HERE to browse the online store.
Start Time: Local: 15:20, EST: 15:20, CST: 14:50, WST: 13:20
National Television Broadcast Schedule
Victoria: Channel 7 & 70 (LIVE – 15:00), Fox Footy (LIVE – 15:00)
South Australia: Channel 7 & 70 (LIVE – 14:30), Fox Footy (LIVE – 14:30)
Western Australia: Channel 7 & 70 (LIVE – 13:00), Fox Footy (LIVE – 13:00)
New South Wales: 7mate (LIVE – 15:00), Fox Footy (LIVE – 15:00)
Queensland: 7mate (LIVE – 15:00), Fox Footy (LIVE – 15:00)
TAS & NT have broadly the same telecast times as VIC. ACT has broadly the same telecast times as NSW. Broadcast times subject to change. All times are local unless specified. Visit AFL.com.au/broadcastguide for updates.
Metropolitan and Regional Radio Broadcast Schedule
Melbourne: Triple M (LIVE – 13:00), SEN (LIVE 12:00), 3AW (LIVE – 12:00), ABC Radio (LIVE – 13:00), Grandstand (LIVE – 13:00)
Adelaide: Triple M (LIVE – 12:30), FIVEaa (LIVE – 13:00), ABC Radio (LIVE – 13:00), Grandstand Digital (LIVE – 12:30)
Perth: 6PR (LIVE – 12:30), ABC Radio (LIVE – 13:00), Grandstand Digital (LIVE – 11:00)
Sydney: ABC News Radio (LIVE – 15:00)
Brisbane: ABC News Radio (LIVE – 15:00)
Canberra: ABC News Radio (LIVE – 15:00)
Hobart: Triple M (LIVE – 13:00), ABC Radio (LIVE – 13:00), Grandstand Digital (LIVE – 13:00)
Darwin: ABC Radio (LIVE – 14:00), Grandstand Digital (LIVE – 12:30)
Regional: AFL Nation (LIVE – 12:00), K Rock (LIVE – 13:00), NIRS (LIVE – 14:30)
Regional Radio Broadcast Schedule
Victoria: Triple M Bendigo (LIVE – 13:00), Triple M Mildura (LIVE – 13:00), Triple M Shepparton (LIVE – 13:00), Triple M Warragul (LIVE – 13:00), AFL Nation (LIVE – 12:00), ABC Radio Vic (LIVE – 13:30), NIRS (LIVE – 14:30)
South Australia: Triple M Mount Gambier (LIVE – 12:30), AFL Nation (LIVE – 11:30), ABC Radio SA (LIVE – 13:00), NIRS (LIVE – 14:00)
Western Australia: Triple M WA (LIVE – 11:00), ABC Radio WA (LIVE – 13:00), NIRS (LIVE – 12:30)
New South Wales: Triple M Albury (LIVE – 13:00), Triple M Wagga (LIVE – 13:00), Triple M Griffith (LIVE – 13:00), AFL Nation (LIVE – 12:00), ABC News Radio (LIVE – 15:00), NIRS (LIVE – 14:30)
Queensland: ABC News Radio (LIVE – 15:00), NIRS (LIVE – 14:30)
ACT: ABC News Radio (LIVE – 15:00)
Tasmania: AFL Nation (LIVE – 12:00), ABC Radio Tasmania (LIVE – 13:00), NIRS (LIVE – 14:30)
Northern Territory: AFL Nation (LIVE – 11:30), NIRS (LIVE – 14:00)
Overseas supporters can watch every minute of every game from anywhere in the world (excluding Australia and New Zealand). Matches are available live or on demand via your desktop, tablet and mobile.
AFL Video from their website about the meaning of anzac day footy
Collingwood Vs Essendon, 3.20pm
Danger! Danger! Collingwood comes into this game after an excellent performance against Adelaide in Adelaide and therefore they are likely to underestimate their opponent and overestimate themselves. What’s important then is how they respond if Essendon gets a fast start, closing the game down and playing defensively may be the natural response by the coach.
Unfortunately, the best thing to do is to attack recklessly with run and gun tactics and put pressure on a still unsettled Essendon defence. After Worsfold conceded defeat in his attempts to recreate Stringer and Hooker he will (as a stubborn coach) double down and put Hooker into the forward line and play Stringer in the midfield. McGrath will play midfield and continue with McDonald-Tipungwuti in the forward line despite him being a defender/midfielder.
So all Collingwood has to do is attack like crazy in the 2nd quarter and then have plans in place for when Essendon has their lineup corrected by scoreboard pressure. Treloar and Sidebottom will need to get over 25 touches each and some goals, with Grundy likely to continue his blistering form they should be able to curtail the Essendon midfield. The pies forward line has been patchy this season and downright unreliable for the entire Buckley tenure.
They need to give it their all with pressure in the forward 50 and Cox needs to back-up his great performance against the Crows, if he can realise that the performance last-last Friday is the standard he must maintain with scoring goals being what takes him from a serviceable player to a great player. The small forwards need to contribute goals, Stevenson is likely to have a down game as he is a first-year player so the other smalls need to steal the limelight. Collingwood can win if they are able to dominate the midfield and adjust to any positional changes by the Bombers.
The Dons will be excited to show their best in front of a huge crowd, after defeating Port Adelaide at Etihad they will be feeling confident and comfortable in the roles in the team. Thus their coach will wreck their sense of security by moving them into positions they don’t play well, like a child playing with blocks trying to put the circle into the square hole. Worsfold will bash away at them until they fit, then they get smashed by Sydney in a final… Back to this game, Bellchambers has a huge task up against Grundy, he won’t match his possession count but can win the duel by charging forward and kicking a few goals. After seeing the progression of Ben Brown, Joe Daniher should be determined to show supporters that he is the better tall forward. If he can kick a bag of goals that will lead them to victory, because his bag would be 6.3, meaning they dominated inside 50s and therefore the midfield and the game. Zaharakis needs to lift with Merrit as the likely ball getter and Heppell the leader who must continue his good form controlling the tempo of the game.
Hurley has been given the green light to play how he wants with Hooker taking the lead defence role but if Hooker is put up forward then this goes out the window. The coach is determined to do what’s best for the future of the football club, rather then just draft/recruit players for designated positions he is trying to alter their innate football preferences (they were forced by James Hird’s actions to sign them all on long-term contracts so they lack flexibility with player management). If the coach cared about the future of the club he would find a successor and create a plan of action for the next few years to transition to a new coach who is empowered by the board to renegotiate player contracts.
Back to the game, Essendon’s players need to kick straight at goal and to ignore their coach and play wherever they have the most fun, it’s a game, why force a dancer to sing. Let them dance and they will create a better culture and produce more consistent performances, winning, having fun and competing with spirit are what fans want to see. Awkward players trying their best to do what the coach tells them whilst ignoring their own desires (case in point the game against the Western Bulldogs). This is made worse when players see Joe Daniher smiling and having fun whilst playing, maybe they should play Daniher in defence for a while so he stops misleading his teammates as to the true nature of Essendon football. Anyway, the game should be enjoyable or a smashing in favour of either team.
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Thank you for reading,
By Angus Tanis