Port Adelaide Power vs Melbourne Demons Ben Brown, a profile recruit from Melbourne, said he was ready to embrace his second chance and cement a place in a Demons team under pressure to retain a place in the top four.
Brown, who played the last of three senior games (five goals) against Carlton in the ninth round, has been named striker for Thursday night’s blockbuster against Power in Adelaide, with the Demons eliminating Tom Sparrow.
Ben Brown will return to the Melbourne team to face Port Adelaide.
Ben Brown will return to the Melbourne team to face Port Adelaide.CREDIT:GETTY IMAGES
The former kangaroo scored 12 goals in five VFL games and had minutes in the VFL last weekend to make sure he is fresh to face a power unit that welcomed the return of creative Zak Butters after an ankle injury.
Port Adelaide Power vs Melbourne Demons Demon manager Simon Goodwin said Wednesday that Brown now has full confidence in his body, having pre-season derailed by knee surgery and that it is his preferred option over Sam Weideman.
“She has built her body in a position where she feels really safe. I think it’s half the battle, putting him in a position where he feels confident that he can play at level and perform. We are really confident that a better player will return, “said Goodwin, before the Demons flew to Adelaide and launched into the Adelaide Oval.
“Talking to Ben, he is very confident in his body and is ready to play at the AFL level and perform. When a player comes to you and tells you this, he gives you a lot of conviction as a manager that he is in a great mood and wants to make an impact on the team. In his own words, he is ready to leave. ”
Leader Brown has had a miserable 2020 with kangaroos, but has scored 60 or more goals in his last three seasons.
The demons remain one of the favorites of the Premiership, but they slipped to second place in the standings in percentage and have some problems to solve. Where they had been undefeated in the first nine rounds, they split their last six games, including losing two of the last three.
Their last defeat was against Greater Western Sydney at MCG on Saturday, when they failed to score 10 goals for the third game in a row.
Power in the fourth place could jump in front of the demons if it wins, the demons suddenly fighting to keep a place in the top four.
“If you reflect on last week’s game, it is not enough to score 55 points. We have to keep defending the way we do, but in fact we have to leave a little to get a winning score, “said Goodwin.
If the Demons averaged 92.4 points per game – the third best – in the first seven rounds, that dominant position has since disappeared. Since then, they have scored an average of 78.2 points per game, the ninth best.
Their starting points, interceptions and stops have decreased, and Kysaiah Pickett’s drop-off is the best. The thrilling striker scored 21 goals in the 12th round, but has only made one since. His attendance dropped and he was called to start on the exchange bench.
“Obviously, Kosi would love to play better offensive football and hit the dashboard … but he’s still working incredibly hard and we’re working with Kosi,” Goodwin said.
“It’s probably the first time his form has dropped slightly in terms of performance, but he’s still putting defensive pressure.”
Demons also have to work on the coal front, as open spaces around the ground and jumping in the center have become a problem.
Strength was boosted by the return of Butters, who trained well on Wednesday, while coach Ken Hinkley said veteran Travis Boak will also play this week, despite a hamstring scan.
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Butters, 20, has not played in the fourth round due to a syndesmosis injury. He then underwent knee surgery in May. He played for SANFL last weekend.
“He [Butters] is very important to us, but I’ve seen people come out of these injuries, I’ll use Patty Dangerfield as an example,” Hinkley said.