McDonald misses Hawks meeting

16 July 2020 18:58:33 GMTPlus10

Melbourne have left out No.1 key forward Tom McDonald for Sunday's meeting with Hawthorn at Giants Stadium.

It leaves Sam Weideman, who kicked two goals in his first game of the season against Gold Coast last weekend, to lead their attack.

McDonald suffered an accidental poke in his right eye from Suns defender Charlie Ballard in the first quarter of the 17-point win and will sit out the Hawks clash as a precaution.

Coach Simon Goodwin said the club's medical staff didn't want to expose McDonald - the club's leading goalkicker in 2018 - to further risk.

Players coming into the selection mix for the meeting with the Hawks, who have lost their last two games, include Mitch Brown and Luke Jackson.

Goodwin said: "We had a look at the two talls last week - only for a quarter of the game, until Tom went off the ground - but we certainly liked how it looks. Those two guys (Brown and Jackson) will certainly come into calculations.

"They're both in good form and can both offer something slightly different to each other, so we'll have a look at what that looks like today in training."

Defender Joel Smith and wingman Adam Tomlinson, who've both played up forward previously, are also potential inclusions, while Nathan Jones and Alex Neal-Bullen are others pushing for recalls.

The Demons are seeking to win consecutive games for the first time since Rounds 7 and 8 last season.

Goodwin said: "I think it's time as a club we started building that winning culture and building some momentum into our season ... to show people and change perception about where we are moving as a footy club and what we can achieve."

Melbourne are 80/1 to win the Grand Final.

The Demons are 11/10 to win their next game against Hawthorn, who are 77/100.

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