Is this the year for Melbourne Demons youngster Jesse Hogan?

BOOM Melbourne Demons youngster Jesse Hogan (pictured) no doubt hopes his third NAB Challenge campaign, which starts tonight against Fremantle in Perth will lead to the 20-year-old finally making his AFL debut.

The highly-rated key forward, selected by Melbourne with pick No.2 in the 2012 AFL mini-draft, lived up to his lofty ranking in a 2013 NAB Challenge match against North Melbourne, but was ineligible to play in the AFL that season because he was only 17 at the start of the year.

Hogan played for Melbourne's VFL-affiliated team, the Casey Scorpions, in 2013, before a knee-injury ended his season in August.

He made it back for the 2014 NAB Challenge, but a lower back injury sustained in the match against Geelong saw him put in cotton wool for the rest of the season.

The West Australian showed he could finally have a chance to live up to the hype by booting three goals in an internal trial last month, a match that also saw recruits Jeff Garlett (Carlton) and Heretier Lumumba (Collingwood) show out.

Melbourne will be without several key players including Bernie Vince (shoulder), Jack Viney (head knock), Jack Watts (groin) and Jeremy Howe (hamstring).

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has decided to err on the side of caution by leaving out star midfielder Nat Fyfe (hamstring).

Lyon has named an experienced line-up, with captain Matthew Pavlich, defenders Michael Johnson and Luke McPharlin and midfielders David Mundy and Paul Duffield all included.

Topics:  afl melbourne demons

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Brunswick plan hits stormy Waters

RESTORATION: Peter Wade and Phil Waters with Mr Wade's 30ft fantail River Launch the June Rose that Mr Wade has been restoring over previous two years. Built in the late 1920s in Sydney, its reputed to be a paymaster's boat during the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Marine industry want Bruns Harbour presence.

Council vote: locals cry foul over paid parking carve up

PAID PARKING: Council to commit 50% of revenue from meters to Byron town.

Locals seething over paid parking carve up

Youth workers to seek answers at police conduct probe

Footage from A Current Affair of a police arrest at Lateen Lane, Byron Bay.

Community advocates want to attend Byron arrest probe.

Local Partners