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Thursday March 24, 7:20pm at Marvel Stadium

Bulldogs’ Round 1 team

B: R.Gardner, A.Keath, B.Williams

HB: C.Daniel, Z.Cordy, B.Dale

C: R.Smith, J.Dunkley, H.Crozier

HF: C.Weightman, M.Hannan A.Treloar

F: L.Vandermeer, A.Naughton, T.Liberatore

FOLL: T.English, J.Macrae, M.Bontempelli

I/C: B.Smith, J.Schache, E.Richards, L.Hunter

EMG: S.Martin, J.Ugle-Hagan (sub), J.Johannisen, R.McComb

Team Tips: With skipper Marcus Bontempelli in doubt, Tom Liberatore could be the man to slot straight into the Dogs’ engine room after having just one clearance against the Demons. The Dogs could be looking to bring free agent recruit Tim O’Brien into the side, although he has to pass one final fitness test before he can make his return on Thursday. If O’Brien is deemed fit, either Josh Schache or Ryan Gardner appear most likely to make way, particularly after Gardner replaced ruckman Stefan Martin when the final teams were announced. The Dogs may be tempted to play Martin and Tim English in the same side considering the tall timber the Blues have both in the ruck and up forward. After a rollercoaster ride at the start of last week, Lachie Hunter eventually played against the Demons, but had just 13 touches — his lowest haul since Round 9, 2017.

Macrae inks long-term deal with Dogs | 01:32

Blues’ Round 1 team

B: A.Saad, O.McDonald, J.Weitering

HB: Z.Williams, M.McGovern, S.Docherty

C: M.Kennedy, A.Cerra, L.O’Brien

HF: M.Owies, H.McKay, J.Martin

F: J.Silvagni, C.Curnow, C.Durdin

FOLL: M.Pittonet, P.Cripps, G.Hewett

I/C: N.Newman, W.Setterfield, T.De Koning, Z.Fisher

EMG: Le.Young, T.Williamson (sub), J.Carroll, L.Fogarty

Team Tips: Carlton will be forced to make one change, with forward Jack Martin to miss after entering the AFL’s health and safety protocols. Star midfielder Sam Walsh has been pushing for an early return for a few weeks, but the club will be taking no risks as he recovers from a syndesmosis injury. If not, the Blues could turn to 40-gamer Lachie Fogarty as a straight swap, although 2020 draftee Jack Carroll could be in the mix for a debut after being named as an emergency last week. Outside of that, the Blues boast one of the healthiest lists in the AFL and are unlikely to make too many changes to the team that beat Richmond by 25 points. Lewis Young had been in the mix for a Round 1 Blues debut, but after the performances of Mitch McGovern and Oscar McDonald in defence, it might be hard for the former Dog to break in to face his old side.


Friday March 25, 7:50pm at the SCG

Swans’ Round 1 team

B: P.McCartin, D.Rampe, H.Cunningham

HB: B.Campbell, T.McCartin, J.McInerney

C: J.Rowbottom, J.Kennedy, D.Stephens

HF: E.Gulden, I.Heeney, W.Hayward

F: S.Wicks, L.Franklin, H.McLean

FOLL: T.Hickey, L.Parker, O.Florent

I/C: A.Sheldrick, L.McDonald, C.Mills, N.Blakey

EMG: S.Reid, C.O’Riordan (sub), C.Sinclair, J.Bell

Team Tips: Midfielder Justin McInerney was the Swans’ sole concern from their win over the Giants, however coach John Longmire said post-match the initial view was that he’d escaped a serious injury. The Swans also could regain Jake Lloyd and Chad Warner, who reportedly missed the derby after entering the AFL’s health and safety protocols. The decision around who would come out of the Swans’ side looms as a tough selection conundrum. Angus Sheldrick would be stiff to miss out after making is debut, while Sam Wicks might be a touch nervy.

Cats’ Round 1 team

B: J.Kolodjashnij, S.De Koning, J.Henry

HB: Z.Tuohy, T.Stewart, M.Blicavs

C: M.Holmes, C.Guthrie, I.Smith

HF: T.Stengle, E.Ratugolea, B.Parfitt

F: J.Cameron, T.Hawkins, S.Higgins

FOLL: R.Stanley, P.Dangerfield, J.Selwood

I/C: Z.Guthrie, L.Dahlhaus, B.Close, T.Atkins

EMG: C.Stephens, F.Evans (sub), Q.Narkle, C.Whyte

Team Tips: Geelong’s Sam De Koning will miss his first game of the season after failing a concussion test in the big win over Essendon. There’s also plenty of doubt around Jeremy Cameron’s fitness after the forward spent Saturday night in hospital after a brutal collision at the MCG. While scans cleared him of serious injury, Cameron will be monitored throughout the week before a call on him is made. Luckily for the Cats, the cavalry is returning. Star midfielder Mitch Duncan is fit to play, while Sam Menegola and Mark O’Connor could also return for Friday night’s clash after making significant strides on the training track. Gun defender Jed Bews has been cleared for action after completing the AFL’s concussion protocols. Whoever is forced out of the side would be mightily stiff, although the Cats could play Bews, Jake Kolodjashnij, Zach Guthrie and Jack Henry all in the same side considering the height and depth of the Swans’ forward line. Shaun Higgins, Max Holmes and Luke Dahlhaus have all been in and out of the Cats’ senior side over recent years, but they kicked five goals between them against the Bombers. Will be an interesting week at Geelong match committee …

Duncan is free to return for the Cats (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)Source: FOX SPORTS


Saturday March 26, 1:45pm at the MCG

Magpies’ Round 1 team

B: I.Quaynor, D.Moore, J.Madgen

HB: S.Pendlebury, J.Howe, N.Daicos

C: J.Daicos, T.Adams, S.Sidebottom

HF: T.Bianco, B.Mihocek, B.McCreery

F: O.Henry, J.De Goey, J.Elliott

FOLL: B.Grundy, P.Lipinski, J.Crisp

I/C: M.Cox, J.Noble, T.Brown, J.Ginnivan

EMG: T.Wilson (sub), C.Brown, D.Cameron, H.Harrison

Team Tips:Mason Cox took a blow to the ribs against the Saints but was able to see out the game. But with Will Hoskin-Elliott (Covid protocols), Will Kelly (gastro) and Nathan Krueger (concussion/suspension) all pushing for a return to the team that beat St Kilda on Friday night, will the Pies persist with Cox? The club has since confirmed the American big man is in doubt to play after rolling his ankle late in the Saints win. Darcy Cameron is also waiting in the wings after being named as an emergency for Round 1. Tyler Brown and Trent Bianco had quiet outings against the Saints and could be vulnerable.

Crows’ Round 1 team

B: T.Doedee, J.Butts, L.Brown

HB: B.Smith, N.Murray, C.Jones

C: J.Dawson, R.Sloane, M.Hinge

HF: N.McHenry, E.Himmelberg, B.Keays

F: J.Rachele, D.Fogarty, R.Thilthorpe

FOLL: R.O’Brien, H.Schoenberg, M.Crouch

I/C: J.Rowe, J.Soligo, W.Milera, A.McPherson

EMG: L.Sholl (sub), L.Gollant, B.Cook, B.Frampton

Team Tips:Lachlan Sholl may have started as the medical sub against Fremantle, but he finished as one of his team’s best players and will be pushing for selection in the final 22. He could be a straight replacement for Rory Sloane, who’s been handed a one-match ban but will appeal the decision at the tribunal in the hope of being available to play. Andrew McPherson is in doubt after being subbed out of the game with a hamstring injury. Forward Lachlan Murphy (neck) and Shane McAdam (adductor) wil push their case for selection this week, but Josh Rachele and James Rowe’s goalkicking performances, as well as Ned McHenry’s pressure, means they’re not going out. The Crows could go with a smaller set-up to take on the Pies and leave out Elliott Himmelberg, while Jake Soligo might be rested from the senior side after his AFL debut.

Keays admits to regret over THAT snap | 01:19


Saturday March 26, 4:35pm at Marvel Stadium

Bombers’ Round 1 team

B: J.Stewart, J.Laverde, J.Kelly

HB: N.Hind, J.Ridley, D.Heppell

C: A.McGrath, Z.Merrett, N.Cox

HF: A.Perkins, K.Baldwin, D.Shiel

F: B.Ham, P.Wright, D.Smith

FOLL: S.Draper, D.Parish, K.Langford

I/C: J.Caldwell, M.Guelfi, N.Martin, M.Redman

EMG: T.Cutler (sub), A.Phillips, B.Hobbs, A.Francis

Team Tips: A dark day for the Bombers was compounded by injuries to Kyle Langford and Jayden Laverde. While Laverde is still a chance to bounce back to face the Lions, a reshuffle will be needed to cover Langford with forward Jake Stringer ready to return. Medical sub Tom Cutler was a bright spot after coming on for Langford and should hold his spot. Kaine Baldwin had limited impact on debut and could make way or Stringer, although the Bombers aren’t blessed with many forward targets. Brayden Ham was also quiet with just 10 touches.

Lions’ Round 1 team

B: D.Gardiner, H.Andrews, M.Adams

HB: B.Starcevich, D.Rich, C.Ah Chee

C: M.Robinson, D.Zorko, H.McCluggage

HF: Z.Bailey, D.McStay, L.McCarthy

F: C.Rayner, J.Daniher, C.Cameron

FOLL: O.McInerney, J.Lyons, L.Neale

I/C: J.Berry, N.Cockatoo, D.Fort, N.Answerth

EMG: J.Madden, T.Fullarton, H.Sharp (sub), R.Mathieson

Team Tips: The Lions will take Mitch Robinson’s one-match ban to the tribunal on Tuesday night. Dayne Zorko (calf) remains in doubt after limping from the field late in the win over Port Adelaide, but he’ll be given a chance to push for selection after scans cleared him of serious damage. James Madden and Rhys Mathieson are the obvious next two in line to come into the side, while medical sub Harry Sharp could be called into the 22. The Lions’ side is otherwise very settled.

Zorko is in doubt for the Lions (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)Source: FOX SPORTS


Saturday March 26, 7:40pm at Adelaide Oval

Power’s Round 1 team

B: R.Burton, T.McKenzie, A.Aliir

HB: R.Bonner, T.Jonas, D.Byrne-Jones

C: D.Houston, O.Wines, K.Amon

HF: Z.Butters, M.Georgiades, C.Rozee

F: J.Finlayson, T.Marshall, R.Gray

FOLL: S.Lycett, W.Drew, T.Boak

I/C: S.Powell-Pepper, L.Jones, X.Duursma, J.Mead

EMG: S.Motlop (sub), S.Hayes, S.Mayes, S.Skinner

Team Tips: Port Adelaide will be forced into a host of changes after a devastating run of injuries. Aliir Aliir is confirmed to miss at least six weeks while Xavier Duursma is waiting on results of scans. Connor Rozee, Robbie Gray and Trent McKenzie are all racing the clock to prove their fitness. A club debut looms for Sam Skinner as a defensive reinforcement, with Darcy Byrne-Jones hinting as much in a press conference on Tuesday. Josh Sinn will be in the mix. Medical sub Steven Motlop, Sam Mayes and Jed McEntee could also be called upon, depending on how many casualties there are. Big man Charlie Dixon is pushing for a return after pre-season ankle surgery, but may return via the SANFL for fitness first. Miles Bergman has been cleared to return from off-season shoulder surgery, but he too would likely come through the SANFL.

Hawks’ Round 1 team

B: B.Hardwick, S.Frost, D.Grainger-Barras

HB: F.Maginness, J.Sicily, J.Scrimshaw

C: L.Shiels J.Newcombe, H.Morrison

HF: C.Wingard, D.Moore, J.Worpel

F: J.Gunston, M.Lewis, C.MacDonald

FOLL: N.Reeves, J.O’Meara, T.Mitchell

I/C: J.Ward, C.Jiath, C.Nash, M.Lynch

EMG: D.Howe, T.Phillips (sub), K.Hartigan, E.Jeka

Team Tips: Sam Mitchell was pumped to get the win in his first outing as AFL coach and is unlikely to make many changes. Max Lynch will be sidelined for 12 days by the AFL’s concussion protocol, with Ben McEvoy and Luke Breust set to slot straight back in after missing last week through Covid-19 protocols Tom Phillips impressed after coming on as medical sub to do his chances of a reprieve no harm. Who else may come out of the side is unclear. Neither Connor Macdonald or Josh Ward set the world on fire in their debuts, but dropping either would be bold. Connor Nash is another candidate, although he laid a team-high seven tackles, while James Worpel was very quiet and will test Mitchell‘s selection integrity.


Saturday March 26, 8:00pm at Metricon Stadium

Suns’ Round 1 team

B: D.Swallow, S.Collins, S.Lemmens

HB: L.Weller, C.Ballard, W.Powell

C: J.Sharp, T.Miller, B.Ellis

HF: N.Holman, L.Casboult, J.Lukosius

F: I.Rankine, M.Chol, B.Ainsworth

FOLL: J.Witts, M.Rowell, N.Anderson

I/C: A.Davies, B.Fiorini, C.Graham, D.Macpherson

EMG: A.Sexton (sub), S.Flanders, C.Burgess, N.Moyle

Team Tips: Gold Coast walked away from a famous win with no injury concerns. And after a terrific performance with a great spread of contributors, it’s hard to see the Suns making any unforced changes.

Dew not worried about Clarko | 02:03

Demons’ Round 1 team

B: J.Smith, S.May, C.Salem

HB: J.Bowey, A.Tomlinson, J.Harmes

C: A.Brayshaw, C.Oliver, E.Langdon

HF: C.Spargo, T.McDonald, A.Neal-Bullen

F: J.Viney, B.Brown, B.Fritsch

FOLL: M.Gawn, C.Petracca, T.Sparrow

I/C: L.Jackson, J.Jordon, J.Hunt, K.Pickett

EMG: T.Bedford (sub), J.Lever, S.Weideman, L.Dunstan

Team Tips: Melbourne will look to regain Jake Lever (foot) and fellow defender Trent Rivers. The latter could be a straight swap for Christian Salem, who’s undergone knee surgery and is set to be sidelined for six to eight weeks of footy. Lever was a late withdrawal last week due to a foot injury but could return as early as this weekend. If he does, Adam Tomlinson looms as the player most likely to make way. Michael Hibberd (calf) is also a chance to be available for selection this weekend.


Sunday March 27, 1:10pm at Marvel Stadium

Kangaroos’ Round 1 team

B: J.Ziebell, B.McKay, A.Corr

HB: A.Hall, L.McDonald, B.Scott

C: T.Powell, H.Greenwood, La.Young

HF: J.Horne-Francis, C.Zurhaar, J.Mahony

F: J.Stephenson, N.Larkey, C.Coleman-Jones

FOLL: T.Xerri, J.Simpkin, L.Davies-Uniacke

I/C: C.Taylor, T.Goldstein, T.Thomas, K.Turner

EMG: J.Polec, K.Hayden, E.Ford C.Lazzaro (Sub)

Team Tips: Jared Polec (ankle) should force his way back into the Kangaroos line-up after missing Round 1. Tom Powell was his replacement, although the youngster impressed against the Hawks and would be unlucky to get dropped. The Roos’ big selection decision surrounds what they do with their three-ruck set-up, where they’ve been highly criticised in the fallout for going in too tall. Callum Coleman-Jones might be the unlucky one sent back to the VFL to find form, although with Ben McKay set to miss this week with concussion, could the North trial its off-season recruit down back? Josh Walker, who came out of last week’s squad due to Covid protocols, looms as the like-for-like to replace McKay and may come in regardless. Cameron Zurhaar (shoulder)and Kayne Turner (ankle)also suffered niggles, with Kyron Hayden, Eddie Ford and medical sub Charlie Lazzaro the obvious reinforcements on standby to come into the 22 if required.

Eagles’ Round 1 team

B: S.Hurn, T.Barrass, J.Rotham

HB: J.Nelson, J.McGovern, L.Foley

C: S.Petrevski-Seton, J.Redden, Z.Langdon

HF: J.Petruccelle, H.Dixon, W.Rioli

F: J.Jones, J.Kennedy, J.Waterman

FOLL: N.Naitanui, X.O’Neill, A.Gaff

I/C: B.Hough, B.Williams, H.Edwards, P.Naish

EMG: I.Winder (sub), J.Williams, C.Jamieson

Team Tips: Help is on the way, Eagles fans. The Jack Darling saga is finally set to end with the forward proving himself fit in an Eagles scratch match last weekend. After being banished from the club for failing to meet the AFL’s strict Covid vaccine policy, Darling missed most of the pre-season with his teammates, instead training solo before returning to the club earlier this month. He likely slots straight in for Hugh Dixon. Skipper Luke Shuey could also press his claims for a return from a hamstring injury, while Liam Ryan and Tim Kelly are likely starters after being sidelined by Covid protocols. Alex Witherden comes back in after serving his one-game ban, while the suspended Willie Rioli is likely to be the only forced ommision. Brady Hough likely gets pushed out the side by the returning midfield stars, while Harry Edwards, Patrick Naish and Zac Langdon’s spots could also come under threat.

Darling is set to return (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images


Sunday March 27, 3:20pm at the MCG

Tigers’ Round 1 team

B: D.Grimes, R.Tarrant, N.Balta

HB: J.Short, N.Broad, D.Rioli

C: J.Ross, T.Cotchin, M.Pickett

HF: S.Bolton, L.Baker, S.Edwards

F: T.Lynch, I.Soldo, J.Riewoldt

FOLL: T.Nankervis, D.Prestia, D.Martin

I/C: J.Gibcus, J.Graham, J.Aarts, J.Castagna

EMG: H.Ralphsmith (sub), R.Mansell, T.Dow, M.Parker

Team Tips: Damien Hardwick will be forced to make at least one change to his line up, potentially two, depending on how quickly Jack Riewoldt recovers from thumb surgery. With a 10-day turnaround between games, Riewoldt is in a race to prove his fitness. Dion Prestia is a definite out after scans confirmed his hamstring injury. Kamdyn McIntosh (calf) should be fit to replace Prestia, although Nick Vlastuin (hamstring) is unlikely to be ready just yet. Matt Parker could be the man to provide some forward line support if Riewoldt doesn’t get up, while Thomson Dow — who had an excellent pre-season —and Riley Collier-Dawkins will also be pushing for selection if the Tigers opt to make any further changes.

Giants’ Round 1 team

B: L.Keefe, P.Davis, I.Cumming

HB: L.Whitfield, S.Taylor, H.Perryman

C: X.O’Halloran, J.Hopper, L.Ash

HF: T.Taranto, H.Himmelberg, D.Lloyd

F: B.Hill, J.Riccardi, J.Brander

FOLL: M.Flynn, S.Coniglio, J.Kelly

I/C: C.Ward, T.Green, C.Idun, Boer

EMG: T.Bruhn (sub), K.Briggs, J.Stein, R.Angwin

Team Tips: Forward Jesse Hogan could get his first start for GWS in 2022. Hogan got minutes in the Giants’ reserves side but coach Leon Cameron said it would be a fitness, not injury, call on the 27-year-old. Jake Riccardi went goalless against the Swans and could be the unlucky one to make way if Hogan is called on, with Cameron rarely using the pair and Harrison Himmelberg in the same forward line last season. Nick Haynes is expected to return and Lachie Keefe could make way for him. Braydon Preuss is also eligible to return from suspension, so it’ll be interesting to see what the Giants’ preferred ruck set-up looks like. Preuss will surely be bought in to combat Richmond pair Toby Nankervis and Ivan Soldo, with Xavier O’Halloran potentially coming out of the side if the Giants go in taller.

Sloane, Rioli cop suspensions | 02:48


Sunday March 27, 6:20pm at Optus Stadium

Dockers’ Round 1 team

B: L.Ryan, A.Pearce, H.Chapman

HB: D.Tucker, B.Cox, J.Clark

C: A.Brayshaw, W.Brodie, M.Walters

HF: D.Mundy, J.Treacy, L.Schultz

F: M.Frederick, R.Lobb, L.Henry

FOLL: L.Meek, C.Serong, S.Switkowski

I/C: B.Acres, B.Banfield, G.Logue, H.Young

EMG: T.Colyer (sub), M.Crowden, N.Erasmus, B.Walker

Team Tips: The Dockers are set to welcome back star duo Nat Fyfe and Sean Darcy, who were both absent from the thrilling win over Adelaide. Lloyd Meek could be dropped to make way for Darcy. As for Fyfe, Liam Henry could make way after recording just eight disposals in a wing role. AndJustin Longmuirmay opt to make further changes beyond welcoming back Fyfe and Darcy after the heart-stopping win. Michael Frederick and Bailey Banfield could be in the firing line, with draftee Neil Erasmus as well as Nathan O’Driscoll and Mitch Crowden pushing for selection.

Saints’ Round 1 team

B: D.Howard, B.Paton, C.Wilkie

HB: B.Hill, J.Battle, J.Sinclair

C: D.McKenzie, J.Gresham, R.Byrnes

HF: D.Butler, M.Wood, J.Higgins

F: T.Membrey, M.King, D.Kent

FOLL: R.Marshall, J.Steele, S.Ross

I/C: J.Webster, M.Owens, B.Crouch, J.Hayes

EMG: N.Wanganeen-Milera (sub), J.Lienert, B.Long, T.Campbell

Team Tips: Paddy Ryder was looming as a big inclusion for the Saints for the trip west, but the club confirmed on Tuesday he would return via the VFL; worrying, given how much better they are with both him and Rowan Marshall in the side. It should give his replacement Jack Hayes security after his stunning 18-disposal, three-goal debut against Collingwood. There’s been calls for Jack Higgins to get dropped after a poor showing against the Pies, but with the Saints lacking so much experience, it might be too strong. Elsewhere, Ben Long could replace Dean Kent in attack, while medical sub Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera will be eyeing an official AFL debut, potentially at Mitch Owens or Ryan Byrnes’ expense.


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