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AFL ROUND 4 FIXTURE (All times AEST)

PORT ADELAIDE v MELBOURNE

Thursday April 7, 7.40pm at Adelaide Oval

Power’s Round 3 team

B: R.Burton, T.McKenzie, S.Skinner

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

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

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

F: S.Mayes, T.Marshall, S.Powell-Pepper

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

I/C: S.Motlop, J.McEntee, L.Jones, J.Mead

EMG: M.Frederick (sub), X.Duursma, T.Dumont, S.Hayes

IN: S.Mayes, J.McEntee

OUT: J.Sinn, J.Finlayson, X.Duursma (all omitted)

Team Tips: How Ken Hinkley responds to yet another loss at the selection table will be fascinating for the 0-3 Power. Sam Skinner hurt his ankle against Adelaide but is expected to be fit to take on the Demons. Defensive reinforcements Tom Clurey and Kane Farrell (both knee)are also closing in on their AFL returns, with the latter to play in the SANFL this weekend. Robbie Gray is expected to return from health and safety protocols, with Jed McEntee, Jackson Mead and Sam Powell-Pepper the most at risk of dropping out. Xavier Duursma’s availability is uncertain after hurting his neck in the SANFL, while Miles Bergman racked up 21 disposals in the same game as he ramps back up to fill fitness following shoulder surgery and could come into calculations.

“This is a game lost in the coaches box! | 02:16

Demons’ Round 3 team

B: T.Rivers, A.Tomlinson, S.May

HB: J.Hunt, J.Smith, J.Jordon

C: T.Sparrow, C.Petracca, E.Langdon

HF: L.Jackson, T.McDonald, J.Viney

F: B.Fritsch, Sam Weideman, C.Spargo

FOLL: M.Gawn, C.Oliver, K.Pickett

I/C: J.Harmes, A.Brayshaw, J.Bowey, A.Neal-Bullen

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

IN: Nil

OUT: T.Bedford (sub)

Team Tips: There‘re several healthy selection dilemmas this week for Simon Goodwin as the Demons look to stay undefeated. None more so than which tall comes out for the returning Ben Brown from health and safety protocols after his replacement, Sam Weideman, booted 4.3 against Essendon in a dominant display. Brisbane Lions great Jonathan Brown questioned if Adam Tomlinson could be the unlucky one to make way in a reshuffle that would move Tom McDonald into defence. “I like McDonald’s versatility, we saw that in Round 1, he had to go backwards. You’ve got to keep Weideman in there, he could’ve kicked half a dozen, he was fantastic and I thought he played with real presence,” he told Fox Footy’s On The Couch. Saints legend Nick Riewoldt thought McDonald should come out for Brown after his quiet start to the year, calling for Goodwin to “keep the edge.” Elsewhere, Jake Lever (foot) could be ready to return and would likely replace Joel Smith, while Michael Hibberd (calf) is likely another few weeks away still.

GEELONG CATS v BRISBANE LIONS

Friday April 8, 7.50pm at GMHBA Stadium

Cats’ Round 3 team

B: J.Bews, S.De Koning, T.Stewart

HB: T.Atkins, M.Blicavs, J.Henry

C: M.Duncan, J.Selwood, I.Smith

HF: T.Stengle, T.Hawkins, S.Higgins

F: E.Ratugolea, J.Cameron, B.Close

FOLL: R.Stanley, P.Dangerfield, C.Guthrie

I/C: J.Kolodjashnij, B.Parfitt, Z.Tuohy, M.Holmes

EMG: M.O’Connor, Z.Guthrie, M.Knevitt, L.Dahlhaus (sub)

OUT: Z.Guthrie, L.Dahlhaus (both omitted), Q.Narkle (sub)

Team Tips: The Cats will be sweating on the fitness of forward-ruck Esava Ratugolea after he was subbed out of Saturday night’s win over the Magpies due to an ankle issue. Even though the Cats are confident he hasn’t sustained a serious injury, Ratugolea will be monitored closely in the coming days before a call is made at the selection table. If Ratugolea isn’t deemed fit, the Cats could turn to versatile 203cm utility Shannon Neale, although they could replace him with a small to give the team a different look. Elsewhere, the Cats will strongly consider picking Irishman Mark O’Connor, who impressed in the VFL last weekend with one goal from 23 disposals and four clearances. The Cats could use O’Connor in a run-with role on Lions star Lachie Neale. Quinton Narkle had a two-goal, 27-disposal effort in the VFL to lay claims to a senior spot, while Gryan Miers (2 goals, 22 touches) is also on the fringes. Although it’s hard to see Luke Dahlhaus losing his spot following his strong finish to the game after being activated as the sub.

Pies disadvantaged after Cats injury? | 02:22

Lions’ Round 3 team

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

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

C: J.Berry, 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: M.Robinson, N.Cockatoo, D.Fort, N.Answerth

EMG: D.Robertson, J.Prior, T.Fullarton, H.Sharp (sub)

Team Tips:Oscar McInerney’s one-week suspension is an untimely one ahead of the Lions’ crucial clash with Geelong. Lions coach Chris Fagan has been determined to play the three talls plus Dan McStay so far, so surely another big comes in for McInerney. Despite training with the Lions’ defenders during the pre-season and playing primarily close to goal in the VFL across the first two weeks, 14-gamer Tom Fullarton is the most logical replacement, considering ruck duo Henry Smith and Kalin Lane are still raw. Elsewhere, hard to see the Lions making changes to a team that produced a 108-point victory, despite huge VFL performances from Kai Lohmann (20 disposals, 5 goals), Rhys Mathieson (34 disposals, 3 goals), Thomas Berry (30 disposals, 2 goals), Mitch Cox (28 disposals, 1 goal), Jaxon Prior (28 disposals, 2 goals) and James Tunstill (27 disposals, 2 goals).

SYDNEY SWANS v NORTH MELBOURNE

Saturday April 9, 2.40pm at SCG

Swans’ Round 3 team

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

HB: J.Lloyd, T.McCartin, J.Kennedy

C: N.Blakey, L.Parker, D.Stephens

HF: H.McLean, L.Franklin, W.Hayward

F: E.Gulden, I.Heeney, S.Wicks

FOLL: T.Hickey, C.Mills, J.Rowbottom

I/C: B.Campbell, O.Florent, C.Warner, J.Amartey

EMG: P.Ladhams, J.Bell, B.Ronke (sub), S.Reid

IN: J.Amartey

OUT: L.McDonald (omitted), A.Sheldrick (sub)

Team Tips: The Swans have lost ruckman Tom Hickey for the next six weeks, with scans confirming he suffered a medial collateral ligament strain against the Bulldogs. The upside is Swans recruit Peter Ladhams will come into the line-up to make his club debut against North Melbourne after regaining match fitness in the VFL following an interrupted summer. Hickey’s injury might mean Joel Amartey keeps his spot, although Logan McDonald put in a strong big for a senior re-call on the weekend, kicking four goals in the VFL against Gold Coast. The 2020 Pick 4 was cut from the senior side in Round 3 after going goalless in the opening two rounds, but looked a class above against the Suns on Friday, pulling in eight marks despite the four-point loss. Swans coach John Longmire on Monday was also optimistic dasher Justin McInerney (knee) would play after missing the past fortnight. If he is fit to play, Braeden Campbell or Dylan Stephens might be most vulnerable to come out of the side.

Ladhams is set to play his first game for the Swans (Photo by Mark Jesser/AFL Photos via Getty Images)Source: FOX SPORTS

Kangaroos’ Round 3 team

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

HB: L.McDonald, J.Walker, A.Hall

C: J.Polec, H.Greenwood, B.Scott

HF: K.Turner, N.Larkey, J.Stephenson

F: J.Horne-Francis, T.Goldstein, C.Zurhaar

FOLL: T.Xerri, J.Simpkin, C.Taylor

I/C: J.Mahony, La.Young, T.Powell, E.Ford

EMG: A.Bonar (sub), C.Coleman-Jones, K.Hayden, F.Perez

IN: B.McKay, J.Stephenson, E.Ford

OUT: C.Lazzaro, A.Bonar (both omitted), L.Davies-Uniacke, T.Thomas (both injured)

Team Tips: Don’t be surprised to see mass changes this week following that 108-point loss to Brisbane. Mark Robinson on Monday night warned on Fox Footy’s AFL 360: “I think he (David Noble) will leave players behind. I think he’ll say: ‘Hey, you’re not going to do it? You’re not playing.’ Selection this week will be fascinating.” Considering coach Noble has put a big emphasis on contested ball this year, the players that seem most vulnerable at the selection table this week include Tom Powell, Jared Polec and Eddie Ford, while Noble could make a selection statement by dropping the likes of Bailey Scott, Aaron Hall, Kayne Turner or even Luke McDonald. The Roos will be hopeful gun midfielder Luke Davies-Uniacke will be to exit concussion protocols and play against Sydney. But as tempted as Noble might be to swing the axe, there weren’t too many standouts at VFL level. Flynn Perez, who was an AFL emergency, was promising as he played his third game in a row in his comeback from injury, while Callum Coleman-Jones had 20 hit-outs and six clearances as he tries to get back into the senior side. Miller Bergman (19 disposals) and Atu Bosenavulagi (18 disposals, 8 marks) might also be considered.

COLLINGWOOD v WEST COAST EAGLES

Saturday April 9, 4.35pm at MCG

Magpies’ Round 3 team

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

HB: J.Crisp, J.Howe, B.Maynard

C: O.Henry, T.Adams, J.Daicos

HF: J.De Goey, B.Mihocek, S.Sidebottom

F: D.Cameron, J.Elliott, J.Ginnivan

FOLL: B.Grundy, P.Lipinski, S.Pendlebury

I/C: J.Noble, W.Hoskin-Elliott, N.Daicos, R.McInnes

EMG: C.Brown, M.Cox, T.Brown (sub), T.Wilson

IN: B.Maynard, R.McInnes

OUT: B.McCreery, N.Kreuger (both injured), T.Brown (omitted)

Team Tips: The Magpies only have one forced change from a spirited outfit that took Geelong all the way, with Jordan De Goey copping a one-match suspension. Medium forward Ash Johnson could make his debut as a ideal like-for-like replacement after booting four goals in the VFL, while Callum Brown has also been in solid form in the twos. Mason Cox booted three goals of his own in the VFL, but is unlikely to force his way into the senior team after Darcy Cameron’s two-goal performance against the Cats. It’s otherwise a tough Magpies side to crack into right now, with debutant Reef McInnes impressing against the Cats. AFL Media reports Jordan Roughead is in the frame to play his first game of the year after off-season shoulder surgery, which could force Jack Magden out of the team.

Ash Johnson impressed with four goals in the VFL (Photo by Mike Owen/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)Source: FOX SPORTS

Eagles’ Round 3 team

B: S.Hurn, H.Edwards, J.Rotham

HB: L.Foley, J.McGovern, A.Witherden

C: S.Petrevski-Seton, L.Edwards, P.Naish

HF: J.Jones, J.Darling, Z.Langdon

F: L.Ryan, J.Kennedy, J.Petruccelle

FOLL: N.Naitanui, J.Redden, A.Gaff

I/C: B.Hough, J.Nelson, C.West, H.Dixon

EMG: J.Waterman (sub), I.Winder, X.O’Neill, C.Jamieson

IN: Andrew Gaff, Brady Hough, Connor West, Harry Edwards, Hugh Dixon, Jack Redden, Jackson Nelson, Jamaine Jones, Josh J. Kennedy, Josh Rotham, Nic Naitanui, Zac Langdon

OUT: Aaron Black (Omitted), Angus Dewar (Omitted), Bailey J. Williams (HS Protocol), Brayden Ainsworth (Omitted), Callum Jamieson (Omitted), Declan Mountford (Omitted), Jack Williams (HS Protocol), Liam Duggan (HS Protocol), Luke Shuey (HS Protocol), Stefan Giro (Omitted), Tim Kelly (Injured), Willie Rioli (HS Protocol), Xavier O‘Neill (Omitted)

Team Tips: The Eagles have made an astonishing 14 changes and 12 changes respectively over the last two weeks as the club has been rocked by players entering Covid-19 protocols. While you’d expect most players would only need to miss one week, Tom Barrass sat out both the Round 2 and Round 3 losses in health and safety protocols. Hopefully things start to normalise for West Coast now, although Jamaine Jones suffered a leg injury that could result in a stint on the sidelines. Adam Simpson said he expects to have Barrass, Bailey Williams, Liam Dugan, Luke Shuey and Willie Rioli back from health and safety protocols in a huge boost, with the likes of Harry Edwards, Brady Hough, Zac Langdon, Luke Edwards and Hugh Dixon the most at risk of making way.

RICHMOND v WESTERN BULLDOGS

Saturday April 9, 7.25pm at MCG

Tigers’ Round 3 team

B: J.Gibcus, R.Tarrant, D.Grimes

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

C: K.McIntosh, T.Cotchin, M.Pickett

HF: J.Castagna, S.Edwards, L.Baker

F: T.Lynch, S.Bolton, N.Balta

FOLL: T.Nankervis, J.Graham, T.Dow

I/C: I.Soldo, H.Ralphsmith, J.Ross, M.Parker

EMG: B.Miller, R.Mansell, J.Aarts (sub), M.Rioli

IN: D.Grimes

OUT: B.Miller, J.Aarts (both omitted)

Team Tips:Dylan Grimes is set for a stint on the sidelines after injuring his hamstring against St Kilda to add to the 1-2 Tigers’ woes. But they could welcome back star trio Jack Riewoldt (thumb), Dion Prestia (hamstring) and Nick Vlastuin (knee) to shore them up in each area of the field. If he’s right to go, Vlastuin figures as Grimes’ replacement, while Thomson Dow and Hugo Ralphsmith would be unlucky to get dropped for either Prestia or Riewoldt after solid displays against the Saints. Could Damien Hardwick get bold and dump premiership star Shane Edwards after a quiet start to the year or even ditch the two-ruck setup? Jack Ross was also below his best against the Saints and could also be in the firing line. Dustin Martin’s (personal reasons) return remains indefinite for now.

“Don’t have the firepower” Tamed Tigers? | 00:43

Bulldogs’ Round 3 team

B: E.Richards, A.Keath, T.Duryea

HB: C.Daniel, R.Gardner, B.Dale

C: J.Macrae, J.Dunkley, L.Hunter

HF: C.Weightman, Z.Cordy, B.Smith

F: M.Hannan, A.Naughton, J.Ugle-Hagan

FOLL: T.English, A.Treloar, M.Bontempelli

I/C: R.Smith, T.Liberatore, A.Scott, L.Vandermeer

EMG: B.Williams, R.McComb, J.Sweet, M.Wallis (sub)

IN: B.Smith

OUT: H.Crozier (managed), B.Williams (sub)

Team Tips:Zaine Cordy will miss this weekend after suffering a concussion in the Bulldogs’ much-needed win over Sydney. It could open the door for Josh Schache to return to the side, particularly given Richmond’s size up forward. Hayden Crozier should return for potentially Anthony Scott or Roarke Smith, while the Dogs could ponder bringing in Stefan Martin or Jordon Sweet to give Tim English a chop out and to combat the Tigers’ dual ruck setup. Mitch Hannan’s spot could also come under threat after a quiet start to the season, including just four disposals against the Swans. Rhylee West (33 disposals, 10 tackles) and Lachlan McNeil (21 disposals, five goals, nine tackles) are also banging the door down for senior opportunities after dominant VFL outings.

FREMANTLE v GWS GIANTS

Saturday April 9, 7.25pm at Optus Stadium

Dockers’ Round 3 team

B: B.Cox, A.Pearce, B.Walker

HB: H.Young, L.Ryan, J.Aish

C: J.Clark, A.Brayshaw, B.Acres

HF: D.Tucker, M.Taberner, L.Schultz

F: S.Switkowski, R.Lobb, M.Frederick

FOLL: L.Meek, W.Brodie, M.Walters

I/C: N.Erasmus, N.O’Driscoll, T.Colyer, H.Chapman

EMG: J.Treacy, G.Logue, C.Blakely, B.Banfield (sub)

IN: N.Erasmus, N.O’Driscoll, B.Cox, B.Walker, M.Taberner

OUT: G.Logue, J.Hamling (both omitted)

Team Tips:Darcy Tucker was stretchered off against West Coast after suffering a scary neck injury, but he’s still yet to be ruled out for this weekend. If he misses, David Mundy should take his place in his return from health and safety protocols, while medical sub Bailey Banfield and Connor Blakely are other potential reinforcements. Sean Darcy (ankle) likely comes in for Lloyd Meek to give the Dockers a big boost in the ruck, however Caleb Serong’s (knee) status is less clear. Nathan Wilson also won’t be far off returning from a shoulder injury.

Darcy Tucker suffers scary neck injury | 00:57

Giants’ Round 3 team

B: C.Idun, S.Taylor, I.Cumming

HB: L.Whitfield, N.Haynes, H.Perryman

C: X.O’Halloran, C.Ward, L.Ash

HF: T.Taranto, H.Himmelberg, S.Coniglio

F: B.Hill, J.Hogan, M.de Boer

FOLL: B.Preuss, J.Kelly, T.Green

I/C: J.Peatling, T.Bruhn, L.Keeffe, J.Stein

EMG: L.Aleer, M.Flynn, A.Kennedy (sub), J.Brander

IN: B.Preuss, J.Peatling, L.Keeffe, J.Stein

OUT: J.Riccardi, M.Flynn, J.Brander (all omitted), P.Davis, D.Lloyd (both injured)

Team Tips: The Giants are unlikely to make too many changes to a team that got their first win on the board in a clinical victory over the Suns. Nick Haynes (ankle)was an unfortunate casualty though to potentially earn Jake Riccardi or Jarrod Brander a reprieve. Matt Flynn did his chances of a senior recall no harm after racking up 19 disposals, 34 hitouts and booting one goal in the VFL, although it’d have to be alongside Braydon Preuss after his dominant season debut against Gold Coast. Pick 3 draftee Finn Callaghan continues to press his claim for an AFL debut after gathering 17 disposals and booting two goals in the VFL.

ESSENDON v ADELAIDE CROWS

Sunday April 10, 1.10pm at Marvel Stadium

Bombers’ Round 3 team

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

HB: M.Redman, D.Heppell, N.Hind

C: A.McGrath, J.Caldwell, T.Cutler

HF: J.Stringer, M.Guelfi, N.Martin

F: A.Perkins, P.Wright, T.Wanganeen

FOLL: S.Draper, D.Parish, S.Durham

I/C: J.Ridley, D.Shiel, B.Ham, A.Phillips

EMG: B.Hobbs, B.Zerk-Thatcher, D.Smith (sub), A.Waterman

Team Tips: There’s a few on the club’s injury list that could be deemed fit to play. Nik Cox (ankle) and Will Snelling (calf) should both be right to return after missing last week’s clash with the Demons, while Harry Jones (ankle) is less likely. Will this be the week the Bombers finally unleash their top 2021 pick? Ben Hobbs finished with 24 disposals, 10 marks, seven clearances and 1.1 in the VFL on the weekend, backing up his 21-disposal haul in Round 1. Coach Ben Rutten last week said Hobbs was close to playing against the Demons, so perhaps blooding him against the Crows would be an appropriate play. Alec Waterman kicked three goals in the same VFL game to also put his hand up for senior selection. Devon Smith was dropped from the starting 22 and was the unused sub against the Demons. He has to play this week, but whether that’s at VFL or AFL level remains to be seen. As for who could come out of the side, Tex Wanganeen would be stiff after kicking his first AFL goal — although that was one of just three touches for him against the Dees — while the Bombers could consider not going with two rucks again. Matt Guelfi and Brayden Ham could also be a touch nervous.

Hobbs could make his debut for Essendon (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)Source: FOX SPORTS

Crows’ Round 3 team

B: B.Frampton, J.Butts, L.Brown

HB: B.Smith, T.Doedee, C.Jones

C: J.Dawson, R.Laird, L.Sholl

HF: N.McHenry, E.Himmelberg, J.Rowe

F: J.Rachele, D.Fogarty, L.Gollant

FOLL: R.O’Brien, B.Keays, M.Crouch

I/C: H.Schoenberg, L.Murphy, B.Cook, M.Hinge

EMG: L.Pedlar (sub), J.Soligo, N.Murray, J.Hately

Team Tips: Adelaide will have the option of bringing back two of its biggest names to face the Bombers — but whether they re-call both remains to be seen. Skipper Rory Sloane should come back in — granted he proves at training this week he’s over his adductor issue — but will the Crows bring Taylor Walker straight back into the side off no match practice? Walker has now served his six-game suspension for racial vilification last year. It’s hard to see the Crows dropping either Lachlan Gollant or Elliott Himmelberg after they kicked four goals each in the club’s thrilling Showdown win, but Darcy Fogarty may be vulnerable after booting 0.1 from just five disposals. Defender Andrew McPherson should be fit to return from the hamstring injury he suffered in the Round 1 loss to Fremantle, but small forward Lachlan Murphy (neck) is in doubt after his heavy collision in the final moments of the Showdown win.

HAWTHORN v ST KILDA

Sunday April 10, 3.20pm at MCG

Hawks’ Round 3 team

B: B.Hardwick, S.Frost, J.Scrimshaw

HB: C.Jiath, J.Sicily, D.Grainger-Barras

C: W.Day, J.Worpel, J.Ward

HF: C.Macdonald, J.Gunston, C.Wingard

F: L.Breust, M.Lewis, D.Moore

FOLL: N.Reeves, J.O’Meara, T.Mitchell

I/C: F.Maginness, C.Nash, H.Morrison, J.Newcombe

EMG: N.Long, D.Howe (sub), J.Koschitzke, T.Phillips

IN: W.Day

OUT: B.McEvoy (injured), T.Phillips (omitted)

Team Tips: Jack Scrimshaw was a key casualty from the Hawks’ loss to Carlton with a suspected fractured scapula. It means last week’s medical sub Daniel Howe could come into the 22, while Tom Phillips had a team-high 27 disposals to go with 11 tackles in the VFL as another option. If Sam Mitchell opts for more of a like-for-like, Jarman Impey is also waiting in the wings. Finn Maginness (eight disposals) was below his best form against the Blues and could also make way. It’s worth noting that Hawthorn has a very healthy list to choose from, with just three players on last week’s injury list.

Defensive scoring still a plus for Hawks | 02:12

Saints’ Round 3 team

B: C.Wilkie, D.Howard, J.Webster

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

C: B.Paton, D.McKenzie, N.Wanganeen-Milera

HF: T.Membrey, J.Higgins, S.Ross

F: D.Butler, M.King, P.Ryder

FOLL: R.Marshall, J.Gresham, J.Steele

I/C: J.Lienert, B.Crouch, M.Wood, J.Hayes

EMG: B.Long (sub), D.Kent, R.Byrnes, D.Joyce

IN: D.Howard, P.Ryder

OUT: D.Joyce, R.Byrnes, C.Sharman (all omitted)

Team Tips:Jack Higgins will come out of the side with concussion to leave the Saints’ forward line thin, although it mattered not against the Tigers after a four-goal eruption from Max King all in the fourth term. It could earn Mitch Owens (19 disposals, two goals) a reprieve after a solid VFL outing, while Jack Bytel and Ryan Byrnes will also be in the frame. Brett Ratten also has a decision to make on whether he continues to deploy the three talls in Rowan Marshall, Paddy Ryder and Jack Hayes, and against a quick Hawks outfit, the latter’s spot in the team is at risk. Jack Billings shouldn’t be far off from a hamstring setback, while Zak Jones (personal reasons) remains sidelined indefinitely.

‘We’re looking at the next Buddy’ | 01:58

GOLD COAST SUNS v CARLTON

Sunday April 10, 4.10pm at Metricon Stadium

Suns’ Round 3 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: A.Sexton, M.Chol, B.Ainsworth

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

I/C: A.Davies, B.Fiorini, C.Graham, R.Atkins

EMG: C.Burgess, J.Corbett (sub), D.Macpherson, J.Farrar

IN: L.Weller

OUT: S.Flanders, D.Macpherson (both omitted)

Team Tips: The Suns will be left searching for answers after a disappointing showing against GWS ahead of a tough matchup with the much-improved Blues. There’s no shortage of capable reinforcements though after James Tsitas (25 disposals, nine tackles, two goals), Charlie Constable (20 disposals, 13 tackles), Jez McLennan (16 disposals, eight tackles), Chris Burgess (two goals) and Malcolm Rosas (four goals) all produced strong performances in the VFL, while Izak Rankine should be fit to return from a corked quad. Caleb Graham, Alex Davies, Alex Sexton and Rory Atkins were all quiet against the Giants and could make way,

Blues’ Round 3 team

B: J.Boyd, Le.Young, L.Plowman

HB: Z.Williams, J.Weitering, N.Newman

C: S.Walsh, P.Cripps, L.O’Brien

HF: C.Curnow, T.De Koning, J.Silvagni

F: M.Owies, H.McKay, C.Durdin

FOLL: M.Pittonet, A.Cerra, G.Hewett

I/C: S.Docherty, M.Kennedy, W.Setterfield, Z.Fisher

EMG: L.Parks, J.Boyd, L.Fogarty, J.Martin (sub)

IN: Le.Young, A.Cerra

OUT: O.McDonald, M.McGovern (both injured), L.Fogarty (omitted), A.Saad (health and safety protocols)

Team Tips: The Blues should regain Adam Saad (health and safety protocols) and Oscar McDonald (back) this week in a boost to their back six, likely at the expense Marc Pittonet (back), if he doesn’t get up, and either Jordan Boyd or Lachie Plowman. Tom De Koning could have his work cut out for him this week if he needs to ruck solo against Jarrod Witts. Elsewhere, Carlton is blessed with depth and could be tempted to bring in Paddy Dow for his season debut after a scintillating 30-disposal, two-goal performance in the VFL, while Jack Newnes, Lachie Fogarty, Liam Stocker and medical sub Jack Martin are other options to come into the 22. But there aren’t too many spots up for grabs in Michael Voss’ undefeated side right now.



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