Roos’ call on axed star after brutal blow; Tigers left in Dusty limbo: AFL Team Tips

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AFL ROUND 3 FIXTURE (All times AEDT)

WESTERN BULLDOGS v SYDNEY SWANS

Thursday March 31, 7:20pm at Marvel Stadium

Bulldogs’ Round 2 team

B: E.Richards, A.Keath, H.Crozier

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

C: R.Smith, J.Dunkley, L.Hunter

HF: C.Weightman, Z.Cordy, A.Treloar

F: L.Vandermeer, A.Naughton, J.Ugle-Hagan

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

I/C: T.Duryea, T.Liberatore, A.Scott, M.Hannan

EMG: S.Martin, J.Schache, R.McComb, B.Williams

Team Tips: Aaron Naughton is in doubt after a brutal collision against Carlton left him with a corked calf and some bleeding. His omission would be a big blow for a Dogs forward line that’s already been struggling without Josh Bruce. If Naughton doesn’t get up, one of Stef Martin or Josh Schache would replace him. Hayden Crozier is also in doubt after fainting against Carlton in scary scenes. But in a boost for the Luke Beveridge’s team, Bailey Smith is expected to return from a hip injury, while mature-age recruit Robbie McComb (36 disposals, one goal, 10 marks in the VFL) is pressing for a debut. Jamarra Ugle-Hagan was quiet against the Blues, but the Dogs may need him in attack, while Anthony Scott,who came in for his first game of the year, booted an equal team-high two goals.

Swans’ Round 2 team

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

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

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

HF: I.Heeney, H.McLean, W.Hayward

F: E.Gulden, L.Franklin, L.McDonald

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

I/C: J.Lloyd, C.Warner, O.Florent, S.Wicks

EMG: S.Reid, A.Sheldrick, R.Fox, C.Sinclair

Team Tips: The Swans would be hard-pressed to make too many changes from a side that beat the Cats by 30 points as Buddy Franklin booted his 100th goal, and basically a healthy list to choose from, with Tom Papley (hamstring)still another week away. Justin McInerney missed the Geelong game with a knee issue, and if he gets up, may take Sam Wicks or Braden Campbell’s spot.

How good! Fan recalls Buddy goal mania | 04:39

MELBOURNE v ESSENDON

Friday April 1, 7:20pm at MCG

Demons’ Round 2 team

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

HB: T.Rivers, J.Smith, J.Bowey

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

HF: K.Pickett, B.Brown, J.Harmes

F: B.Fritsch, T.McDonald, A.Neal-Bullen

FOLL: M.Gawn, C.Petracca, J.Viney

I/C: L.Jackson, C.Spargo, J.Jordon, T.Sparrow

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

Team Tips: Melbourne has ruled out premiership defenders Jake Lever and Michael Hibberd for at least another week, meaning it could well stick with the same 22 that edged out the Suns by 13 points. Jayden Hunt was very quiet with seven disposals and will have unused medical sub Toby Bedford, who booted three goals in the VFL, and Jake Melksham breathing down his neck for a spot. Luke Dunstan was also busy for Casey for with 25 disposals and one goal and will surely get an opportunity at some stage.

Will Jackson remain at the Dees? | 00:59

Bombers’ Round 2 team

B: J.Stewart, M.Redman, J.Kelly

HB: N.Hind, A.Francis, A.McGrath

C: D.Heppell, Z.Merrett, N.Cox

HF: D.Shiel, J.Stringer, A.Perkins

F: J.Laverde, P.Wright, D.Smith

FOLL: S.Draper, J.Caldwell, D.Parish

I/C: J.Ridley, T.Cutler, S.Durham, M.Guelfi

EMG: B.Zerk-Thatcher, B.Ham, A.Phillips, T.Wanganeen

Team Tips: The Bombers will be forced into at least one change, with Zach Merrett set to miss six to eight weeks with a syndesmosis injury, potentially two changes if Nik Cox doesn’t get up with his own ankle issue. Dylan Shiel (injured) and Nic Martin (health and safety protocols) should slot straight back in after missing the loss against Brisbane, while the likes of Devon Smith, Matt Guelfi, James Stewart, Sam Durham and Brayden Ham could all be in the firing line after quiet performances. It could open the door for unused medical sub Tex Wanganeen to make a more official debut, while Kaine Baldwin will be a chance to earn a reprieve after three goals in the VFL.

ADELADIE CROWS v PORT ADELAIDE

Friday April 1, 8:20pm at Adelaide Oval

Crows’ Round 2 team

B: N.Murray, J.Butts, L.Brown

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

C: J.Dawson, R.Sloane, 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.Pedlar, B.Cook, M.Hinge

EMG: B.Davis, R.Thilthorpe, J.Soligo, J.Hately

Team Tips:Rory Sloane is confident he’ll be fit to take on the Power despite getting subbed out against Collingwood with an adductor injury. Rory Laird is expected to return from a broken hand, Andrew Mcpherson (hamstring) is likely another week off. Jackson Hately and Sam Berry enjoyed strong performances in the SANFL game and Wayne Milera could also earn a recall as the Crows manage his return from two injury cruelled seasons. The decision to drop Riley Thilthrope for the Pies clash was a curious one, and after the Crows only managed to score 58 points, hell also be in the frame to return. Luke Pedlar, Darcy Fogarty, Lachlan Gollant and Brayen Cook could all be casualties of the Crows’ 42-point loss to Collingwood.

Rory Laird could be back for the Crows (Photo by Russell Freeman/AFL Photos via Getty Images)Source: FOX SPORTS

Power’s Round 2 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: J.Finlayson, T.Marshall, S.Powell-Pepper

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

I/C: L.Jones, X.Duursma, J.Sinn, S.Motlop

EMG: J.Mead, J.McEntee, T.Dumont, S.Mayes

Team Tips: How will Ken Hinkley react to the Power’s horror 64-point loss to Hawthorn? He may have one forced change after Trent McKenzie was subbed out with an ankle injury, which would really test their key defensive stocks. Port will be hoping to regain Robbie Gray and Charlie Dixon after its forward line struggled against the Hawks, but the duo’s status remains unclear. Regardless, Jeremy Finlayson and Todd Marshall could come out of the team this week after being held goalless, although they might be needed in defence if McKenzie doesn’t get up. Josh Sinn was quiet on debut, while Jackson Mead and, Trent Dumont and Sam Hayes are all very capable reinforcements if Hinkley swings the selection axe.

New year, same old issues for Port? | 04:32

GWS GIANTS v GOLD COAST SUNS

Saturday April 2, 4:35pm at GIANTS Stadium

Giants’ Round 2 team

B: C.Idun, P.Davis, I.Cumming

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

C: X.O’Halloran, C.Ward, L.Ash

HF: T.Taranto, H.Himmelberg, T.Green

F: B.Hill, J.Riccardi, D.Lloyd

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

I/C: J.Brander, T.Bruhn, J.Hogan, N.Haynes

EMG: B.Preuss, M.de Boer, L.Keeffe, J.Peatling

Team Tips:Phil Davis will come out of the side after suffering a hamstring injury against the Tigers, with Lachie Keefe a likely replacement. Daniel Lloyd was subbed out of the game with a forearm injury and medical sub Matt de Boer could take his spot. Brayden Pruess racked up 21 disposals, 41 hitouts and booted one goal in the VFL and surely demands a reprieve, whether its for Matthew Flynn, who was very quiet against the Tigers, or in a tandem with him. Jake Stein and Pick 3 draftee Finn Callaghan could also come into calculations after solid VFL performances, potentially at the expense of Jarrod Brander, Xavier O’Halloran and even Jesse Hogan.

Giant game plan ‘a little arrogant’? | 02:12

Suns’ Round 2 team

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

HB: R.Atkins, C.Ballard, W.Powell

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

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

F: S.Flanders, M.Chol, B.Ainsworth

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

I/C: A.Davies, B.Fiorini, C.Graham, A.Sexton

EMG: J.Corbett, D.Macpherson

Team Tips: The Suns lost no admirers in a 13-point loss to the Demons, and got through the game unscathed other than Izak Rankine (injured) being a late out. Lachie Weller should return from health and safety protocols, and if Rankine is good to go, he could well regain the spot from the man who replaced him in Sam Flanders, who was quiet against Melbourne,while Alex Sexton was also well down on form.The Suns’ side otherwise looks reasonably settled.

COLLINGWOOD v GEELONG CATS

Saturday April 2, 7:25pm at MCG

Pies’ Round 2 team

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

HB: J.Crisp, J.Howe, N.Daicos

C: W.Hoskin-Elliott, J.De Goey, S.Sidebottom

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

F: O.Henry, J.Elliott, J.Daicos

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

I/C: J.Madgen, T.Brown, N.Kreuger, J.Ginnivan

EMG: C.Brown, D.Cameron, H.Harrison, T.Bianco

Team Tips: Brayden Maynard will come straight back into the side after serving his two match suspension, likely for the injured Nathan Kreuger. The Pies may also opt for more size and bring medical sub Darcy Cameron into the 22, or Mason Cox if he’s fit, potentially for Tyler Brown, who hasn’t set the world on fire in the opening two rounds. Callum Brown (31 disposals, one goal) and Nathan Wilson (four goals) could also be in the frame after strong VFL outings, but Craig McRae would be hesitant to make too many changes to his undefeated side.

Maynard is set to return from suspension (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)Source: FOX SPORTS

Cats’ Round 2 team

B: J.Bews, M.Blicavs, J.Kolodjashnij

HB: T.Atkins, T.Stewart, J.Henry

C: Z.Tuohy, M.Duncan, I.Smith

HF: T.Stengle, T.Hawkins, B.Parfitt

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

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

I/C: Z.Guthrie, M.Holmes, C.Guthrie, L.Dahlhaus

EMG: C.Stephens, F.Evans, Q.Narkle, J.Ceglar

Team Tips: The Cats may’ve lost to the Swans but they still had a stack of scoring opportunities and Chris Scott likely won’t be too fazed as he enters round three. Sam De Koning should be available for selection after he suffered a head knock in round one, while Shaun Higgins was ‘rested’ for round two. Jonathon Ceglar was listed as an emergency against the Swans and might not be far away from making a debut at his new club, potentially at the cost of Rhys Stanley. Mark Blicavs and Max Holmes both came from the ground with injuries but returned to play.

BRISBANE LIONS v NORTH MELBOURNE

Saturday April 2, 8pm at the Gabba

Lions’ Round 2 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: N.Cockatoo, H.Sharp, D.Fort, N.Answerth

EMG: T.Berry, J.Prior, T.Fullarton, R.Mathieson

Team Tips: Do the Lions really need Dayne Zorko this week? That’s probably a question that will cross the minds of match committee given he looked hobbled for large parts of the win over Essendon despite his stats sheet reading fine by the end of the match. Other than that, the Lions boast an incredibly healthy list, with only Eric Hipwood out of their best side due to injury. Mitch Robinson has served his one-match ban and should come straight back into the side, likely for Harry Sharp.

Kangaroos’ Round 2 team

B: J.Ziebell, A.Corr, K.Turner

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

C: J.Polec, T.Thomas, H.Greenwood

HF: C.Taylor, N.Larkey, J.Mahony

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

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

I/C: B.Scott, La.Young, C.Lazzaro, K.Hayden

EMG: A.Bonar, C.Coleman-Jones, T.Powell, P.Curtis

Team Tips: A win is a win, but David Noble could be forgiven for wanting to tinker with his side given the unconvincing nature of it against a decimated West Coast side. He’ll likely be forced into two changes with Luke Davies-Uniacke (head) and Tarryn Thomas, with the latter potentially sidelined for some time with a yet-to-be-disclosed injury even though he avoided broken ribs. Whether those two injuries open the door for Jaidyn Stephenson’s return is an intriguing question after he was dropped from the entire squad last week. Other omissions included Tom Powell and Callum Coleman-Jones. Charlie Lazzaro has been on the fringes.

Roos cling onto win against Eagles | 01:17

CARLTON v HAWTHORN

Sunday April 3, 1:10pm at MCG

Blues’ Round 2 team

B: A.Saad, J.Weitering, S.Docherty

HB: M.McGovern, O.McDonald, N.Newman

C: M.Kennedy, P.Cripps, L.O’Brien

HF: Z.Fisher, C.Curnow, L.Fogarty

F: M.Owies, H.McKay, J.Silvagni

FOLL: T.De Koning, S.Walsh, G.Hewett

I/C: W.Setterfield, C.Durdin, M.Pittonet, Z.Williams

EMG: P.Dow, J.Newnes, M.Cottrell, L.Plowman

Team Tips: Both Jack Martin and Adam Cerra should come straight back into the side after missing round two’s win due to health and safety protocols. It won’t be a fun job for Michael Voss deciding who comes out given the performances against the Western Bulldogs. Corey Durdin is the obvious omission depending on how he pulls up from a calf complaint. Lachie Fogarty had a couple of goal assists and six score involvements from his 14 disposals, so he’d be stiff to miss out even though that looks likely. Liam Stocker is pushing for a return from injury but the form of the side means he’ll likely have to keep biding his time.

Hawks’ Round 2 team

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

HB: C.Jiath, J.Sicily, J.Scrimshaw

C: J.Ward, C.Nash, J.O’Meara

HF: D.Moore, B.McEvoy, L.Breust

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

FOLL: N.Reeves, J.Newcombe, T.Mitchell

I/C: J.Worpel, H.Morrison, F.Maginness, C.Macdonald

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

Team Tips:Jarman Impey is pushing for a return and Liam Shiels was a surprise omission from last week’s side, but you suspect only one of them is going to be able to get a look in given the form Sam Mitchell’s squad is in. Chad Wingard’s injury opens the door for one of them to return, but Tom Phillips would also have to be in the frame after surprisingly being listed as the medical sub for both of the opening two rounds. Otherwise it’s all looking rosy down at Waverley.

‘Dazzling!’ Gerard froths fresh Hawks | 02:51

ST KILDA v RICHMOND

Sunday April 3, 3:20pm at Marvel Stadium

Saints’ Round 2 team

B: C.Wilkie, J.Battle, D.Joyce

HB: J.Sinclair, D.McKenzie, J.Webster

C: N.Wanganeen-Milera, B.Crouch, B.Hill

HF: J.Gresham, T.Membrey, B.Paton

F: D.Butler, M.King, J.Hayes

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

I/C: J.Higgins, J.Lienert, M.Wood, C.Sharman, R.Byrnes

EMG: C.Sharman, B.Long, T.Campbell, T.Highmore

Team Tips: Hard to see many changes after an impressive win in the West. Dougal Howard was only out due to health and safety protocols so he should slot back into the side, perhaps for Darragh Joyce. Saints fans won’t be seeing Dan Hannebery anytime soon, with the 31-year-old injuring his right calf at training and facing an indefinite period of time on the sidelines.

Tigers’ Round 2 team

B: B.Miller, R.Tarrant, J.Gibcus

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

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

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

F: T.Lynch, M.Parker, N.Balta

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

I/C (from): T.Nankervis, J.Castagna, J.Graham, H.Ralphsmith

EMG: R.Mansell, M.Rioli, J.Aarts, W.Martyn

Team Tips: At the time of writing, it seems more unlikely than likely Dustin Martin will return to the side. Dylan Grimes was withdrawn from the side due to soreness but should be fit for Sunday’s game. There were no injuries for the Tigers on the weekend, so the only changes would be on form. Thomson Dow and Ben Miller are the two on the fringes, with Matthew Parker doing enough on the weekend to keep his spot in the side.

Dimma: Dusty needs time to heal | 01:53

WEST COAST EAGLES v FREMANTLE DOCKERS

Sunday April 3, 6:20pm at Optus Stadium

Eagles’ Round 2 team

B: S.Hurn, C.Jamieson, L.Duggan

HB: J.Nelson, J.McGovern, A.Witherden

C: S.Petrevski-Seton, T.Kelly, P.Naish

HF: S.Giro, J.Williams, W.Rioli

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

FOLL: B.Williams, X.O’Neill, L.Shuey

I/C: L.Foley, B.Ainsworth, A.Black, A.Dewar

EMG: L.Edwards, D.Mountford, C.Pearson, A.Schumacher

Team Tips: Where to begin? All of those outs we saw last week are set to come right back in. So, we can expect to see in the selection frame Tom Barrass, Josh Rotham, Jack Redden, Zac Langdon, Hugh Dixon, Josh Kennedy, Jake Waterman, Nic Naitanui, Brady Hough, Jamaine Jones, Harry Edwards and Isiah Winder. Phew. Andrew Gaff is another who is on the cusp of a return from injury after missing round two. A lot of those fairytale inclusions from last week will come back out of the side but, as Adam Simpson said, they’re now “Eagles for life”.

Dockers’ Round 2 team

B: J.Hamling, A.Pearce, G.Logue

HB: H.Young, D.Tucker, J.Clark

C: M.Frederick, A.Brayshaw, B.Acres

HF: T.Colyer, S.Switkowski, L.Schultz

F: L.Meek, R.Lobb, B.Banfield

FOLL: S.Darcy, C.Serong, M.Walters

I/C: L.Ryan, J.Aish, H.Chapman, W.Brodie

EMG: N.O’Driscoll, J.Treacy, L.Henry, B.Walker

Team Tips: Michael Walters (wrist) and Sean Darcy (ankle) are both in doubt for the crunch derby. Nat Fyfe’s return remains unclear along with Matt Taberner, but David Mundy should come straight back into the side after being out of the round two side due to health and safety protocols along with Brennan Cox. Nathan O’Driscoll kicked a classy goal after coming on as the sub and should be in the starting 22 if Walters and Darcy can’t play.

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