Bulldogs Battered by Injuries
The Western Bulldogs’ chances of an away upset in their Friday night blockbuster against Geelong have taken a major hit with the injury-enforced absence of five key players: Matthew Boyd, Matt Suckling, Mitch Wallis, Jack Redpath and Dale Morris.
They have, however, received some relief in the form of returning stars Jake Stringer and Luke Dahlhaus. The Cats have made just one change, with Zac Smith returning to the line-up.
North Melbourne have received a massive boost ahead of their crunch encounter with St Kilda, with gun forward Jarrad Waite returning from injury in a match where Kangaroos great Brent Harvey breaks the all-time AFL appearances record with his 427th appearance.
Despite taking a mark-of-the-year contender last week, Majak Daw is the player to make way for Waite.
Matthew Pavlich also enjoys a major milestone, playing his 350th game as one of three players brought back into the Fremantle side for their clash with heavyweight Sydney.
The Swans get co-captain Jarrad McVeigh back from injury.
Fri, July 29, 7.50pm (AEST) @ Simonds Stadium
B Jake Kolodjashnij, Tom Lonergan, Corey Enright
HB Jed Bews, Harry Taylor, Tom Ruggles
C Andrew Mackie, Joel Selwood, Mitch Duncan
HF Nakia Cockatoo, Zac Smith, Lincoln McCarthy
F Jimmy Bartel, Tom Hawkins, Daniel Menzel
FOL Rhys Stanley, Patrick Dangerfield, Cameron Guthrie
I/C Mark Blicavs, Josh Cowan, Sam Menegola, Steven Motlop
EMG Josh Caddy, Shane Kersten, Darcy Lang
*Zac Smith returns at the expense of Shane Kersten.
B Jed Adcock, Fletcher Roberts, Easton Wood
HB Jason Johannisen, Joel Hamling, Shane Biggs
C Lachie Hunter, Marcus Bontempelli, Liam Picken
HF Lin Jong, Jake Stringer, Clay Smith
F Tory Dickson, Tom Boyd, Luke Dahlhaus
FOL Jordan Roughead, Jack Macrae, Tom Liberatore
I/C Zaine Cordy, Josh Dunkley, Koby Stevens, Caleb Daniel
EMG Lukas Webb, Mitch Honeychurch, Bailey Dale
*Jed Adcock, Joel Hamling, Jake Stringer, Luke Dahlhaus and Zaine Cordy come in for Dale Morris (hamstring), Jack Redpath (knee), Matthew Boyd (achilles), Matthew Suckling (achilles), Mitch Wallis (leg).
Sat, July 30, 1.45pm (AEST) @ Manuka Oval
B Joel Patfull, Phil Davis, Zac Williams
HB Heath Shaw, Nick Haynes, Josh Kelly
C Toby Greene, Callan Ward, Nathan Wilson
HF Rory Lobb, Jonathon Patton, Steve Johnson
F Tom Scully, Jeremy Cameron, Adam Tomlinson
FOL Shane Mumford, Stephen Coniglio, Dylan Shiel
I/C Sam J. Reid, Devon Smith, Harrison Himmelberg, Ryan Griffen
EMG Matthew Kennedy, James Stewart, Adam Kennedy
*Ryan Griffen has been chosen ahead of Adam Kennedy.
B David Astbury, Alex Rance, Dylan Grimes
HB Jayden Short, Taylor Hunt, Brandon Ellis
C Daniel Rioli, Trent Cotchin, Anthony Miles
HF Dustin Martin, Sam Lloyd, Ty Vickery
F Kane Lambert, Jack Riewoldt, Adam Marcon
FOL Shaun Hampson, Nick Vlastuin, Reece Conca
I/C Shaun Grigg, Oleg Markov, Nathan Drummond, Bachar Houli
EMG Andrew Moore, Nathan Broad, Jason Castagna
*Ty Vickery, Kane Lambert, Adam Marcon and Bachar Houli come in for omitted pair Jason Castagna and Liam McBean, and injured duo Ben Griffiths and Shane Edwards.
Sat, July 30, 2.10pm (AEST) @ Aurora Stadium
B Taylor Duryea, James Frawley, Ben Stratton
HB Luke Hodge, Josh Gibson, Grant Birchall
C Isaac Smith, Sam Mitchell, Bradley Hill
HF Luke Breust, Jack Gunston, Brendan Whitecross
F James Sicily, Ben McEvoy, Cyril Rioli
FOL Jonathon Ceglar, Jordan Lewis, Shaun Burgoyne
I/C Kaiden Brand, Will Langford, Jonathan O'Rourke, Tim O'Brien
EMG Dallas Willsmore, Blake Hardwick, Kurt Heatherley
*Paul Puopolo is out with a hip injury, which sees Will Langford join the interchange.
B Lachie Plowman, Jacob Weitering, Dylan Buckley
HB Sam Docherty, Sam Rowe, Ed Curnow
C Blaine Boekhorst, Patrick Cripps, Kade Simpson
HF Sam Kerridge, Levi Casboult, Dennis Armfield
F Nick Graham, Simon White, Jack Silvagni
FOL Andrew Phillips, Bryce Gibbs, Matthew Wright
I/C Matthew Kreuzer, Andrejs Everitt, Liam Sumner, Zach Tuohy
EMG Jed Lamb, Liam Jones, Mark Whiley
*Andrejs Everitt is in for Charlie Curnow (knee).
Sat, July 30, 4.35pm (AEST) @ MCG
B Jonathon Marsh, Nathan J. Brown, Jeremy Howe
HB Marley Williams, Ben Reid, Brayden Maynard
C Steele Sidebottom, Adam Treloar, James Aish
HF Rupert Wills, Travis Cloke, Travis Varcoe
F Darcy Moore, Jesse White, Ben Crocker
FOL Brodie Grundy, Scott Pendlebury, Taylor Adams
I/C Jordan De Goey, Levi Greenwood, Jack Crisp, Josh Smith
EMG Tyson Goldsack, Adam Oxley, Mason Cox
*Rupert Willis, Ben Crocker and Jordan De Goey come in with Alex Fasolo, Jarryd Blair and Ben Sinclair unavailable through injury.
B Brad Sheppard, Eric Mackenzie, Will Schofield
HB Shannon Hurn, Jeremy McGovern, Sam Butler
C Andrew Gaff, Matt Priddis, Elliot Yeo
HF Mark LeCras, Jack Darling, Chris Masten
F Jamie Cripps, Josh J. Kennedy, Josh Hill
FOL Scott Lycett, Mark Hutchings, Luke Shuey
I/C Dom Sheed, Sharrod Wellingham, Liam Duggan, Simon Tunbridge
EMG Jackson Nelson, Thomas Barrass, Malcolm Karpany
*Will Schofield, Mark Hutchings, Dom Sheed and Simon Tunbridge have been added with Jack Redden (shoulder), Thomas Barrass (rested), Jonathan Giles (omitted) and Jackson Nelson (omitted) out.
Sat, July 30 , 7.25pm (AEST) @ Gabba
B Josh Walker, Daniel Merrett, Tom Cutler
HB Liam Dawson, Harris Andrews, Sam Mayes
C Tom Rockliff, Ben Keays, Lewis Taylor
HF Pearce Hanley, Matthew Hammelmann, Eric Hipwood
F Josh Green, Michael Close, Ryan Bastinac
FOL Archie Smith, Daniel Rich, Mitch Robinson
I/C Dayne Zorko, Nick Robertson, Rhys Mathieson, Sam Skinner
EMG Jarrad Jansen, Jonathan Freeman, Ryan Lester
*Lewis Taylor, Michael Close, Archie Smith, Nick Robertson and Sam Skinner replace Josh Schache (general soreness), Rueben William (groin), Stefan Martin (rested), Darcy Gardiner (ankle) and Rohan Bewick (groin).
B Darcy Byrne-Jones, Logan Austin, Jasper Pittard
HB Matthew Broadbent, Tom Clurey, Hamish Hartlett
C Jared Polec, Ollie Wines, Sam Gray
HF Brad Ebert, Justin Westhoff, Chad Wingard
F Jarman Impey, John Butcher, Aaron Young
FOL Jackson Trengove, Travis Boak, Robbie Gray
I/C Paul Stewart, Karl Amon, Brendon Ah Chee, Nathan Krakouer
EMG Jake Neade, Jimmy Toumpas, Riley Bonner
*Karl Am,on and Nathan Krakouer are in for omitted duo Kane Mitchell and Jay Schultz.
Sat, July 30, 7.25pm (AEST) @ Etihad Stadium
B Scott D. Thompson, Michael Firrito, Shaun Atley
HB Jamie Macmillan, Robbie Tarrant, Nick Dal Santo
C Sam Gibson, Daniel Wells, Ryan Clarke
HF Jack Ziebell, Ben Brown, Brent Harvey
F Lindsay Thomas, Drew Petrie, Jarrad Waite
FOL Todd Goldstein, Ben Cunnington, Andrew Swallow
I/C Brad McKenzie, Jed Anderson, Trent Dumont, Aaron Mullett
EMG Majak Daw, Corey Wagner, Declan Mountford
*Jarrad Waite returns from injury at the expense of Majak Daw.
B Dylan Roberton, Sean Dempster, Jarryn Geary
HB Jack Newnes, Sam Gilbert, Daniel McKenzie
C Shane Savage, Sebastian Ross, Leigh Montagna
HF Maverick Weller, Nick Riewoldt, Jack Billings
F Tim Membrey, Josh Bruce, Jade Gresham
FOL Tom Hickey, David Armitage, Jack Steven
I/C Luke Dunstan, Blake Acres, Nathan Wright, Darren Minchington
EMG Eli Templeton, Luke Delaney, Jack Sinclair
*Darren Minchington comes into the line-up for Jack Sinclair.
Sun, July 31, 1.10pm (AEST) @ MCG
B Josh Wagner, Tom McDonald, Neville Jetta
HB Jayden Hunt, Oscar McDonald, Matt Jones
C Christian Petracca, Bernie Vince, Dom Tyson
HF Jeff Garlett, Jack Watts, Sam Frost
F Chris Dawes, Jesse Hogan, Dean Kent
FOL Max Gawn, Nathan Jones, Jack Viney
I/C Angus Brayshaw, Billy Stretch, Colin Garland, Alex Neal-Bullen, Tomas Bugg, Aaron Vandenberg, James Harmes (Three to be omitted)
*Colin Garland, Tomas Bugg and Aaron Vandenberg are vying for an interchange call-up.
B Nick Malceski, Steven May, Kade Kolodjashnij
HB Jarrod Harbrow, Rory Thompson, Alex Sexton
C Joshua Schoenfeld, Jesse Lonergan, Matt Shaw
HF Brandon Matera, Tom J. Lynch, Jarrad Grant
F Sam Day, Peter Wright, Ryan Davis
FOL Tom Nicholls, Jack Martin, Touk Miller
I/C Matt Rosa, Callum Ah Chee, Trent McKenzie, Sean Lemmens, Jesse Joyce, Jarrod Garlett, Seb Tape (Three to be omitted)
*Matt Rosa, Trent McKenzie and Sean Lemmens are pushing to be included in the interchange contingent.
Sun, July 31, 1.20pm (AWST) @ Domain Stadium
B Garrick Ibbotson, Zac Dawson, Cameron Sutcliffe
HB Tommy Sheridan, Sam Collins, Lee Spurr
C Danyle Pearce, Lachie Neale, Hayden Crozier
HF Lachie Weller, Matt Taberner, Michael Walters
F Shane Yarran, Matthew Pavlich, Chris Mayne
FOL Zac Clarke, David Mundy, Stephen Hill
I/C Ed Langdon, Tendai Mzungu, Matt de Boer, Darcy Tucker, Jack Hannath, Ethan Hughes, Alex Silvagni (Three to be omitted)
*Jonathon Griffin, Connor Blakely and Nick Suban have been omitted, with Matthew Pavlich back into the starting side, and Matt de Boer, Darcy Tucker, Jack Hannath, Ethan Hughes and Alex Silvagni into the interchange mix.
B Nick Smith, Aliir Aliir, Callum Mills
HB Dane Rampe, Heath Grundy, Jarrad McVeigh
C Jake Lloyd, Josh P. Kennedy, Harry Cunningham
HF Tom Mitchell, Lance Franklin, Luke Parker
F Isaac Heeney, Gary Rohan, Dean Towers
FOL Sam Naismith, Kieren Jack, Dan Hannebery
I/C Jordan Foote, George Hewett, Ben McGlynn, Toby Nankervis, Tom Papley, Xavier Richards, Ted Richards (Three to be omitted)
*Callum Sinclair is out with a knee complaint, while Jarrad McVeigh returns to the starting line-up, and Ben McGlynn, Toby Nankervis and Ted Richards are looking for an interchange spot.
Sun, July 31, 4.10pm (ACST) @ Adelaide Oval
B Luke Brown, Daniel Talia, Kyle Hartigan
HB David Mackay, Jake Lever, Kyle Cheney
C Paul Seedsman, Brad Crouch, Rory Atkins
HF Charlie Cameron, Tom Lynch, Eddie Betts
F Richard Douglas, Mitch McGovern, Josh Jenkins
FOL Sam Jacobs, Rory Sloane, Matt Crouch
I/C Scott Thompson, Rory Laird, Wayne Milera, Brodie Smith, Jarryd Lyons, Harrison Wigg, Reilly O'Brien (Three to be omitted)
*Ricky Henderson and Taylor Walker are out injured, with David Mackay and Paul Seedsman going into the starting team, and Wayne Milera, Harrison Wigg and Reilly O’Brien in the interchange mix.
B Matt Dea, Michael Hartley, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti
HB Martin Gleeson, Sam Michael, Aaron Francis
C Zach Merrett, David Zaharakis, Will Hams
HF Adam Cooney, Patrick Ambrose, Orazio Fantasia
F Jayden Laverde, Joe Daniher, Darcy Parish
FOL Matthew Leuenberger, Craig Bird, Brendon Goddard
I/C Courtenay Dempsey, Jackson Merrett, Mason Redman, Kyle Langford, Conor McKenna, James Polkinghorne, Sam Grimley (Three to be omitted)
*Shaun McKernan (illness), James Kelly (rested) and Mitch Brown (groin) are out; Sam Michael, Craig Bird, Jackson Merrett, Mason Redman, James Polkinghorne and Sam Grimley are the new faces.