Woodcock, Georgiades, Foot & Bytel miss out, Gawn in, Pies hint a talls change
Saturday’s teams were announced with well-owned casualties including Boyd Woodcock, Mitch Georgiades, Zac Foot and Jack Bytel, while Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley hinted at a major change.
Ins: R.Burton, X.Duursma, T.Marshall, C.Rozee, C.Sutcliffe, J.McInerney, R.Clarke, A.Aliir, B.Bewley, M.de Boer, L.Ash, O.McDonald, T.Rivers, M.Brown, M.Gawn, N.Jones, J.Wagner, H.Clark, E.Phillips
Out: S.Mayes (omitted), S.Motlop (omitted), J.Lienert (omitted), B.Woodcock (omitted), M.Georgiades (hamstring), C.O’Riordan (omitted), D.Stephens (omitted), Z.Foot (omitted), M.Frederick (managed), C.Ward (finger), J.Caldwell (managed), J.Harmes (omitted), T.McDonald (omitted), B.Preuss (omitted), B.Fritsch (omitted), J.Lockhart (omitted), T.Sparrow (collarbone), J.Carlisle (omitted), J.Bytel (omitted)
Max Gawn (AF $920k SC $721k RUCK) is the big inclusion although most AFL Fantasy and SuperCoach have already traded him out after three games out, but his performance will be one to monitor, given he has a high breakeven.
Connor Rozee (AF $451k SC $288k MID/FWD*) returns for Port although coach Ken Hinkley indicated he may not be fully over his heel issue.
Hinkley said: “At the moment he’s fine but that’s not to say it won’t come back. Plantar fascia can be a bit irritating. We expect Connor to be fine but we don’t know. We’re hopeful he will be.”
Boyd Woodcock (AF $290k SC $231k FWD) and Mitch Georgiades (AF $363k SC $248k FWD) were popular picks who were casualties for the Powe too, with the latter having a minor injury.
Hinkley said: “Mitch Georgiades has a slight hamstring. Nothing to be concerned about, but important we freshen him up.”
It was rumoured St Kilda may rest Max King (AF $373k SC $322k FWD) but he’s been named.
Saints coach Brett Ratten said: “That’s an ongoing discussion each week. We monitor all our players in their sleep and recovery. He hasn’t red flagged yet but he’s a first year player so it’s a constant conversation.”
Brody Mihocek (AF $434k SC $353k FWD) is available to return from concussion for Collingwood which may cause a shake-up of talls.
Pies coach Nathan Buckley revealed Mihocek was cleared and indicated Mason Cox (AF $320k SC $235k FWD) would likely hold his spot.
As a result, Darcy Cameron (AF $381k SC $286k RUCK/FWD) appears in some doubt to play, while plenty of coaches have been fearing a rest for Brodie Grundy (AF $781k SC $594k RUCK) too.
Buckley said: “Checkers will be right to go. Coxy’s impact on the game was quite significant in the last quarter. When you’ve been out of it for a while sometimes you’re a bit rusty.
“We need to look an adjusted structure that gives us a chance to connect and score heavily. We need to make sure we get that mix right.”
Suns coach Stuart Dew confirmed Jarrod Harbrow (AF $409k SC $319k DEF) will miss Gold Coast’s Round 14 game against North on Sunday with a shoulder injury, opening the door for someone new in the backline.
North coach Rhyce Shaw and Football GM Brady Rawlings will address the media ahead of their Sunday match. We’ve got three games plus the teams announcements for Sunday’s teams to finish off the round.
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