Pies name debutant, young Dog ‘managed’, Jones ruled out & Treacy locked in
Collingwood confirmed a Round 6 debutant, Lachie Jones was ruled out for a month, Fremantle confirmed Josh Treacy will play and Geelong refused to put a timeframe on Patrick Dangerfield.
Ins: Perryman, Flynn, Daniel, Vandermeer, Jong, Martin, Cordy
Outs: Buntine, Reid (inj), Mumford (managed), Williams (inj), Cavarra, Sweet, McNeil (managed), Young, Lipinski
Holds: Buckley, Idun, Scott
Emergencies/possible subs: Bruhn, Khamis, McNeil
Matthew Flynn‘s (AF $346k SC $227k RUCK) return was already known but the Dogs managing rookie Lachie McNeil (AF $241k SC $184k MID) will cause a few issues. Jordon Sweet‘s (AF $200k SC $123k RUCK) demotion after one game was expected.
Collingwood confirmed a debut for Jay Rantall (AF $170k SC $123k MID) who was pick 40 in the 2019 AFL Draft.
The Pies website said: “Selection comes after a solid performance in the VFL last weekend where he finished the game with a team high 28 disposals.”
The big injury news of the day was that Lachie Jones (AF $278k SC $139k DEF) will miss a month with an ankle injury.
Port Adelaide said in an update: “Surgical repair at the syndesmosis was considered the best course of action, from which Jones is expected to miss around a month of football.”
Some good news is Fremantle will play Josh Treacy (AF $201k SC $102k R/F) this round.
Freo coach Justin Longmuir said: “Yes we will back him in, it was always going to be a slow burn for Josh… he’s working really hard at his game and he will get another opportunity this weekend.”
Popular pre-season rookie Will Kelly (AF $172k SC $135k FWD) may be a chance to play for Collingwood too, given they’re short on tall defenders.
Colingwood coach Nathan Buckley said: “We’re going to have to find replacements for Keane & Howe. Will Kelly played back last week (in the VFL)… We’ve got some decisions to make on what our back six looks like.”
St Kilda coach Brett Ratten revealed that Rowan Marshall (AF $717k SC $557k F/R) tore his plantar fascia in Round 4 but said he’ll be fine to play this round.
Jimmy Webster (AF $353k SC $268k DEF) was rated by Ratten as “50-50” which may impact Tom Highmore‘s (AF $240k SC $117k DEF) selection.
North coach David Noble offered no guarantees for Charlie Lazzaro (AF $244k SC $151k MID) who has a hamstring worry.
Richmond coach Damien Hardwick said Nick Vlastuin (AF $560k SC $483k DEF) is “probably a few weeks away, 2-3”, which may impact Rhyan Mansell‘s (AF $203k SC $102k DEF) selection.
He also clarified that Maurice Rioli (AF $170k SC $117k M/F) won’t debut just yet despite some hype.
Hardwick said: “At this stage, he won’t be in. He’s one of those players we think has significant upside. He’s a lot further advanced than I thought he was going to be.”
Carlton coach David Teague was asked about Liam Stocker (AF $242k SC $186k DEF) after a strong reserves game.
Teague said: “He will (come into the mix). It’s an interesting one. Is he ready now? We’ll assess it. He’s definitely put his hand up. If trains well today, he’s definitely a chance.”
Geelong coach Chris Scott wouldn’t be drawn on Patrick Dangerfield‘s (AF $748k SC $611k M/F) likely absence after ankle surgery but the expectation is he’ll return after the bye.
Scott said: “I could say anything & it’d probably be wrong. It’s indefinite. We’ll wait to see how he goes over the next couple of weeks.”
It also looks like Sam De Koning (AF $173k SC $123k DEF) won’t survive the cut after his debut.
Scott said: “I’d like to think (he’ll retain his spot) but it’s difficult to say at this moment. He acquitted himself at the level strongly… How it fits in the short term with players coming back is the challenge.”
Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew revealed Zac Smith (AF $392k SC $216k RUCK) is close to returning which may impact Chris Burgess (AF $277k SC $237k DEF) and Caleb Graham (AF $303k SC $284k DEF) who’ve been makeshift rucks.
Dew said: “Zac will play, we’ve just got to work through whether that’s straight into the AFL or VFL.”
He also praised Jy Farrar (AF $256k SC $184k FWD), when he said: “The players that came in, in Josh (Corbett) & Jy, did a fantastic job. Probably in our best handful players on the ground. It’s opportunity for others, to grow our depth.”
Ben Rutten and Matthew Nicks are up to speak to the media, while we’ll learn the 22s for Saturday’s games and Round 6 with commence with the Giants-Dogs game.