Newcombe, Edwards & Briggs hold, Green dropped for form, Gould rookie flag
Jai Newcombe, Luke Edwards and Kieren Briggs have all held their spot, with the latter ahead of Shane Mumford while Tom Green has been dropped due to form, plus a rookie flag for much-hyped debutant.
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Significant ins: Grainger-Barras (deb), T.Kelly, Garcia
Significant outs: Parks, Newman, Worrell, Impey (inj), S.Burgoyne (sub), Tom Green, Foley, H.Edwards, Crozier
Significant Holds: Owies, Flynn, Briggs, J.Kelly, Bramble, Newcombe, L.Edwards, A.Scott
Possible emergencies: S.Burgoyne (confirmed), Honey, Ash, Tom Green, Bruhn
Rookie pair Lachlan Bramble (AF $183k SC $102k MID) and Jai Newcombe (AF $236k SC $102k MID) hold at Hawthorn and have been named in the midfield.
Kieren Briggs (AF $215k SC $123k D/F) holds his spot ahead of the returning Shane Mumford (AF $435k SC $426k RUCK), although Tom Green (AF $533k SC $391k MID)
On Green, GWS coach Leon Cameron: “He’s showed some great form this year but, by his own admission, has been down in recent weeks. He’ll go back to the lower level to work on some things… We’ve no doubt we’ll see him back at AFL level soon.”
Luke Edwards (AF $241k SC $117k MID) retains his spot despite a long list of Eagles stars returning, while Riley Garcia (AF $170k SC $123k MID) gets a second game after his concussion on debut.
Paul Seedsman (AF $707k SC $492k MID) has been named in the Adelaide 22 but may be a late out with a neck issue.
Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks said: “Seedo got a bit of a crook neck in a tackle. He’s pulled up quite well. We’re 95% sure he’ll be as good as gold… It (final call) will be more than likely tomorrow.”
Sydney assistant coach Don Pyke offered a rookie flag for Will Gould (AF $170k SC $123k DEF) when speaking on SEN. He said: “Will’s last 6 weeks have been good. His magnet is on the right side so hopefully he’ll get an AFL game soon.”
Brisbane Lions confirmed a hamstring complaint for pre-season fave Nakia Cockatoo (AF $243k SC $123k M/F) who did not play in their VFL clash with Geelong on Friday.
Stefan Martin (AF $388k SC $275k RUCK) will miss more games, opening up an opportunity for Jordon Sweet (AF $349k SC $226k RUCK) .
Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge said: “He’s had some injury issues. He’s had some Achilles stuff & a shoulder against Freo. The other day he pulled up a bit sore in the groin. He’s probably weeks off.”
Alastair Clarkson will speak to the media at 10am AEST with an update on Jarman Impey (AF $583k SC $407k D/F) likely.