Zac Smith, Ginnivan & Parker miss out, Flynn dropped, Amartey praise
Potential newcomers Jack Ginnivan and Matthew Parker both missed out leaving coaches short, while cheap Pie Will Kelly got a call-up and Matthew Flynn got omitted by the GWS Giants.
SUNDAY TEAMS (key ins/outs)
Relevant ins: Hogan, Greenwood, Mansell, O.Henry, W.Kelly, Ugle-Hagan
Relevant outs: Flynn, Vlastuin (inj) F.Macrae, Poulter
Relevant holds Sharp, T.Dow, C-Dawkins, Bianco, N.Murphy
Possible subs: Z.Smith, Parker, Martyn, S.Ryan, Ginnivan, F.Macrae, McNeil
Matthew Flynn (AF $463k SC $422k RUCK) has been dropped for GWS, while there’s no immediate return for Suns ruckman Zac Smith (AF $394k SC $299k RUCK).
Matthew Parker (AF $308k SC $141k M/F) also misses out, despite a positive appraisal from Tigers coach Damien Hardwick in the morning. He said: “He’s been pretty impressive, he’s winning the ball at the lower level, he wins contests, he chases, tackles, he’s still learning how we play.”
Potential Pies debutant Jack Ginnivan (AF $170k SC $102k M/F) missed out. Collingwood coach Rob Harvey said earlier in the day: “He’s put himself right in the frame and has been in discussions for a number of weeks. Jack is an exciting small forward and is getting closer by the week.”
Dogs coach Luke Beveridge was asked about debutant Jamarra Ugle-Hagan (AF $270k SC $207k FWD), who seems over-priced to most.
Beveridge said: “He’s really worked hard. He’s a determined young fella… We’re confident that he’ll get through the four quarters & it will be exciting to see him wear the red, white & blue.”
Sydney ruck coach Dean Cox offered some kind words on youngster Joel Amartey (AF $347k SC $256k F/R) which arguably reinforces his job security.
Cox told afl.com.au: “He is dynamic, he’s explosive, he’s powerful. His ability to fly for the ball & take contested marks but also be able to follow up at ground level has been a really good point of difference.”
Port also confirmed Zak Butters (AF $616k SC $501k M/F) will miss a month following his injury on Thursday night.
The club update said: “Will spend about a month on the sidelines after scans confirmed he had sprained the medial ligament in his right knee.”
More games and the final 22s for Monday’s Eagles-North game.