Essendon confirms debutant, Cripps out with soreness, no Ginnivan debut
Essendon have unveiled another debutant, Jack Ginnivan misses out, Patrick Cripps is out with soreness while Tim Kelly is named despite an injury worry during the week.
Relevant ins: T.Walker, West (deb), Flynn, Heppell, Durham (deb), Lazzaro
Relevant outs: Pedlar, Sholl, Thilthorpe (mng), Cripps (inj), Langford (inj), Cunnington
Relevant holds: T.Kelly, Yeo, L.Edwards, Bianco, Henry
Possible subs: Pedlar, Sholl, Hutchings, Ginnivan, Poulter, Bruhn, de Boer, Ford
Patrick Cripps (AF $582k SC $424k MID) is a big out, with Carlton saying he was withdrawn “due to soreness”.
There’s also no debut for Jack Ginnivan (AF $170k SC $102k M/F), while Essendon have unveiled a debutant.
Essendon’s mid-season draftee Sam Durham (AF $170k SC $102k D/M) gets his chance to make his debut in their clash with North Melbourne.
He is an outside midfielder, who is 185cm tall and 20-years-old, with “strong skills” according to the club website.
Oleg Markov (AF $538k SC $382k DEF) is out of the Gold Coast side and coach Stuart Dew offered an update on Friday.
Dew said: “He hurt his calf in Q2. He was able to play the game out. We’ve gone with a no risk policy on the bac of a six-day break. he should be no worries next week.”
Josh Dunkley (AF $823k SC $634k M/F) is back for the Dogs but may not be overly sharp straight up.
Dogs coach Luke Beveridge said: “Dunks comes in fit but he hasn’t played footy so he’s probably not that match fit & match hardened player that he was when he went out of the side. That might take 1 or 2 weeks to get back.”
Tim Kelly (AF $568k SC $397k MID) has also been named by West Coast despite an injury scare during the week.
Eagles coach Adam Simpson said: “There’s probably 4 or 5 where you have to see them train and see how they pull up and recover. I think they’re all more likely. We’ll judge him (Kelly) today.”
Simpson also spoke about debutant Connor West (AF $170k SC $102k MID). He said: “He’s exactly what we’re looking for. He puts good pressure on, he’s tenacious. He loves to tackle & he’s already a favourite around the club with his work rate. He’s going to come in and play his role.”
Hawsk coach Alastair Clarkson spoke about Ned Reeves (AF $235k SC $123k RUCK) who returns this round.
Clarkson said: “Ned Reeves obviously has an enormous task ahead of him coming up against Max Gawn. He will learn a lot of lessons playing against him tomorrow.”
Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks confirmed Matt Crouch (AF$844k SC $594k MID) will play in the SANFL this weekend after a long time out injured.