Dusty ruled out, Hough & Dixon to miss, Mead to be Port sub, bleak outlook for Milera, Crouch TOG update
West Coast are set to be decimated due to health and safety protocols with Hugh Dixon and Brady Hough among those out, while Jackson Mead was confirmed as Port’s medical sub and Dustin Martin ruled out.
SUNDAY TEAM NEWS
Key ins: Hamling, Darcy, Wanganeen-Milera, Black (deb), Dewar (deb), C.Jamieson (deb), J.Williams (deb), Giro, Ainsworth
Key outs: D.Martin, M.Rioli, Preuss, O’Driscoll, Gaff (inj), Hough (protocols), Dixon (protocols), Naitanui (protocols)
Key holds: Gibcus, Ralphsmih, Brodie, Foley
Possible subs: M.Rioli, Preuss, O’Driscoll, Curtis
West Coast coach Adam Simpson spoke to the media today, revealing he has 17 players on his list available for Sunday’s game with a raft entering protocols, with the side to dip into their top-up list.
Brady Hough (AF $239k SC $117k MID) and Hugh Dixon (AF $197k SC $102k R/F) were among those to miss out due to health and safety protocols, while there were numerous unheralded debutants, several yet to be added.
Dustin Martin (AF $676k SC $503k M/F) has been officially ruled out for personal reasons for Richmond.
Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks spoke about the time of ground of Matt Crouch (AF $654k SC $482k MID) which was at 66% in Round 1. Nicks said: “Slowly as the year plays out, we’ll just massage that. We want him at his freshest & best around stoppage. When you’re wrestling for position, it’s taxing. It’s something we’ll continue to look at.”
Nicks also spoke about Wayne Milera (AF $382k SC $271k DEF) and his chances of a recall. He said: “(If we got) 10-15 AFL games out of Junior that’d be fantastic… On the weekend he showed some signs. He’s in our best 22 but at the moment that step-up to AFL is a huge step-up. Him having 1-2 hit-outs in SANFL will benefit him more than an AFL game.”
Port coach Ken Hinkley confirmed that Jackson Mead (AF $205k SC $123k MID) will be their medical sub this round. He said: “He was (unlucky). He’ll be in the 23. He’ll play as our sub. We like to make sure we keep them in the side as much as we can. Sometimes it’s a juggle.”
Hinkley also spoke about the role of debutant Josh Sinn (AF $268k SC $157k D/M). He said: “The flexibility is really important for us… He can play inside or outside & both ends of the ground.”
The Port coach also discussed Sam Skinner (AF $190k SC $123k D/F) who’ll make his club debut. Hinkley said: “He’s earned it. He was in the mix last week. His form throughout the preseason has been really solid. His intercept marking & ability to go fiercely at the ball is at a high level.”
Brisbane named Dayne Zorko (AF $860k SC $595k MID) in their 22 despite his injury last week. Lions coach Chris Fagan said: “He’s well positioned to play at this point in time. Structurally his ankle is fine. The soreness is around a bit of scar tissue where the operation took place. That’s prob going to hang around for a while.”