Massimo & Buku omitted, Bont, Treloar, Coniglio, Rich & Teakle named & Himmelberg role update

There were updates on Marcus Bontempelli’s quad cork along with Adam Treloar’s calf issue, along with the latest on Stephen Coniglio’s potential return and Harry Himmelberg’s role.

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TEAM NEWS (key ins/outs)

Key ins: Briggs, Coniglio, Parish, J.Serong, Teakle, Houston, Treloar, S.Darcy, Rich, Hall (26), Clark (26)

Key outs: C.Brown, Wehr (inj), D’Ambrosio, McComb, Khamis, Archer (inj), Culley (susp)

Key holds: Carmichael, Owens, Preuss, J.Burgoyne, M.Rioli, Dawson, Worrell

Emergencies/possible subs: Harmes, C.Brown, D’Ambrosio, Khamis

DEBUTANT ALERTS

Sam Darcy (AF $288k SC $202k D/F) will debut for the Western Bulldogs this weekend having gone at pick two in the 2021 AFL Draft. Darcy, who is 209cm, had 20 disposals and 14 marks last weekend in the AFL having a key defensive role.

Jai Serong (AF $190k SC $117k M/F) will make his debut for Hawthorn, having been pick 53 in 2021 AFL Draft. He is a 193cm tall, who had 21 disposals with 10 marks in his last VFL game.

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UPDATES

Marcus Bontempelli (AF $870k SC $678k M/F) has been named to play after a corked quad last round which he battled through. Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge said: “He should be fine. He’ll train today. He got through the game no worries. I don’t think there’s any concerns that he won’t be picked in the 22.

“With any corks you still carry them a little bit into the next. What we look for is if you’re limping and you’re compromised and putting too much pressure on the other side of your body then we just sub him out but that wasn’t the case in game. He should be fine.”

Beveridge also offered an update on Adam Treloar (AF $787k SC $498k M/F) who missed last round with a calf issue. Beveridge said: “He’ll train today. If he gets through training and feels good then he’ll play. Today’s an important session for him.”

GWS Giants caretaker coach declared Stephen Coniglio (AF $865k SC $553k M/F) “right to go” after missing last round with soreness. He said: “He’s right to go. He got through the main session today. From here we’d like to think he’d be available to go. All reports are he’ll be right to go.”

McVeigh also discussed the likely role of Harry Himmelberg (AF $748k SC $568k D/F). He said: “We’ll continue to have a look at players in different areas. Harry has had a really good year, whether he’s played forward early doors or back. We thought he looked pretty dangerous early doors forward. Whether we continue with that, I don’t know. We’ll continue to test the waters with him.”

Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin confirmed the return of James Harmes which may impact the role of Angus Brayshaw (AF $784k SC $518k D/M). He said: “He’s prepared to do whatever the team needs him to do… With Harmesy coming back, that gives us an opportunity to play Angus in any type of position that we see fit. I’m not going to give too much away today.”

Todd Marshall (AF $531k SC $360k FWD) has been ruled out for Port Adelaide due to health and safety protocols which has helped Brynn Teakle (AF $192k SC $102k R/F) earn a recall.

Collingwood coach Craig McRae offered an update on Brodie Grundy (AF $802k SC $544k RUC) who seems several weeks away from the seniors, which may positively impact Darcy Cameron (AF $710k SC $477k F/R). McRae said: “We hoped he would train with the VFL side this morning but he didn’t get there, I’d say he’s unlikely to play VFL this weekend.”

“I was happy with the minutes he played but he pulled up sore. Obviously we don’t want that, we want him to be fresh and vibrant and bringing his best energy. His knee is fine but he has ankle soreness which we’re monitoring. We were hoping to get some momentum but he has a real positive outlook and he’s looking at what he can do in the short term.”

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