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Mock teams: Your club's best 22 for round one
Staff writers
Mar 15, 2019 6:05AM

Matt Thompson and Mitch Cleary with the latest news
WITH the first bounce of the 2019 AFL season just days away, our tireless reporters predict who will be appearing for your team when round one blasts off next Thursday night.
So who gets the nod? Who's on the bench? Who misses out? Take a look.
ROUND ONE FIXTURE Who are you playing?



B: Rory Laird, Daniel Talia, Alex Keath
HB: Brodie Smith, Tom Doedee, Wayne Milera
C: Bryce Gibbs, Rory Sloane, Paul Seedsman
HF: Tom Lynch, Taylor Walker, Richard Douglas
F: Eddie Betts, Josh Jenkins, Riley Knight
Foll: Sam Jacobs, Brad Crouch, Matt Crouch
I/C: Rory Atkins, Hugh Greenwood, Chayce Jones, Jake Kelly
EMERG: Cam Ellis-Yolmen, Darcy Fogarty, David Mackay, Reilly O'Brien
NEW: Chayce Jones
UNAVAILABLE: Luke Brown (ankle)
NOTES: Small forward Lachlan Murphy can consider himself unlucky to miss out, but I had to find room for 19-year-old Tasmanian Chayce Jones. Last year's No.9 draft pick impressed with his tackle pressure and decision-making in the JLT Community Series win against Greater Western Sydney. The Crows are at full strength apart from defender Luke Brown, who should return in about round six from ankle surgery. Jake Kelly takes his place. Alex Keath gets the nod ahead of Kyle Hartigan due to better pre-season form. Hugh Greenwood had a strong game in a SANFL trial last Friday night to show he's overcome an abdominal injury. - Lee Gaskin




B: Darcy Gardiner, Harris Andrews, Alex Witherden
HB: Luke Hodge, Josh Walker, Daniel Rich
C: Hugh McCluggage, Dayne Zorko, Jarrod Berry
HF: Cam Rayner, Dan McStay, Lincoln McCarthy
FF: Charlie Cameron, Eric Hipwood, Oscar McInerney
Foll: Archie Smith, Lachie Neale, Jarryd Lyons
I/C: Zac Bailey, Rhys Mathieson, Mitch Robinson, Lewy Taylor
EMERG: Allen Christensen, Ryan Lester, Tom Cutler, Connor Ballenden
NEW: Jarryd Lyons, Lincoln McCarthy, Lachie Neale
UNAVAILABLE: Marcus Adams (knee)
NOTES: A very difficult team to pick after a strong pre-season and almost full list to pick from. The main area of contention is the ruck with nothing between the rapidly-improving Archie Smith and reliable high-performer Stefan Martin. Smith offers a slight advantage at the centre bounce, while Martin is superior around the ground. Either player would do a fine job. Darcy Gardiner (knee) is under an injury cloud and touch-and-go to play, with Ryan Lester a nice like-for-like replacement if he doesn't get up. Allen Christensen and Tom Cutler are desperately unlucky to not make the 22 but Zac Bailey and Rhys Mathieson have had stronger pre-seasons and deserve their chance. - Michael Whiting
FULL FIXTURE Every round, every game



B: Lachie Plowman, Jacob Weitering, Nic Newman
HB: Kade Simpson, Liam Jones, Dale Thomas
C: Marc Murphy, Patrick Cripps, Sam Walsh
HF: Paddy Dow, Charlie Curnow, David Cuningham
F: Mitch McGovern, Harry McKay, Alex Fasolo
FOLL: Andrew Phillips, Sam Petrevski-Seton, Zac Fisher
I/C: Michael Gibbons, Ed Curnow, Jarrod Garlett, Will Setterfield
EMERG: Jack Silvagni, Lochie O'Brien, Matthew Kennedy, Cam Polson
NEW: Mitch McGovern, Sam Walsh, Nic Newman, Alex Fasolo, Will Setterfield, Michael Gibbons
UNAVAILABLE: Matthew Kreuzer (knee), Sam Docherty (knee), Darcy Lang (foot), Caleb Marchbank (back), Harrison Macreadie (back), Tom Williamson (back), Jarrod Pickett (knee)
NOTES: It appears likely Andrew Phillips holds his spot in the ruck due to a combination of his impressive JLT form and Matthew Kreuzer's injury-interrupted summer. Alex Fasolo is tracking well to be fit, with Polson or Silvagni a chance to take his spot should he not be given the all-clear. Matthew Kennedy should be fit following a shoulder injury, but is unlikely to make the side after failing to feature in any JLT games. Sam Walsh has clearly done enough to earn a debut, while new recruits Michael Gibbons and Will Setterfield work their way into the team based on solid JLT form. Jarrod Garlett narrowly edges Lochie O'Brien for a place on the bench to provide some dash from half-back. - Riley Beveridge
No.1 pick Sam Walsh appears a lock for round one. Picture: AFL Photos





B: Tom Langdon, Jordan Roughead, Brayden Maynard
HB: Jeremy Howe, Darcy Moore, Jack Crisp
C: Steele Sidebottom, Scott Pendlebury, Tom Phillips
HF: Jaidyn Stephenson, Brody Mihocek, Josh Thomas
F: Jamie Elliott, Mason Cox, Jordan De Goey
Foll: Brodie Grundy, Dayne Beams, Adam Treloar
I/C: Travis Varcoe, Brayden Sier, James Aish, Levi Greenwood
EMERG: Chris Mayne, Tyson Goldsack, Callum Brown, Ben Crocker
NEW: Jordan Roughead, Dayne Beams
UNAVAILABLE: Taylor Adams (finger), Lynden Dunn (knee), Will Hoskin-Elliott (knee), Ben Reid (quad), Matt Scharenberg (knee), Daniel Wells (foot)
NOTES: A few injuries made this a slightly easier task, although after much agonising I still couldn't find a spot for two players from the Magpies' 2018 Grand Final team – defensive runner Chris Mayne was a victim of team balance, while veteran Tyson Goldsack was overlooked for a defensive forward role against Geelong. The midfield make-up was critical, with Levi Greenwood likely to tag Cats skipper Joel Selwood, against whom he has a good record, while Brayden Sier has played just a VFL practice game since overcoming a minor niggle but was included because of the unavailability of fellow inside midfielder Taylor Adams. The big inclusions are returning champion Dayne Beams, gun small forward Jamie Elliott, exciting key defender Darcy Moore and ex-Bulldogs big man Jordan Roughead, while explosive forward duo Jordan De Goey (foot) and Jaidyn Stephenson (groin) are also expected to be fit. Top draftee Isaac Quaynor was unlucky not to be at least an emergency, but his time will come. - Ben Collins
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B: Aaron Francis, Michael Hurley, Conor McKenna
HB: Jordan Ridley, Patrick Ambrose, Adam Saad
C: David Myers, Zach Merrett, Dyson Heppell
HF: Orazio Fantasia, Mitch Brown, Devon Smith
F: Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Joe Daniher, Jake Stringer
Foll: Tom Bellchambers, Andrew McGrath, Dylan Shiel
I/C: Kyle Langford, David Zaharakis, Shaun McKernan, Matt Guelfi
EMERG: Mark Baguley, Darcy Parish, Dylan Clarke, Sam Draper
NEW: Dylan Shiel
UNAVAILABLE: Josh Begley (knee), Matt Dea (knee), Cale Hooker (calf), Martin Gleeson (ankle), Kobe Mutch (ankle), Mason Redman (ankle)
NOTES: Cale Hooker is unavailable due to a calf injury, so Patrick Ambrose gets the nod as Michael Hurley's defensive partner. Youngster Jordan Ridley was impressive in the JLT Community Series and deserves his spot in Essendon's back six. Coach John Worsfold has flagged that Joe Daniher may be put on a minutes restriction for round one, so picking both Mitch Brown and Shaun McKernan becomes a must. McKernan can provide Tom Bellchambers a chop out in the ruck as well. Mark Baguley and Darcy Parish are unlucky not to be selected, with Matt Guelfi to provide defensive or midfield coverage if needed. - Ben Guthrie
 
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FULL INJURY LIST Who's racing the clock for round one?






B: Nathan Wilson, Joel Hamling, Luke Ryan
HB: Adam Cerra, Alex Pearce, Reece Conca
C: Bradley Hill, David Mundy, Ed Langdon
HF: Michael Walters, Jesse Hogan, Travis Colyer
F: Hayden Ballantyne, Rory Lobb, Matt Taberner
Foll: Sean Darcy, Nat Fyfe, Andrew Brayshaw
I/C: Bailey Banfield, Taylin Duman, Ethan Hughes, Darcy Tucker
EMERG: Brett Bewley, Stefan Giro, Scott Jones, Cam McCarthy

NEW: Travis Colyer, Reece Conca, Jesse Hogan, Rory Lobb

UNAVAILABLE: Harley Bennell (calf), Connor Blakely (hamstring), Brennan Cox (hamstring), Hugh Dixon (hip), Stephen Hill (quad), Shane Kersten (foot), Griffin Logue (hamstring), Brandon Matera (suspension), Aaron Sandilands (calf), Sam Switkowski (hamstring), Luke Valente (groin)

NOTES: The Dockers' long injury list is far from ideal heading into round one, and there is no certainty Matt Taberner(calf/hamstring) will be available to face North Melbourne, potentially opening the door for out-of-favour ex-Giants forward Cam McCarthy. Midfield experience and depth is a concern since the departure of Lachie Neale, and second-year duo Andrew Brayshaw and Adam Cerra will shoulder plenty of responsibility while Connor Blakely and Stephen Hill are sidelined. All four NAB AFL Trade Period recruits are set to debut in purple and improving the forward line connection with midfield as quickly as possible will be critical to maximise Jesse Hogan and Rory Lobb's marking power. - Travis King

Jesse Hogan is a huge addition to the Dockers forward line. Picture: AFL Photos









B: Jordan Clark, Mark Blicavs, Jack Henry
HB: Mark O'Connor, Harry Taylor, Tom Stewart
C: Mitch Duncan, Joel Selwood, Brandan Parfitt
HF: Sam Menegola, Tom Hawkins, Luke Dahlhaus
F: Gary Rohan, Esava Ratugolea, Gary Ablett
Foll: Rhys Stanley, Patrick Dangerfield, Tim Kelly
I/C: Lachie Henderson, Cameron Guthrie, Tom Atkins, Charlie Constable
EMERG: Jake Kolodjashnij, Quinton Narkle, Zach Guthrie, Gryan Miers

NEW: Jordan Clark (draft), Luke Dahlhaus (Western Bulldogs), Gary Rohan (Sydney), Charlie Constable (second-year)

UNAVAILABLE: Jed Bews (groin), Nakia Cockatoo (adductor), Lachie Fogarty (hip), Scott Selwood (hamstring), Zac Smith (knee), Zach Tuohy (knee)

NOTES: The biggest headache centres around the choice of the final defender. Given the Cats play a seventh off the bench, Lachie Henderson just gets the nod over Jake Kolodjashnij who was managed in the final JLT Series match. TomStewart, Mark O'Connor and Jordan Clark – a lock for his debut – can play small to contend with the Pies' dynamic forward line. It proves how desperate the Cats are to see Zach Tuohy and Jed Bews back early in the season. Tom Atkins' impressive pre-season wins him a spot over Quinton Narkle who played 50 per cent game time in each pre-season game. Luke Dahlhaus and Gary Rohan will start in attack, while second-year midfielder Charlie Constable earns a debut. - Mitch Cleary

RULES WASH-UP How your team adjusted in pre-season






B: Jesse Joyce, Sam Collins, Charlie Ballard
HB: Jarrod Harbrow, Jack Hombsch, Pearce Hanley
C: George Horlin-Smith, Touk Miller, Lachie Weller
HF: Jack Martin, Chris Burgess, Alex Sexton
F: Darcy MacPherson, Peter Wright, Ben Ainsworth
Foll: Jarrod Witts, David Swallow, Jack Bowes
I/C: Callum Ah Chee, Anthony Miles, Brayden Fiorini, Wil Powell
EMERG: Jordan Murdoch, Will Brodie, Nick Holman, Sam Day

NEW: Chris Burgess, Sam Collins, Jack Hombsch, George Horlin-Smith, Anthony Miles

UNAVAILABLE: Corey Ellis (groin), Sean Lemmens (ankle), Izak Rankine (hamstring), Rory Thompson (knee), Aaron Young (ankle)

NOTES: Injuries have again hampered the Suns' depth, ensuring plenty of off-season recruits will play first up. Rory Thompson's season-ending ACL injury is the biggest blow, meaning Jack Hombsch and Charlie Ballard will have to play on taller opponents. Jordan Murdoch could squeeze in at half-back but Jarrod Harbrow and Pearce Hanley offer plenty of run-and-carry in that area, as does Callum Ah Chee off the bench. The midfield is solid, if a little one-paced, which helps Wil Powell's case for a spot in the 22 after some excellent flashes in the JLT Series. - Michael Whiting





B: Heath Shaw, Sam Taylor, Adam Kennedy
HB: Zac Williams, Phil Davis, Lachie Whitfield
C: Josh Kelly, Stephen Coniglio, Brett Deledio
HF: Toby Greene, Jeremy Cameron, Matt de Boer
F: Brent Daniels, Harry Himmelberg, Daniel Lloyd
Foll: Dawson Simpson, Tim Taranto, Jacob Hopper
I/C: Adam Tomlinson, Harry Perryman, Jackson Hately, Isaac Cumming
EMERG: Jye Caldwell, Lachie Keeffe, Sam Reid, Aiden Bonar

NEW: Jackson Hately

UNAVAILABLE: Nick Haynes (back), Zac Langdon (foot), Shane Mumford (suspension), Jon Patton (knee), Callan Ward (knee)

NOTES: This Giants team is loaded with multi-position players, so they'll go in with plenty of versatility against Essendon. Adam Tomlinson can be used in the ruck, on the wing, or back if the Bombers pick a tall forward line in the absence of Nick Haynes and Aidan Corr, while Harry Perryman and Isaac Cumming can also rotate into defence to allow Lachie Whitfield, Zac Williams and Adam Kennedy to get into the midfield where their run will be needed.Jackson Hately edged out Jye Caldwell for a debut match, while we didn't consider Haynes, who has missed too much recent training to be risked. - Adam Curley

Jackson Hately could earn a debut against the Bombers. Picture: AFL Photos









B: Ben Stratton, James Frawley, David Mirra
HB: Jarman Impey, James Sicily, Blake Hardwick
C: Isaac Smith, James Cousins, Ricky Henderson
HF: James Worpel, Jack Gunston, Shaun Burgoyne
F: Paul Puopolo, Jarryd Roughead, Luke Breust
Foll: Ben McEvoy, Jaeger O’Meara, Liam Shiels
I/C: Jack Scrimshaw, Dylan Moore, Jonathon Ceglar, Harry Morrison
EMERG: Mitchell Lewis, Kaiden Brand, Ollie Hanrahan

NEW: Jack Scrimshaw, Dylan Moore

UNAVAILABLE: Tom Mitchell (broken leg), Grant Birchall (knee), Tom Scully (ankle), Chad Wingard (calf), Daniel Howe (hip)

NOTES: The midfield is certainly an area of concern for the Hawks, with the loss of Brownlow medalist Tom Mitchell. James Worpel will step up, but he is only in his second season of AFL football. Ex-Sun Jack Scrimshaw showed promise in the JLT Community Series, and looks set for the opening game of the season. Youngster Dylan Moore will debut in 2019, but his spot in the round one side could also easily have gone to the likes of Ollie Hanrahan or Harrison Jones. - Nat Edwards






B: Neville Jetta, Oscar McDonald, Marty Hore
HB: Michael Hibberd, Sam Frost, Jordan Lewis
C: Christian Salem, Angus Brayshaw, Nathan Jones
HF: Alex Neal-Bullen, Tom McDonald, Jake Melksham
F: Christian Petracca, Sam Weideman, Joel Smith
Foll: Max Gawn, Clayton Oliver, Jack Viney
I/C: Aaron vandenBerg, Bayley Fritsch, James Harmes, Jayden Hunt
EMERG: Billy Stretch, Charlie Spargo, Corey Wagner, Declan Keilty

NEW: Marty Hore

UNAVAILABLE: Jeff Garlett (shoulder), Mitch Hannan (knee), Kade Kolodjashnij (adductor), Jay Kennedy Harris (leg), Steven May (suspended), Jake Lever (knee), Tim Smith (calf)

NOTES: With Steven May suspended for round one, Sam Frost comes into the side and gets his chance to cement a spot in Melbourne's back six. Mature draftee Marty Hore is the Demons' only debutant after an impressive pre-season where he has taken his opportunity in the absence of Jake Lever. Joel Smith (groin) remains under an injury cloud and will face a fitness test ahead of the clash with the Power. Braydon Preuss misses selection after picking up a groin injury in last week's VFL practice match, while Jayden Hunt has been preferred ahead of Charlie Spargo after a strong performance against Brisbane in the last JLT Community Series game. - Ben Guthrie
 
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B: Marley Williams, Robbie Tarrant, Ed Vickers-Willis
HB: Jasper Pittard, Ben McKay, Jamie Macmillan
C: Jared Polec, Ben Cunnington, Trent Dumont
HF: Paul Ahern, Mason Wood, Shaun Atley
F: Jack Ziebell, Ben Brown, Kayne Turner
Foll: Todd Goldstein, Shaun Higgins, Dom Tyson
I/C: Luke Davies-Uniacke, Luke McDonald, Aaron Hall, Bailey Scott
EMERG: Jy Simpkin, Sam Wright, Nathan Hrovat, Nick Larkey

NEW: Aaron Hall, Jasper Pittard, Jared Polec, Bailey Scott, Dom Tyson

UNAVAILABLE: Jed Anderson (hamstring), Tom Campbell (suspension), Majak Daw (pelvis/hips), Sam Durdin (finger), Ben Jacobs (sinusitis), Tom McKenzie (back), Scott Thompson (suspension), Will Walker (knee), Tristan Xerri (osteitis pubis)

NOTES: Leaving out Jy Simpkin and Sam Wright were the toughest calls here. Wright's quad injury in JLT2 was factored in here, although he may be fit for the season-opener against Fremantle. He should play plenty of senior footy in 2019. Luke Davies-Uniacke outperformed Simpkin in the JLT series and the new arrivals have put a premium on places. The squeeze for spots will start once Jed Anderson is healthy, while Ben McKay may lose his spot once Scott Thompsonreturns in round two. Nathan Hrovat and Cameron Zurhaar will be ready to swoop if Kayne Turner's performance dips. Taylor Garner is one to watch if he can put his wretched injury run behind him, while Tarryn Thomas will get opportunities at some stage, too. - Marc McGowan






B: Darcy Byrne-Jones, Tom Jonas, Ryan Burton
HB: Dan Houston, Tom Clurey, Riley Bonner
C: Xavier Duursma, Tom Rockliff, Jack Watts
HF: Steven Motlop, Justin Westhoff, Zak Butters
F: Paddy Ryder, Todd Marshall, Brad Ebert
Foll: Scott Lycett, Travis Boak, Robbie Gray
I/C: Matthew Broadbent, Willem Drew, Sam Powell-Pepper, Connor Rozee
EMERG: Karl Amon, Sam Gray, Dougal Howard, Sam Mayes

NEW: Ryan Burton, Zak Butters, Willem Drew, Xavier Duursma, Scott Lycett, Connor Rozee

UNAVAILABLE: Charlie Dixon (leg), Jarrod Lienert (knee), Hamish Hartlett (knee), Ollie Wines (shoulder)

NOTES: There's quite a few line-ball decisions for this new-look Port Adelaide side. I've gone with four debutants – Connor Rozee, Zak Butters, Xavier Duursma and Willem Drew. Duursma is prone to making a few errors, but he has pace and takes the game on, traits the Power are searching for this year. Jack Watts has done enough to secure a spot on the wing, while he can also spend time in defence. Matthew Broadbent proved his fitness in a SANFL trial last Friday night and adds experience in his return from a long-term ankle injury. With Jarrod Lienert sidelined with a medial knee injury, I've gone with the playmaking of Broadbent as his replacement ahead of the defensive-minded Dougal Howard. Paddy Ryder has been named assuming he recovers in time from a fractured cheekbone. - Lee Gaskin






B: Dylan Grimes, David Astbury, Alex Rance
HB: Bachar Houli, Nick Vlastuin, Jayden Short
C: Shane Edwards, Dustin Martin, Kamdyn McIntosh
HF: Daniel Rioli, Jack Riewoldt, Kane Lambert
F: Dan Butler, Tom Lynch, Jack Higgins
Foll: Toby Nankervis, Trent Cotchin, Dion Prestia
I/C: Nathan Broad, Maverick Weller, Jack Graham, Noah Balta
EMERG: Ivan Soldo, Callum Moore, Brandon Ellis, Oleg Markov

NEW: Noah Balta (debut), Maverick Weller (club debut)

UNAVAILABLE: Josh Caddy (ankle), Jason Castagna (ankle), Ryan Garthwaite (Achilles), Shaun Grigg (knee), Jacob Townsend (thigh)

NOTES: Star recruit Tom Lynch will be touch and go for round one, but the Tigers will be keen to get the key forward on the park for the clash against Carlton. Mav Weller has impressed in the JLT and may take Josh Caddy's role as a deep, contested-style forward. Oleg Markov just misses out with a strong Richmond backline, while Kamdyn McIntosh gets the nod over Brandon Ellis after playing JLT2 while Ellis played VFL. Noah Balta's flexibility in the ruck and both ends of the ground should get him over the line ahead of Ivan Soldo. The side contains 17 players from the 2017 premiership - Sarah Black






B: Jarryn Geary, Darragh Joyce, Jimmy Webster
HB: Nick Hind, Josh Battle, Shane Savage
C: Jack Newnes, Jack Steven, Jack Billings
HF: Dean Kent, Josh Bruce, Matthew Parker
F: Ben Long, Tim Membrey, Jade Gresham
Foll: Lewis Pierce, Jack Steele, Seb Ross
I/C: Hunter Clark, Jack Lonie, Jack Sinclair, Daniel McKenzie
EMERG: Rowan Marshall, Luke Dunstan, Blake Acres, David Armitage

NEW: Nick Hind, Dean Kent, Matthew Parker

UNAVAILABLE: Nathan Brown (suspended), Jack Bytel (back), Jake Carlisle (back), Oscar Clavarino (ankle), Dan Hannebery (hamstring), Max King (knee), Doulton Langlands (hamstring), Billy Longer (hamstring), Paddy McCartin (concussion), Dylan Roberton (heart)

NOTES: The careers of Dylan Roberton and Paddy McCartin are clouded after their recent issues, but both would be selected if fit. Rookie Callum Wilkie and St Kilda’s newest recruit Jonathon Marsh would be in with a real shout, seeing they’re similar players to Roberton. Daniel McKenzie was picked off one VFL game after battling a heel complaint, but his second half to 2018 was outstanding. Nick Hind impressed through the pre-season but is borderline for selection, considering the lack of talls down back. The Saints need his kicking skills, though. Jack Steven is back training after taking leave from the club to deal with a mental health issue, so he was named, replacing Dunstan, who is a bit stiff. The ruck spot was the hardest to decide. Lewis Pierce missed most of the JLT Community Series through concussion and Rowan Marshall was great, first for Sandringham and then in the seniors. However, Pierce's combative approach will be better suited to the bigger body of Gold Coast's Jarrod Witts. - Dinny Navaratnam

New recruit Matthew Parker should slot straight into the Saints line-up. Picture: AFL Photos









B: Heath Grundy, Lewis Melican, Jackson Thurlow
HB: Jarrad McVeigh, Dane Rampe, Jake Lloyd
C: Callum Mills, Josh Kennedy, Ryan Clarke
HF: Tom Papley, Sam Reid, Will Hayward
F: Ben Ronke, Callum Sinclair, Nick Blakey
Foll: Aliir Aliir, Luke Parker, Isaac Heeney
I/C: George Hewett, Ollie Florent, Zak Jones, Harry Cunningham
EMERG: Colin O'Riordan, Jordan Dawson, Justin McInerney, Robbie Fox

NEW: Nick Blakey, Ryan Clarke, Jackson Thurlow

UNAVAILABLE: Lance Franklin (groin), Kieren Jack (knee), Daniel Menzel (groin), Sam Naismith (knee), Nick Smith (hamstring)

NOTES: We've taken a no-risk policy with Lance Franklin and Dan Menzel after their limited preparations, so with the West Australian missing, we've decided to stick with Aliir Aliir in the ruck to battle the Bulldogs' equally mobile big man Tim English. That allows Callum Sinclair to provide a strong tall target alongside Sam Reid against the short Dogs' backline and swap into the ruck. Nick Blakey deserves a round-one debut inside 50 ahead of the unlucky Tom McCartin, who has had some time off with concussion, while Colin O'Riordan and Jordan Dawson are extremely stiff, and could be picked on their JLT Community Series form. Academy products Isaac Heeney and Callum Mills are interchangeable, with Oliver Florent, Tom Papley, Zak Jones and Harry Cunningham quick and versatile enough to play anywhere on the ground. - Adam Curley
 
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B: Brad Sheppard, Tom Barrass, Shannon Hurn
HB: Lewis Jetta, Jeremy McGovern, Tom Cole
C: Chris Masten, Jack Redden, Dom Sheed
HF: Willie Rioli, Jack Darling, Jack Petruccelle
F: Liam Ryan, Josh Kennedy, Oscar Allen
Foll: Nathan Vardy, Elliot Yeo, Luke Shuey
I/C: Liam Duggan, Tom Hickey, Mark Hutchings, Daniel Venables
EMERG: Jarrod Brander, Jarrod Cameron, Jake Waterman, Francis Watson

NEW: Tom Hickey

UNAVAILABLE: Jamie Cripps (toe), Andrew Gaff (suspension), Nic Naitanui (knee)

NOTES: Expect about 18 of last year's premiership team to be back in round one, with Jamie Cripps and Will Schofield(corked quad) likely to miss, while Scott Lycett (Port Adelaide) and Mark LeCras (retired) are no longer on the list. Versatile tall Oscar Allen gets the nod ahead of Jake Waterman and Jarrod Brander for LeCras' forward line spot, while speedster Jack Petruccelle is Cripps' replacement after an excellent summer. Ex-Saint Tom Hickey gets his chance to support Nathan Vardy in the ruck after a solid JLT Community Series. There is a watch on Josh Kennedy (foot) and Brad Sheppard (corked hamstring) but both are expected to face the Lions in the season opener in Brisbane. - Travis King






B: Easton Wood, Dale Morris, Taylor Duryea
HB: Hayden Crozier, Zaine Cordy, Bailey Williams
C: Josh Dunkley, Tom Liberatore, Lachie Hunter
HF: Sam Lloyd, Aaron Naughton, Toby McLean
F: Billy Gowers, Josh Schache, Mitch Wallis
Foll: Tim English, Marcus Bontempelli, Jack Macrae
I/C: Caleb Daniel, Jackson Trengove, Ed Richards, Matthew Suckling
EMERG: Bailey Smith, Will Hayes, Patrick Lipinski, Lachlan Young

NEW: Sam Lloyd (Richmond)

UNAVAILABLE: Tom Boyd (back), Ben Cavarra (quad), Bailey Dale (ankle), Jason Johannisen (ankle), Lin Jong (hamstring), Buku Khamis (knee), Liam Picken (concussion), Laithan Vandermeer (hamstring), Lukas Webb (neck).

NOTES: The final spot came down to Matt Suckling or Bailey Smith, but given the draftee has played less than 50 per cent game time in both JLT Series matches, it's hard to mount a case for him. Aaron Naughton is a lock to play forward alongside Josh Schache, while Sam Lloyd wins a game after an impressive JLT2. The ruck conundrum is a fascinating prospect for Luke Beveridge, but given the doubts at either end of the ground, Jackson Trengove plays as a second ruck and all-round 'Mr Fix It'. While the defence appears undersized, Easton Wood and Bailey Williams have the ability to play taller. - Mitch Cleary
 
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What do the Doggies do with the news of Dale Morris out for the season? Naughton or Trengove back with The Bont forward?
 

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Re: Crows 22 it looks pretty right to me. Crows are batting deep with a healthy list......... the preseason camp must have been good this year!

I think CEY could start over Greenwood while Hugh gets fitness for a few weeks but in the long run Hugh is the big bodied mid who plays fwd and CEY is first drop

Kelly is the logical one for brown as the lock down defender.

I think Hartigan may still get the nod over Keath (Coaches like Hartigan more than fans I think) but that isn't SC relevant!

Jones will have Murphy, McHenry, Gallucci, Stengle all snapping at his heels. I must say I haven't really considered Jones as a rookie at his price and shaky JS.
 
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B: Aaron Francis, Michael Hurley, Conor McKenna
HB: Jordan Ridley, Patrick Ambrose, Adam Saad
C: David Myers, Zach Merrett, Dyson Heppell
HF: Orazio Fantasia, Mitch Brown, Devon Smith
F: Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Joe Daniher, Jake Stringer
Foll: Tom Bellchambers, Andrew McGrath, Dylan Shiel
I/C: Kyle Langford, David Zaharakis, Shaun McKernan, Matt Guelfi
EMERG: Mark Baguley, Darcy Parish, Dylan Clarke, Sam Draper
NEW: Dylan Shiel
UNAVAILABLE: Josh Begley (knee), Matt Dea (knee), Cale Hooker (calf), Martin Gleeson (ankle), Kobe Mutch (ankle), Mason Redman (ankle)
NOTES: Cale Hooker is unavailable due to a calf injury, so Patrick Ambrose gets the nod as Michael Hurley's defensive partner. Youngster Jordan Ridley was impressive in the JLT Community Series and deserves his spot in Essendon's back six. Coach John Worsfold has flagged that Joe Daniher may be put on a minutes restriction for round one, so picking both Mitch Brown and Shaun McKernan becomes a must. McKernan can provide Tom Bellchambers a chop out in the ruck as well. Mark Baguley and Darcy Parish are unlucky not to be selected, with Matt Guelfi to provide defensive or midfield coverage if needed. - Ben Guthri
I’m never any good at these things but surprised Parish isn’t considered best 22. This is comprehensive opinion of why I found on BF posted by BrunoV. Thoughts @Philzsay?


My criticism of Parish has absolutely nothing to do with his rate of possession and I don't recall reading a lot of criticism of Parish not getting the ball. The criticism has stemmed from his ball use and lack of impact at the contest.

I think the starting point for this sort of discussion needs to have account of a few things I would says are realities or truths so that the respective camps are at least having the same discussion. I'm not trying to be pompous or a dick about it (though being a dick does come naturally).

Virtually no player is going to get extended periods on-ball absent the ability to find the ball, particularly sitting off the first touch mids (which is not something I would "accuse" Parish of/or suggest is not important). Yes, there will be players like Stringer who are monsters thrown onto the ball to bust packs apart, or maybe Garry Rohan or Tippa for a really quick break away, but no-one is looking at Parish as that sort of player so I think we can dismiss the "pinch hitters" as being relevant to the discussion.

We hear a lot about structur, and adherence to structure in the midfield is as rigid as it is at either end of the ground. The 3 on-ballers will be inside the contest at stoppages, with the wingers and flankers "on the outside". They will also take up positions without the ball as links to move the ball back through the middle of the ground. There have already been a number of occasions in JLT when Parish has been the link in the middle who has be used by McGrath (as a mid) or Saad (from half back) counter-attacking from half back. This is part of the reasons Parish's handball numbers are high.

We know that structure gets players the ball because we will re-shuffle our midfield this year so that Shiel ends up with enough time to get 25 possessions while playing as a midfielder.

No doubt that there is a skill in being able to find the ball, and there are some players who do struggle with modern structures who may have better much better in previous eras (@ant555 said this a lot about Shaun Edwards, for example), but I think that we can say that it's a skill which is possessed by something close to every AFL player who was recruited playing midfield. I'd say much the same thing about a lot of half backs whose performances are routinely overrated simply because they play in a part of the ground that teams channel ball movement through.

In the context of the ability that would be expected of any player and the way in which structure gets players possession, I would say the accumulation of even 30 possession in the midfield, of itself, may as well mean nothing - it's like the base or 4/10 of a performance. That's not the same as saying that there is anything inherently wrong with getting a lot of the ball but it literally means nothing if what is being done with the ball is hand-balling sideways 5m, often not hitting these targets directly while under physical pressure, and not kicking the ball with any penetration (and otherwise struggling to impose himself on the contest physically not for a lack of trying).

I would say that there would be 30-40 players in second tier comps who would be competent enough footballers to get 20-25 possessions in the AFL given sufficient midfield time. Take Nick O'Brien as an example. In 2015 he averaged 25 possessions a week playing inside and was promptly de-listed as a 4th year player. He then played VFL and continued to amass a prolific amount of the ball playing as an inside mid, often getting a lot more of the ball than our AFL-listed players.

It's not like AFL players go back to VFL and automatically get 50 or 60 touches, it happens every now and then but then it also happens in the AFL too. The VFL players get the ball just as much depending on game time. I thought that Parish's time in the VFL last year was telling because all of the physical issues in AFL translated down to the lower level. In and around the ball he got 30 touches but largely struggled to impact the play an inside midfielder. He was firing out handballs and shuffling kicks to no real effect.

I think that if you're going to just be competent and play a role you need to do what you do extremely well.

I think what those querying Parish's performances are really trying to work out is whether there is better value for the 20-25 possessions Parish will get and whether there are better options to compliment our side to give it much needed physical impact around the ball or need for outside run (which would be a better result for the use of Parish's spot given that he's hardly an AFL standard first touch inside mid at this stage).

At this point in time I don't think that Parish is even close to doing his job competently nor do I think that I have ever really seen anything that makes me think that he is the player to persist with and that he should not spend as long as it takes to develop his game in the 2nds.
 
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You think so? I must admit, I haven’t seen Hore play, but Frost was mighty at the end of last season. Is Hore better, or just playing a different role?
I see Hore as the replacement for Lever with Frost the replacement for May.

I believe the best indication we’ve got so far that Hore is ahead of Frost was JLT2 where Hore played and Frost didn’t.
 
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I’m never any good at these things but surprised Parish isn’t considered best 22. This is comprehensive opinion of why I found on BF posted by BrunoV. Thoughts @Philzsay?


My criticism of Parish has absolutely nothing to do with his rate of possession and I don't recall reading a lot of criticism of Parish not getting the ball. The criticism has stemmed from his ball use and lack of impact at the contest.

I think the starting point for this sort of discussion needs to have account of a few things I would says are realities or truths so that the respective camps are at least having the same discussion. I'm not trying to be pompous or a dick about it (though being a dick does come naturally).

Virtually no player is going to get extended periods on-ball absent the ability to find the ball, particularly sitting off the first touch mids (which is not something I would "accuse" Parish of/or suggest is not important). Yes, there will be players like Stringer who are monsters thrown onto the ball to bust packs apart, or maybe Garry Rohan or Tippa for a really quick break away, but no-one is looking at Parish as that sort of player so I think we can dismiss the "pinch hitters" as being relevant to the discussion.

We hear a lot about structur, and adherence to structure in the midfield is as rigid as it is at either end of the ground. The 3 on-ballers will be inside the contest at stoppages, with the wingers and flankers "on the outside". They will also take up positions without the ball as links to move the ball back through the middle of the ground. There have already been a number of occasions in JLT when Parish has been the link in the middle who has be used by McGrath (as a mid) or Saad (from half back) counter-attacking from half back. This is part of the reasons Parish's handball numbers are high.

We know that structure gets players the ball because we will re-shuffle our midfield this year so that Shiel ends up with enough time to get 25 possessions while playing as a midfielder.

No doubt that there is a skill in being able to find the ball, and there are some players who do struggle with modern structures who may have better much better in previous eras (@ant555 said this a lot about Shaun Edwards, for example), but I think that we can say that it's a skill which is possessed by something close to every AFL player who was recruited playing midfield. I'd say much the same thing about a lot of half backs whose performances are routinely overrated simply because they play in a part of the ground that teams channel ball movement through.

In the context of the ability that would be expected of any player and the way in which structure gets players possession, I would say the accumulation of even 30 possession in the midfield, of itself, may as well mean nothing - it's like the base or 4/10 of a performance. That's not the same as saying that there is anything inherently wrong with getting a lot of the ball but it literally means nothing if what is being done with the ball is hand-balling sideways 5m, often not hitting these targets directly while under physical pressure, and not kicking the ball with any penetration (and otherwise struggling to impose himself on the contest physically not for a lack of trying).

I would say that there would be 30-40 players in second tier comps who would be competent enough footballers to get 20-25 possessions in the AFL given sufficient midfield time. Take Nick O'Brien as an example. In 2015 he averaged 25 possessions a week playing inside and was promptly de-listed as a 4th year player. He then played VFL and continued to amass a prolific amount of the ball playing as an inside mid, often getting a lot more of the ball than our AFL-listed players.

It's not like AFL players go back to VFL and automatically get 50 or 60 touches, it happens every now and then but then it also happens in the AFL too. The VFL players get the ball just as much depending on game time. I thought that Parish's time in the VFL last year was telling because all of the physical issues in AFL translated down to the lower level. In and around the ball he got 30 touches but largely struggled to impact the play an inside midfielder. He was firing out handballs and shuffling kicks to no real effect.

I think that if you're going to just be competent and play a role you need to do what you do extremely well.

I think what those querying Parish's performances are really trying to work out is whether there is better value for the 20-25 possessions Parish will get and whether there are better options to compliment our side to give it much needed physical impact around the ball or need for outside run (which would be a better result for the use of Parish's spot given that he's hardly an AFL standard first touch inside mid at this stage).

At this point in time I don't think that Parish is even close to doing his job competently nor do I think that I have ever really seen anything that makes me think that he is the player to persist with and that he should not spend as long as it takes to develop his game in the 2nds.
I’m surprised not to see Parish in there initially but JLT TOGs suggest he and Langford are fighting for one spot. Baguley surely plays though as a fwd and probably would come in for Daniher in that side.

I think it’s more likely that SMack replaces Daniher from the JLT2 side, apparently had a good game in the VFL practice match. ZClarke was injured so didn’t play JLT2 or the VFL game. Probably an outside chance of playing round one, but still a possibility so worth keeping in mind.
 
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I’m never any good at these things but surprised Parish isn’t considered best 22. This is comprehensive opinion of why I found on BF posted by BrunoV. Thoughts @Philzsay?


My criticism of Parish has absolutely nothing to do with his rate of possession and I don't recall reading a lot of criticism of Parish not getting the ball. The criticism has stemmed from his ball use and lack of impact at the contest.

I think the starting point for this sort of discussion needs to have account of a few things I would says are realities or truths so that the respective camps are at least having the same discussion. I'm not trying to be pompous or a dick about it (though being a dick does come naturally).

Virtually no player is going to get extended periods on-ball absent the ability to find the ball, particularly sitting off the first touch mids (which is not something I would "accuse" Parish of/or suggest is not important). Yes, there will be players like Stringer who are monsters thrown onto the ball to bust packs apart, or maybe Garry Rohan or Tippa for a really quick break away, but no-one is looking at Parish as that sort of player so I think we can dismiss the "pinch hitters" as being relevant to the discussion.

We hear a lot about structur, and adherence to structure in the midfield is as rigid as it is at either end of the ground. The 3 on-ballers will be inside the contest at stoppages, with the wingers and flankers "on the outside". They will also take up positions without the ball as links to move the ball back through the middle of the ground. There have already been a number of occasions in JLT when Parish has been the link in the middle who has be used by McGrath (as a mid) or Saad (from half back) counter-attacking from half back. This is part of the reasons Parish's handball numbers are high.

We know that structure gets players the ball because we will re-shuffle our midfield this year so that Shiel ends up with enough time to get 25 possessions while playing as a midfielder.

No doubt that there is a skill in being able to find the ball, and there are some players who do struggle with modern structures who may have better much better in previous eras (@ant555 said this a lot about Shaun Edwards, for example), but I think that we can say that it's a skill which is possessed by something close to every AFL player who was recruited playing midfield. I'd say much the same thing about a lot of half backs whose performances are routinely overrated simply because they play in a part of the ground that teams channel ball movement through.

In the context of the ability that would be expected of any player and the way in which structure gets players possession, I would say the accumulation of even 30 possession in the midfield, of itself, may as well mean nothing - it's like the base or 4/10 of a performance. That's not the same as saying that there is anything inherently wrong with getting a lot of the ball but it literally means nothing if what is being done with the ball is hand-balling sideways 5m, often not hitting these targets directly while under physical pressure, and not kicking the ball with any penetration (and otherwise struggling to impose himself on the contest physically not for a lack of trying).

I would say that there would be 30-40 players in second tier comps who would be competent enough footballers to get 20-25 possessions in the AFL given sufficient midfield time. Take Nick O'Brien as an example. In 2015 he averaged 25 possessions a week playing inside and was promptly de-listed as a 4th year player. He then played VFL and continued to amass a prolific amount of the ball playing as an inside mid, often getting a lot more of the ball than our AFL-listed players.

It's not like AFL players go back to VFL and automatically get 50 or 60 touches, it happens every now and then but then it also happens in the AFL too. The VFL players get the ball just as much depending on game time. I thought that Parish's time in the VFL last year was telling because all of the physical issues in AFL translated down to the lower level. In and around the ball he got 30 touches but largely struggled to impact the play an inside midfielder. He was firing out handballs and shuffling kicks to no real effect.

I think that if you're going to just be competent and play a role you need to do what you do extremely well.

I think what those querying Parish's performances are really trying to work out is whether there is better value for the 20-25 possessions Parish will get and whether there are better options to compliment our side to give it much needed physical impact around the ball or need for outside run (which would be a better result for the use of Parish's spot given that he's hardly an AFL standard first touch inside mid at this stage).

At this point in time I don't think that Parish is even close to doing his job competently nor do I think that I have ever really seen anything that makes me think that he is the player to persist with and that he should not spend as long as it takes to develop his game in the 2nds.
Parish is in before Guelfi, this is wrong
 

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I’m surprised not to see Parish in there initially but JLT TOGs suggest he and Langford are fighting for one spot. Baguley surely plays though as a fwd and probably would come in for Daniher in that side.

I think it’s more likely that SMack replaces Daniher from the JLT2 side, apparently had a good game in the VFL practice match. ZClarke was injured so didn’t play JLT2 or the VFL game. Probably an outside chance of playing round one, but still a possibility so worth keeping in mind.
Remarkable if Baguley is still getting games in your side imo, I would have thought with the wealth of young talent he would been one of the first in the line of fire, well down the pecking order. Nothing against him but I feel his role is certainly replaceable by someone with more upside.
 
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