Geelong will welcome back veterans Harry Taylor and Zach Tuohy for Friday night’s clash with the Bulldogs at Metricon Stadium but skipper Joel Selwood will miss again
The experienced pair replace Esava Ratugolea and Jordan Clark, who have both been omitted.
Rateugolea’s return to the side lasted just one match after the 22-year-old, who missed the previous three matches through soreness, finished with just nine disposals and no goals against the Crows.
Selwood has been running well at training all week after missing last Sunday’s win with a knee niggle but the Cats have taken the cautious approach with their star.
It will be Selwood’s fourth match on the sidelines this season following a hamstring injury last month.
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Geelong coach Chris Scott said Selwood was close to playing against the Bulldogs but the Cats will give him a few more days to recover as a precaution with finals just around the corner.
“If we simply left it up to the player they would be out there every week and they would do themselves a disservice I think,” Scott said.
“There is an element of saving Joel from himself there is no doubt about that but having said that I think he has shifted a little bit himself from where he was a couple of years ago where he just felt that for the team to play well he just needed to be leading the way whether he is fit or not.”
For the Bulldogs, Tory Dickson and Will Hayes will play their first game of the season after being recalled at the expense of Ben Cavarra and Pat Lipinski.
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PIES PREPARING FOR HUGE BOOST
Collingwood says Jordan De Goey could be available as soon as Round 16 in a massive boost for the club’s premiership ambitions.
De Goey ripped a tendon in his finger and while the club has always been optimistic about his return for finals, a recent update with his specialist gave them a quicker return date.
Pies football boss Geoff Walsh said that the club also believed Adam Treloar (hamstring tendon) might be able to return before finals despite his problematic injury history.
Jeremy Howe still has no return date despite running on his surgically repaired PCL, while Isaac Quaynor is now available for the Carlton game after his shin healed from the Sydney clash.
But De Goey’s return for as many as three games before finals will give the Pies a significant boost as they prepare to take on a Carlton side that is keen to steal their finals spot.
He had kicked five goals in a forward masterclass but snagged his finger on an opponent’s jumper and had to have surgery or would have risked permanent damage to the finger.
“Jordan’s hand injury is coming along really well, he has done a lot of aerobic work in the last few weeks,” Walsh said.
“The latest report is that quite possibly we will see him resuming before the end of the home and away season and with a bit of luck that could be as early as Round 16 but he is certainly coming along quite well.
“Quaynor completed training last week, and will be delighted to know he’s available for selection this week so that nasty gash has healed really well, really quickly and he was running and kicking on it and been given all clear by medicos.
“‘Ads’ (Adam) Treloar is running quite well, we expect him to resume before the home and away season ends as well. We can’t pinpoint a week but if he puts in another strong four or five days we would expect that he could be around the week or two after Jordan does resume.”
TIGERS SET TO UNVEIL TOP DRAFTEE
— Nick Smart
Richmond will blood first-round pick Thomson Dow – the younger brother of Carlton’s Paddy Dow – in Thursday night’s blockbuster against West Coast at Metricon Stadium.
Sydney Stack (hip flexor) will miss for the Tigers, but coach Damien Hardwick confirmed Dow – a midfielder he described as a ‘Shane Edwards type’- would make his first senior appearance against the Eagles.
“We’re very excited about it, he’s our first-round pick from last year and he’s going to run out for the mighty yellow and black,” Hardwick said on Wednesday.
“He’s going to get a fair initiation against one of the form sides of the competition in West Coast, which have a terrific midfield.
“But we think he’s going to be a really good player for us, so we’re really happy to give him the opportunity.
“He’s a Shane Edwards type with elite hands who can get the ball and follow up, and use the ball as well.
“There are a couple of others that are close as well.
“Riley Collier-Dawkins is banging down the door and has a slight shoulder injury at the moment, but he was close also.”
Ruckman Toby Nankervis will also return against the Eagles.
WHO RUCKS FOR DEPLETED POWER?
Port Adelaide may turn to untried ruckman Sam Hayes as its latest debutant this week as first-choice big man Scott Lycett manages a sore knee.
Peter Ladhams’ Covid ban has opened the door for the Power to have a look at Hayes who was considered a draft steal when they nabbed the dual under-18 All Australian ruckman with Pick 47 in 2017 from the Eastern Ranges.
At 203cm and 102kg, he injured his knee and required a knee reconstruction in 2018 but signed a new deal keeping him at Alberton until 2021, and may get his chance against Sydney at Adelaide Oval on Saturday.
Hayes has been good without dominating at training but like other fringe players at Alberton, the difficulty he has had is minimal opportunity to impress in scratch matches. The Crows cancelled on Port a fortnight ago and the weekend’s clash with a composite side including Adelaide and Hawthorn players was their first hitout in four weeks.
“It’d be great to see Haysey get out there, it would be a good story obviously having a knee reconstruction in his first year put him back a little bit, but he’s always working on his game and trying to get better and has a great jump in the centre bounce and soft hands as a ruckman,” Power midfielder Tom Rockliff told The Lowdown Podcast.
“The thing for Sammy that has been a challenge is his ability to get across the ground and making sure his fitness base was at a level, so I think if the opportunity comes it’s a good time to try it with the less game time and rotate him a little bit heavier.
“If he gets an opportunity it would be great to see him out there.
“I’m not sure how Scooter did pull up, I know he had a sore knee during the game and felt like he couldn’t get up and jump as well he would have liked, so depending on how he pulls up we might have to look at the ruck options there.”
Ryan Burton (quad), Todd Marshall (thumb) and Connor Rozee (heel) are closing in on a return from injury and may bolster the Power’s team to play the Swans this weekend.
“I believe Toddy will be pretty close, he was the closest out of the rehab guys last week, Burto has completed pretty much all he has to do and Connor is pushing for selection as well,” Rockliff said.
“So we have a fair bit of talent that is ready to go and come back into the team.
FULL ROUND 14 TEAMS
(All times AEST)
WESTERN BULLDOGS v GEELONG CATS
Friday August 28, 7:50pm at Metricon Stadium
B: Easton Wood, Alex Keath, Caleb Daniel
HB: Bailey Williams, Ryan Gardner, Hayden Crozier
C: Bailey Smith, Jack Macrae, Jason Johannisen
HF: Toby McLean, Josh Bruce, Mitch Wallis
F: Tom Liberatore, Aaron Naughton, Lachie Hunter
FOLL: Tim English, Marcus Bontempelli, Josh Dunkley
I/C: Ed Richards, Laitham Vandermeer, Tory Dickson, Will Hayes
EMG: Lewis Young, Ben Cavarra, Pat Lipinski, Roarke Smith
IN: Tory Dickson, Will Hayes
OUT: Ben Cavarra, Pat Lipinski
B: J.Kolodjashnij, L.Henderson, H.Taylor
HB: J.Henry, M.Blicavs, T.Stewart
C: M.Duncan, P.Dangerfield, S.Menegola
HF: L.Dahlhaus, G.Rohan, T.Atkins
F: B.Close, T.Hawkins, G.Miers
FOLL: R.Stanley, C.Guthrie, B.Parfitt
I/C: J.Bews, J.Steven, M.O’Connor, Z.Tuohy
EMG: L.Fogarty, E.Ratugolea, J.Clark, Z.Guthrie
IN: H.Taylor, Z.Tuohy
OUT: E.Ratugolea (omitted), J.Clark (omitted)
HAWTHORN v ESSENDON
Thursday August 27, 4:40pm at Adelaide Oval
B: B.Hardwick, M.Hartley, T.Scully
HB: W.Day, S.Frost, D.Minchington
C: J.Cousins, D.Howe, J.Scrimshaw
HF: J.Patton, L.Breust, C.Wingard
F: L.Shiels, T.O’Brien, O.Hanrahan
FOLL: B.McEvoy, J.Worpel, T.Mitchell
I/C: C.Jiath, J.Gunston, C.Glass, J.Ceglar
EMG: D.Greaves, D.Moore, J.Ross, H.Morrison
IN: D.Minchington, J.Gunston, J.Ceglar
OUT: B.Stratton (Managed), S.Burgoyne (Managed), J.Impey (Injured)
B: M.Gleeson, C.Hooker, M.Hurley
HB: J.Ridley, M.Redman, A.Saad
C: Z.Merrett, A.McGrath, B.Ham
HF: D.Shiel, K.Langford, I.Mosquito
F: J.Stewart, J.Daniher, A.McDonald-Tipungwuti
FOLL: A.Phillips, W.Snelling, D.Parish
I/C: D.Smith, M.Guelfi, D.Clarke, J.Stringer
EMG: B.Zerk-Thatcher, M.Hibberd, J.Begley, J.Townsend
IN: C.Hooker, J.Daniher, A.Phillips
OUT: T.Bellchambers (Injured), A.Francis (Injured), S.Draper (Managed)
RICHMOND v WEST COAST EAGLES
Thursday August 27, 7:10pm at Metricon Stadium
B: B.Houli, D.Grimes, N.Balta
HB: J.Short, N.Vlastuin, O.Markov
C: K.McIntosh, J.Graham, M.Pickett
HF: J.Aarts, K.Lambert, T.Lynch
F: J.Riewoldt, D.Martin, J.Castagna
FOLL: I.Soldo, S.Bolton, T.Cotchin
I/C: L.Baker, T.Nankervis, D.Rioli, T.Dow
EMG: J.Ross, J.Caddy, N.Broad, W.Martyn
IN: T.Nankervis, T.Dow
OUT: S.Stack (Injured), M.Chol (Omitted)
B: S.Hurn, T.Barrass, B.Sheppard
HB: L.Duggan, J.McGovern, J.Nelson
C: D.Sheed, L.Shuey, J.Cripps
HF: J.Brander, J.Darling, L.Ryan
F: B.Ah Chee, J.Kennedy, N.Reid
FOLL: N.Naitanui, T.Kelly, A.Gaff
I/C: O.Allen, X.O’Neill, T.Cole, J.Rotham
EMER: H.Brayshaw, L.Jetta, E.Yeo, M.Hutchings
IN: B.Williams, M.Hutchings
OUT: O.Allen (Injured), J.Nelson (Injured)
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