AFL teams: See all the ins and outs for round eight of the 2022 AFL season
The Eagles have made a stack of changes, and will blood another WAFL star. Meanwhile, the Demons have dropped four players.
West Coast have made seven changes to its side, with a WAFL star to make his AFL debut.
South Fremantle midfielder Jake Florenca, a member of the Eagles Covid-19 contingency list, will make his debut for a depleted Eagles outfit against Brisbane on Saturday night.
It comes as reigning premiers Melbourne axed four players ahead of its top four clash against St Kilda.
Florenca got a late night phone call on Wednesday that set in wheels the motion for an AFL debut.
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He is joined in the Eagles side by star defender Tom Barrass, Josh Rotham, Jamaine Jones, Isiah Winder, Luke Foley and Callum Jamieson.
The mass changes come as the Eagles are again hit hard by Covid-19, with coach Adam Simpson also caught up.
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Greg Clark, Alex Witherden, Jackson Nelson and Luke Strnadica are also in Covid-19 protocols, while Luke Shuey and Willie Rioli are out through hamstring strains and Xavier O’Neill joins them with a knee injury.
Hugh Dixon has been dropped with Harry Edwards to ruck for the Eagles.
The club confirmed Dixon would be the medical sub after being named as an emergency along with top-ups Declan Mountford, Angus Schumacher and Logan Young.
Brisbane have brought in Jack Payne and Ryan Lester for Joe Daniher (shoulder) and Darcy Gardiner (Covid-19 protocols).
Luke Dunstan, Jake Melksham, Toby Bedford and Sam Weideman have all been omitted by the Demons for their clash against the Saints on Sunday.
Joel Smith also comes out of the side through injury.
Star youngsters Luke Jackson and Kozzie Pickett headline the Demons’ ins, with Melbourne also bringing in Harrison Petty, Alex Neal-Bullen and Tom Sparrow.
The Saints also have some big inclusions of their own with Rowan Marshall and Zak Jones coming in.
Tom Campbell, Marcus Windhager and Jarrod Lienert have been omitted by the Saints.
Carlton has brought back Zac Williams for their clash against Adelaide at Marvel Stadium.
Liam Stocker comes out of the side because of suspension.
The Crows have brought in Will Hamill and Mitch Hinge while Harry Schoenberg moves into the 22 after being the medi-sub last week.
Matt Crouch was surprisingly dropped by the Crows, who also lost Brodie Smith and Ned McHenry to the AFL’s concussion protocols.
Earlier on Friday, Richmond suffered a double blow ahead of Dustin Martin’s MCG homecoming against Collingwood with Dion Prestia and Nick Vlastuin late withdrawals due to illness.
While the Magpies got a boost at their captain’s run with Taylor Adams, Brayden Maynard and Nick Daicos all cleared to play despite missing Thursday’s training session, the Tigers have had to make two key changes on the eve of the big Saturday afternoon clash.
Prestia had been battling Achilles soreness but was named to play, but he and Vlastuin will now be replaced by Marlion Pickett and Rhyan Mansell.
Martin will play his first game since Round 1 after returning to the club recently, while former skipper Trent Cotchin is back after being rested last week.
Dusty back as two captains out
Richmond champion Dustin Martin will make his return to the game against Collingwood on Saturday.
And the Western Bulldogs have dropped a selection bombshell by resting captain Marcus Bontempelli ahead of Friday night’s clash against Port Adelaide.
The Bulldogs have listed their skipper as being “managed” for the round 8 clash.
Bontempelli’s output has dipped in recent weeks as he has spent more time forward while dealing with an ankle/foot concern.
Martin hasn’t played since taking personal leave following the Tigers’ round 1 loss to Carlton.
Former captain Trent Cotchin also returns to the Tigers’ line-up, with Riley Collier-Dawkins and Sydney Stack omitted.
The Pies have brought in Ollie Henry and Trent Bianco and dropped Callum Brown and Jack Madgen.
Meanwhile, Geelong regains Patrick Dangerfield for its clash against the unchanged GWS Giants but Joel Selwood will miss with a quad injury.
Nick Hind is back for Essendon and Dylan Shiel is in the Bombers’ starting 22, and Melbourne has made six changes for its clash against St Kilda with Luke Jackson and Kysaiah Pickett among the Demons’ inclusions.
Carlton named Zac Williams and Paddy Dow to face Adelaide but not George Hewett, who will miss another week with a calf injury.
Fremantle has lost six players to the AFL’s Health and Safety Protocols – Griffin Logue, Blake Acres, Travis Colyer, Rory Lobb, Lloyd Meek and Michael Frederick – and the AFL has extended the deadline for team lodgements for the Brisbane Lions and West Coast after Covid ran through the Eagles again.
In the good news story of the round, injury-cursed Gold Coast defender Rory Thompson will play his first game in four years against Sydney.
Richmond’s physical performance manager Peter Burge said Martin had completed a “huge workload” to bring himself back up to AFL speed and is set to boost a Tigers line-up in form following a 109-point thumping of West Coast last weekend.
Martin returned to Punt Rd for the first time almost two weeks ago after more than a month away as he took time away to cope with the loss of his father, Shane, who died last December.
Coach Damien Hardwick said on Thursday morning that Martin’s return was a massive boost for the Tigers.
“If he gets through training, he will play,” Hardwick said.
“It’s a massive step for not only Richmond, but I think for AFL people want him back as well.
“The level of expectation, we’ll see how he operates. He has been training well, he looks fit, so we are looking forward to welcoming him back.
“Hopefully he has an impact for us on the weekend, which I’m sure he will.
“We got a massive lift last week (with Martin back at the club). He is such a vibrant personality within our footy club. He is an energy-in type of guy.
“Just him walking in the door last week was a significant boost to our club and hopefully we get the same boost when he walks on the hallowed turf of the MCG this week in front of our fans.
“We are just glad he is back and in a great space and look forward to seeing what he can produce on the weekend.”
Hardwick conceded his fitness was still not at its peak but the team was happy with how he had presented so far.
“He is going to be not at his optimal but he has certainly trained as hard as he could without being in a team environment,” Hardwick said.
“We are pleasantly surprised by how he’s moving and how he’s operating thus far but, once again, we are playing one of the hardest games in the world.
“Our level of expectation is we will put him out there and see how he goes. A 50 per cent Dustin Martin is still a pretty good player in our books.”
Meanwhile, two-time premiership Tiger Josh Caddy announced his retirement effective immediately after 174 games with Richmond, Geelong and Gold Coast. Caddy played in the Tigers’ 2017 and 2019 premiership sides after moving from the Cats in a high profile trade in 2016.
The veteran has struggled in recent years with a hamstring injury, prompting his decision to call time.
“Josh can walk away from his AFL career with his head held high and proud of what he has achieved,” Richmond talent manager Blair Hartley said.
“His skillset made us a better team throughout a successful time for our club and we value the connections and memories made along the way.
“We wish Josh all the best for the future, he will always be a Richmond man.”
Caddy’s retirement opens up a spot on the Tigers list ahead of next month’s mid-season draft.
ROUND 8 TEAMS
PORT ADELAIDE v WESTERN BULLDOGS
Friday May 6, 7:30pm at Adelaide Oval
B: R.Burton, A.Aliir, T.Clurey
HB: D.Houston, T.Jonas, D.Byrne-Jones
C: K.Amon, W.Drew, R.Bonner
HF: Z.Butters, M.Georgiades, C.Rozee
F: R.Gray, T.Marshall, S.Powell-Pepper
FOLL: S.Hayes, O.Wines, T.Boak
I/C: S.Motlop, J.Finlayson, K.Farrell, T.Dumont
EMG: X.Duursma, J.McEntee, L.Jones, O.Lord
OUT: X.Durrsma (omitted)
B: E.Richards, R.Gardner, T.Duryea
HB: C.Daniel, T.O’Brien, B.Dale
C: L.McNeil, J.Macrae, R.Smith
HF: B.Smith, Z.Cordy, C.Weightman
F: T.Liberatore, A.Naughton, B.Khamis
FOLL: S.Martin, J.Dunkley, A.Treloar
I/C: R.McComb, L.Vandermeer, A.Scott, B.Williams
EMG: H.Crozier, R.West, L.Cleary, J.Sweet
IN: B.Khamis, A.Scott
OUT: M.Wallis (injured), M.Bontempelli (managed), J.Schache (sub)
FREMANTLE v NORTH MELBOURNE
Friday May 6, 8:40pm at Optus Stadium
B: H.Young, A.Pearce, H.Chapman
HB: B.Cox, L.Ryan, J.Clark
C: N.O’Driscoll, A.Brayshaw, B.Walker
HF: M.Walters, J.Treacy, L.Schultz
F: L.Henry, J.Amiss, S.Switkowski
FOLL: S.Darcy, W.Brodie, C.Serong
I/C: D.Tucker, D.Mundy, J.Aish, B.Banfield
EMG: N.Erasmus, S.Sturt, N.Wilson, E.Hughes
IN: H.Young, H.Chapman, L.Henry, J.Amiss, S.Darcy
OUT: G.Logue, B.Acres, T.Colyer, R.Lobb, L.Meek, M.Frederick (all HS Protocol)
B: K.Turner, A.Corr, J.Walker
HB: L.McDonald, B.McKay, La.Young
C: C.Taylor, L.Davies-Uniacke, B.Scott
HF: J.Stephenson, C.Zurhaar, T.Thomas
F: P.Curtis, J.Ziebell, J.Anderson
FOLL: T.Goldstein, J.Simpkin, J.Horne-Francis
I/C: A.Bosenavulagi, H.Greenwood, C.Coleman-Jones, F.Perez
EMG: J.Mahony, T.Powell, K.Hayden, M.McGuinness
IN: A.Corr, B.McKay, J.Anderson
OUT: J.Mahony (omitted), N.Larkey (suspended), A.Bonar, M.Bergman (both injured)
RICHMOND v COLLINGWOOD
Saturday May 7, 1:45pm at MCG
B: N.Balta, D.Grimes, J.Gibcus
HB: D.Rioli, N.Vlastuin, L.Baker
C: K.McIntosh, J.Short, S.Edwards
HF: J.Castagna, K.Lambert, S.Bolton
F: T.Lynch, D.Martin, J.Riewoldt
FOLL: T.Nankervis, D.Prestia, T.Cotchin
I/C: N.Broad, J.Graham, I.Soldo, M.Rioli
EMG: M.Pickett, R.Collier-Dawkins, R.Mansell, S.Stack
IN: D.Martin, T.Cotchin, M.Pickett, R.Mansell
OUT: R.Collier-Dawkins, J.Ross, S.Stack (all omitted), D.Prestia, N.Vlastuin (both illness)
B: I.Quaynor, D.Moore, S.Pendlebury
HB: B.Maynard, J.Howe, J.Noble
C: S.Sidebottom, T.Adams, J.Daicos
HF: W.Hoskin-Elliott, J.Ginnivan, B.Mihocek
F: P.Lipinski, J.De Goey, O.Henry
FOLL: D.Cameron, T.Brown, J.Crisp
I/C: A.Begg, N.Daicos, B.McCreery, T.Bianco
EMG: C.Poulter, J.Madgen, M.Cox, C.Brown
IN: O.Henry, T.Bianco
OUT: C.Brown, J.Madgen (both omitted), R.McInnes (sub)
SYDNEY SWANS v GOLD COAST
Saturday May 7, 1:45pm at SCG
B: T.McCartin, D.Rampe, J.Lloyd
HB: N.Blakey, P.McCartin, J.McInerney
C: O.Florent, C.Mills, E.Gulden
HF: L.Parker, H.McLean, W.Hayward
F: T.Papley, L.Franklin, L.McDonald
FOLL: P.Ladhams, I.Heeney, J.Rowbottom
I/C: B.Campbell, J.Kennedy, C.Warner, B.Ronke
EMG: J.Bell, W.Gould, R.Clarke, S.Reid
IN: P.McCartin, L.McDonald
OUT: H.Cunningham (injured), S.Reid (omitted), J.Bell (sub)
B: R.Thompson, S.Collins, S.Lemmens
HB: L.Weller, C.Ballard, J.Farrar
C: D.Swallow, T.Miller, B.Ellis
HF: B.Ainsworth, L.Casboult, M.Rosas
F: J.Lukosius, M.Chol, N.Holman
FOLL: J.Witts, M.Rowell, N.Anderson
I/C: C.Budarick, B.Fiorini, W.Powell, I.Rankine
EMG: R.Atkins, A.Davies, D.Macpherson, O.Markov
IN: R.Thompson, W.Powell
OUT: A.Davies, D.Macpherson (both omitted), J.Sharp (injured)
GWS GIANTS v GEELONG
Saturday May 7, 4:35pm at Manuka Oval
B: L.Keeffe, S.Taylor, I.Cumming
HB: A.Kennedy, N.Haynes, H.Perryman
C: L.Whitfield, C.Ward, L.Ash
HF: T.Taranto, H.Himmelberg, S.Coniglio
F: B.Hill, J.Hogan, T.Greene
FOLL: B.Preuss, J.Kelly, T.Green
I/C: M.Flynn, C.Hamilton, C.Idun, F.Callaghan
EMG: M.de Boer, J.Brander, J.Riccardi, J.Fahey
OUT: M.de Boer (sub)
B: S.De Koning, M.Blicavs, J.Bews
HB: J.Kolodjashnij, T.Stewart, T.Atkins
C: M.Duncan, P.Dangerfield, C.Stephens
HF: I.Smith, J.Cameron, F.Evans
F: B.Close, T.Hawkins, T.Stengle
FOLL: R.Stanley, Q.Narkle, C.Guthrie
I/C: Z.Tuohy, B.Parfitt, M.O’Connor, G.Miers
EMG: O.Dempsey, M.Knevitt, Z.Guthrie, E.Ratugolea
IN: P.Dangerfield, C.Stephens, F.Evans, Q.Narkle
OUT: O.Dempsey (omitted), J.Selwood, M.Holmes, S.Higgins (all injured), L.Dahlhaus (sub)
ESSENDON v HAWTHORN
Saturday May 7, 7:25pm at Marvel Stadium
B: J.Laverde, J.Kelly, M.Redman
HB: N.Hind, J.Ridley, D.Heppell
C: D.Shiel, D.Parish, T.Cutler
HF: M.Guelfi, A.Waterman, N.Martin
F: N.Bryan, P.Wright, A.Perkins
FOLL: S.Draper, Z.Merrett, A.McGrath
I/C: Z.Reid, J.Caldwell, B.Hobbs, S.Durham
EMG: B.Zerk-Thatcher, B.Ham, K.Baldwin, A.Francis
IN: N.Hind, N.Bryan
OUT: J.Stringer, N.Cox (both injured), K.Baldwin (omitted)
B: J.Scrimshaw, S.Frost, L.Bramble
HB: W.Day, J.Sicily, B.Hardwick
C: J.Impey, T.Mitchell, C.Wingard
HF: F.Maginness, J.Koschitzke, D.Moore
F: J.O’Meara, J.Callow, L.Breust
FOLL: M.Lynch, J.Newcombe, J.Ward
I/C: J.Worpel, H.Morrison, J.Gunston, D.Grainger-Barras
EMG: D.Howe, C.Nash, C.Macdonald, L.Shiels
IN: J.Ward, H.Morrison, D.Grainger-Barras
OUT: L.Shiels, C.Nash, C.Macdonald (all managed), D.Howe (sub)
BRISBANE LIONS v WEST COAST
Saturday May 7, 7:25pm at The Gabba
Teams to be released on Friday
MELBOURNE v ST KILDA
Sunday May 8, 1:10pm at MCG
B: J.Bowey, S.May, J.Lever
HB: T.Rivers, H.Petty, J.Hunt
C: A.Brayshaw, C.Petracca, E.Langdon
HF: B.Fritsch, T.McDonald, J.Viney
F: C.Spargo, B.Brown, J.Jordon
FOLL: M.Gawn, C.Oliver, J.Harmes
I/C: L.Jackson, A.Neal-Bullen, T.Sparrow, K.Pickett
EMG: T.Bedford, B.Laurie, S.Weideman, L.Dunstan
IN: H.Petty, L.Jackson, A.Neal-Bullen, T.Sparrow, K.Pickett
OUT: J.Smith (injured), S.Weideman, L.Dunstan, T.Bedford, J.Melksham (omitted), K.Chandler (sub)
B: J.Webster, C.Wilkie, D.Howard
HB: D.McKenzie, J.Battle, J.Sinclair
C: N.Wanganeen-Milera, B.Crouch, B.Hill
HF: M.Wood, T.Membrey, D.Butler
F: R.Marshall, M.King, J.Gresham
FOLL: P.Ryder, S.Ross, J.Steele
I/C (from): B.Paton, B.Long, Z.Jones, J.Higgins,
EMG: M.Windhager, D.Joyce, R.Byrnes, T.Campbell
IN: R.Marshall, Z.Jones,
OUT: J.Lienert, T.Campbell, M.Windhager (all omitted)
CARLTON v ADELAIDE CROWS
Sunday May 8, 4:40pm at Adelaide Oval
B: A.Saad, Le.Young, L.Plowman
HB: Z.Williams, J.Weitering, S.Docherty
C: J.Carroll, P.Crips, L.O’Brien
HF: J.Newnes, C.Curnow, J.Martin
F: Z.Fisher, H.McKay, C.Durdin
FOLL: T.De Koning, S.Walsh, A.Cerra
I/C (from): N.Newman, M.Kennedy, M.Owies, J.Silvagni
OUT: L.Stocker (suspended), M.Cottrell (sub)
B: C.Jones, J.Butts, L.Brown
HB: W.Hamill, T.Doedee, J.Dawson
C: M.Hinge, R.Laird, L.Sholl
HF: L.Murphy, E.Himmelberg, J.Hately
F: S.McAdam, T.Walker, J.Rachele
FOLL: R.O’Brien, B.Keays, S.Berry
I/C (from): L.Gollant, B.Frampton, H.Schoenberg, B.Cook.
EMG: B.Davis, J.Soligo, L.Pedlar, J.Rowe
IN: W.Hamill, M.Hinge,
OUT: N.McHenry, B.Smith (both injured), M.Crouch (omitted)
Originally published as AFL teams: See all the ins and outs for round eight of the 2022 AFL season