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    Sam Mitchell won’t be fit to make a return match against the club with whom he played more than 300 games and won four premierships.

    Mitchell, who joined the West Coast Eagles over the off-season, has fallen victim to an ankle injury that will keep him from playing this weekend. Jack Darling comes back in to replace him.

    While that doesn’t look likely to boost Hawthorn’s fortunes too much, another 0-4 team in Sydney have a lot to be excited about.

    They’re regaining key players Kurt Tippett and Isaac Heeney from injury, Heeney for his first game of the year, as well as Gary Rohan, and are also debuting a youngster, Lewis Melican.

    Notably, they’ve dropped their first draft pick Oliver Florent, and highly-rated young defender Aliir Aliir as part of their changes.

    Sydney’s opponents for the week, GWS, have recalled veteran Steve Johnson, with No.2 draft pick Tim Taranto ‘managed’ to make way.

    Paddy Ryder is back for Port Adelaide after serving a one-match suspension with Dale Thomas and Matthew Kreuzer to miss for their opponents, Carlton.

    Travis Cloke is out for a few weeks for the Western Bulldogs due to some broken ribs, while Steven May will miss for Gold Coast due to a hamstring.

    Brad Crouch will make his return from injury for the Adelaide Crows, as will Mason Wood for North Melbourne.

    Cameron Polson for Carlton and Ed Vickers-Willis for North Melbourne will make their AFL debuts, while Koby Stevens at the Western Bulldogs and Aaron Black at Geelong may make their club debuts, named on extended benches.

    Hawthorn haven’t found any room to bring Ty Vickery back into their side this week after he was a late withdrawal in Round 4.

    You can see all the changes for the teams this week below. Teams for Monday and Tuesday’s matches are yet to be announced, check back later.

    Port Adelaide Power vs Carlton Blues

    7:50pm Friday April 21, Adelaide Oval

    Port Adelaide Power
    IN: Paddy Ryder
    OUT: Matthew White (omitted)

    Carlton Blues
    IN: Cameron Polson, Andrew Phillips
    OUT: Dale Thomas (soreness), Matthew Kreuzer (soreness)
    NEW: Cameron Polson

    Western Bulldogs vs Brisbane Lions

    1:45pm Saturday April 22, Etihad Stadium

    Western Bulldogs
    IN: Shane Biggs
    OUT: Travis Cloke (ribs)

    Brisbane Lions
    IN: Ryan Harwood, Ryan Bastinac, Liam Dawson
    OUT: Rohan Bewick, Tom Bell (omitted), Tom Cutler (hamstring)

    Gold Coast Suns vs Adelaide Crows

    4:35pm Saturday April 22, Metricon Stadium

    Gold Coast Suns
    IN: Callum Ah Chee
    OUT: Steven May (hamstring)

    Adelaide Crows
    IN: Brad Crouch
    OUT: Jake Kelly (injured)

    Sydney Swans vs GWS Giants

    7:25pm Saturday April 22, SCG

    Sydney Swans
    IN: Lewis Melican, Kurt Tippett, Isaac Heeney, Gary Rohan
    OUT: Robbie Fox (knee), Nic Newman, Oliver Florent, Aliir Aliir (omitted)
    NEW: Lewis Melican

    GWS Giants
    IN: Steve Johnson
    OUT: Tim Taranto (managed)

    Fremantle Dockers vs North Melbourne Kangaroos

    7:40pm Saturday April 22, Domain Stadium

    Fremantle Dockers
    IN: Darcy Tucker
    OUT: Harley Balic (hip)

    North Melbourne Kangaroos
    IN: Mason Wood, Ed Vickers-Willis
    OUT: Braydon Preuss (rested), Nathan Hrovat (omitted)
    NEW: Ed Vickers-Willis

    St Kilda Saints vs Geelong Cats

    3:20pm Sunday April 23, Etihad Stadium

    St Kilda Saints
    IN: Billy Longer, Jack Steven, Darren Minchington
    OUT: Tom Hickey (managed), David Armitage (groin), Jack Lonie (omitted)

    Geelong Cats
    IN: George Horlin-Smith, Aaron Black, Darcy Lang
    OUT: James Parsons (suspended), Sam Menegola (suspended), Tom Ruggles (omitted)
    NEW: Aaron Black

    Hawthorn Hawks vs West Coast Eagles

    4:40pm Sunday April 23, MCG

    Hawthorn Hawks
    IN: Daniel Howe
    OUT: Ricky Henderson (omitted)

    West Coast Eagles
    IN: Jack Darling
    OUT: Sam Mitchell (ankle)

    Richmond Tigers vs Melbourne Demons

    7:25pm Monday April 24, MCG

    Richmond Tigers
    IN: Oleg Markov
    OUT: Nick Vlastuin (concussion)

    Melbourne Demons
    IN: Jesse Hogan, Jay Kennedy-Harris, Michael Hibberd, Tim Smith
    OUT: Tomas Bugg, Mitch Hannan, Dean Kent, Sam Weideman (omitted)
    NEW: Michael Hibberd

    Essendon Bombers vs Collingwood Magpies

    3:20pm Tuesday April 25, MCG

    Essendon Bombers
    IN: Ben McNiece, Aaron Francis
    OUT: Conor McKenna (suspended), Kyle Langford (omitted)

    Collingwood Magpies
    IN: Daniel Wells, Mason Cox, Tom Phillips
    OUT: Jesse White, Josh Smith, Jarryd Blair (omitted)
    NEW: Daniel Wells

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    The Crowd Says (21)

    • April 20th 2017 @ 7:52pm
      Zed16 said | April 20th 2017 @ 7:52pm | ! Report

      Need to acknowledge Bolts and his coaching panel. They have invested in youth and are sticking to the program of getting them game time based on merit.

      10 players in the team that are 20 or younger with 7 teenagers.

      Debutant Polson

      There are many nay Sayers however the team has been competitive even when they looked as though they were going to get blown away they stuck to their task and fought back to achieve respectable outcomes.

      As a blues fan naturally i would like the win but we can see progress with many positive signs.

      Bolts and team stick at it and i am enjoying the effort and style of play and with your perseverance, persistence and endeavor you will get there.

      One thing i was taught at a much younger age, “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little bit extra”.

      We know you can and will find the extra and good-luck tomorrow night.

      • April 20th 2017 @ 9:16pm
        mattyb said | April 20th 2017 @ 9:16pm | ! Report

        Carltons to tall for some unknown reason.
        I’m expecting the Blues to carry on in the same sad and tragic fashionas most weeks. I’m finding very little that’s impressing me.
        Never heard fans from such a lowly club carry on about absolutely nothing.

        • April 21st 2017 @ 9:16am
          Macca said | April 21st 2017 @ 9:16am | ! Report

          Mattyb – you keep saying the blues are too tall – could you demonstrate how? Maybe a comparison to other teams?

          An while I find it incredibly surprising that you can find “very little that’s impressing me” considering you never have a good word to say about the blues I was wondering how you justify it given the performances of our debutantes so far SPS, MacReadie, Williamson, Fisher & Pickett and that is before getting to the efforts of Jack Silvagni, Weitering, Marchbank & Plowman.

      • April 20th 2017 @ 9:20pm
        Macca said | April 20th 2017 @ 9:20pm | ! Report

        Yep Zed another great week at the selection table – if we can get Cuningham and McKay in over the coming weeks will have set ourselves up nicely for the future.

        I would be interested to know who the last team to play 10 players under 21 was – GWS perhaps?

        • April 20th 2017 @ 10:04pm
          George said | April 20th 2017 @ 10:04pm | ! Report

          Could be GC too. This round GC will play 11 players 22 or under (4 teenagers).

          • April 21st 2017 @ 12:13am
            Don Freo said | April 21st 2017 @ 12:13am | ! Report

            Freo has had 8 for the last 2 weeks and, along with GWS, they actually perform.

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              April 21st 2017 @ 7:49am
              DingoGray said | April 21st 2017 @ 7:49am | ! Report

              as an outsider I’m really disappointed in the Balic injury. He’s one who I reckon is going to
              be an absolute gun. But obviously just needs games.

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                April 21st 2017 @ 10:48am
                Dalgety Carrington said | April 21st 2017 @ 10:48am | ! Report

                Hopefully he’s only out a wee while, in his couple games at AFL level he’s done some things that show top shelf potential and real footy intellect.

                I reckon an extended run in the team would allow that to grow exponentially, given the type of smart talent he shown in such an early stage.

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                April 21st 2017 @ 11:05am
                AdelaideDocker said | April 21st 2017 @ 11:05am | ! Report

                I’m dissapointed for the kid, but I’m also super glad that it’s Tucker that’s replacing him.

                It’s refreshing to replace youth… with youth.

              • April 21st 2017 @ 2:53pm
                Don Freo said | April 21st 2017 @ 2:53pm | ! Report

                Yep the bonus is that Tucker is back. By the end of the year, they’ll both be regulars with Spurr, Sheridan and Ibbotson being the depth players.

            • April 21st 2017 @ 7:51am
              Macca said | April 21st 2017 @ 7:51am | ! Report

              8 is still less than 10 isn’t it Don?

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                April 21st 2017 @ 8:12am
                DingoGray said | April 21st 2017 @ 8:12am | ! Report

                I’m sure Don can count Macca.

                There’s no mention of that Freo had more, just that they had 8.

                Yet again you are looking for argument.

              • April 21st 2017 @ 9:38am
                Macca said | April 21st 2017 @ 9:38am | ! Report

                Nope Dingo – just observing that when the question is “I would be interested to know who the last team to play 10 players under 21 was?” pointing out that Freo had 8 is irrelevant.

                On the other had Don’s “and, along with GWS, they actually perform” would be termed inflammatory don’t you think?

              • April 21st 2017 @ 2:54pm
                Don Freo said | April 21st 2017 @ 2:54pm | ! Report

                It will be 10 when Balic and Alex Pearce are back.

    • April 21st 2017 @ 12:50am
      Dodgy said | April 21st 2017 @ 12:50am | ! Report

      Find it hard to believe that Allir was dropped for the Swans. Sure, he made a couple of mistakes but at least he provides us with a sadly lacking bit of run.

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        April 21st 2017 @ 7:47am
        DingoGray said | April 21st 2017 @ 7:47am | ! Report

        Yeah I don’t get that decision.

        I have to assume they are going to be sending Sam Reid back in Defence. Which I also don’t quite understand
        considering his start to the year up forward and Swans lack of Forward options outside of Buddy.

        Horse been into the Cobalt?

      • April 21st 2017 @ 9:42am
        Birdman said | April 21st 2017 @ 9:42am | ! Report

        No Aliir? Clearly their best defender with Rampe out IMHO

        Swans officially tanking?

    • Roar Guru

      April 21st 2017 @ 7:48am
      DingoGray said | April 21st 2017 @ 7:48am | ! Report

      Can’t believe I’m writing this but I think Bewick a bit hard done by.

      Bell had to have a spell. I’m surprised Schache or McStay didn’t join him. Close been working hard.
      Has to be close to an inclusion.

      • Roar Guru

        April 21st 2017 @ 9:23am
        Paul D said | April 21st 2017 @ 9:23am | ! Report

        The Lions won’t have the guts to drop Schache while he remains unsigned

    • April 21st 2017 @ 8:07pm
      Michaelj said | April 21st 2017 @ 8:07pm | ! Report

      Zeibel not suspended for a late hit on Cloke was a corrupt decision.

    • April 22nd 2017 @ 6:27am
      Tim R said | April 22nd 2017 @ 6:27am | ! Report

      Hate to see that Preuss is not playing opposite Sandilands, was looking forward to the matchup.