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AFL News: Oliver back at last as Dees make big Grundy call, suburban footy club's bold attempt to lure Buddy

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10th August, 2023

Melbourne have handed ruckman Brodie Grundy an AFL recall, while gun midfielder Clayton Oliver will make his long-awaited return from injury in the MCG blockbuster against Carlton.

Grundy, a two-time All-Australian ruckman, was told to work on his forward craft after being sensationally dropped following the Demons’ round-17 win over St Kilda.

But with swingman Harrison Petty ruled out for the rest of the season due to a serious foot injury, Grundy has been rushed back for Saturday’s clash.

Max Gawn has starred as Melbourne’s sole ruckman since Grundy went out of the side and how the two perform together against in-form Carlton will be a big talking point.

Joining Grundy in the Demons’ lineup is Oliver, who has been sidelined by a lingering hamstring injury since round 10.

The 26-year-old ran freely at training on Wednesday and showed no signs of the troublesome hamstring injury in his movement.

The Blues have named the same 22 that came from behind to beat St Kilda for their seventh straight win last week.


Collingwood have lost Brownlow Medal favourite Nick Daicos (knee) along with Steele Sidebottom (foot) to injury for Friday night’s battle against Geelong.

But defender Nathan Murphy has been cleared to play despite initially being ruled out for at least two weeks with an ankle injury.

Will Hoskin-Elliott and Billy Frampton come into the Magpies side, while the Cats have lost Jack Henry to injury.

Adelaide have produced a selection surprise by axing young star Josh Rachele for their crunch clash with the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba on Saturday.

The Lions welcome back ruckman Oscar McInerney from an ankle injury.

Star Gold Coast forward Ben King (knee soreness) will miss Saturday’s game against Sydney, paving the way for Sam Day to play his 150th AFL match.

Suns defender Wil Powell goes out with his season-ending ankle injury, while captain Touk Miller is back from suspension.


West Coast have been boosted by the return of speedy defender Jamaine Jones for Saturday night’s western derby against Fremantle.

Jones, who hasn’t played since injuring his ankle in round 10, joins Sam Petrevski-Seton in the side, but retiring veterans Luke Shuey (hamstring) and Shannon Hurn (Achilles) aren’t ready for a return.

The Dockers have included Karl Worner for his second AFL game to replace injured defender Ethan Hughes (ankle).

North Melbourne have been boosted by the return of retiring veteran Ben Cunnington and young midfielder George Wardlaw for their clash with Essendon.

The Bombers welcomed back Will Snelling but lost Jye Caldwell.

Port Adelaide duo Aliir Aliir and Lachie Jones, who were part of the club’s concussion blunder a fortnight ago, have been named in the extended squad for Sunday’s match against GWS.

Richmond welcome back star veteran Dustin Martin and Dylan Grimes for Sunday’s must-win clash with St Kilda, but Noah Cumberland and Jacob Hopper go out with concussion.



Clayton Oliver of the Demons and Darcy Cameron of the Magpies in action.

(Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Suburban footy club’s bold bid to lure Buddy

A Melbourne suburban football club is hoping family ties could lure Sydney legend Lance Franklin to play a special one-off game next season.

According to the Herald Sun, Northern Football League team Greensborough has made contact with former Swan and close Franklin confidant Michael O’Loughlin about the possibility of the AFL icon, who retired last week after 354 games and 1066 goals for the Swans and Hawthorn, making a brief comeback during the 2024 season.

Their selling point is the Franklin family’s historic connection with the club, with grandfather Ken, great-grandfather Roy and great-uncles Arthur and Don all donning the green guernsey – Franklin even accepted Arthur’s induction into the Greensborough Hall of Fame in a video message in 2016.

While a long shot, any local footy appearance from the soon to be AFL legend would certainly lead to an influx in interest in the club, while O’Loughlin reportedly joked he’d play as well if Franklin could be convinced.