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Round 19 wraps up with the Essendon Bombers taking on the GWS Giants in a virtual elimination final on the Gold Coast. Follow the action from Metricon Stadium with live scores on The Roar from 6:10pm (AEST).
The Bombers sit eighth courtesy of their win over North Melbourne last week, but only percentage is keeping them ahead of Richmond and Fremantle. The Giants, too, will leapfrog them if they can claim victory here, making this match almost a knockout in July.
GWS has had a bizarre week, with star forward Toby Greene one of a group of players sensationally ruled out at the last minute before their clash against Sydney, after attending the Wallabies game in Melbourne which has become a COVID-19 hotspot.
Greene remains in isolation, but in better news, winger Lachie Whitfield is set to return from a concussion, while veteran ruckman Shane Mumford should also earn a recall. However, inconsistent forward Jeremy Finlayson has been omitted, while first-year ruckman Matt Flynn’s season is in doubt after going in for shoulder surgery. Surprisingly, they’ve chosen this week to give former captain Callan Ward a rest.
Meanwhile, the Bombers welcome back star midfielder Dylan Shiel, who has been missing since Round 2 with a serious knee injury.
Dons star Jake Stringer has plenty of cause to celebrate this week, having finally inked a three-year deal to remain at Windy Hill. Can ‘the Package’ inspire the Bombers to retain their place in the eight?
B: 15 Jayden Laverde, 17 James Stewart, 27 Mason Redman
HB: 19 Nick Hind, 14 Jordan Ridley, 21 Dyson Heppell (c)
C: 13 Nik Cox, 7 Zach Merrett, 42 Sam Durham
HF: 16 Archie Perkins, 26 Cale Hooker, 11 David Zaharakis
F: 25 Jake Stringer, 20 Peter Wright, 5 Devon Smith
FOL: 2 Sam Draper, 40 Will Snelling, 3 Darcy Parish
I/C: 9 Dylan Shiel, 12 Tom Cutler, 33 Brayden Ham, 43 Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti
EMG: 8 Martin Gleeson, 24 Nick Bryan, 35 Matt Guelfi, 45 Alec Waterman
IN: Dylan Shiel, David Zaharakis
OUT: Alec Waterman, Matt Guelfi
B: 15 Sam Taylor, 1 Phil Davis, 13 Isaac Cumming
HB: 36 Harry Perryman, 19 Nick Haynes, 40 Adam Kennedy
C: 6 Lachie Whitfield, 12 Tom Green, 22 Josh Kelly
HF: 16 Brent Daniels, 27 Harry Himmelberg, 14 Tim Taranto
F: 5 Tanner Bruhn, 23 Jesse Hogan, 38 Daniel Lloyd
FOLL: 41 Shane Mumford, 3 Stephen Coniglio (c), 2 Jacob Hopper
I/C: 7 Lachie Ash, 33 Xavier O’Halloran, 39 Connor Idun, 50 Sam Reid
EMG: 8 Callan Ward, 26 Jake Riccardi, 28 Zach Sproule, 45 James Peatling
IN: Lachie Ash, Lachie Whitfield, Shane Mumford
OUT: Jeremy Finlayson, Matt Flynn, Callan Ward