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The GWS Giants welcome back star forward Toby Greene for their trip to Tasmania to take on the last-placed North Melbourne Kangaroos. Follow the action from the Apple Isle here on The Roar with live scores from 3:20pm (AEST).
Greene’s return from a fractured shoulder in Round 9 is a major boon for the Giants, as they aim to continue their push for a finals berth in the second half of the season. Sitting eleventh with a 5-6 record, Leon Cameron’s team has long appeared the best side outside the top eight, and crosstown rivals Sydney look suddenly vulnerable ahead of them.
Less heralded than the acting captain, but no less important, is tagger Matt de Boer’s return from a long-term hamstring injury. The veteran hasn’t played since Round 3, and it will be interesting to see if the Giants opt to send him straight to the likes of Ben Cunnington, or opt to trust their emerging midfield brigade to go head-to-head with their Roos counterparts.
With just one win up to the byes, 2021 has been tough going for the Roos and new coach David Noble. There have, however, been positives to take out of the doom and gloom – Aaron Hall has been a revelation across half-back, Ben McKay has made a key defensive post his own, while Luke Davies-Uniacke continues to improve in midfield.
In a further boost, veteran key back Robbie Tarrant will play his first match of the season, after undergoing surgery on his kidney back in March. Recruit Jaidyn Stephenson will also return from a wrist injury.
Both these teams had their byes in Round 12, so should be fresh and raring to go for this clash in chilly Hobart. The win has often played a major role in matches here; look for some more zany moments if the ball gets caught in a stiff breeze.
North Melbourne Kangaroos
B: 28 Kayne Turner, 23 Ben McKay, 18 Shaun Atley
HB: 43 Aaron Hall, 25 Robbie Tarrant, 7 Jack Ziebell (c)
C: 14 Trent Dumont, 10 Ben Cunnington, 17 Lachie Young
HF: 2 Jaidyn Stephenson, 19 Josh Walker, 44 Cameron Zurhaar
F: 26 Tarryn Thomas, 20 Nick Larkey, 6 Taylor Garner
FOLL: 22 Todd Goldstein, 9 Luke Davies-Uniacke, 12 Jy Simpkin
INT: 1 Jack Mahony, 8 Bailey Scott, 24 Tom Powell, 38 Tristan Xerri
EMG: 5 Curtis Taylor, 15 Atu Bosenavulagi, 29 Will Phillips, 42 Tom Campbell
IN: Jaidyn Stephenson, Robbie Tarrant, Tristan Xerri
OUT: Connor Menadue, Curtis Taylor, Tom Campbell, Charlie Lazzaro (R11 medical sub)
B: 44 Jack Buckley, 19 Nick Haynes, 50 Sam Reid
HB: 39 Connor Idun, 13 Isaac Cumming, 7 Lachie Ash
C: 6 Lachie Whitfield, 8 Callan Ward, 22 Josh Kelly
HF: 37 Ian Hill, 31 Jeremy Finlayson, 12 Tom Green
F: 4 Toby Greene (c), 27 Harry Himmelberg, 38 Daniel Lloyd
FOLL: 41 Shane Mumford, 14 Tim Taranto, 2 Jacob Hopper
INT: 24 Matt de Boer, 30 Matt Flynn, 40 Adam Kennedy, 42 Jake Stein
EMG: 5 Tanner Bruhn, 28 Zach Sproule, 33 Xavier O’Halloran, 46 Callum Brown
IN: Toby Greene, Matt de Boer, Adam Kennedy, Jake Stein
OUT: Jake Riccardi, Matt Buntine, Xavier O’Halloran, Zach Sproule, Callum Brown (R11 medical sub)