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    VFL TEAMS: Willy gets the guns out, debut for Lions legend's son

    All the ins and outs for this week's VFL action

    Nick Rodda celebrates a goal in the 2019 VFL Grand Final. Picture: Getty Images

    WILLIAMSTOWN will welcome back imposing forward Nick Rodda and gun full-back Jack Leslie from injury for Sunday’s Johnson-Callahan Cup heritage match against Port Melbourne at ETU Stadium.

    The big goalkicker hasn’t played since injuring his shoulder against the Borough in round three and returns just in time to face the Seagulls’ arch-rivals again in what is a last-chance saloon for the home team in Eli Templeton’s 100th VFL match.

    Leslie was a late withdrawal from Williamstown’s thrilling draw with Richmond last week but comes straight back into the team, with ruck-forward Joel Ottavi surprisingly dropped alongside veteran Nick Sing.

    Port Melbourne has been similarly boosted, with important ball-winner Mack Rivett and former AFL Kangaroo Declan Watson included for the game among four changes, but it has lost Matt Arnot (groin), Dirk Koenen (concussion) and Jake Gasper (hamstring) to injury, while Tom O’Sullivan Jnr was omitted.

    Coburg has handed a debut to Dinny Cleary, the son of club legend Phil, for its tough clash against the undefeated Footscray at Craigieburn.

    Cleary is joined by Ryan Sturgess, but big midfielder Jacob Ballard (hamstring) will miss.

    The Bulldogs will be below full strength, with Josh Schache, Ed Richards and Riley Garcia all flying to Perth as AFL emergencies.

    Frankston regains star midfielders Nathan Freeman and Anthony Brolic, plus forwards Jack Mentha and Brodie McLaughlin for its must-win match against Collingwood at Olympic Park, but gun midfielder Will Fordham (knee) is out for the season and Bailey Lambert has reinjured his calf.

    The Magpies recalled eight AFL-listed players from the team which lost to Sydney way back in round five, with Callum Brown, Oliver Henry, Brayden Sier, Max Lynch, Tom Wilson, Mark Keane and Anton Tohill all returning.

    Brayden Sier gathers the ball against Geelong in round 11, 2021. Picture: AFL Photos

    Mason Cox, Trent Bianco and Jack Madgen are in the AFL line-up, while Ned Moyle was drafted by Gold Coast and assistant coach Scott Selwood also comes out.

    Aspley welcomes back Matt Eagles from suspension alongside Jono Freeman, Liam Dawson and Tom Baulch for its first trip to Melbourne to meet Box Hill Hawks on Saturday, with the Hawks losing Denver Grainger-Barras from a hefty squad of 31.

    Southport handed the experienced Ryan Davis his first game of the season against his former club Gold Coast in the second Coast Clash at Metricon Stadium, with Josh Williams also returning but Brayden Crossley (ankle) to miss.

    The Suns lost Ben Ainsworth, Josh Corbett and Jeremy Sharp (AFL), plus Jordan Murdoch, with Brayden Fiorini and Chris Burgess among the inclusions.

    Werribee made just one change to face the rejuvenated North Melbourne in Liston medallist Tom Gribble’s 100th VFL appearance and Dom Brew’s 50th, with Connor Thar to debut, while the Kangaroos will be without last week’s matchwinners Will Phillips (AFL), Tyler Roos and Ben Speight, but Jared Polec (hamstring) will play his first game in 12 weeks and Bailey Scott drops back.

    Tim Jones and William Mitchell come in for the Northern Bullants’ first clash against former alignment club Carlton, with former Blue Finbar O’Dwyer (knee) injured last week.

    Carlton lost big men Levi Casboult (suspended) and Alex Mirkov (knee) from a squad of 30.

    Sam Dunell, Dean Kent and Jack Lonie have been named for Sandringham’s clash with Richmond, as has St Kilda’s mid-season draftee Cooper Sharman, with Luke Dunstan, Ben Long, Mason Wood and Nick Coffield elevated to the AFL since the Zebras last played in round six.

    The Tigers lost Marlion Pickett back to the AFL, Samson Ryan to a debut at the top level and Bigoa Nyuon to injury, with Josh Caddy heading the inclusions.

    Casey Demons have named a huge 20 AFL-listed players to face Essendon at Casey Fields on Sunday, with mid-season draftees Kye Declase and Daniel Turner, Sam Weideman, Neville Jetta, Jake Melksham, Aaron Vandenberg, Bailey Laurie and Deakyn and Joel Smith all coming into the team.

    Former captain Jack Hutchins, Zac Foot and Cory Stockdale were desperately unlucky to be left out, with captain Mitch White and vice-captain Jimmy Munro the only two VFL-listed players to retain their spots.

    AFL stars David Zaharakis and Aaron Francis have been selected in a strong Essendon team, while Patrick Ambrose, Tom Cutler, Ned Cahill and Kyle Dunkley also return, with Cody Brand heading a list of youngsters to lose their spots.

    GWS Giants will start overwhelming favourites to defeat Sydney, with the Swans leaving the majority of their reserves players behind in their mad dash out of NSW.

    Sydney will have just nine AFL listees, with at least 13 NAB Leaguers from Bendigo, GWV and Geelong who missed Victoria Country selection to fill in the gaps.

    The Giants brought their entire AFL squad to Melbourne and have a full list to choose from, with just four NAB League players needed.

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    GOLD COAST v SOUTHPORT
    Saturday, June 26, 11am @ Metricon Stadium

    GOLD COAST
    B: 5. J. Harbrow, 20. J. Hombsch, 43. J. McLennan
    HB: 58. J. Johnston, 8. B. Fiorini, 45. L. Towey
    C: 2. R. Atkins, 7. W. Brodie, 52. B. Reeves
    HF: 40. J. Jeffrey, 42. P. Murtagh, 47. H. Oea
    F: 44. D. MacPherson, 29. C. Burgess, 21. J. Townsend
    R: 49. E. Moyle, 41. M. Rosas, 30. A. Davies
    Inter: 60. W. Bella, 50. J. Farrar, 36. E. Hollands, 57. B. Uwland

    Emerg: 54. F. Brown, 55. J. Foggo, 53. A. Harris, 51. M. Pescud

    *AFL emergencies underlined 

    In: W. Bella, C. Burgess, B. Fiorini, B. Reeves
    Out: B. Ainsworth, J. Corbett, J. Sharp (AFL), J. Murdoch

    SOUTHPORT
    B: 12. R. Clark, 8. S. Tape, 32. M. Gahan
    HB: 19. T. Fields, 28. J. Williams, 14. B. Murdoch
    C: 34. B. Gowers, 29. K. Boakye, 25. J. Joyce
    HF: 17. M. Johnson, 16. C. Nutting, 4. M. Manteit
    F: 5. A. Boston, 7. R. Davis, 36. B. Lynch
    R: 22. J. Turner, 3. J. Dawson, 42. M. Selsby
    Inter: 35. R. King, 20. T. Miller, 1. B. Scheer, 10. M. Willis

    Emerg: 23. D. Charlesworth, 38. A. Crossley, 33. M. Doran, 27. J. Travaglini

    In: R. Davis, J. Williams
    Out: B. Crossley (ankle), M. Doran

    Prediction: Southport by 37

    NORTH MELBOURNE v WERRIBEE
    Saturday, June 26, 12pm @ Arden St

    NORTH MELBOURNE
    B: 82. F. Appleby, 81. H. Murphy, 37. K. Hayden
    HB: 34. C. Ham, 66. T. Donnelly, 52. J. Heron
    C: 13. J. Polec, 56. K. Answerth, 33. P. Walker
    HF: 61. J. Clayton, 46. M. Walker, 68. J. Watkins
    F: 35. C. Lazzaro, 73. A. Polidoros, 31. C. Menadue
    R: 63. M. Baker, 57. H. Jones, 53. C. Byrne
    Inter: 15. A. Bosenavulagi, 42. T. Campbell, 40. E. Ford, 8. B. Scott

    Emerg: 85. H. Dick

    *AFL emergencies underlined 

    In: T. Donnelly, J. Polec, A. Polidoros, B. Scott
    Out: W. Phillips (AFL), L. Cunningham (hamstring), T. Roos, B. Speight

    WERRIBEE
    B: 27. J. Clark, 18. N. Cooper, 2. M. Spencer
    HB: 22. B. Malual, 5. N. Coughlan, 3. M. Sodomaco
    C: 4. T. Gribble, 29. D. Brew, 21. L. Pinnuck
    HF: 8. J. Henderson, 7. N. Hayes, 10. J. Maishman
    F: 38. H. Garoni, 1. W. Buzza, 14. R. Kemp
    R: 16. M. Lobbe, 6. S. Mannagh, 11. M. Hanson
    Inter: 13. K. Gray, 30. L. Rocci, 20. H. Stubbings, 45. C. Thar

    Emerg: 39. E. Ajang, 43. D. Bennett, 12. A. Lual, 26. D. Nielson

    In: C. Thar
    Out: A. Lual

    Prediction: Werribee by 24

    COBURG v FOOTSCRAY
    Saturday, June 26, 12pm @ Highgate Reserve

    COBURG
    B: 7. L. Dickson, 6. H. Nolan, 20. T. McKenzie
    HB: 2. J. Corigliano, 15. J. Maibaum, 5. R. Exon
    C: 13. B. Gillard, 17. N. Boucher, 8. T. Silvestro
    HF: 1. L. Nelson, 12. P. McEvoy, 24. C. Thompson
    F: 4. S. Lowson, 31. A. Clarke, 10. M. Podhajski
    R: 29. N. Mullenger-McHugh, 42. M. Lentini, 11. L. Bunker
    Inter: 18. D. Cleary, 36. J. Guthrie, 38. B. Jepson, 9. R. Sturgess

    Emerg: 19. J. Baddeley-Kelly, 44. N. Howard, 26. T. Old, 16. A. Tsialtas

    In: D. Cleary, R. Sturgess
    Out: J. Ballard (hamstring), N. Howard

    FOOTSCRAY
    B: 32. W. Hayes, 2. L. Young, 24. B. Khamis
    HB: 53. L. Sullivan, 54. C. Cormack, 10. E. Wood
    C: 25. B. Cavarra, 62. A. Hodge, 55. R. William
    HF: 26. D. Bedendo, 22. J. Ugle-Hagan, 30. L. McNeil
    F: 66. R. McComb, 52. J. Glass-McCasker, 14. R. West
    R: 41. J. Sweet, 27. P. Lipinski, 65. N. Hamad
    Inter: 51. N. Drummond, 67. E. Macpherson, 50. D. Orgill, 70. B. Van de Heuvel

    Emerg: 60. D. Cassar, 73. C. Craig-Peters, 69. J. Gilbee, 61. L. Nash

    In: B. Van de Heuvel, A. Hodge, N. Drummond, E. Macpherson, D. Orgill
    Out: R. Garcia, E. Richards, J. Schache (AFL), C. Preston, T. Short

    Prediction: Footscray by 28

    COLLINGWOOD v FRANKSTON
    Saturday, June 26, 12.05pm @ Olympic Park Oval, Holden Centre

    COLLINGWOOD
    B: 34. I. Chugg, 11. M. Keane, 21. T. Ruscoe
    HB: 51. L. Tardrew, 47. C. Wellings, 43. A. Tohill
    C: 48. C. Lane, 36. B. Sier, 12. T. Wilson
    HF: 33. J. Ginnivan, 10. W. Kelly, 1. J. Rantall
    F: 35. O. Henry, 54. C. Stackelberg, 29. L. McMahon
    R: 15. M. Lynch, 17. C. Brown, 18. F. Macrae
    Inter: 53. J. Booth, 49. S. Fowler, 45. C. Hustwaite, 52. K. Schreiber

    Emerg: 62. W. Hart, 57. L. McDonnell

    *AFL emergencies underlined 

    In: Brown, Henry, Keane, Lynch, Ruscoe, Sier, Tohill, Wilson
    Out: T. Bianco, M. Cox, J. Madgen (AFL), N. Moyle (Gold Coast), Y. Dib, S. Glover (hamstring), McDonnell, S. Selwood

    FRANKSTON
    B: 44. J. Crocker, 30. B. McCormack, 36. C. Jones
    HB: 6. T. Small, 14. L. Hiscock, 4. M. Williams
    C: 26. W. Arthurson, 2. J. Newman, 21. M. Cox
    HF: 37. A. Richards, 35. R. D'Arcy, 22. C. Riley
    F: 3. J. Mentha, 5. K. Owens, 42. J. Stern
    R: 23. J. Berry, 43. J. Voss, 1. J. Begley
    Inter: 11. A. Brolic, 9. N. Freeman, 28. B. McLaughlin, 16. J. Rendell

    Emerg: 12. A. Krakauer, 39. H. Loughnan, 31. W. Mackay

    In: Brolic, Freeman, Mentha, McLaughlin, McCormack
    Out: T. Barlow, Krakauer, B. Lambert (calf), Mackay, A. Styles 

    Prediction: Collingwood by 5 

    BOX HILL HAWKS v ASPLEY
    Saturday, June 26, 1pm @ Box Hill City Oval (WBC 94.1FM, www.3wbc.org.au)

    BOX HILL HAWKS
    B: 30. D. Greaves, 28. K. Hartigan, 50. D. Mascitti
    HB: 11. C. Nash, 27. M. Hartley, 23. T. O'Brien
    C: 41. C. Downie, 44. J. Newcombe, 21. T. Phillips
    HF: 13. O. Hanrahan, 25. J. Callow, 35. J. Morris
    F: 42. T. Brockman, 39. E. Jeka, 31. K. Brooksby
    R: 37. N. Reeves, 24. J. Cousins, 32. F. Maginness
    Inter: 51. V. Adduci, 79. C. Beasley, 53. H. Beasley, 58. J. Cucinotta, 82. L. D'Angelo, 12. W. Day, 66. M. DeWit, 56. F. Greene, 62. S. Horner, 61. B. Kilpatrick, 60. E. Phillips, 55. C. Porter, 43. J. Saunders

    *extended AFL interchange underlined 

    In: C. Beasley, Brockman, Cousins, Cucinotta, D'Angelo, Day, Hartigan, Nash, Newcombe, O'Brien, T. Phillips, Porter
    Out: D. Grainger-Barras (AFL), T. Mynott (managed), H. Pepper

    ASPLEY
    B: 18. J. Arnold, 20. M. Eagles, 6. E. Wasley-Black
    HB: 24. L. Dawson, 34. I. Corvo, 8. M. Payne
    C: 7. C. Lyons, 9. J. Allison, 30. J. Warren
    HF: 14. J. Rolls, 11. M. Hammelmann, 12. R. Toye
    F: 13. T. Baulch, 10. C. Stackelberg, 2. J. Hayden
    R: 17. J. Freeman, 4. R. Bastinac, 16. J. Giles
    Inter: 26. R. Banks-Smith, 41. J. Craven, 28. J. Lipscombe, 22. T. Templeton

    Emerg: 21. J. Fitzpatrick, 19. D. Smith

    In: Baulch, Dawson, Eagles, Freeman, Warren
    Out: Fitzpatrick, J. Ivers (shoulder), W. Gowers (hip), B. Dale, L. Jellyman-Turner (hand)

    Prediction: Box Hill Hawks by 33

    SANDRINGHAM v RICHMOND
    Saturday, June 26, 2pm @ Wilson Storage Trevor Barker Beach Oval (Casey Radio 97.7FM, www.caseyradio.com.au)

    SANDRINGHAM
    B: 30. M. Allison, 39. D. Joyce, 75. S. Dunell
    HB: 82. D. Frampton, 38. O. Clavarino, 50. A. Seaton
    C: 55. D. Coffield, 25. D. Kent, 57. J. McHale
    HF: 69. C. Henness, 65. C. Carey, 13. J. Lonie
    F: 86. D. Hipwell, 49. C. Sharman, 61. T. Milne
    R: 47. P. Hunter, 63. G. Lok, 62. M. Riordan
    Inter: 45. S. Alabakis, 56. F. Bayne, 37. L. Connolly, 74. O. Lewis

    Emerg: 68. B. Bailey, 54. J. Gasparini, 52. J. Hille, 53. R. Virtue

    *AFL emergencies underlined 

    In: Bayne, Connolly, Dunell, Frampton, Kent, Lonie, Sharman
    Out: B. Long, L. Dunstan, M. Wood (AFL), N. Coffield (AFL emerg), L. Dalmau, J. Ross, H. Smith

    RICHMOND
    B: 31. R. Mansell, 65. J. Nathan, 53. G. McDonagh
    HB: 17. D. Rioli, 5. J. Ross, 44. S. Stack
    C: 43. D. Eggmolesse-Smith, 26. R. Collier-Dawkins, 6. P. Naish
    HF: 38. N. Cumberland, 49. M. Rioli, 45. H. Ralphsmith
    F: 22. J. Caddy, 42. R. Garthwaite, 37. M. Parker
    R: 46. B. Miller, 36. W. Martyn, 27. T. Dow
    Inter: 66. B. Henderson, 52. A. Hicks, 54. B. Melville, 55. L. Street

    Emerg: 68. M. Bartlett, 63. D. Cook, 57. N. Oakes, 58. C. Olden

    *AFL emergencies underlined 

    In: Caddy, Henderson, Melville
    Out: M. Pickett, S. Ryan (AFL), B. Nyuon (injured)

    Prediction: Richmond by 31

    CASEY DEMONS v ESSENDON
    Sunday, June 27, 12pm @ Casey Fields (7Mate, 7Plus)

    CASEY DEMONS
    B: 41. J. Lockhart, 44. J. Smith, 42. D. Turner
    HB: 17. J. Bowey, 46. A. Bradtke, 39. N. Jetta
    C: 33. O. Baker, 37. K. Chandler, 51. K. Declase
    HF: 16. B. Laurie, 26. S. Weideman, 18. J. Melksham
    F: 12. T. Bedford, 50. B. Brown, 38. M. Brown
    R: 28. M. Daw, 22. A. Vandenberg, 2. N. Jones
    Inter: 47. J. Munro, 19. F. Rosman, 34. D. Smith, 52. M. White

    Emerg: 73. J. Bell, 67. T. Freeman, 68. G. Grey, 76. R. Sparkes

    *AFL emergencies underlined 

    In: Declase (Werribee), Jetta, Laurie, Melksham, D. Smith, J. Smith, Turner, Vandenberg, Weideman
    Out: T. Sparrow (AFL), Bell, C. Ellison, Z. Foot, Freeman, Grey, J. Hutchins, Sparkes, C. Stockdale

    ESSENDON
    B: 32. J. Eyre, 10. A. Francis, 8. M. Gleeson
    HB: 12. T. Cutler, 31. Z. Reid, 54. D. Thompson
    C: 77. K. Dunkley, 60. J. Atley, 42. S. Durham
    HF: 28. N. Cahill, 29. P. Ambrose, 49. T. Hird
    F: 36. L. Johnson, 41. C. McBride, 34. A. Phillips
    R: 24. N. Bryan, 63. N. O'Kearney, 11. D. Zaharakis
    Inter: 58. J. Hobbs, 79. B. Morgan, 75. M. Simpson, 78. J. Smithson

    Emerg: 67. K. Brown, 64. W. Derksen, 61. S. Graham, 51. S. McLarty

    *AFL emergencies underlined 

    In: Ambrose, Cahill, Cutler, Dunkley, Francis, Zaharakis
    Out: C. Brand, C. Byrne, S. Conforti, J. Evans, B. Rowles

    Prediction: Casey Demons by 33

    NORTHERN BULLANTS v CARLTON
    Sunday, June 27, 1.05pm @ Preston City Oval

    NORTHERN BULLANTS
    B: 36. K. Quirk, 23. D. Lawrence, 27. B. Silvagni
    HB: 2. Z. Hart, 20. M. El Nour, 10. M. King
    C: 4. L. Mackie, 11. T. Jones, 6. G. Strachan
    HF: 30. H. Kennedy, 16. T. Smith, 3. J. Velissaris
    F: 24. N. Honey, 26. J. Boyd, 5. W. Murphy
    R: 40. D. Hughes, 15. P. Ahern, 1. T. Wilson
    Inter: 9. S. Brazier, 32. M. Gundry, 43. W. Mitchell, 41. J. Murphy

    Emerg: 25. B. Hurley, 14. H. Kerbatieh, T. Mills

    In: Jones, Mitchell
    Out: F. O'Dwyer (knee), D. Stone

    CARLTON
    B: 17. B. Kemp, 71. S. Radovanovic, 33. S. Ramsay
    HB: 24. N. Newman, 26. L. Parks, 31. T. Williamson
    C: 46. M. Cottrell, 5. S. Petrevski-Seton, 4. L. O'Brien
    HF: 67. J. Boyd, 55. T. Wooller, 36. J. Honey
    F: 8. L. Fogarty, 62. B. Crocker, 3. M. Murphy
    R: 61. L. Goetz, 16. J. Carroll, 32. J. Newnes
    Inter: 74. B. Caluzzi, 77. E. Delany, 29. C. Durdin, 60. A. Gundry, 57. C. Hirst, 79. D. Marshall, 51. T. North, 52. J. Parsons, 80. M. Shannon, 64. C. Stephens, 50. R. Stoddart, 78. J. Trudgeon

    *extended AFL interchange underlined 

    In: Delany, Fogarty, Goetz, Gundry, Marshall, Newman, Newnes, Parks, Ramsay, Trudgeon
    Out: L. Casboult (suspended), A. Mirkov (knee)

    Prediction: Carlton by 22 

    PORT MELBOURNE v WILLIAMSTOWN
    Sunday, June 27, 2pm @ ETU Stadium (Casey Radio 97.7FM, www.caseyradio.com.au)

    PORT MELBOURNE
    B: 34. K. Reid, 20. D. Watson, 6. F. Roberts
    HB: 12. P. Lewis-Smith, 37. H. Hooper, 30. E. Phillips
    C: 13. C. Wagner, 21. B. Jolley, 29. C. Walker
    HF: 19. A. Anastasio, 15. P. Kerr, 17. M. Signorello
    F: 31. N. Stathopoulos, 28. J. May, 18. M. Wooffindin
    R: 36. J. Hotchkin, 4. T. O'Sullivan, 3. E. Templeton
    Inter: 5. I. Conway, 14. N. Holmes, 38. J. O'Sullivan, 1. M. Rivett

    Emerg: 9. C. Hodges, 11. C. Jansen, 22. L. McKenna, 43. T. O'Sullivan

    In: May, J. O'Sullivan, Rivett, Watson
    Out: M. Arnot (groin), J. Gasper (hamstring), D. Koenen (concussion), T. O’Sullivan Jnr

    WILLIAMSTOWN
    B: 18. J. Greiser, 29. H. Macreadie, 39. J. Toner
    HB: 35. C. Dean, 25. T. Miles, 23. C. Polson
    C: 32. D. Andrews, 8. N. Mellington, 9. A. Marcon
    HF: 1. L. Meadows, 4. B. Myers, 34. M. Mellis
    F: 36. D. Henderson, 16. N. Rodda, 3. C. Rich
    R: 11. T. Downie, 6. L. Hunt, 2. M. Hibberd
    Inter: 26. N. Ebinger, 14. J. Gallucci, 28. N. Gown, 12. J. Leslie

    Emerg: 37. D. Mott, 20. J. Ottavi, 22. J. Pickess, 7. N. Sing

    In: N. Rodda, J. Leslie
    Out: J. Ottavi, N. Sing 

    Prediction: Williamstown by 16

    GWS GIANTS v SYDNEY
    Sunday, June 27, 5.45pm @ Olympic Park Oval, Holden Centre

    GWS GIANTS
    B: 52. A. Baker, 42. J. Stein, 29. C. Fleeton
    HB: 45. J. Peatling, 46. C. Brown, 10. J. Wehr
    C: 9. R. Angwin, 18. C. Stone, 33. X. O'Halloran
    HF: 73. H. Grintell, 28. Z. Sproule, 35. W. Shaw
    F: 71. F. Kelly, 26. J. Riccardi, 58. R. Pollock
    R: 80. N. Madden, 34. N. Shipley, 76. L. Chisholm
    Inter: 7. L. Ash, 32. K. Briggs, 5. T. Bruhn, 21. M. Buntine, 16. B. Daniels, 12. T. Green, 40. A. Kennedy, 41. S. Mumford, 63. B. Rauter

    *extended AFL interchange underlined

    In: Ash, Briggs, Daniels, T. Green, Grintell, F. Kelly, Kennedy, Madden, Mumford, Rauter, Stone, Wehr
    Out: X. Barry-Murphy, J. Field, T. Garvey, B. Reid, A. Smout, A. Wolff, Z. Youlten (COVID rules)

    SYDNEY
    B: 22. N. Blakey, 17. W. Gould, M. Keast
    HB: F. Ellis-Castle, S. Witherden, 38. C. O'Riordan
    C: 3. D. Stephens, 4. R. Clarke, 28. L. Taylor
    HF: W. Kilpatrick, C. Maxted, I. Lovison
    F: R. O'Keefe, 41. H. McLean, 25. B. Ronke
    R: 18. C. Sinclair, F. Marris, K. Skene
    Inter: G. Bove, C. Smith, O. Wiltshire, L. Young

    Emerg: L. Kidd

    * AFL emergencies underlined

    In: Bove, Ellis-Castle, Keast, Kilpatrick, Lovison, Marris, Maxted, McLean, O’Keefe, Skene, Smith, Wiltshire, Witherden, Young
    Out: Brand (AFL), Carruthers, Cordell, Geddes, Gray, A. Gulden, Hebron, Ling, McAndrew, Morrison, O’Connor, Sheather, Thorne, Van Huistedde (COVID rules)

    Prediction: GWS Giants by 38

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    Northern Bullants players celebrate their round 11, 2021 win. Picture: Northern Bullants FC via Twitter

    "IT'S one win but given what this footy club has endured over the last 12 months it's one to savour. Proud and happy for everyone who is connected in some way to the Ants."

    Sometimes home-and-away victories can be just as important – and almost as enjoyable – as winning a premiership.

    A big call, sure, but for everybody involved with the Northern Bullants, Sunday’s 32-point VFL triumph over Carlton at Preston City Oval fitted the bill, and coach Josh Fraser’s tweet above shows it was about much, much more than just four premiership points.

    Preston Football Club’s 138 years of history was on the brink in March 2020 after Carlton ended their alignment, so for the Bullants to not only survive but convincingly beat the Blues is a story that movies have been made from.

    Buoyed by a late fightback against Frankston last week, the Bullants gained confidence from sticking with Carlton early, going into the quarter-time break seven points down, and they got a sniff when heart-and-soul skipper Tom Wilson levelled the scores early in the second term.

    Three times Carlton regained the lead and three times the home team responded within minutes, going into into half-time five points up and cock-a-hoop on the back of Tynan Smith’s third goal.

    Paul Ahern helped stretch the lead to 13 and despite Corey Durdin bringing the Blues back within six, something clicked that said this was going to be a red and white day.

    The Bullants had 11 of the next 12 scoring shots and led by 42 points when Matthew King kicked truly entering time-on of the final quarter, and while Carlton did boot the last two majors, the Ants were already in party mode and everybody involved in the club was in the circle to belt out the loudest song heard from the Preston rooms in many years.

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    Daniel Hughes was terrific in the ruck for the Bullants with 33 hitouts, providing first use to William Mitchell (28), Wilson (23, two goals), Billy Murphy (21, two goals) and Kye Quirk (21), while Smith was a matchwinner with seven marks and four goals.

    Sam Ramsay (29) and James Parson (27) were best for the Blues, while Toby Wooller kicked three goals, but they missed a golden opportunity to enter the top eight.

    Williamstown retained the Johnson-Callahan Cup when it powered away from Port Melbourne to win by 37 points at ETU Stadium.

    A woeful display of goalkicking saw the score at 0.7 to 0.5, until Harvey Hooper slotted the hardest shot of the lot from the boundary after 25 minutes to give the Borough an eight-point lead at the first break as tempers boiled over.

    Seagull Daly Andrews was doubled over in Port’s forward line for several minutes before Borough star Corey Wagner was clattered by a late bump on the siren and almost every player got involved in the skirmish.

    It sparked Williamstown to life as Nick Rodda kicked his side's first goal early in the second and the Seagulls kicked the next nine to get out by as much as 48 points.

    Rodda (four goals) marked everything in his first game since these two clubs' previous meeting in round three, while at the other end Port couldn’t find a way through Charlie Dean (11 marks), Jack Leslie and Harry Macreadie, with Teia Miles and Jake Greiser providing the springboard off half-back and Darby Henderson putting in one of his best VFL games.

    The Borough kicked the last three goals of the third quarter after Declan Watson was shifted forward, with Anthony Anastasio providing dash, Nash Holmes and Wagner working hard and 100-gamer Eli Templeton, skipper Tom O’Sullivan and backman Perry Lewis-Smith refusing to concede.

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    But Williamstown snuffed out the rally with the first three goals of the last term to claim its fourth win (and a draw) from their past five clashes.

    Ben Brown returned to form with five goals as the Casey Demons wore Essendon down by 48 points at Casey Fields.

    Brown took eight marks and had 14 kicks to cap off the dominance of Melbourne legend Nathan Jones, who turned back the clock with 36 disposals, 11 clearances, six tackles and a goal to also remind Simon Goodwin of his presence.

    Essendon hit the lead midway through the third term, but Casey responded with 6.6 unanswered across the next 30 minutes.

    Aaron Vandenberg impressed with 28 disposals and seven tackles in his first game since a quad injury in April, while Jake Bowey and Jake Melksham were also good and Sam Weideman pulled in 11 marks as a second ruckman, but kicked 1.3.

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    Nick O’Kearney was the Bombers’ best with 28 touches and eight marks, while Tom Cutler (35) and Joe Atley (28) won plenty of the ball and David Zaharakis found some touch with 27 disposals.

    Son of a gun Tom Hird had his best game as a Bomber with 20 disposals and a goal.

    GWS made the most of an undermanned Sydney to win by 38 points at the Holden Centre.

    With the Swans leaving most of their VFL players in Sydney last week, they needed 13 Vic Country NAB Leaguers to field a team.

    Tom Green (35) and Xavier O’Halloran (26) took full toll for GWS and Jake Riccardi kicked 3.4, while Callum Sinclair was best on ground for the Swans with 25 disposals, six marks, 45 hitouts and a goal, feeding Lewis Taylor (32, two goals) and Ryan Clarke (30).

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    SUNDAY, JUNE 27
    Casey Demons 13.14 (92) def Essendon 6.8 (44) (Match Centre)
    Northern Bullants 14.16 (100) def Carlton 10.8 (68) (Match Centre)
    Port Melbourne 6.14 (50) lost to Williamstown 12.15 (87) (Match Centre)
    GWS Giants 13.15 (93) def Sydney 8.7 (55) (Match Centre)

    SATURDAY, JUNE 26
    North Melbourne 14.4 (88) def Werribee 12.11 (83) (Match Centre)
    Coburg 7.10 (52) lost to Footscray 13.6 (84) (Match Centre)
    Collingwood 16.8 (104) def Frankston 9.11 (65) (Match Centre)
    Box Hill Hawks 15.19 (109) def Aspley 7.5 (47) (Match Centre)
    Sandringham 14.12 (96) def Richmond 10.6 (66) (Match Centre)

    FRIDAY, JUNE 25
    Brisbane Lions 8.6 (54) lost to Geelong 26.16 (172) (Match Centre)

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