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Big Power outage, Demons dump defenders

'The loser definitely can't make it' Wayne Carey and Ben Dixon preview round 21
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 22: Max Gawn of the Demons competes for the ball over Jackson Trengove of the Power  during the round 18 AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Port Adelaide Power at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 22, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images/AFL Media)
Jackson Trengove has been dropped for the clash with Collingwood

- Jackson Trengove among three Power players dropped
- Melbourne axes defenders Christian Salem and Sam Frost
- Dogs get back three flag winners; Greene, Patton in for GWS

PORT Adelaide has responded savagely to its dismal Showdown effort, dumping three players – with the potential for more – ahead of Sunday's clash with Collingwood. 

Versatile tall Jackson Trengove is the biggest name of the dropped trio, joining Aaron Young and ex-Bomber Angus Monfries on the outer. Defender Jack Hombsch (hip) will also miss.

Chad Wingard, after two weeks out with an ankle issue, Dan Houston, Matt White, Brendon Ah Chee, Jake Neade, Dougal Howard and Riley Bonner are the Power ins. Wingard, Houston and Howard are confirmed in the side.

The Magpies were forced to make three changes, with oft-injured Daniel Wells (quad), Levi Greenwood (knee) and Brodie Grundy (suspension) out.

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Josh Daicos is in line to make his much-anticipated debut, among the five ins with Tim Broomhead, Josh Smith, James Aish, Mason Cox and Callum Brown, although he is named on the extended bench. Cox and Brown are confirmed starters.

In other news, Melbourne has swung the axe on defenders Sam Frost and Christian Salem for its must-win battle with St Kilda at the MCG on Sunday. 

The Demons could pick midfielder Angus Brayshaw for his first game since round two after repeat concussions. Josh Wagner, Billy Stretch, Sam Weideman are the other potential additions, with Mitch Hannan guaranteed a start. 

Their opponent, St Kilda, will be without the soon-to-retire Nick Riewoldt (concussion), but could bring back Sam Gilbert, Tom Hickey, Daniel McKenzie and Jack Lonie, all of whom are named on the extended bench.

Greater Western Sydney welcomes back stars Toby Greene and Jonathon Patton as its top-two placing goes on the line against the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on Friday night. 

Patton could form a makeshift ruck combination with Rory Lobb, with the Giants overlooking Dawson Simpson, who impressed in his one game a fortnight ago, in Shane Mumford's suspension absence. Small forward Devon Smith (knee) is also out.

The Bulldogs regain a big name, too, in 2015 All Australian Jake Stringer, who will play his first match in a month after a hamstring injury.

Fellow premiership players Tory Dickson and Josh Dunkley also return in place of Easton Wood (hamstring) and omitted pair Clay Smith and Lukas Webb. Jason Johannisen will miss again after he was a late withdrawal last week with a hamstring issue.

Sydney is backing in the group that upended Geelong a week ago, with skipper Josh Kennedy (hamstring) missing for a second straight week as his Swans host Fremantle at the SCG on Saturday.

The Dockers promoted impressive young ruckman Sean Darcy as well as Matt Taberner and Josh Deluca for Jonathon Griffin (omitted), Hayden Crozier (concussion) and Brady Grey (hamstring).

Brownlow medallist Patrick Dangerfield headlines Geelong's inclusions for its top-four showdown with Richmond at Simonds Stadium on Saturday.

Daniel Menzel, Steven Motlop and Rhys Stanley are also set to bolster the Cats, who lose captain Joel Selwood (ankle) and Tom Hawkins and Mitch Duncan (both suspension). Wylie Buzza was dropped.

Jack Riewoldt will return for in-form Richmond at Anthony Miles' expense, after missing two matches with a nasty eye injury.

Gold Coast's interim coach Dean Solomon will be without his two biggest stars – Gary Ablett (hamstring) and Tom Lynch (knee) – in the QClash with the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba on Saturday.

But the Suns' post-Rodney Eade era will start with David Swallow, Jarryd Lyons, Callum Ah Chee and Ben Ainsworth in the line-up. Recycled duo Jarrad Grant and Mitch Hallahan made way.

Chris Fagan's Lions have lost patience with out-of-form forward Josh Schache, sending him back to the NEAFL after kicking one goal across his past three outings.

NAB AFL Rising Star nominee Alex Witherden's promising start to his career is temporarily on pause, with a hamstring injury costing him his spot. Michael Close and Sam Mayes replace them.

Essendon will rely on a mix of veterans and youth to shake up its line-up ahead of a season-defining match against top side Adelaide at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

James Kelly, Matt Leuenberger, Matt Dea, Jayden Laverde and 2016 No.1 NAB AFL Draft pick Andy McGrath are the Bombers' inclusions.

Tom Bellchambers (foot), Orazio Fantasia (hamstring) and Zach Merrett (suspension) were the forced outs, while Michael Hartley was dropped and Mark Baguley was rested, although he is listed as an emergency.

The red-hot Crows are unchanged.

Another retiring star, Matt Priddis, has fought back from demotion to earn a spot for West Coast in Saturday night's match against Carlton at Domain Stadium.

Nathan Vardy and Lewis Jetta also return to the side in favour of Will Schofield, Chris Masten and Malcolm Karpany.

The Blues made a defensive swap, with Caleb Marchbank (arm) out for Tom Williamson.

Luke Hodge is back from suspension for the Hawks, who have also added Kurt Heatherley and Kade Stewart to their squad for the trip to Launceston to face North Melbourne. Hodge is the only confirmed inclusion, with the others on the extended bench.

The Kangaroos have made just one change so far, with two-gamer Nick Larkey omitted. Jed Anderson, Kayne Turner – after seven weeks out with a knee injury – Jy Simpkin and Cam Zurhaar are possible ins.

Friday, August 11

Western Bulldogs v Greater Western Sydney at Etihad Stadium, 7.50pm AEST

In: J.Stringer, T.Dickson, J.Dunkley
Out: E.Wood (hamstring), C.Smith, L.Webb

In: T.Greene, J.Patton
Out: S.Mumford (suspension), D.Smith (knee)

Saturday, August 12

Sydney v Fremantle at the SCG, 1.45pm AEST

No change

In:M.Taberner, J.Deluca, S.Darcy
Out: J.Griffin, H.Crozier (concussion), B.Grey (hamstring)

Geelong v Richmond at Simonds Stadium, 2.10pm AEST

In:P.Dangerfield, R.Stanley, S.Motlop, D.Menzel
Out: J.Selwood (ankle), T.Hawkins (suspension), M.Duncan (suspension), W.Buzza

In: J.Riewoldt
Out: A.Miles

Brisbane Lions v Gold Coast at the Gabba, 4.35pm AEST

In: M.Close, S.Mayes
Out: A.Witherden (hamstring), J.Schache

In: D.Swallow, J.Lyons, C. Ah Chee, B.Ainsworth
Out: G.Ablett (hamstring), J.Grant, M.Hallahan, T.Lynch (knee)

Essendon v Adelaide at Etihad Stadium, 7.25pm AEST

In: J.Kelly, M.Leuenberger, M.Dea, J.Laverde, A.McGrath
Out: Z.Merrett (suspended), T.Bellchambers (foot), M.Hartley, O.Fantasia (hamstring), M.Baguley (rested)

No change

West Coast v Carlton at Domain Stadium, 5.40pm AWST

In:M.Priddis, N.Vardy, L.Jetta
Out: W.Schofield, C.Masten, M.Karpany

In: T.Williamson 
Out: C.Marchbank (arm)

Sunday, August 13

Melbourne v St Kilda at the MCG, 1.10pm AEST

In: J.Wagner, B.Stretch, A.Brayshaw, S.Weideman, M.Hannan 
Out: S.Frost, C.Salem

In: S.Gilbert, T.Hickey, D.McKenzie, J.Lonie
Out: N.Riewoldt (concussion)

Hawthorn v North Melbourne at UTAS Stadium (Launceston), 3.20pm AEST

In: L.Hodge, K.Heatherley, K.Stewart
Out: -

In: J.Anderson, K.Turner, J.Simpkin, C.Zurhaar
Out: N.Larkey

Port Adelaide v Collingwood at Adelaide Oval, 4.10pm ACST

In: M.White, B.Ah Chee, C.Wingard, J.Neade, D.Howard, D.Houston, R.Bonner
Out: A.Monfries, J.Trengove, A.Young, J.Hombsch (hip)

In: T.Broomhead, J.Smith, J.Aish, M.Cox, C.Brown, J.Daicos 
Out: D.Wells (quad), L.Greenwood (knee), B.Grundy (suspension)
New: Josh Daicos (Oakleigh U18)