FORMER skipper Nathan Jones has been dropped by Melbourne, who have made three changes to the side that narrowly held on to victory against a disappointing Carlton side last weekend.

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Jones, 32, had just 11 disposals against the Blues and struggled to make an impact, leading to the ever-present and respected midfielder being axed by Simon Goodwin along with No.3 draft pick Luke Jackson and forward Alex Neal-Bullen.

Fellow veteran Michael Hibberd will join him on the emergency list, having failed to earn a recall to the side that will face Essendon on Sunday, with first-round draft pick Kysaiah Pickett returning alongside Mitch Hannan and Aaron vandenBerg.

The Bombers will be without Orazio Fantasia, who joins captain Dyson Heppell on the injury list having initially been named to play on Thursday evening. Conor McKenna returns to the team, as well as youngster Brayden Ham.

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Fremantle will be buoyed by the return of key forward Jesse Hogan for its clash with Port Adelaide on Sunday evening, with veteran Stephen Hill and promising young talent Sam Sturt joining him in a list of quality inclusions for the Dockers.

Ollie Wines will play his first game for the season for the Power, named to replace the injured Ryan Burton having missed last week's Showdown victory after being made to serve a one-match suspension for a COVID-19 breach.

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Meanwhile, Adelaide has named young defender Will Hamill for his AFL debut, with Gold Coast welcoming back co-captain David Swallow and gun recruit Brandon Ellis for their clash at Metricon Stadium.

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Friday, June 19

Western Bulldogs v Greater Western Sydney, Marvel Stadium, 7.50pm AEST

WESTERN BULLDOGS
In: Z.Cordy, T.McLean, T.Liberatore
Out:
R.Gardner (omitted), B.Gowers (omitted), P.Lipinski (omitted)

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY
In: Z.Langdon, L.Ash
Out: 
I.Cumming (omitted), T.Greene (knee)

New: Lachie Ash

Saturday, June 20

North Melbourne v Sydney, Marvel Stadium, 1.45pm AEST

NORTH MELBOURNE
In: P.Ahern
Out:
B.Scott (omitted)

SYDNEY
In: R.Fox
Out:
K.Brand (groin)

Collingwood v St Kilda, MCG, 4.35pm AEST

COLLINGWOOD
In: J.Stephenson, R.Wills
Out:
J.Madgen (omitted), J.Thomas (omitted)

ST KILDA
In: J.Marsh
Out:
J.Geary (hamstring)

Geelong v Carlton, GMHBA Stadium, 7.40pm AEST

GEELONG
In: J.Steven
Out:
B.Parfitt (hamstring)

New: Jack Steven

CARLTON
In: T.Williamson, J.Silvagni
Out:
N.Newman (injured), D.Lang (omitted) 

Brisbane v West Coast, Gabba, 7.40pm AEST

BRISBANE
In: A.Smith
Out:
S.Martin (knee)

WEST COAST
In: W.Schofield, J.Rotham
Out:
J.McGovern (suspension), J.Nelson (omitted)

Sunday, June 21

Gold Coast v Adelaide, Metricon Stadium, 1.05pm AEST

GOLD COAST
In: B.Ellis, D.Swallow
Out:
S.Lemmens (omitted), B.Fiorini (omitted)

ADELAIDE
In: W.Hamill
Out:
W.Milera (foot)  

New: Will Hamill

Essendon v Melbourne, MCG, 3.35pm AEST

ESSENDON
In: C.McKenna, B.Ham
Out:
D.Heppell (ankle), M.Guelfi (omitted)

MELBOURNE
In: M.Hannan, A.vandenBerg, K.Pickett
Out:
N.Jones (omitted), A.Neal-Bullen (omitted), L.Jackson (omitted)

Fremantle v Port Adelaide, Metricon Stadium, 6.10pm AEST

FREMANTLE
In: S.Hill, S.Sturt, J.Hogan
Out:
S.Darcy (knee), T.Duman (omitted), B.Banfield (omitted)

PORT ADELAIDE
In: O.Wines
Out:
R.Burton (knee)