Neale Daniher receives a standing ovation ahead of the 2023 King's Birthday game. Picture: AFL Photos

COLLINGWOOD livewire Jack Ginnivan is a late withdrawal for the Pies' King's Birthday blockbuster against Melbourne.

Ginnivan has been replaced by Reef McInnes, who will play his fifth game for the season. Collingwood has not confirmed the reason for the late change.

Melbourne is unchanged, and has named James Jordon as starting substitute.

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Oleg Markov will take his place at the back of the bench as the Magpies' substitute.

Both teams made one inclusion when the teams were announced on Sunday evening, with Pat Lipinski to play his first game of the season for the Magpies and Michael Hibberd back for the Dees.

Lipinski comes in for the suspended Jordan De Goey in the only change to the Magpies' side, with Josh Daicos (illness), Beau McCreery (ankle) and Will Hoskin-Elliott (ankle) all named despite being under fitness clouds.

Daniel McStay (finger) and Jamie Elliott (shoulder) have missed out despite an expectation they would be fit for the annual clash at the MCG.

The Dees will again be without star midfielder Clayton Oliver, who was ruled out on Friday due to a toe infection.


Brodie Grundy will come up against his former club for the first time after he was traded to the Demons at the end of last year having played 177 games and earned All-Australian selection twice in Collingwood colours, while winning two Copeland Trophies.

In what is an enormous clash at the MCG, Grundy's Melbourne (8-4) takes on high-flying Collingwood (11-1).

The Dees are coming off a win over Carlton, while the Magpies are riding an eight-game winning streak.

Melbourne v Collingwood at the MCG, 3.20pm AEST

Jack Ginnivan replaced in selected side by Reef McInnes

James Jordon
Collingwood: Oleg Markov