TEAMS: Pies, Giants axe three, here comes the top Cat

GEELONG captain Melissa Hickey is set to make her return from a torn right ACL after being named in the Cats' final team for their match against Adelaide on Sunday.

It will be Hickey's first match since round six last season when she was playing for Melbourne.

Joining her is Richelle Cranston – returning from a two-match suspension for rough conduct – with ruck Aasta O'Connor (right knee) and Cassie Blakeway (omitted) missing out.

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Greater Western Sydney had originally made four changes to its side but has had to make a further alteration with defender Emma Swanson failing to recover from a left shoulder injury suffered when she crashed into the goal-post last round.

Phoebe Monahan was out but has come into the 21, with the omitted Haneen Zreika named as an emergency alongside Delma Gisu.

Winless side Collingwood has also made four changes. High-profile Pies rookie Sharni Layton is among the omissions, with Magpies key forward Sophie Alexander making a welcome return.

Adelaide's final team sees just one change, with co-captain Chelsea Randall (hamstring tightness) coming in for Maisie Nankivell (managed). Jenna McCormick is named as an emergency, with the club deciding to give her a break after extensive W-League commitments.

Brisbane has made two changes for its match on Sunday against Melbourne, with Sharni Webb (injured) and Arianna Clarke (suspended) replaced by Brianna Koenen and Gabby Collingwood.

Opponents Melbourne has an unchanged side.

Debutantes this round include North Melbourne forward duo Chloe Haines (playing her first AFLW game ever in her home state of Tasmania) and Courteney Munn, Fremantle pair Laura Pugh and Brianna Moyes and Giants forward Tait Mackrill.

Magpies Nicole Hildebrand and Maddie Shevlin will play their first games for the club, after crossing from Brisbane and Melbourne, respectively.

Tayla Harris comes back into Carlton's line-up after withdrawing late with a shoulder complaint, as Emma Mackie (concussion) does the same for the Western Bulldogs.

Friday, February 15

North Melbourne v Western Bulldogs, 7.15pm AEDT

NORTH MELBOURNE

B: J.Trend 21, B.Gibson 18, J.Grierson 19
HB: D.Hardiman 31, T.Randall 16, J.Duffin 27
C: E.Kearney (c) 9
HF: K.Ashmore 10, K.Gillespie-Jones 5, D.Bateman 11
F: M.Hope 23, J.Garner 25, C.Munn 13
Foll: Emma King 60, J.Stanton 17, J.Bruton 35
I/C: Elisha King 4, E.Humphries 6, A.Drennan 8, N.Bresnehan 12, C.Haines 29
Emg: T.Mesiti 3, G.Nanscawen 22             

In: C.Munn, C.Haines
Out: S.Abbatangelo (Injured), A.Riddell (ankle)

WESTERN BULLDOGS 

B: N.Ferres 16, L.Spark 11, B.Hunt 21
HB: N.Callinan 10, T.Ernst 19, H.Scott 22
C: K.Lamb 27
HF: L.Birch 18, K.Brennan (c) 3, M.Conti 8
F: A.McCarthy 15, E.Mackie 25, A.Utri 23
Foll: K.Rennie 24, A.Gogos 36, E.Blackburn 2
I/C: C.Moody 13, H.Wildes 17, B.Toogood 28, D.Berry 7, B.Smith 12
Emg: E.Brown 9, E.Gamble 14

In: E.Mackie, H.Wildes
Out: K.McLeod, E.Brown

Saturday, February 16

Greater Western Sydney v Carlton at Blacktown International Sportspark, 4.45pm AEDT

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY 

B: E.Brush 10, R.Tomkins 1, P.Randall 21
HB: A.Farrugia (c), L.Stephenson 12, P.Monahan 28
C: A.Eva 2
HF: R.Beeson 6, J.Barclay 34, Y.Bonner 27
F: C.Bernardi 4, C.Staunton 13, T.Mackrill 32
Foll: E.McKinnon 23, J.Dal Pos 7, C.Gum 26
I/C: M.Collier 14, T.Hetherington 9, E.Bennetts 22, A.Parker 3, J.Hicks 5  
Emg: D.Gisu 30, H.Zreika 24

In: R.Tomkins, T.Mackrill, M.Collier, J.Hicks
Out: B.Perry, H.Zreika, P.Monahan, N.Barr (suspension), E.Swanson (injured)

CARLTON 

B: L.Brazzale 12, K.Harrington 9, J.Hosking 11
HB: N.Stevens 21, J.Van Dyk 36, G.Pound 6
C: B.Davey (c) 1
HF: M.Prespakis 4, T.Harris 7, K.Loynes 2
F: N.Plane 32, D.Vescio 3, J.Edwards 25
Foll: A.Downie 30, A.Mullane 8, B.Moody 16
I/C: K.Bentley 13, C.Dalton 15, G.Gee 19, S.Hosking 10, B.Walker 14         
Emg: A.McKay 5, R.Watt 22

In: T.Harris, B.Walker
Out: R.Watt, S.Audley

Fremantle v Collingwood at Fremantle Oval, 4.15pm AWST

FREMANTLE

B: E.Gooch 8, T.Bresland 5, A.Stannett 24
HB: A.Williams 9, E.Antonio 12, S.Cain 20
C: P.Seth 18           
HF: K.Gibson 21, G.Houghton 27, L.Pugh 32
F: S.Duffy 6, A.Sharp 1, M.Caulfield 10
Foll: P.Laurie 11, D.Hooker 17, K.Donnellan (c) 15
I/C: H.Miller 19, K.Grieve 13, A.Atkins 37, B.Moyes 55, K.Bowers 2
Emg: L.Mascall 14, C.Stubbs 4

In: L.Pugh, B.Moyes
Out: G.O'Sullivan (suspension), L.Mascall 

COLLINGWOOD 

B: J.Allen 6, A.Brazill 10, I.Ross 21
HB: S.Livingstone 12, R.Schleicher 18, N.Hildebrand 3
C: B.Bonnici 8
HF: S.Dargan 46, S.D'Arcy 4, K.Lynch 16
F: S.Rowe 7, S.Alexander 24, C.McIntosh 20
Foll: E.Hynes 11, S.Chiocci (c) 17, J.Lambert 13
I/C: S.Casey 22, M.Shevlin 35, G.Gourlay 32, M.Cann 25, H.Whitford 28  
Emg: S.Layton 1, J.Membrey 31

In: N.Hildebrand, S.Alexander, M.Shevlin, H.Whitford
Out: L.Butler, E.Fowler, S.Layton, E.Grant (injured)      

Sunday, February 17

Adelaide v Geelong at Norwood Oval, 2.05pm ACDT

ADELAIDE 

B: D.Cox 31, S.Allan 39, M.Rajcic 32
HB: A.Foley 3, A.Hatchard 33, C.Cramey 22
C: C.Randall 26,        
HF: C.Scheer 4, D.Varnhagen 9, E.Jones 2
F: A.Considine, S.Thompson 14, R.Forth 27
Foll: J.Foley 24, E.Marinoff 10, E.Phillips (c) 13
I/C: H.Martin 6, S.Li 19, S.Perkins 28, J.Mules 23, D.Ponter 15
Emg: J.McCormick 5, S.Riley 8 

In: C.Randall, 
Out: M.Nankivell (managed)

GEELONG 

B: A.Teague 40, R.Goring (c) 44, G.Clarke 17  
HB: M.Hickey (c), M.McDonald 11, R.Webster 21
C: R.Cranston 30
HF: D.Taylor 28, M.Boyd 26, S.Van De Heuvel 27
F: K.Darby 8, P.McWilliams 23, J.Ivey 5
Foll: E.Hoare 46, J.Crockett-Grills 6, O.Purcell 16 
I/C: D.Orr 2, M.Clifford 7, M.McMahon 24, R.Garing 12, M.Keryk 45
Emg: M.Fogas 13, C.Blakeway 4 

In: M.Hickey, R.Cranston
Out: A.O'Connor (knee), C.Blakeway

Brisbane v Melbourne at Hickey Park, 3.35pm AEST

BRISBANE

B: S.Virgo 5,L.Kaslar (c), L.Arnell 16, S.Webb 4, 
HB: S.Campbell 20, K.Lutkins 13, E.Bates 1
C: N.Exon 15 
HF: M.Dowrick 33, J.Tawhiao-Wardlaw 30, E.Zielke 8
F: J.Wuetschner 23, S.Frederick-Traub 14, J.Zanchetta 7
Foll: L.Bella 32, B.Koenen 3 , A.Anderson 18, 
I/C: G.Collingwood 28, T.Groves-Little 26, P.Parker 10, E.Pittman 19, K.McCarthy 9
Emg: J. Ellenger 29, N.Grider 17

In: B.Koenen, G.Collingwood
Out: S.Webb (injured), A.Clarke (suspension)

MELBOURNE

B:  M.Downie 2, H.Cordner 21, A.Woodland 19
HB: S.Lampard 8, C.Phillips 35, C.Emonson 11
C: E.O'Dea (c) 5
HF: M.Gay 3, S.Scott (c) 12, A.Newman 16
F: E.Zanker 29, T.Cunningham 1, K.Hore 10
Foll: L.Pearce 15, L.Mithen 14, K.Paxman 4
I/C: B.Jakobsson 7, T.Hanks 28, A.Kemp 36, A.Guest 17, K.Smith 13
Emg: S.Heath 30. B.Patterson 24  

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