TEAMS: Star Bulldogs to return from long layoffs

ISABEL Huntington, 2017's No.1 draft pick, is set to make her long-awaited return to football after a right knee reconstruction, named in the Western Bulldogs' 21 to play Fremantle on Sunday.

The Dogs forward has not played since rupturing her ACL in February last year. She was further set back when she sprained the same knee in December. 

The 20-year-old will be joined by 2018 AFLW leading goalkicker Brooke Lochland, who is returning from a fractured right fibula suffered in a practice match in January. 

Eleanor Brown also returns for the Dogs, with Nicole Callinan, Celine Moody and Bonnie Toogood omitted.

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Carlton and Collingwood's clash at Ikon Park on Saturday will see several debutants – Pie Darcy Guttridge and 18-year-old Blues Emerson Woods and Charlotte Wilson – take to the field. 

Guttridge, the ninth pick in the 2017 NAB AFLW Draft and under-18 All Australian captain, missed all of the 2018 season with a broken collarbone and has been sidelined this year with a quad niggle. 

Teammate Ash Brazill (returning from concussion) will join her, with Cecilia McIntosh, Nicole Hildebrand and Georgie Parker omitted. 

Brisbane has made just one change for its match against Geelong, with young defender Nat Grider making way for captain Leah Kaslar, returning from a left calf complaint. 

The Cats have made two forced changes, with Kate Darby and debutant Rene Caris coming in for suspended forward duo Aasta O'Connor and Maddie Boyd

 

Melbourne and Greater Western Sydney have made two changes apiece, with Demons Brooke Patterson and Maddy Guerin coming in for their first games of the season.

The Giants have regained Erin McKinnon (gastro) and Britt Perry, with Maddy Collier and Ingrid Nielsen making way.

Four-goal debutant Courteney Munn has returned from a minor calf complaint for North Melbourne, while Crow Chloe Scheer has completed her one-match suspension and will replace the injured Courtney Cramey (hamstring).

Young Docker Matilda Sergeant will make her AFLW debut; the midfielder missed the first half of the season with a hip injury.

Hayley Miller returns from suspension, with ruck Alicia Janz set to play her first game for the season, overcoming a PCL injury.

Katie-Jayne Grieve, Ashlee Atkins and Courtney Stubbs have been omitted from Fremantle's side.

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Saturday, March 2

Brisbane v Geelong at Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex, 3.45pm AEST

BRISBANE

B: M.Dowrick 33, L.Kaslar (c) 11, S.Campbell 20
HB: S.Virgo 5, K.Lutkins 13, E.Bates 1
C: B.Koenen 3
HF: E.Zielke 8, J.Tawhiao-Wardlaw 30, L.Arnell 16
F: J.Wuetschner 23, J.Keeffe 27, J.Zanchetta 7 
Foll: S.Frederick-Traub 14, N.Exon 15 , A.Anderson 18
I/C: A.Clarke 21, G.Collingwood 28, M.Hunt 6, K.McCarthy 9, J.Yorston 25
Emerg: N.Grider 17, E.Pittman 19

In: L.Kaslar
Out: N.Grider

GEELONG 

B: A.Teague 40, R.Goring (c) 44, M.McMahon 24
HB: M.Hickey (c), M.McDonald 11, D.Taylor 28
C: R.Cranston 30
HF: D.Orr 2, K.Darby 8, S.Van De Heuvel 27
F: M.Clifford 7, P.McWilliams 23, J.Ivey 5
Foll: E.Hoare 46, M.Keryk 45, O.Purcell 16 
I/C: R.Caris 1, R.Garing 12, G.Clarke 17, J.Crockett-Grills 6, C.Blakeway 4 
Emerg: G.Rankin 10, M.Fogas 13

In: K.Darby, R.Caris
Out: A.O'Connor (suspension), M.Boyd (suspension)

Carlton v Collingwood at Ikon Park, 7.10pm AEDT

CARLTON 

B: N.Stevens 21, J.Van Dyk 36, J.Hosking 11
HB: S.Hosking 10, K.Harrington 9, G.Pound 6 
C: A.McKay 5
HF: M.Prespakis 4, T.Harris 7, B.Walker 14         
F: D.Vescio 3, B.Davey (c) 1, G.Gee 19
Foll: A.Downie 30, A.Mullane 8, C.Dalton 15
I/C: E.Woods, K.Loynes 2, C.Wilson 20, J.Edwards 25, B.Moody 16
Emerg: T.Lucas-Rodd 18, R.Hicks 24

In: E.Woods, C.Wilson, B.Moody
Out: N.Plane, R.Watt, L.Brazzale

COLLINGWOOD 

B: J.Allen 6, S.Casey 22, I.Ross 21
HB: E.Grant 5, S.Livingstone 12, A.Brazill 10
C: B.Bonnici 8
HF: M.Kuys 9, J.Membrey 31, K.Stratton 41
F: S.Rowe 7, S.Alexander 24, K.Lynch 16
Foll: E.Hynes 11, S.Chiocci (c) 17, J.Lambert 13
I/C: S.Layton 1, S.Dargan 46, D.Guttridge 34, M.Shevlin 35, R.Schleicher 18
Emerg: L.Butler 23, M.Cann 25

In: A.Brazill, D.Guttridge, R.Schleicher
Out: C.McIntosh, N.Hildebrand, G.Parker

Sunday, March 3

Greater Western Sydney v Melbourne, Blacktown International Sportspark 2.05pm AEDT

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY 

B: T.Hetherington 9, E.Brush 10, A.Farrugia (c) 18
HB: J.Dal Pos 7, P.Randall 21, N.Barr 8
C: A.Eva 2
HF: C.Staunton 13, Y.Bonner 27, A.Parker 3 
F: J.Barclay 34, C.Bernardi 4, T.Mackrill 32
Foll: E.McKinnon 23, C.Gum 26, H.Zreika 24
I/C: E.Bennetts 22, R.Beeson 6, T.Davies 16, B.Perry 19, L.Stephenson 12
Emerg: I.Nielsen 25, J.Hicks 5

In: E.McKinnon, B.Perry
Out: I.Nielsen, M.Collier

MELBOURNE

B:  M.Downie 2, H.Cordner 21, B.Patterson 24
HB: S.Lampard 8, B.Jakobsson 7, 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: C.Phillips 35,  T.Hanks 28, A.Guest 17, K.Smith 13, M.Guerin 22
Emerg: S.Heath 30, A.Kemp 36

In: B.Patterson, M.Guerin
Out: A.Kemp, A.Woodland

North Melbourne v Adelaide at Avalon Airport Oval, 4.05pm AEDT

NORTH MELBOURNE

B: B.Gibson 18, D.Hardiman 31, J.Trend 21
HB: J.Duffin 27, T.Randall 16, J.Grierson 19
C: E.Kearney (c) 9
HF: K.Gillespie-Jones 5, J.Garner 25, S.Abbatangelo 1
F: M.Hope 23, C.Munn 13, K.Ashmore 10
Foll: Emma King 60, J.Stanton 17, J.Bruton 35
I/C: Elisha King 4, E.Humphries 6, A.Drennan 8, D.Bateman 11, B.Lynch 20
Emerg: C.Haines 29, G.Nanscawen 22

In: C.Munn
Out: G.Nanscawen

ADELAIDE 

B: D.Cox 31, S.Allan 39, C.Randall (c) 26
HB: D.Varnhagen 9, M.Rajcic 32, A.Foley 3
C: E.Phillips (c) 13
HF: E.Jones 2, S.Thompson 14, R.Forth 27
F: J.Mules 23, C.Scheer 4, H.Martin 6
Foll: J.Foley 24, A.Hatchard 33, E.Marinoff 10
I/C: J.McCormick 5, A.Considine 16, S.Li 19, S.Riley 8, D.Ponter 15
Emerg: R.Lugg 45, M.Nankivell 12

In: C.Scheer
Out: C.Cramey (injured)

Fremantle v Western Bulldogs at Fremantle Oval, 3.05pm AWST

FREMANTLE

B: E.Gooch 8, T.Bresland 5, A.Stannett 24
HB: A.Williams 9, E.Antonio 12, K.Donnellan (c) 15
C: P.Seth 18           
HF: G.Houghton 27, A.Sharp 1, H.Miller 19
F: K.Bowers 2, K.Gibson 21, S.Duffy 6
Foll: P.Laurie 11, D.Hooker 17, S.Cain 20
I/C: L.Pugh 32, G.O'Sullivan 22, M.Sergeant 23, M.Caulfield 10, A.Janz 30
Emerg: L.Mascall 14, K.Grieve 13

In: H.Miller, A.Janz, M.Sergeant
Out: K.Grieve, A.Atkins, C.Stubbs

WESTERN BULLDOGS 

B: H.Scott 22, L.Spark 11, L.Birch 18
HB: S.Karlson 26, T.Ernst 19, A.Utri 23
C: K.Lamb 27
HF: B.Lochland 1, E.Gamble 14, K.McLeod 6
F: A.McCarthy 15, I.Huntington 4, K.Brennan (c) 3
Foll: K.Rennie 24, E.Blackburn 2 (c), M.Conti 8
I/C: E.Brown 9, N.Ferres 16, A.Gogos 36, E.Mackie 25, D.Berry 7
Emerg: K.Bartlett 20, N.Callinan 10

In: B.Lochland, I.Huntington, E.Brown
Out: N.Callinan, B.Toogood, C.Moody

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