TEAMS: Dogs drop four, star Blue ruled out

THE WESTERN Bulldogs have axed four players for their AFLW clash against Carlton on Friday night as they chase their first win of the new season.

Meanwhile, Carlton defender Vaomua Laloifi will miss the clash as the first player impacted by the competition's new concussion rules.

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The Bulldogs have dropped midfielders Gemma Lagioia and Britney Gutknecht, forward Danielle Marshall and key defender Lauren Spark after their nine-point loss to St Kilda in round one.

Tall pair Ellyse Gamble and Kim Rennie come into the team alongside forward Kirsten McLeod and defender Naomi Ferres.

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Laloifi, who was recruited to Carlton from the Bulldogs' VFLW team, will be the only Blue missing from the team that lost to Collingwood by six points in the season-opener last Thursday night.  

She was concussed in a dangerous tackle from Pie Aliesha Newman - who was handed a one-match ban for the incident - and must miss a mandatory 12 days under new concussion protocols.

Jessica Edwards has been called on for her first game of the season.

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Friday, February 4

WESTERN BULLDOGS

B: A.Gogos 36, E.Gamble 14  
HB: S.Hartwig 15, K.Lynch 10, E.Brown 9
C: K.McLeod 6, E.Blackburn 2, B.Hunt 21
HF: J.Fitzgerald 23, I.Huntington 4, B.Lochland 1
F: B.Toogood 8, D.Berry 7
Foll: C.Moody 13, E.Georgostathis 17, K.Lamb 27
I/C: N.Morris-Dalton 25, K.Rennie 24, N.Ferres 16, A.Guest 19, G.Newton 5  

Emerg: I.Grant 3, B.Gutknecht 18  

In: E.Gamble, K.McLeod, K.Rennie, N.Ferres
Out: G.Lagioia (omitted), D.Marshall (omitted), B.Gutknecht (omitted), L.Spark (omitted)

CARLTON

B: B.Vernon 31, N.Plane 32  
HB: J.Edwards 25, C.Wilson 20, K.Harrington 9
C: L.Brazzale 12, E.O'Dea 46, K.Loynes 2
HF: A.McKay 5, T.Harris 7, D.Vescio 3
F: N.Stevens 21, J.Hosking 11
Foll: B.Moody 16, M.Prespakis 4, G.Gee 19
I/C: M.Guerin 18, A.Downie 30, M.Hill 10, G.Egan 1, C.Hammans 17  

Emerg: S.Gibbs 33, D.Walker 23  

In: J.Edwards
Out: V.Laloifi (concussion)

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