TEAMS: Cats unleash dangerous forwards, Tiger takes on old mates

GEELONG will unleash two dangerous forwards against Collingwood, handing debuts to talented duo Olivia Barber and Steph Williams, while Irish speedster Sarah Rowe is back for the Pies.

Dependable defender Millie Brown will miss her first AFLW game through injury, with Rene Caris dropped, as the Cats respond to their 62-point loss to North Melbourne.

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Barber was selected with pick No.21 in last year's draft, and Williams joined her a few moments later via pick No.27.

Opponents Collingwood have made just the one change – Rowe has shaken off a minor shoulder injury and will replace the suspended Aliesha Newman, who has one week on the sidelines after a dangerous tackle.

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Down the highway, new Richmond defender Harriet Cordner will take on her old side Melbourne at Casey Fields.

Pacey midfielder Maddy Brancatisano has recovered from a minor knee injury and will replace Luka Lesosky-Hay, with the Tigers opting not to recall utility Laura McClelland after she served the second week of a two-match suspension dating back to last year.

The Dees have opted not to make any changes to the side who defeated Gold Coast by 21 points, with last week's debutants Eliza McNamara, Megan Fitzsimon and Alyssa Bannan holding their spots.

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Saturday, February 6

Collingwood v Geelong at Victoria Park, 3.10pm AEDT

COLLINGWOOD

B: L.Butler 23 J.Allen 6  
HB: R.Schleicher 18 S.Livingstone 12 A.Porter 9
C: S.Chiocci 17 J.Lambert 13 A.Sheridan 14
HF: A.Velardo 5 S.Norder 1 S.Rowe 7
F: C.Molloy 2 M.Cann 25
Foll: B.Smith 19 B.Davey - C 3 B.Bonnici 8
I/C: E.Fowler 15 S.Alexander 24 S.Casey 22 E.O'Dea 50 T.Brown 26  

Emerg: J.Lin 20 K.Stratton 41  

In: S.Rowe
Out: A.Newman (suspension)

GEELONG

B: M.Keryk 45 M.McMahon 24  
HB: J.Ivey 5 M.McDonald - C 11 S.Van De Heuvel 27
C: A.McDonald 3 R.Webster 21 D.Taylor 28
HF: D.Higgins 2 P.McWilliams 23 R.Cranston 30
F: O.Barber 15 S.Williams 25
Foll: A.O'Connor 14 J.Crockett-Grills 6 O.Purcell 16
I/C: G.Clarke 17 D.Moloney 4 G.Rankin 10 R.Garing 12 M.Boyd 26  

Emerg: L.Gardiner 18 N.Garner 22  

In: O.Barber, S.Williams
Out: M.Brown (injured), R.Caris (Omitted)

Melbourne v Richmond at Casey Fields, 5.10pm AEDT

MELBOURNE
 
B: G.Colvin 32 L.Birch 9  
HB: S.Goldrick 23 D.Pearce - C 6 S.Heath 30
C: E.McNamara 22 L.Mithen 14 C.Sherriff 18
HF: S.Scott 12 K.Hore 10 J.Parry 19
F:   E.Zanker 29 K.Petrevski 31
Foll: L.Pearce 15 K.Paxman 4 T.Hanks 5
I/C: C.Emonson 11 B.Tarrant 20 M.Fitzsimon 24 A.Bannan 16 T.Cunningham 1  

Emerg: N.McEvoy 17 M.Caris 21  

No change

RICHMOND

B: R.Miller 15 H.Cordner 23  
HB: P.Monahan 2 S.D'Arcy 12 I.Ross 21
C: C.Bernardi 6 M.Conti 4 K.Dempsey 19
HF: K.Jacques 10 E.McKenzie 22 C.Wakefield 8
F: S.Frederick 14 T.Stahl 24
Foll: G.Seymour 28 S.Hosking 7 K.Brennan - C 3
I/C: A.Makur Chuot 34 H.Burchell 9 S.Dargan 17 S.Molan 1 M.Brancatisano 5  

Emerg: S.Sansonetti 18 L.McClelland 16  

In: M.Brancatisano
Out: L.Lesosky-Hay (omitted)

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