TEAMS: Cats ring changes, daughter of Dogs great to debut

ISABELLA Grant will don dad Chris' famous No.3 guernsey when she makes her NAB AFL Women's debut for the Western Bulldogs against Geelong on Friday night.

Grant, 19, will become first father-daughter selection to play for the Dogs, replacing the injured Bailey Hunt (calf) for the clash away at GMHBA Stadium.

Following in the footsteps of her father, who played 341 games during a stellar career, Grant's debut comes after an injury-plagued 2020 campaign due to a foot injury.

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The Cats will also unveil mature-age midfielder Nicole Garner for the first time after dumping first-year midfielder Darcy Moloney and Georgia Clarke.

Garner, a former baseballer who previously captained Casey in the VFLW, spent last year on the Cats' list after being selected at pick No.50 in the 2019 NAB AFLW Draft.

Former vice-captain Bec Goring has been recalled for her first game of the season to provide another option in the Cats' leaky defence.

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Friday, February 12

Geelong v Western Bulldogs at GMHBA Stadium, 7.10pm AEDT

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: R.Goring 44 N.Garner 22 G.Rankin 10 R.Garing 12 M.Boyd 26

Emerg: L.Gardiner 18 G.Clarke 17

In: R.Goring, N.Garner
Out: D.Moloney (omitted), G.Clarke (omitted)

New: Nicole Garner

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 - C 2 A.Guest 19
HF: J.Fitzgerald 23 I.Huntington 4 B.Lochland 1
F: B.Toogood 8 I.Grant 3
Foll: C.Moody 13 G.Newton 5 K.Lamb 27
I/C: N.Morris-Dalton 25 K.Rennie 24 N.Ferres 16 D.Berry 7 E.Georgostathis 17

Emerg: I.Pritchard 20 H.Scott 22

In: I.Grant
Out: B.Hunt (calf)

New: Isabella Grant

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