TEAMS: Two skippers rested, Pies go big for blockbuster

TWO CLUB captains will sit out of this weekend's NAB AFLW action, with co-captains Katie Loynes and Sam Virgo rested by Carlton and Gold Coast respectively.

The Blues will bring in Jess Edwards for her second game of the season in place of Loynes, while opponent Richmond is unchanged.

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Ahead of Saturday night's blockbuster against North Melbourne, Collingwood has added considerable height to its line-up, regaining Sharni Norder (quad) and Erica Fowler.

The Pies have dropped recruit Aliesha Newman and young key Bella Smith.

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North will be fielding a debutant for the big game, with talented Tasmanian Brooke Brown set to play her first game after Sophie Abbatangelo was dropped.

Beth Lynch comes in for her first game of the season as cover for fellow defender Danielle Hardiman (concussion).

Last week's debutant Janet Baird will also miss for the Suns due to injury, with midfield duo Georgia Bevan and Cheyenne Hammond recalled for the clash against Fremantle.

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The Dockers have made two changes of their own, with defenders Evie Gooch (work commitments) and Philipa Seth (hamstring) returning.

The hard-running Seth will be playing her first game of the season, while young duo Mikayla Hyde and Bianca Webb have missed out.

Saturday, February 20

Carlton v Richmond at Ikon Park, 3.10pm AEDT

CARLTON

B: K.Harrington 9 G.Pound 6  
HB: V.Laloifi 8 C.Wilson 20 M.Guerin 18
C: L.Brazzale 12 G.Egan 1 J.Edwards 25
HF: M.Hill 10 N.Stevens 21 J.Hosking 11
F: D.Vescio 3 T.Harris 7
Foll: B.Moody 16 E.O'Dea 46 M.Prespakis 4
I/C: A.McKay 5 D.Walker 23 G.Gee 19 A.Downie 30 L.McEvoy 13  

Emerg: S.Gibbs 33 N.Plane 32   

In: J.Edwards
Out: K.Loynes (managed)

RICHMOND

B: R.Miller 15 H.Cordner 23  
HB: P.Monahan 2 S.D'Arcy 12 I.Ross 21
C: K.Dempsey 19 S.Hosking 7 T.Lavey 37
HF: C.Wakefield 8 E.McKenzie 22 K.Brennan 3
F: T.Stahl 24 S.Frederick 14
Foll: G.Seymour 28 K.Jacques 10 M.Conti 4
I/C: S.Sansonetti 18 H.Burchell 9 S.Dargan 17 S.Molan 1 M.Brancatisano 5  

Emerg: C.Bernardi 6 L.McClelland 16  

No changes

Fremantle v Gold Coast at Fremantle Oval, 2.10pm AWST

FREMANTLE

B: A.Stannett 4 J.Cuthbertson 29  
HB: S.Cain 20 E.O'Driscoll 3 E.Gooch 8
C: E.Antonio 12 J.Stewart 7 K.Antonio 15
HF: M.Sergeant 23 R.Roux 17 G.O'Sullivan 22
F: G.Houghton 27 S.Duffy 6
Foll: M.Strom 21 K.Bowers 2 T.Haynes 33
I/C: A.Sharp 1 H.Miller 19 L.Pugh 32 S.Verrier 5 P.Seth 18  

Emerg: M.Hyde 28 B.Webb 26  

In: E.Gooch, P.Seth
Out: M.Hyde (omitted), B.Webb (omitted)

GOLD COAST

B: D.Heslop 25 J.Pregelj 42  
HB: E.Keaney 30 L.Ahrens 7 D.D'Arcy 20
C: S.Watson 14 J.Stanton 17 P.Parker 1
HF: M.Levi 6 K.Howarth 23 K.Surman 26
F: S.Perkins 28 B.Perry 16
Foll: L.Bella 2 A.Drennan 33 L.Single 13
I/C: G.Bevan 27 H.Dunn 24 C.Hammond 29 L.Kaslar 11 M.Ritson 12  

Emerg: T.Groves-Little 3 W.Randell 15  

In: G.Bevan, C.Hammond
Out: J.Baird (injured), S.Virgo (managed)

North Melbourne v Collingwood at Marvel Stadium, 7.10pm AEDT

NORTH MELBOURNE

B: T.Nestor 24 J.Grierson 19  
HB: N.Bresnehan 12 T.Randall 16 A.Gilroy 8
C: K.Ashmore 10 E.Kearney - C 9 J.Bruton 35
HF: D.Bateman 11 G.Campbell 43 K.Gillespie-Jones 5
F: B.Brown 36 D.Bannister 2
Foll: E.King 60 J.Garner 25 A.Riddell 7
I/C: I.Eddey 3 B.Lynch 20 E.Gavalas 22 M.King 23 V.Saad 39  

Emerg: A.O'Loughlin 6 G.Hammond 44  

In: B.Brown, B.Lynch
Out: D.Hardiman (injured), S.Abbatangelo (omitted)

COLLINGWOOD

B: L.Butler 23 S.Casey 22  
HB: S.Chiocci 17 S.Livingstone 12 J.Allen 6
C: R.Schleicher 18 J.Lambert 13 M.Cann 25
HF: A.Sheridan 14 S.Alexander 24 S.Rowe 7
F: C.Molloy 2 E.O'Dea 50
Foll: S.Norder 1 B.Davey 3 B.Bonnici 8
I/C: A.Porter 9 J.Membrey 21 T.Brown 26 J.Lin 20 E.Fowler 15  

Emerg: B.Smith 19 A.Newman 16    

In: S.Norder, E.Fowler
Out: B.Smith (omitted), A.Newman (omitted)

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