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MELBOURNE may have lost rebounder Sinead Goldrick for the season, but the Dees will be boosted by the return of Meg Downie from an ankle injury.

Goldrick needed surgery after tearing her hamstring tendon, while Downie injured her ankle in a practice match back in January.

Saturday's match against Brisbane will mark her first AFLW game for the season.

The Lions have made one change, losing Shannon Campbell to concussion, with Rheanne Lugg taking the rugged defender’s spot.

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North Melbourne has opted to bring in Beth Lynch – who usually lines up in defence – in place of the suspended Jenna Bruton for its must-win game against Fremantle.

Despite losing to Melbourne last week, the Dockers have chosen not to make any changes.

Young Gold Coast midfielder Ellie Hampson will play her first game for the season, after missing most of 2021 with a foot injury. She returned through the QAFLW last week.

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Runner Tori-Groves Little has returned from concussion, with Janet Baird and Britt Perry making way.

The Suns will be up against the also winless Geelong, who have made two changes of their own.

Jordy Ivey and Georgie Rankin (concussion) return from injury, with Bec Goring (managed) and Denby Taylor (shoulder) missing the Cats' final game of the season.

Saturday, March 27

North Melbourne v Fremantle at Arden Street Oval, 1.10pm AEDT

NORTH MELBOURNE

B: D.Hardiman 31 J.Duffin 27 
HB: S.Wright 17 T.Randall 16 A.Gilroy 8
C: K.Ashmore 10 E.Kearney - C 9 I.Eddey 3
HF: D.Bateman 11 G.Campbell 43 S.Abbatangelo 1
F:   K.Gillespie-Jones 5 D.Bannister 2
Foll: E.King 60 J.Garner 25 A.Riddell 7
I/C: N.Bresnehan 12 B.Lynch 20 E.Gavalas 22 M.King 23   

Emerg: J.Grierson 19 G.Hammond 44 

In: B.Lynch
Out: J.Bruton (suspension)

FREMANTLE

B: A.Stannett 4 J.Cuthbertson 29 
HB: E.O'Driscoll 3 L.Pugh 32 M.Sergeant 23
C: E.Antonio 12 J.Stewart 7 S.Cain 20
HF: K.Antonio - C 15 R.Roux 17 S.Duffy 6
F:   G.Houghton 27 A.Sharp 1
Foll: M.Strom 21 K.Bowers 2 H.Miller 19
I/C: B.Webb 26 G.O'Sullivan 22 P.Seth 18 T.Haynes 33   

Emerg: A.McMahon 25 K.Grieve 13

No change

Melbourne v Brisbane at Casey Fields, 3.10pm AEDT 

MELBOURNE

B: B.Tarrant 20 L.Birch 9  
HB: S.Heath 30 S.Lampard 8 M.Downie 2
C: C.Sherriff 18 E.Zanker 29 E.McNamara 22
HF: J.Parry 19 K.Hore 10 S.Scott 12
F:   M.Gay 3 D.Pearce - C 6
Foll: L.Pearce 15 K.Paxman 4 T.Hanks 5
I/C: L.Magee 26 G.Colvin 32 L.Mithen 14 T.Cunningham 1   

Emerg: C.Emonson 11 N.McEvoy 17

In: M.Downie
Out: S.Goldrick (injured)

BRISBANE

B: R.Lugg 11 N.Grider 10 
HB: E.Zielke - C 8 K.Lutkins 13 B.Koenen 3
C: O.O'Dwyer 9 C.Svarc 25 S.Conway 12
HF: G.Bodey 15 D.Davidson 14 L.Arnell 16
F:   J.Wardlaw 30 C.Hodder 21
Foll: T.Hickie 24 A.Anderson 18 E.Bates 1
I/C: I.Tahau 26 J.Ellenger 5 I.Dawes 17 J.Wuetschner 23   

Emerg: M.Moloney 28

In: R.Lugg
Out:
S.Campbell (concussion)

Gold Coast v Geelong at Metricon Stadium, 4.10pm AEST 

GOLD COAST

B: D.Heslop 25 J.Pregelj 42 
HB: C.Hammond 29 L.Ahrens 7 E.Pittman 9
C: E.Keaney 30 A.Drennan 33 D.D'Arcy 20
HF: K.Surman 26 T.Groves-Little 3 M.Levi 6
F:   K.Howarth 23 S.Virgo 22
Foll: L.Bella 2 S.Watson 14 L.Single 13
I/C: H.Dunn - C 24 E.Hampson 21 L.Kaslar 11 W.Randell 15   

Emerg: G.Bevan 27 B.Perry 16 

In: T.Groves-Little, E.Hampson
Out: B.Perry (omitted), J.Baird (omitted)

GEELONG

B: M.Keryk 45 M.McMahon 24 
HB: J.Ivey 5 M.McDonald - C 11 R.Webster 21
C: R.Garing 12 L.Gardiner 18 G.Rankin 10
HF: D.Higgins 2 P.McWilliams 23 S.Van De Heuvel 27
F:   O.Barber 15 R.Cranston 30
Foll: A.O'Connor 14 A.McDonald 3 J.Crockett-Grills 6
I/C: C.Remmos 29 D.Moloney 4 R.Caris 1 M.Maguire 7   

Emerg: G.Clarke 17 M.Boyd 26

In: J.Ivey, G.Rankin
Out: D.Taylor (injured), R.Goring (managed)

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