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AFL Teams - Round 23

By Laura Gardiner
30 August 2012 06:27PM EST

GEELONG superstar captain Joel Selwood has been named to return for a tough final-round showdown against Sydney at Simonds Stadium on Saturday.

And Hawthorn has rushed forward line maestro Cyril Rioli back for a finals make-up defining launch of the final home-and-away round against West Coast on the big stage at the MCG on Friday night.

Rioli returns after just a fortnight out in rehabilitation for a cracked shoulder blade to face a top four deciding clash with the Eagles, who are flying after a shock thumping of Collingwood in Perth last Saturday night.

Selwood is back after being rested for the Cats’ regulation win over the Western Bulldogs last weekend, while Geelong also swung premiership back man Matthew Scarlett back in after a week out with soreness.

Young Cats on-baller Taylor Hunt also returns to lend his support to the blue-chip midfield brigade led by Selwood, Jimmy Bartel and decorated veterans Joel Corey and James Kelly.

SYDNEY named courageous warrior Jude Bolton to bolster the Swans’ tough on-ball division to face the reigning premiers, after he missed the past three matches with a knee injury.

But, the Swans copped a blow to their big man stocks losing key tall Sam Reid.

HAWTHORN is set to give livewire goal-sneak Rioli up until the last moment on Friday to prove his fitness for the blockbuster clash with the Eagles.

WEST COAST must contend with the league’s most imposing forward line of Lance Franklin, Jarryd Roughead and possibly Rioli without important key defender Eric Mackenzie, who missed the trip to Melbourne because of a hamstring problem.

Mackenzie, the man most likely to have been given the job to try and curb the influence of the dangerous Franklin, was replaced in the Eagles side by fringe defender Mitch Brown.

The Eagles brought in Jacob Brennan to replace veteran winger Matt Rosa, who is set to miss the rest of the season with a broken collarbone, while out-of-favour spearhead Quinten Lynch missed out on selection for the second week running.

COLLINGWOOD high-flyer Andrew Krakouer has been named to make a dream comeback against Essendon at the MCG on Saturday night, after six months of intense rehabilitation for a full knee reconstruction.

But, struggling key forward Chris Dawes has been dropped.

The Magpies also named premiership captain Nick Maxwell to return from a groin strain, while the Pies’ ruck stocks will be bolstered significantly by the return of veteran Darren Jolly from a week’s break.

Star Maggies half-forward Sharrod Wellingham was named despite suffering painful split webbing in his left hand, which required stitches.

FREMANTLE coach Ross Lyon is likely to leave until the last minute decisions on superstar forward Matthew Pavlich and gigantic ruckman Aaron Sandilands before they are cleared to play against Melbourne on Saturday night.

Pavlich is battling hamstring and adductor problems, while Sandilands has emerged with more toe and foot problems after two big games back in action from a three-month lay-off.

The Dockers named the pair and will monitor their medical progress until into Saturday afternoon.

ESSENDON brought back midfielders Ben Howlett and David Myers for the Bombers’ final run of the 2012 season, after both recovered from soft tissue injuries.

Big Bombers forward Stewart Crameri was also named to face his side’s arch-rivals, despite suffering a knock to the shoulder last weekend.

CARLTON and ST KILDA will face off on Sunday in their final games for the 2012 season and the Blues will be hungry to send departing coach and playing great Brett Ratten out with a win.

The Blues decided against swinging key back man Michael Jamison back to face the Saints, preferring to err on the side of caution with the big defender’s troublesome hamstring.

Carlton added Mitch Robinson to replace young stopper Andrew McInnes, who ruptured the ACL in his knee during the Blues disappointing loss to Gold Coast last week.

The Saints brought in Justin Koschitzke, Jason Blake, Jason Gram and David Armitage for the last game of coach Scott Watters’ first season at the helm.

NORTH MELBOURNE decided against bringing back star on-baller Daniel Wells for the Kangas' clash with Greater Western Sydney on Saturday at Skoda Stadium.

Wells is battling a groin problem, with the 'Roos playing it safe so that he can be ready for a crunch elimination final appearance in two weeks.

PORT ADELAIDE regained midfielder Hamish Hartlett from a two-week suspension, while RICHMOND brought in emerging star Brandon Ellis to replace the hamstrung Matt White.

AFL Teams - Round 23

MCG - Fri Aug 31, 7:50pm

B: Brent Guerra, Josh Gibson, Benjamin Stratton
HB: Grant Birchall, Ryan Schoenmakers, Shaun Burgoyne
C: Jordan Lewis, Sam Mitchell, Isaac Smith
HF: Luke Hodge, Lance Franklin, Cyril Rioli
F: Luke Breust, Jarryd Roughead, Paul Puopolo
Foll: David Hale, Brad Sewell, Liam Shiels
I/C: Clinton Young, Brendan Whitecross, Matt Suckling, Jack Gunston
Emg: Max Bailey, Xavier Ellis, Shane Savage

In: Cyril Rioli
Out: Xavier Ellis

West Coast Eagles
B: Beau Waters, Darren Glass, Adam Selwood
HB: Shannon Hurn, Mitch Brown, Will Schofield
C: Daniel Kerr, Matthew Priddis, Andrew Gaff
HF: Josh Hill, Jack Darling, Patrick McGinnity
F: Andrew Embley, Josh Kennedy, Nic Naitanui
Foll: Dean Cox, Scott Selwood, Luke Shuey
I/C: Sam Butler, Chris Masten, Andrew Strijk, Jacob Brennan
Emg: Quinten Lynch, Bradd Dalziell, Lewis Stevenson

In: Mitch Brown, Jacob Brennan
Out: Matthew Rosa (collarbone), Eric Mackenzie (Hamstring)
Milestones: Luke Shuey - 50 games

SS - Sat Sep 01, 1:45pm

Geelong Cats
B: Matthew Scarlett, Tom Lonergan, Josh Hunt
HB: Taylor Hunt, Harry Taylor, Corey Enright
C: Mitch Duncan, Joel Selwood, Jimmy Bartel
HF: Mathew Stokes, Allen Christensen, Steven Motlop
F: Paul Chapman, Tom Hawkins, James Podsiadly
Foll: Nathan Vardy, Steve Johnson, James Kelly
I/C: Joel Corey, Andrew Mackie, Trent West, Jordan Murdoch
Emg: David Wojcinski, Cameron Guthrie, Josh Walker

In: Matthew Scarlett, Joel Selwood, Taylor Hunt, Nathan Vardy
Out: Travis Varcoe (Foot), Billie Smedts (Hand), Cameron Guthrie, Josh Walker
Milestones: Tom Hawkins - 100 games, Mitch Duncan - 50 games

Sydney Swans
B: Nicholas Smith, Ted Richards, Alex Johnson
HB: Jarrad McVeigh, Heath Grundy, Martin Mattner
C: Rhyce Shaw, Kieren Jack, Lewis Jetta
HF: Jude Bolton, Lewis Roberts-Thomson, Ryan O'Keefe
F: Daniel Hannebery, Adam Goodes, Shane Mumford
Foll: Mike Pyke, Josh P. Kennedy, Craig Bird
I/C: Nick Malceski, Ben McGlynn, Luke Parker, Tommy Walsh
Emg: Brett Meredith, Mitch Morton, Tony Armstrong

In: Jude Bolton, Tommy Walsh
Out: Sam Reid (Gluteal), Mitch Morton

AS - Sat Sep 01, 1:40pm

B: Sam Shaw, Ben Rutten, Michael Doughty
HB: Nathan van Berlo, Daniel Talia, Brent Reilly
C: David Mackay, Scott Thompson, Richard Douglas
HF: Matthew Wright, Taylor Walker, Jared Petrenko
F: Ian Callinan, Kurt Tippett, Jason Porplyzia
Foll: Sam Jacobs, Rory Sloane, Patrick Dangerfield
I/C: Graham Johncock, Aidan Riley, Matthew Jaensch, Brodie Smith
Emg: Luke Thompson, Richard Tambling, Tom Lynch

In: Rory Sloane, Matthew Jaensch
Out: Bernie Vince (Knee), Luke Brown

Gold Coast Suns
B: Michael Coad, Matthew Warnock, Trent McKenzie
HB: Jeremy Taylor, Daniel Stanley, Jarrod Harbrow
C: Piers Flanagan, Gary Ablett, Taylor Hine
HF: Matt Shaw, Tom Lynch, Brandon Matera
F: Alik Magin, Steven May, Campbell Brown
Foll: Charlie Dixon, Josh Caddy, Harley Bennell
I/C: Maverick Weller, Tom Hickey, Jacob Gillbee, Kyal Horsley
Emg: Hayden Jolly, Josh Toy, Sam Iles

In: Jeremy Taylor
Out: Josh Toy

SK - Sat Sep 01, 4:40pm

GWS Giants
B: Matthew Buntine, Phil Davis, Nick Haynes
HB: Curtly Hampton, Jack Hombsch, Adam Kennedy
C: Tom Scully, Callan Ward, Luke Power
HF: James McDonald, Jonathan Giles, Adam Treloar
F: Rhys Palmer, Chad Cornes, Taylor Adams
Foll: Dean Brogan, Steve Clifton, Toby Greene
I/C: Israel Folau, WIlliam Hoskin-Elliott, Devon Smith, Dom Tyson
Emg: Rhys Cooyou, Andrew Phillips, Adam Tomlinson

In: Steve Clifton, Israel Folau, Jack Hombsch, Tom Scully, Rhys Palmer, Dean Brogan, Chad Cornes
Out: Tomas Bugg, Rhys Cooyou, Sam Darley (Foot), Anthony Miles, Andrew Phillips, Nathan Wilson (Cheek bone), Adam Tomlinson
Milestones: Tom Scully - 50 games

North Melbourne
B: Scott McMahon, Luke Delaney, Michael Firrito
HB: Shaun Atley, Scott Thompson, Samuel Wright
C: Ryan Bastinac, Ben Cunnington, Jamie Macmillan
HF: Kieran Harper, Robert Tarrant, Lindsay Thomas
F: Brent Harvey, Drew Petrie, Lachlan Hansen
Foll: Todd Goldstein, Andrew Swallow, Jack Ziebell
I/C: Matt Campbell, Cruize Garlett, Liam Anthony, Sam Gibson
Emg: Aaron Black, Cameron Delaney, Aaron Mullett

MCG - Sat Sep 01, 7:40pm

B: Brent Stanton, Tayte Pears, Cale Hooker
HB: Jake Melksham, Kyle Hardingham, Michael Hibberd
C: Mark Baguley, Jobe Watson, Courtenay Dempsey
HF: Leroy Jetta, Stewart Crameri, Dyson Heppell
F: Michael Hurley, Tom Bellchambers, Nicholas O'Brien
Foll: David Hille, Ben Howlett, Angus Monfries
I/C: David Myers, David Zaharakis, Jackson Merrett, Cory Dell'Olio
Emg: Sam Lonergan, Travis Colyer, Alex Browne

In: David Hille, David Myers, Ben Howlett, Jackson Merrett, Cory Dell'Olio
Out: Heath Hocking (Knee), Nathan Lovett-Murray (Hamstring), Alwyn Davey (Hamstring), Scott Gumbleton (Soreness), Alex Browne

New: Jackson Merrett (Geelong Falcons)
Milestones: Angus Monfries - 150 games

B: Chris Tarrant, Heritier O'Brien, Nathan Brown
HB: Ben Johnson, Ben Reid, Nick Maxwell
C: Sharrod Wellingham, Dane Swan, Alan Toovey
HF: Scott Pendlebury, Jackson Paine, Heath Shaw
F: Dale Thomas, Travis Cloke, Jamie Elliott
Foll: Darren Jolly, Steele Sidebottom, Dayne Beams
I/C: Alan Didak, Tyson Goldsack, Andrew Krakouer, Alex Fasolo
Emg: Ben Sinclair, Josh Thomas, Paul Seedsman

In: Nick Maxwell, Darren Jolly, Andrew Krakouer, Jamie Elliott, Jackson Paine
Out: Chris Dawes, Cameron Wood, Jarryd Blair (Groin), Ben Sinclair, Paul Seedsman

Milestones: Heath Shaw - 150 games

PS - Sat Sep 01, 5:40pm

B: Adam McPhee, Luke McPharlin, Zac Dawson
HB: Lee Spurr, Michael Johnson, Paul Duffield
C: Michael Barlow, Ryan Crowley, Tendai Mzungu
HF: Michael Walters, Christopher Mayne, David Mundy
F: Hayden Ballantyne, Matthew Pavlich, Clancee Pearce
Foll: Aaron Sandilands, Nathan Fyfe, Stephen Hill
I/C: Garrick Ibbotson, Jonathon Griffin, Thomas Sheridan, Nicholas Suban
Emg: Zachary Clarke, Jesse Crichton, Dylan Roberton

In: Matthew Pavlich, Jonathon Griffin, Thomas Sheridan
Out: Kepler Bradley (Concussion), Zachary Clarke, Matthew de Boer (Ankle)
New: Thomas Sheridan (Calder Cannons)

Milestones: Garrick Ibbotson - 100 games

B: Joel Macdonald, James Sellar, Tom McDonald
HB: Jack Watts, James Frawley, Lynden Dunn
C: Jack Trengove, Jordie McKenzie, Jack Grimes
HF: Luke Tapscott, Colin Garland, Rohan Bail
F: Jeremy Howe, Jared Rivers, Sam Blease
Foll: Mark Jamar, Colin Sylvia, Nathan Jones
I/C: Neville Jetta, Jack Fitzpatrick, Daniel Nicholson, Josh Tynan
Emg: Jake Spencer, James Strauss, Jordan Gysberts

In: Mark Jamar, Jack Fitzpatrick, Josh Tynan
Out: Brad Green (Retired), Jake Spencer, James Strauss
Milestones: Jared Rivers - 150 games

ES - Sun Sep 02, 1:10pm

B: Nick Duigan, Simon White, Zach Tuohy
HB: Heath Scotland, Andrew Walker, Bryce Gibbs
C: Marc Murphy, Chris Judd, Kade Simpson
HF: Mitch Robinson, Jarrad Waite, Christopher Yarran
F: Jeffrey Garlett, Luke Mitchell, Eddie Betts
Foll: Matthew Kreuzer, Brock McLean, Andrew Carrazzo
I/C: Dennis Armfield, David Ellard, Rhys O’Keeffe, Kane Lucas, Pat McCarthy, Edward Curnow, Tom Bell

In: Mitch Robinson, Rhys O’Keeffe, Kane Lucas, Pat McCarthy, Luke Mitchell
Out: Levi Casboult (Kidney), Andrew McInnes (Knee)
New: Pat McCarthy (Glenelg / Plympton), Luke Mitchell (Calder Cannons / St Bernards)

St Kilda
B: Jason Blake, James Gwilt, Tom Simpkin
HB: Jamie Cripps, Sean Dempster, Jarryn Geary
C: Farren Ray, Nick Dal Santo, Brendon Goddard
HF: Arryn Siposs, Rhys Stanley, David Armitage
F: Stephen Milne, Beau Wilkes, Ahmed Saad
Foll: Ben McEvoy, Lenny Hayes, Leigh Montagna
I/C: Jason Gram, Justin Koschitzke, Jack Steven, Tom Ledger, Terry Milera, Sebastian Ross, Jack Newnes

In: Jason Blake, Jason Gram, Justin Koschitzke, David Armitage
Out: Sam Gilbert (Shoulder)

MCG - Sun Sep 02, 3:15pm

B: Steven Morris, Alex Rance, Jayden Post
HB: Jake Batchelor, Chris Newman, Bachar Houli
C: Shaun Grigg, Trent Cotchin, Bradley Helbig
HF: Brett Deledio, Shane Edwards, Daniel Jackson
F: Luke McGuane, Jack Riewoldt, Robin Nahas
Foll: Ivan Maric, Dustin Martin, Shane Tuck
I/C: David Astbury, Matt Dea, Tom Derickx, Brandon Ellis, Todd Elton, Brett O'Hanlon, Addam Maric

In: Tom Derickx, Brandon Ellis, Todd Elton, Addam Maric
Out: Matthew White (Hamstring)

Port Adelaide
B: Tom Logan, Alipate Carlile, Thomas Jonas
HB: Danyle Pearce, Jackson Trengove, Domenic Cassisi
C: Kane Cornes, Bradley Ebert, Matthew Broadbent
HF: Matt Thomas, Justin Westhoff, Brett Ebert
F: Paul Stewart, Jay Schulz, Chad Wingard
Foll: Jarrad Redden, Travis Boak, Hamish Hartlett
I/C: David Rodan, Daniel Stewart, Simon Phillips, Aaron Young, Nathan Blee, Darren Pfeiffer, John McCarthy

In: Hamish Hartlett, Jarrad Redden, Daniel Stewart, Simon Phillips
Out: Matthew Lobbe (Hamstring)

G - Sun Sep 02, 4:40pm

Brisbane Lions
B: Josh Drummond, Daniel Merrett, Ryan Lester
HB: Pearce Hanley, Joel Patfull, Jed Adcock
C: Rohan Bewick, Daniel Rich, James Polkinghorne
HF: Jack Redden, Jonathan Brown, Dayne Zorko
F: Tom Rockliff, Jordan Lisle, Joshua Green
Foll: Ben Hudson, Simon Black, Andrew Raines
I/C: James Hawksley, Amon Buchanan, Ryan Harwood, Claye Beams, Sam Docherty, Elliot Yeo, Jack Crisp

In: Amon Buchanan, Sam Docherty, Elliot Yeo
New: Sam Docherty (Gippsland Power (VIC))

Western Bulldogs
B: Michael Talia, Lukas Markovic, Easton Wood
HB: Shaun Higgins, Jordan Roughead, Robert Murphy
C: Christian Howard, Matthew Boyd, Ryan Griffen
HF: Nathan Djerrkura, Brian Lake, Tory Dickson
F: Dylan Addison, Tom Campbell, Jarrad Grant
Foll: William Minson, Liam Picken, Mitchell Wallis
I/C: Adam Cooney, Matthew Panos, Patrick Veszpremi, Zephaniah Skinner, Clay Smith, Lin Jong, Fletcher Roberts

In: Brian Lake, Matthew Panos, Patrick Veszpremi, Fletcher Roberts
Out: Daniel Giansiracusa (Knee)
New: Matthew Panos (Norwood)
Milestones: Jarrad Grant - 50 games

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