AFL Teams – Finals Week 1, 2011
Finals are upon us and you would think the sides are very settled and there would be not too many hard choices for teams, but with the evenness of all the games each team has decisions to make!
Geelong: Do they play Mooney or stick with West and Tom Hawkins? Will Corey be available. How is the health of Harry Taylor that has been subbed in a couple of the last games.
Hawthorn: Eight men in? At least that with Luke Hodge, Lance Franklin, Cyril Rioli, Shaun Burgoyne, Brad Sewell, Jordan Lewis, Grant Birchall and Max Bailey being rested last week, but which 8 out? You would think it would start with some of the ins: Paul Johnson, Kyle Cheaney and Jordan Lisle. After that it gets a bit tougher. Bateman and Ladson probably didn’t do enough to hold their spots but will be their if players miss in following weeks. Shane Savage and Ellis have returned from injury but can they hold their spots? Cameron Bruce has been thought to be one of the outs but there is a feeling he could hold his spot due to experience and versatility. But perhaps the most interesting is Ben Stratton. Has he done enough to hold his spot after being out for so long? Can you risk it or is he just there as depth now?
Collingwood: Does Wood hold his spot or do they go back to Brown as the 2nd ruck. Who loses their spot for Shaw and Davis. Does Nick Maxwell come back in for the final. The skipper hopes so but Mick seemed to be wavering in recent time.
West Coast: Daniel Kerr is in doubt for them. Rosa won’t play but can Will Schofield return from a fractured Cheekbone.
St Kilda: You would have to believe that David Armitage pushes
out Steven Baker his way back into the team but does Michael Gardner hold his spot to battle Shane Mumford?
Sydney: Sam Reid and Heath Grundy are likely to return after injury and illness. You would think the late ins of Jetta and Malceski although one is an excitement machine and Malceski’s experience could be handy in finals.
Carlton: Sleeping foot is unlikely to stop Matthew Kreuzer. Andrew Carrazzo should be back in after his car accident but do the Blues go with Michael Jamison and/or Jarrad Waite or are they too risky in finals? Jamison has been less then impressive down back but could he be the answer up forward?
Essendon: Word is that Michael Hurley is playing with a hot spot in his foot. Is this wise with such a fine young kid? Dustin Fletcher and Heath Hocking will be big ins for the Bombers that are coming off the bye.
- Thursday 3:25pm: Word is Schofield and Kerr are travelling for the Eagles.
- Thursday 4:45pm: Hawks Twitter has confirmed the 8 guys out last week are in. Forgot to add the Hashtag #tellingYouWhatYouAlreadyKnow
- Thursday 4:49pm: CORRECTION: Have been informed on twitter that Baker wont be pushed out for Armitage as Baker wasn’t in in the first place! Thanks.
- Thursday 5pm: Teams are in. Not a lot of surprises I would have thought (apart from Kruezer injury)
- Friday 11:40pm: Rumours spread last night that Ben Reid had tweaked his Hammy at training. Reports this morning that he isn’t at Pies training this morning.
- Friday 12:26pm: Collingwood Assistant coach, Scott Watters, has all but confirmed that Reid will be a no go tomorrow.
B: Josh Hunt, Matthew Scarlett, Tom Lonergan
HB: Corey Enright, Harry Taylor, Andrew Mackie
C: Jimmy Bartel, James Kelly, Mitch Duncan
HF: Steve Johnson, Cameron Ling, Mathew Stokes
F: Tom Hawkins, James Podsiadly, Daniel Menzel
Foll: Brad Ottens, Paul Chapman, Joel Selwood
I/C: David Wojcinski, Travis Varcoe, Trent West, Allen Christensen
Emg: Darren Milburn, Cameron Mooney, Steven Motlop
In: Tom Lonergan, Mathew Stokes
Out: Shannon Byrnes (Calf), Darren Milburn
B: Thomas Murphy, Josh Gibson, Brent Guerra
HB: Grant Birchall, Ryan Schoenmakers, Matt Suckling
C: Brad Sewell, Sam Mitchell, Chance Bateman
HF: Cyril Rioli, Lance Franklin, Michael Osborne
F: Luke Breust, David Hale, Shaun Burgoyne
Foll: Max Bailey, Jordan Lewis, Luke Hodge
I/C: Brendan Whitecross, Liam Shiels, Isaac Smith, Paul Puopolo
Emg: Xavier Ellis, Benjamin Stratton, Kyle Cheney
In: Max Bailey, Grant Birchall, Lance Franklin, Luke Hodge, Jordan Lewis, Brad Sewell, Cyril Rioli, Shaun Burgoyne
Out: Xavier Ellis, Rick Ladson, Paul Johnson, Jordan Lisle, Shane Savage, Benjamin Stratton, Kyle Cheney, Cameron Bruce (Soreness)
B: Alan Toovey, Ben Reid, Heritier O’Brien
HB: Nick Maxwell, Chris Tarrant, Heath Shaw
C: Dayne Beams, Sharrod Wellingham, Tyson Goldsack
HF: Ben Johnson, Leigh Brown, Alan Didak
F: Steele Sidebottom, Travis Cloke, Luke Ball
Foll: Darren Jolly, Scott Pendlebury, Andrew Krakouer
I/C: Leon Davis, Dane Swan, Chris Dawes, Jarryd Blair
Emg: Ben Sinclair, Simon Buckley, Alex Fasolo
In: Leon Davis, Nick Maxwell, Heath Shaw
Out: Cameron Wood, Ben Sinclair, Alex Fasolo
West Coast Eagles
B: Shannon Hurn, Darren Glass, Will Schofield
HB: Scott Selwood, Eric Mackenzie, Beau Waters
C: Luke Shuey, Matthew Priddis, Andrew Embley
HF: Mark LeCras, Josh Kennedy, Mark Nicoski
F: Jack Darling, Quinten Lynch, Nic Naitanui
Foll: Dean Cox, Daniel Kerr, Adam Selwood
I/C: Sam Butler, Chris Masten, Bradley Ebert, Andrew Gaff
Emg: Patrick McGinnity, Brad Sheppard, Ashton Hams
In: Daniel Kerr, Will Schofield
Out: Ashley Smith (Hamstring), Patrick McGinnity
St Kilda Saints
B: Sam Gilbert, Zac Dawson, Raphael Clarke
HB: Brendon Goddard, Sam Fisher, Jason Blake
C: Sean Dempster, Nick Dal Santo, Jason Gram
HF: Brett Peake, Nick Riewoldt, Adam Schneider
F: Stephen Milne, Justin Koschitzke, Jarryn Geary
Foll: Ben McEvoy, Clinton Jones, Leigh Montagna
I/C: David Armitage, Jack Steven, Farren Ray, Dean Polo
Emg: Steven Baker, Michael S. Gardiner, Ryan Gamble
In: David Armitage
Out: Michael S. Gardiner
B: Rhyce Shaw, Ted Richards, Tadhg Kennelly
HB: Martin Mattner, Alex Johnson, Nicholas Smith
C: Josh P. Kennedy, Adam Goodes, Jarrad McVeigh
HF: Ryan O’Keefe, Sam Reid, Gary Rohan
F: Lewis Roberts-Thomson, Matt Spangher, Ben McGlynn
Foll: Shane Mumford, Jude Bolton, Kieren Jack
I/C: Jesse White, Craig Bird, Daniel Hannebery, Luke Parker
Emg: Nick Malceski, Mike Pyke, Lewis Jetta
In: Lewis Roberts-Thomson, Sam Reid
Out: Nick Malceski, Lewis Jetta
B: Michael Jamison, Lachlan Henderson, Jeremy Laidler
HB: Aaron Joseph, Nick Duigan, Christopher Yarran
C: Bryce Gibbs, Chris Judd, Dennis Armfield
HF: Jeffrey Garlett, Bret Thornton, Kade Simpson
F: Eddie Betts, Setanta O’hAilpin, Andrew Walker
Foll: Robert Warnock, Heath Scotland, Marc Murphy
I/C: Paul Bower, Andrew Carrazzo, David Ellard, Mitch Robinson, Kane Lucas, Marcus Davies, Zach Tuohy
In: Paul Bower, Andrew Carrazzo, Bret Thornton, Michael Jamison, David Ellard
Out: Jordan Russell, Matthew Kreuzer (Foot)
B: Kyle Hardingham, Dustin Fletcher, David Myers
HB: Mark McVeigh, Tayte Pears, Dyson Heppell
C: Ben Howlett, Jobe Watson, Jake Melksham
HF: Angus Monfries, Patrick Ryder, Leroy Jetta
F: Alwyn Davey, Michael Hurley, David Zaharakis
Foll: David Hille, Brent Stanton, Heath Hocking
I/C: Ricky Dyson, Sam Lonergan, Nathan Lovett-Murray, Kyle Reimers, Tom Bellchambers, Jake Carlisle, Travis Colyer
In: Ricky Dyson, Dustin Fletcher, Heath Hocking, Sam Lonergan, Tom Bellchambers
Out: Andrew Welsh, Cale Hooker