Crows make statement dropping Bryce Gibbs


He has average 22 disposals in the first three games but his kicking was well below par in the final quarter last week when the team was trying to exit their defensive 50.

North Melbourne reacted to their winless start to the season resting first year player Bailey Scott and dropping Tom Campbell, Dom Tyson and Ben McKay with classy midfielder Paul Ahern getting his chance alongside forward Mason Wood, Jed Anderson and Cameron Zurhaar.

Collingwood have opted for the pace of Travis Varcoe rather than the stopping ability of Levi Greenwood as they look to return to the winner’s list against the Western Bulldogs

The Western Bulldogs were able to name Norm Smith medallist Jason Johannisen for his first game for the season after he suffered an ankle injury in the pre-season. He replaced young defender Lewis Young in the only change.

After making last year’s grand final, the Magpies are hoping to build some momentum in 2019 having lost two of their first three games while the Bulldogs will be keen to bounce back from last week’s surprise loss to the Gold Coast.

Richmond were forced to make six changes after Brownlow medallist Dustin Martin was suspended, skipper Trent Cotchin injured his hamstring and running defender Jayden Short dislocated his elbow.

The Tigers named Jack Ross for his debut while premiership defenders Dylan Grimes and Bachar Houli returned from suspension and injury respectively.

Having lost their past two matches the club also included forwards Josh Caddy, Liam Baker and Shai Bolton to replace Dan Butler, Ryan Garthwaite and Oleg Markov, who were omitted.

They play Port Adelaide, who made no changes.

Despite winning against Melbourne last week, the Bombers made four changes with Aaron Francis making way for the returning Cale Hooker. Hooker is playing his first game for the season having overcome a calf injury while Mason Redman, Mitch Brown and David Myers were also included. Redman returns after suffering a fractured ankle before Christmas and is included to replace the injured Shaun McKernan and Kobe Mutch as well as Matt Guelfi who was dropped.

Brisbane included former Cat Allen Christensen for his first game as they attempt to keep their winning streak going in 2019. Zac Bailey is out with a hamstring and Ryan Bastinac was dropped.

Carlton suprised by naming key forward Charlie Curnow in the squad to play the Suns on Sunday.

Peter Ryan is a sports reporter with The Age covering AFL, horse racing and other sports.

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