Collingwood can’t seem to take a trick on the injury front, while Melbourne’s skipper will miss a considerable stint on the sidelines.

Meanwhile, Sydney, Adelaide and Port Adelaide need to compensate for the absences of suspended stars.

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Magpies exposed for lack of pressure? | 02:16

ROUND 18 TEAM TIPS AND FIXTURE (all times AEST)

COLLINGWOOD v GEELONG

Friday July 12, 7:40pm at the MCG

Collingwood’s Round 17 team:

B: B.Maynard, D.Moore – C, I.Quaynor

HB: C.Dean, J.Howe, O.Markov

C: S.Sidebottom, S.Pendlebury, J.Daicos

HF: B.Hill, B.Mihocek, L.Schultz

F: J.Richards, P.Lipinski, B.Frampton

FOLL: D.Cameron, J.De Goey, N.Daicos

I/C: N.Kreuger, J.Crisp, W.Hoskin-Elliott, H.Harrison, N.Long

EMG: F.Macrae, R.McInnes, L.Sullivan

Team Tips: The Pies will be without Brody Mihocek until at least the end of the home and away season after he suffered a torn pectoral muscle. That opens the door for Ash Johnson to return to the senior side after a bag of five goals in the VFL, while Reef McInnes was an emergency last Friday night. Darcy Cameron (ribs) was transported to hospital after Collingwood’s loss to Essendon and while he was cleared of serious injury, he is no sure thing to play against the Cats. Isaac Quaynor is also coping with a sore toe. Meantime, swingman Jeremy Howe exited training early on Monday with a hamstring complaint and underwent scans, however his availability for Friday night is seemingly still intact — he figures to remain forward with Mihocek sidelined. In a positive, defender John Noble, who should be available provided he passes through the concussion protocols during the week, could be a straight swap for Charlie Dean, who was subbed out of the clash against the Dons. Jamie Elliott (vascular) is also a test for Friday night. Midfield trio Fin Macrae (29 disposals, seven tackles, one goal), Lachie Sullivan (28 disposals, six tackles) and Jack Bytel (27 disposals) were all strong in the VFL but might need to bide their time there a little longer. Dan McStay (knee) is expected to get some VFL time in the coming weeks, which would be an incredibly positive result.

Pies stars just not trying? | 02:51

Geelong’s Round 17 team:

B: J.Henry, S.De Koning, J.Kolodjashnij

HB: M.Duncan, T.Stewart, Z.Guthrie

C: Z.Tuohy, M.Holmes, O.Dempsey

HF: T.Stengle, G.Rohan, G.Miers

F: B.Close, S.Neale, J.Cameron

FOLL: M.Blicavs, P.Dangerfield – C, T.Atkins

I/C: J.Bowes, S.Mannagh, L.Humphries, O.Henry, M.Knevitt

EMG: J.Bews, J.Clark, R.Stanley

Team Tips: The Cats are purring once more after an emphatic victory over the Hawks where it seemed every single member of the 23 meaningfully contributed. Untried mature-ager Mitch Hardie absolutely stuffed the stat sheet for the club’s VFL side with 36 disposals and two goals, while fringe Cats Brandan Parfitt (25 disposals) and Oisin Mullin (25 disposals) ensured their names will keep being discussed at selection. Mitch Knevitt was a late out last Saturday with illness and will hope to be available, while veteran Cam Guthrie continues to deal with a troublesome Achilles problem and will be assessed during the week. Expect Chris Scott to go in with a relatively unchanged line-up.

HAWTHORN v FREMANTLE

Saturday July 13, 1:45pm at UTAS Stadium

Hawthorn’s Round 17 team:

B: J.Scrimshaw, S.Frost, K.Amon

HB: C.Jiath, J.Weddle, M.D’Ambrosio

C: J.Impey, C.Mackenzie, C.Nash

HF: B.Hardwick, J.Newcombe, S. Mitchell

F: L.Breust, M.Lewis, J.Gunston

FOLL: L.Meek, W.Day, D.Moore – C

I/C: M.Chol, C.Macdonald, N.Watson, J.Worpel, H. Morrison

EMG: M.Ramsden, J.Serong

Team Tips: Hawthorn’s injury concerns went from bad to worse when returning star forward Mitch Lewis hurt himself in a marking contest last Saturday against Geelong, injuring his knee. In a shocking blow, the Hawks have since ruled Lewis out for the remainder of the season after scans revealed considerable ACL damage. Emerging key forward Calsher Dear missed last week through injury figures to be in the frame to replace Lewis, pending a fitness test. James Sicily will also look to pass a fitness test that would see him shore up a shaky backline for a critical clash with the Dockers in Tasmania. Veterans Jack Gunston and Luke Breust struggled but are likely to retain their places in the side, while Seamus Mitchell and Harry Morrison could be in danger if coach Sam Mitchell decides to reward the VFL form of Finn Maginness or Josh Ward. Forgotten goal threat Chad Wingard returned via the VFL at the weekend in positive news, but it looks as though livewire forward Jack Ginnivan will spend some more time on the sidelines with a fractured fibula.

Fremantle’s Round 17 team:

B: H.Chapman, B.Cox, J.Draper

HB: C.Wagner, L.Ryan, J.Clark

C: J.Sharp, N.Fyfe, J.O’Meara

HF: S.Sturt, L.Jackson, M.Frederick

F: J.Treacy, J.Amiss, S.Switkowski

FOLL: S.Darcy, C.Serong – C, A.Brayshaw

I/C: B.Banfield, H.Young, J.Aish, M.Walters, M.Johnson

EMG: E.Hughes, P.Voss, K.Worner

Team Tips: The Dockers will be without ruck Sean Darcy (concussion protocols) for the clash against the Hawks, while defender Josh Draper suffered a corked leg and will be monitored throughout the week. Positively, captain Alex Pearce is nearing a return from a fractured arm and could be back as early as this week. Peel Thunder had a massive victory in the WAFL at the weekend as Patrick Voss (six goals), Matt Taberner (four) and Nathan O’Driscoll (three) all cashed in. Will Brodie (34 disposals), Neil Erasmus (30) and Tom Emmett (22 and two goals) were also busy but may have to chip away in the WAFL until a spot opens up given Fremantle’s glistening form. In any case, there are plenty of options for Justin Longmuir as his side continues its top-four assault.

Swans hit with back to back losses | 02:51

SYDNEY SWANS v NORTH MELBOURNE

Saturday July 13, 1:45pm at the SCG

Sydney’s Round 17 team:

B: D.Rampe – C, T.McCartin, L.Melican

HB: O.Florent, J.Lloyd, N.Blakey

C: E.Gulden, Ch.Warner, J.McInerney

HF: J.Jordon, L.McDonald, T.Adams

F: T.Papley, J.Amartey, W.Hayward

FOLL: B.Grundy, I.Heeney, J.Rowbottom

I/C: B.Campbell, R.Fox, S.Wicks, H.McLean, M.Roberts

EMG: C. Cleary, L. McAndrew, A. Francis

Team Tips: The Swans have slumped to back-to-back losses for the first time this season, leaving coach John Longmire a decent amount to ponder at selection for the first time in a while. Isaac Heeney has been offered a one-match ban for striking, meaning — barring a successful Tribunal appeal — his Brownlow Medal eligibility will be stripped, and he won’t play against the Roos on Saturday. Veterans Luke Parker (suspension) and Callum Mills (shoulder/calf) will be hoping to press their cases but are more likely to be eased back through the VFL. Forgotten forward Sam Reid booted a goal from 15 disposals and he works his way back to match fitness, while Aaron Francis (26 disposals) and untried South Australian Jaiden Magor (22) were good for the Swans reserves side as well. If Longmire was to make a statement, Matt Roberts, Sam Wicks and Lewis Melican were quiet and could face some selection heat.

North’s Round 17 team:

B: A.Corr, C.Comben, T.Pink

HB: J.Archer, H.Sheezel, L.McDonald

C: D.Stephens, L.Davies-Uniacke, C.McKercher

HF: D.Tucker, B.Teakle, E.Ford

F: P.Curtis, N.Larkey, C.Zurhaar

FOLL: T.Xerri, T.Powell, J.Simpkin – C

I/C: C.Taylor, B.Scott, L.Shiels, W.Phillips, K.Dawson

EMG: R.Hardeman, C.Lazzaro, R.Hansen Jr

Team Tips: Back on the winner’s list and off the bottom of the ladder! A welcome change for Alastair Clarkson’s side. The Roos will be hoping that defender Zac Fisher is available for selection after missing last week with a “midfoot sprain”, while young gun George Wardlaw will return from concussion if he passes through the relevant tests. Curtis Taylor, Dylan Stephens and Toby Pink are some of the names potentially on the chopping block, but catapulting from a victory, Clarkson might not find much reason to make change this Thursday. Their VFL side had a bye last week.

WESTERN BULLDOGS v CARLTON

Saturday July 13, 4:35pm at Marvel Stadium

Western Bulldogs’ Round 17 team:

B: T.Duryea, R.Lobb, B.Williams

HB: L.Bramble, J.O’Donnell, B.Dale

C: H.Gallagher, A.Treloar, E.Richards

HF: L.Vandermeer, A.Naughton, J.Macrae

F: J.Ugle-Hagan, S.Darcy, R.West

FOLL: T.English, M.Bontempelli – C, T.Liberatore

I/C: N.Coffield, J.Freijah, B.Khamis, L.McNeil, R.Sanders

EMG: O.Baker, C.Clarke, C.Daniel

Team Tips: The Bulldogs will be without star forward Aaron Naughton and reliable defender James O’Donnell for their clash against the Blues, with both players entering concussion protocols after respective knocks against the Power last Saturday. Reliable defender Liam Jones and small forward Cody Weightman both failed to get up for the heavy loss to Port Adelaide and will immediately return if they are fit. Elsewhere, fringe forward Riley Garcia had 27 disposals and two goals in the VFL, while Jedd Busslinger (20 disposals) continues to hunt an AFL debut. Caleb Daniel had 19 touches in the VFL and was an emergency for the AFL side — potentially an inclusion candidate if Luke Beveridge feels like swinging the axe.

Carlton’s Round 17 side:

B: B.Kemp, J.Weitering, J.Boyd

HB: A.Saad, M.McGovern, N.Newman

C: O.Hollands, P.Cripps – C, B.Acres

HF: M.Kennedy, H.McKay, Z.Williams

F: E.Hollands, C.Curnow, L.Fogarty

FOLL: T.De Koning, S.Walsh, A.Cerra

I/C: L.Cowan, A.Cincotta, M.Cottrell, M.Owies, O.Fantasia

EMG: G.Hewett, M.Pittonet, C.Marchbank

Team Tips: A bizarre turnaround against the Giants last Saturday night leaves coach Michael Voss much to ponder during the week. David Cuningham was sensational in the VFL with 29 touches, six clearances and eight tackles, as were Jack Carroll (32 disposals) and Jesse Motlop (four goals). Midfielder Jaxon Binns kicked a goal from his 27 touches, while ruck Marc Pittonet remains ready on standby if a senior recall beckons. Orazio Fantasia,Matt Owies, Matthew Cottrell and Lachie Fogarty were quiet in the loss to GWS, particularly in the midst of a torrid second half.

‘That’s just crap’: Rankine ripped | 02:04

ADELAIDE CROWS v ST KILDA

Saturday July 13, 7:30pm at Adelaide Oval

Adelaide’s Round 17 team:

B: M.Keane, J.Butts, M.Hinge

HB: M.Michalanney, N.Murray, B.Smith

C: B.Dowling, J.Dawson – C, L.Sholl

HF: B.Keays, D.Fogarty, J.Rachele

F: I.Rankine, T.Walker, E.Himmelberg

FOLL: R.O’Brien, R.Laird, S.Berry

I/C: J.Soligo, B.Cook, L.Nankervis, L.Murphy, Z.Taylor

EMG: C. Jones, C. Burgess, J. Borlase

Team Tips: After a competitive loss to the Lions last week, the Crows will be wanting to make a statement on their home deck against a rejuvenated St Kilda side. In a blow, Izak Rankine (suspension) is set to miss four weeks after being found guilty of rough conduct in a collision with Brisbane’s Brandon Starcevich. Powerful tall Riley Thilthorpe booted two goals in the SANFL as he continues his recovery from a serious injury, while Ned McHenry had two goals from 21 touches. Chayce Jones was also solid as he seeks an AFL recall. Lachie Murphy was quiet once again in the seniors, while Zac Taylor and Brayden Cook also struggled to have an impact at AFL level.

Ross Lyon highlights Saints’ positives | 07:08

St Kilda’s Round 17 team:

B: J.Battle, D.Howard, C.Wilkie

HB: J.Sinclair, N.Wanganeen-Milera, J.Webster

C: B.Hill, M.Windhager, M.Wood

HF: R.Byrnes, M.Phillipou, M.Owens

F: J.Higgins, T.Membrey, C.Sharman

FOLL: R.Marshall, J.Steele – C, L.Henry

I/C: H.Clark, D.Butler, D.Wilson, B.Paton, A.Schoenmaker

EMG: Z. Jones, T. Campbell, M. Hall

Team Tips: Not many saw that win against the Swans coming. The major concern out of that game was a hamstring injury to Marcus Windhager — who is expected to miss an extended period — likely opening the door for Seb Ross (27 disposals), Hugo Garcia (23 and a goal) or Zak Jones (22) to return to the AFL side. Paddy Dow (ankle) was unavailable last week. After a very pleasing win for coach Ross Lyon, it’s unlikely he makes too many other changes.

MELBOURNE v ESSENDON

Saturday July 13, 7:30pm at the MCG

Melbourne’s Round 17 side:

B: J.Lever, S.May, J.McVee

HB: A.Moniz-Wakefield, T.McDonald, T.Rivers

C: T.Woewodin, A.Neal-Bullen, C.Windsor

HF: T.Sparrow, J.van Rooyen, E.Langdon

F: K.Pickett, B.Fritsch, J.Melksham

FOLL: M.Gawn – C, J.Viney, C.Oliver

I/C: C.Salem, J.Bowey, K.Chandler, K.Tholstrup, D.Turner

Team Tips: The big talking point out of the Dees this week is the injury blow to captain Max Gawn, who was “pretty sore” on Monday. The inspirational skipper effectively predicted his absence, with the Demons on Monday evening confirming a two-to-three-week stint on the sidelines. So, with Gawn out, who moves into the ruck? The likely candidate would be former Lion Tom Fullarton, who was recruited to the club over the off-season for this exact reason. On a more positive note, forward Harrison Petty was a test last week, so you’d imagine he’d give his all for a recall this week after dealing with an ankle complaint. In the VFL, ex-Saint Jack Billings (33 disposals) was on fire, while defenders Blake Howes (23) and Marty Hore (26) were strong. Former Crow Shane McAdam and youngster Matthew Jefferson each booted three goals.

Essendon’s Round 17 side:

B: J.Ridley, B.McKay, J.Laverde

HB: N.Martin, M.Redman, A.McGrath

C: X.Duursma, S.Durham, A.Perkins

HF: M.Guelfi, H.Jones, N.Hind

F: J.Stringer, P.Wright, K.Langford

FOLL: S.Draper, J.Caldwell, Z.Merrett – C

I/C: D.Shiel, J.Gresham, N.Cox, J.Kelly, N.Caddy

EMG: B.Hobbs, N.Bryan, J.Menzie

Team Tips: The Bombers are flying towards a top-four finish after finishing off Collingwood last Friday night. Veterans Dyson Heppell and Todd Goldstein were managed out of the clash against the Pies and will push for a return, while young trio Elijah Tsatas (30 disposals, 11 clearances), Archie Roberts (32 disposals) and Ben Hobbs (21) found plenty of the footy in the VFL. Will Setterfield is also hunting a recall after 22 touches, nine clearances and two goals. Nick Hind, Nik Cox and Jake Kelly are three names who could come under selection pressure, but it’s likely coach Brad Scott sticks with a similar formula again this week.

GOLD COAST SUNS v PORT ADELAIDE

Sunday July 14, 1:10pm at People First Stadium

Gold Coast’s Round 17 side:

B: S.Collins, M.Andrew, C.Ballard

HB: S.Flanders, W.Powell, B.Uwland

C: N.Holman, W.Graham, S.Clohesy

HF: T.Berry, T.Miller – C, B.Long

F: B.King, S.Day, J.Lukosius

FOLL: N.Moyle, N.Anderson, M.Rowell

I/C: A.Sexton, B.Ainsworth, B.Humphrey, D.Swallow, J.Jeffrey

EMG: R.Atkins, B.Fiorini, J.Tsitas

Team Tips: Coach Damien Hardwick said his club needs to “grow the f*** up” in his post-match press conference so expect him to be on a warpath with selection this week. Co-captain Touk Miller will miss two-to-three weeks with a wrist injury, per Seven’s Mitch Cleary on Monday night. His partner in crime Jarrod Witts will also be assessed this week after missing the Roos clash with a fractured vertebra. Luckily for Hardwick, the VFL side had a good win on the weekend and plenty of AFL-listed players stood up. Brayden Fiorini went nuts with 42 disposals and a goal, while midfielder Alex Davies had 36 touches and a goal himself. Jake Rogers (31 disposals), Darcy Macpherson (29) and Rory Atkins (30) all found plenty of the ball in the VFL side’s victory over Werribee. This week’s selection really does have the makings of mass changes about it.

Port Adelaide’s Round 17 side:

B: K.Farrell, B.Zerk-Thatcher, M.Bergman

HB: L.Evans, A.Aliir, D.Houston

C: T.Boak, C.Rozee – C, W.Drew

HF: D.Byrne-Jones, T.Marshall, J.Finlayson

F: J.Mead, O.Lord, M.Georgiades

FOLL: J.Sweet, J.Horne-Francis, Z.Butters

I/C: O.Wines, J.Burgoyne, La.Jones, Q.Narkle, F.Evans

EMG: W.Lorenz, T.Clurey, D.Visentini

Team Tips: Port Adelaide decimated the Western Bulldogs last Saturday, boosting its finals chances as another crucial fixture awaits against the home-happy Suns. The Power came away unscathed from an injury perspective but will be without key forward Mitch Georgiades after the club accepted his one-game suspension for striking. Key defender Esava Ratugolea (hamstring) shapes as a likely chance to return provided he passes the relevant fitness tests, Trent McKenzie (hamstring) is nearing a return to play and veteran forward Charlie Dixon (suspension) is eligible to play this weekend after serving his three-game ban. Livewire forward Willie Rioli was supposed to return via the SANFL last Sunday but was a late exclusion for personal reasons. Forward Jed McEntee lodged his bid for a senior recall after notching 25 disposals, five clearances and five inside-50s against North Adelaide at reserves level, while defender Dylan Williams racked up 24 possessions and a goal.

RICHMOND v GWS GIANTS

Sunday July 14, 3:20pm at the MCG

Richmond’s Round 17 side:

B: B.Miller, N.Broad, J.Blight

HB: N.Vlastuin, T.Brown, D.Rioli

C: H.Ralphsmith, L.Baker, K.McIntosh

HF: R.Mansell, J.Graham, S.Campbell

F: S.Bolton, N.Balta, J.Koschitzke

FOLL: T.Nankervis – C, J.Hopper, T.Taranto

I/C: T.Sonsie, N.Cumberland, K.McAuliffe, S.Banks, J.Short

EMG: J.Trezise, S.Green, T.Dow

Team Tips: The Tigers again exhibited positive signs at the weekend but were overpowered by Fremantle at Optus Stadium, though positively, they didn’t accrue any injury. Tom Lynch (hamstring) is likely still a week away from contending for an AFL return, while Dion Prestia (calf) and Samson Ryan (ankle) are chances of putting their hands up at selection this Thursday. Developing half-back-flanker James Trezise (28 disposals) was Richmond’s major ball-winner at VFL level on Sunday, pressing his case for a senior recall this week. Fringe midfielder Thomson Dow (23 possessions) and Kaleb Smith (20) were also prominent around the footy against the Northern Bullants. After just five disposals against the Blues in Round 16, small forward Seth Campbell was quiet again in Perth with four possessions and no scoreboard impact, while fellow forward Noah Cumberland (five disposals, scoreless) also failed to stamp his influence. In the VFL, Steely Green kicked two more goals as he edged nearer to an AFL recall.

GWS’ Round 17 side:

B: C.Idun, J.Buckley, H.Perryman

HB: L.Whitfield, L.Aleer, J.Fonti

C: C.Ward, T.Green, I.Cumming

HF: B.Daniels, J.Riccardi, A.Cadman

F: T.Greene – C, J.Hogan, T.Bedford

FOLL: K.Briggs, S.Coniglio, F.Callaghan

I/C: H.Himmelberg, J.Peatling, H.Thomas, D.Jones, T.McMullin

Team Tips: GWS claimed a much-needed win against Carlton last Saturday night, keeping their finals hopes very much intact. It also came away without any fresh injury concerns. Star pair Josh Kelly (calf) and Sam Taylor (testicle) still remain a number of weeks away from returning to play. Veteran defender Nick Haynes — recovered from a hamstring ailment — collected 32 disposals and took 13 marks in GWS’ reserves loss at the weekend, while Conor Stone (28 possessions) and first-year Giant James Leake (24) were also buzzing around the footy. After a stirring comeback win against a flag favourite, though, it’s hard to see Adam Kingsley making much unforced change on Thursday night.

Eagles tipped to sack Simpson | 01:25

WEST COAST EAGLES v BRISBANE LIONS

Sunday July 14, 4:40pm at Optus Stadium

West Coast’s Round 17 side:

B: B.Hough, T.Barrass, A.Witherden

HB: T.Cole, J.McGovern, L.Duggan – C

C: J.Hunt, E.Yeo, J.Jones

HF: L.Ryan, J.Waterman, T.Brockman

F: J.Cripps, O.Allen, J.Darling

FOLL: B.Williams, H.Reid, T.Kelly

I/C: R.Ginbey, C.Chesser, J.Williams, J.Rotham, J.Hutchinson

Team Tips: External pressure continues to build on Adam Simpson’s Eagles after another uncompetitive loss at the weekend against the Demons. Star defender Jeremy McGovern (ribs/lung) was taken to hospital post-game — remaining in Melbourne on Monday — and isn’t expected to play on Sunday against the Lions. Post-match, Simpson said: “McGovern has been sent to hospital with some sort of lung or rib issue, we will need to make sure he is OK to fly home (on Sunday).” Matt Flynn (ankle) missed the loss to Melbourne but should be a decent chance to play against Brisbane, while key defender Rhett Bazzo (groin) and midfielder Elijah Hewett (foot) will attempt to return to play this weekend.

Brisbane’s Round 17 side:

B: D.Zorko, J.Payne, R.Lester

HB: B.Starcevich, H.Andrews, C.McKenna

C: Z.Bailey, C.Rayner, J.Berry

HF: C.Cameron, E.Hipwood, H.McCluggage

F: K.Lohmann, J.Daniher, L.Morris

FOLL: O.McInerney, J.Dunkley, L.Neale – C

I/C: C.Ah Chee, W.Ashcroft, J.Fletcher, B.Reville, D.Wilmot

Team Tips: The Lions claimed their fifth consecutive win on Sunday as they continue to build towards finals footy. However, on a sour note, important defender Brandon Starcevich (concussion protocols) won’t make the trip to Perth this weekend after being on the end of a consequential Izak Rankine bump, while Noah Answerth (shoulder) is still a few weeks away. Charlie Cameron appeared hampered by a hamstring issue but battled through to play out the contest. At reserves level, forgotten midfielder Deven Robertson continues to press his case for an AFL return after lodging a game-high 35 disposals and a goal in a big win over Casey. Veteran Jarryd Lyons added 32 disposals and 2.2, while Jaxon Prior (25 possessions) was also frequently around the ball, and developing forward Brandon Ryan booted two goals. However, as this Brisbane brigade continues to purr, it’ll be mighty hard breaking into Chris Fagan’s best 23.

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