The selected teams for this week’s NFNL senior football matches.
Northcote Park has named Ash Close for its clash with Meadows Greyhounds Division 1 ladder-leader Greensborough at Bill Lawry Oval, although Nick Carter is one of four outs.
It will be the first time Close plays alongside Jackson Starcevich since Round 4 – with the Cougars unbeaten in the four games the duo have played together this year.
Greensborough regains ruckman Liam Read from injury as it hunts an eighth-straight victory.
West Preston-Lakeside and Montmorency have both made significant inclusions ahead of their meeting at J.E. Moore Park.
2018 best and fairest Sam Glover returns for the reigning premier following four games with Collingwood’s VFL side – where he has been named among the best players three times.
The Magpies’ bye in the VFL means Michael Marotta will also return for the Roosters, while Nicholas Kempe has also been added after missing the Round 7 win over Lower Plenty.
Montmorency has named Ben Walton for his first game since Round 1. He will be joined in the Magpies’ line-up by midfielder Stephen McCallum and key defender Michael Fitz-Gerald.
Bundoora has received a welcome boost ahead of its match against Hurstbridge at Yulong Reserve, with Luke Collins and Nathan Thomas both returning.
Collins hasn’t played since the Round 1 defeat at Northcote Park, while Thomas has been one of the club’s most consistent players in 2019 – booting 10 goals from the midfield.
Hurstbridge regains key forward Bailey Jordan, but will be without representative midfielder and former Bulls premiership player Jack Furlong.
Jack Blair and Matthew Cecchin will both miss Heidelberg’s trip to Montmorency South Oval to take on Lower Plenty, although Christian Buykx-Smith and Fletcher McIvor both return.
There are also plenty of big names among the team changes in A Plus Labour Solutions Division 2.
Adam Oxley will play his second game for Eltham when the Panthers host Thomastown at Eltham Central Park, where the Bears have lost both Salvatore Mamone and Sashe Spiroski.
Banyule star goal kicker James Kroussoratis returns from injury for the club’s trip to Whittlesea, where he will play his first game since Anzac Day. Kroussoratis is joined in the ladder-leader’s side by Riley Keath and Jake Truefeldt, although Coaches MVP leader Brent Stanton and Ricky Dyson are among the outs.
Andrew Lovett and Max Maynard have both been named by the Fitzroy Stars ahead of their trip to Whatmough Park to take on St Mary’s. The Burra will be without Daniel Castagnini and Raygan Tate.
Meanwhile, Watsonia regains key forward Allan Young for its match against Diamond Creek at A.K. Lines Reserve, where the Creekers have added Oliver Stapleton and Ryan Pingree.
All Division 1 and Division 2 men’s clubs are able to select a 23rd Player for this weekend’s round of matches. The 23rd Player must be an under-19 eligible player and can’t have previously played more than two senior games.
In Heidelberg Golf Club Division 3, Jake Potter returns for South Morang’s important clash against Heidelberg West, where a top-four spot is on the line. The Hawks will be without Ben Fogarty and Billy Wright, but Luke McKenna is back in the senior side.
Josh Delaney and Matthew Campbell have been named for Mernda’s trip to Lalor, where the Bloods regain Daniel Moore among seven changes.
Selected teams for the NFNL Women’s competition will be named in the lead-up to each match.
Continue below for all the team changes. Click on the links to see the selected teams.
MEADOWS GREYHOUNDS DIVISION 1
Selected teams: Northcote Park vs Greensborough
Northcote Park: IN – Samuel Adam, Jayden Askew, Ash Close, Matthew George; OUT – Nicholas Carter, Thomas Jackson, Michael Naldrett, Harrison Reid; 23rd Player – N/A
Greensborough: IN – Liam Read, Jordon Smith; OUT – Rayden Garrard; 23rd Player – Jordon Smith
Selected teams: West Preston-Lakeside vs Montmorency
West Preston-Lakeside: IN – Sam Glover, Nicholas Kempe, Charbel Khoury, Michael Marotta, James Tadd; OUT – Mitchell Crapper, Mark Kovacevic, Jack Snow, Makhoul Zakkour; 23rd Player – Charbel Khoury
Montmorency: IN – Jacob Bedrac, Michael Fitz-Gerald, Stephen McCallum, Tarwan Rennie, Ben Walton; OUT – Joshua Boulton, Joshua Mills, Lachlan O’Brien, Kyan Watson; 23rd Player – Jacob Bedrac
Selected teams: Lower Plenty vs Heidelberg
Lower Plenty: IN – Fraser Delbridge, Leigh Gray, Andrew White; OUT – Alexander Alderton, Juy Smith, Tyler Wallace; 23rd Player – Andrew White
Heidelberg: IN – Christian Buykx-Smith, Jesse Kane, Kai Kearns, Fletcher McIvor;
OUT – Jack Blair, Matthew Cecchin, Eamonn Mc Cuskey; 23rd Player – Jesse Kane
Selected teams: Bundoora vs Hurstbridge
Bundoora: IN – Luke Collins, John Jorgensen, Nathan Thomas; OUT – Travis Keating, Joel Lamotte; 23rd Player – John Jorgensen
Hurstbridge: IN – Cooper Barbera, Bailey Jordan; OUT – Jack Furlong; 23rd Player – Cooper Barbera
A PLUS LABOUR SOLUTIONS DIVISION 2
Selected teams: Watsonia vs Diamond Creek
Watsonia: IN – Aydin Dani, Leon Danicic, Stefan Tanti, Kelby White, Allan Young;
OUT – Gary Barton, Robert Carnovale, Austin Creak, Julian Maloni; 23rd Player – Jordan Kubeil
Diamond Creek: IN – Oliver Stapleton, Ryan Pingree, Jay Watson; OUT – Timothy Hall, Hayden Wall; 23rd Player – Jay Watson
Selected teams: Eltham vs Thomastown
Eltham: IN – Marcus Cantwell, Adam Oxley, Cameron Sullivan; OUT – Jesse Freeman, Michael Still; 23rd Player – Cameron Sullivan
Thomastown: IN – Robert Barbara, Buckley Chapman, Lane Tucker; OUT – Salvatore Mamone, Sashe Spiroski; 23rd Player – Buckley Chapman
Selected teams: St Mary’s vs Fitzroy Stars
St Mary’s: IN – Hayden Bolzon, Tane Cotter, Adam De Girolamo, Nathan Jasper, Jake Johnston; OUT – Daniel Castagnini, Shane Derham, Connor Kissane, Raygan Tate; 23rd Player – Hayden Bolzon
Fitzroy Stars: IN – James Ellis, Ryan Lovegrove-Hudson, Andrew Lovett, Max Maynard, Gary Mongta; OUT – Jungala Ellis, Tindarra Hood, Bradley Kairouz, Riley Livingstone, Hedley Smith; 23rd Player – Jaxon Proctor
Selected teams: Whittlesea vs Banyule
Whittlesea: IN – Harrison Jarvie, Zach Molloy; OUT – Thomas Falls, Samuel Indian; 23rd Player – Caleb Newport
Banyule: IN – Riley Keath, James Kroussoratis, Jake Truefeldt, Connor Walsh; OUT – Ricky Dyson, Jacob Mitchell, Brent Stanton; 23rd Player – Connor Walsh
HEIDELBERG GOLF CLUB DIVISION 3
Selected teams: Reservoir vs Panton Hill
Reservoir: IN – Emrys Black, John Perichon, Rikki Toet; OUT – Eddie Arabi, Angus Beven, Harrison Evans
Panton Hill: IN – Ryan Boyden, Matthew Fowler; OUT – James Cummane, Benjamin Hibberd
Selected teams: Heidelberg West vs South Morang
Heidelberg West: IN – Ryan Gall, Dylan Hayes, Luke McKenna, Josh Smith Thompson; OUT – Benjamin Fogarty, Stuart Guthrie, Jack Marris, Billy Wright
South Morang: IN – Lachlan Golledge, James Hewson, Mitchell Kalpakis, Jake Potter; OUT – Mark Burgess, Mathew Ceravolo, Samuel Hutton, Reece Jones, Paul Sidhu
Selected teams: Kilmore vs Old Eltham Collegians
Kilmore: IN – Thomas de Sousa, Nicholas Zaharakis; OUT – Peter de Sousa, Matthew Swindells
Old Eltham Collegians: IN – Angus Robertson, Matthew Quinton; OUT – Andrew Hargrave, Samuel Pain, Bailey Sobol
Selected teams: Lalor vs Mernda
Lalor: IN – Adrian Cirianni, Ben Curtiss, Mitchell Hill, Shannon Mills, Daniel Moore, Andrew Sneddon, Lachlan Westwood; OUT – Adem Bektash, Alex Dao, Onesphore Dusabe, Bradley Johnstone, Abdul Shire, Joshua Tribuzio, Hirsi Twomey, Matthew Whitaker
Mernda: IN – Matthew Campbell, Joshua Delaney; OUT – Jesse Inzillo, Jack Moroney
ANZ DIVISION 1 WOMEN’S
Selected teams: VU Western Spurs vs Bendigo
Sunday 3:00pm at Henry Turner Reserve
Selected teams: West Preston-Lakeside vs Montmorency
Sunday 3:00pm at J.E. Moore Park
Selected teams: Diamond Creek Women’s vs Bundoora
Sunday 3:00pm at Plenty Park Oval
MC SECURITY DIVISION 2 WOMEN’S
Selected teams: VU Western Spurs vs Heidelberg
Sunday 1:00pm at Henry Turner Reserve
Selected teams: Diamond Creek Women’s vs St Mary’s
Sunday 1:00pm at Plenty Park Oval
Selected teams: Eltham vs South Morang
Sunday 3:00pm at Eltham Central Park
MIRVAC DIVISION 3 WOMEN’S
Selected teams: VU Western Spurs vs Hurstbridge
Sunday 11:30am at Henry Turner Reserve
Selected teams: Reservoir vs Montmorency
Sunday 3:00pm at Crispe Park
Selected teams: Greensborough vs Wallan
Sunday 3:00pm at Greensborough War Memorial Park
Selected teams: Laurimar vs Mernda
Sunday 3:00pm at Laurimar Reserve