Port regain skipper for AFL blockbuster
Port Adelaide’s Travis Boak will return to captain the AFL’s ladder leaders in Saturday’s clash with Sydney at the SCG.
Boak, goalsneak Angus Monfries and speedster Matt White have all recovered from injury and will tackle the Swans in the highlight of round 13.
“All three are ready to go and they’ll really add to the team,” Port coach Ken Hinkley said on the club website.
Sam Gray and Ben Newton were both dropped, but the absence of Jared Polec (ankle) is a setback for the Power.
The Swans fared far worse at the selection table, Ben McGlynn’s fractured thumb forcing him to join Kurt Tippett (knee) on the sidelines.
Pint-sized tackling machine McGlynn will miss two matches like Tippett, with Mike Pyke and Brandon Jack promoted in their absence.
Dual Brownlow medallist Chris Judd, Richmond veteran Chris Newman, Hawthorn ruckman David Hale, GWS defender Phil Davis and West Coast’s Josh Kennedy are among the fit-again players returning on the weekend.
Judd will play his second game of the season, having lasted six minutes as a substitute in round five when he returned from pre-season Achilles surgery.
Upgraded Hawthorn rookie Ben Ross will make his AFL debut on Friday night against Carlton, Luke Lowden making way and Billy Hartung nursing an elbow injury.
The Blues dropped Jeff Garlett.
Former Melbourne midfielder Colin Sylvia will make his club debut with Fremantle after joining the Dockers as a free agent in the off-season.
Fremantle replaced injured key defenders Luke McPharlin and Michael Johnson with Sylvia and Alex Silvagni for Saturday’s game at the MCG against Richmond.
The Tigers made four changes.
Newman, Aaron Edwards, Dylan Grimes and Shaun Hampson come into the team that lost to North Melbourne after a poor second-half fadeout.
Ben Griffiths and Matt McDonough were both dumped, while Ty Vickery and Matt Thomas will miss the match due to suspension.
Brisbane named an unchanged side for Saturday night’s clash with GWS at the Gabba, while the Giants called on Davis, Jeremy Cameron, Josh Hunt and Josh Kelly.
Adelaide’s Brent Reilly will play his 200th match after earning a recall for Saturday’s clash with North Melbourne, who dropped Majak Daw and Sam Wright.
West Coast will be well down on experience when they host Gold Coast on Saturday.
Retiring captain Darren Glass is joined on the sidelines by ruckman Dean Cox (soreness) and Sharrod Wellingham (omitted).
Rugby league convert Karmichael Hunt, who played his first game of the season in round 12, will miss the clash due to a knee injury.