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New faces in the mix for AFL's round one

New crop: Ben McEvoy, Paul Chapman, Patrick Cripps and Jack Billings.

New crop: Ben McEvoy, Paul Chapman, Patrick Cripps and Jack Billings.

ADELAIDE

(v Geelong, Simonds Stadium, Thursday March 20, 7.10pm)

Eddie Betts will wear his new colours for the first official time and James Podsiadly's hip injury shouldn't prevent him from playing against his old team, but the Crows' side is likely to feature more ''newish'' faces than entirely fresh ones. Matt Crouch is everything you could want in a new draftee and the teenager's hard, tough pre-season form may tempt coach Brenton Sanderson to give him an early debut, although though he's just had a week off sick. 

BRISBANE LIONS

(v Hawthorn, Aurora Stadium, Saturday March 22, 4.40pm)

James Aish arrived in Brisbane after last year's national draft with two years of senior football for Norwood behind him. He looks ready to go, and the rest of Brisbane's draftees shouldn't be far behind him, with new coach Justin Leppitsch planning to give them all a run this year. Luke McGuane and Trent West should slot straight in, while a chance may open for untried second-year forward Michael Close should Jonathan Brown not get up.

CARLTON

(v Port Adelaide, Etihad Stadium, Sunday March 16, 7.40pm)

The Blues used their first choice in last year's draft on a player who knows how to find the ball when things are hectic, and Patrick Cripps is very much in his coaches' minds for a round-one debut. Slot Dale Thomas in for his first official match since early last season, along with Andrejs Everitt. At his third club now, the former Bulldog and Swan has looked good playing a roaming role in Carlton's pre-season games.

COLLINGWOOD

(v Fremantle, Etihad Stadium, Friday March 14, 7.50pm)

Collingwood shed some experience in last year's off-season, but brought in plenty of ready-to-go replacements. Jesse White hurt a calf during Monday's training session and was feeling much better on Tuesday but will need to train again before being included for his first game in black and white. Taylor Adams averaged 24 possessions in his two pre-season games and Tony Armstrong is a chance to play. Of the fresh draftees, Tom Langdon is best placed to make a round-one debut.

ESSENDON

(v North Melbourne, Etihad Stadium, Friday March 21, 7.50pm)

A guy called Paul Chapman might slot nicely into the Bombers' reworked forward line, while the absence of Courtenay Dempsey and possibly Michael Hibberd will give Marty Gleeson, Jason Ashby or both the chance to slide onto a half-back flank. Gleeson's composure and clean skills might have him just ahead, and then there's draftee Zach Merrett. He's smart, switched on and has good skills. He shouldn't have to wait long, if he doesn't play straight up.

FREMANTLE

(v Collingwood, Etihad Stadium, Friday March 14, 7.50pm)

Scott Gumbleton is out for a few months, and it seems Colin Sylvia will start the season in the WAFL. One player to keep an eye out for in coming weeks though, is Anthony Morabito. He is far from a new player, but is on his way back from three knee reconstructions and looked good playing his first WAFL game since July 2012 last weekend. Fingers crossed he can make a difference at senior level this year.

GEELONG

(v Adelaide, Simonds Stadium, Thursday March 20, 7.10pm)

With Joel Corey, Paul Chapman, Josh Hunt, James Podsiadly and Trent West all gone, there will certainly be a new look about this season's Geelong side. There just might not be any fresh faces this week unless you count Hamish McIntosh, working his way back from a knee injury that ruined his 2013 season. That said, the Cats have plenty of under-23s – Billie Smedts, Josh Caddy, Jordan Murdoch, Cam Guthrie, Allen Christensen, Jackson Thurlow, Steven Motlop, George Horlin-Smith and the list goes on – ready for more responsibility.

GOLD COAST

(v Richmond, Metricon Stadium, Saturday March 15, 6.40pm)

Jack Martin signed a five-year contract not long after he joined the club at the end of 2012 as a 17-year-old picked up in the mini-draft and has had a year in the Queensland state league to get himself ready. Coach Guy McKenna wants to get him to 50 games as soon as possible. Clay Cameron could debut in a back line still missing Rory Thompson, while draftee Sean Lemmens has quickly won his coaches and teammates over.

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY

(v Sydney, Giants Stadium, Saturday March 15, 4.40pm)

This Giants should look an older, steadier side this year. Heath Shaw, Shane Mumford, Josh Hunt, Jed Lamb and Dylan Addison all know what it takes, and should make the Giants harder to push around. Josh Kelly shapes as the draftee most likely to play straight away while Tom Boyd, called in for his first senior game last weekend, shouldn't have to wait long.

HAWTHORN

(v Brisbane Lions, Aurora Stadium, Saturday March 22, 4.40pm)

Ben McEvoy is a very handy recruit, and should make an impact straight away. The Hawks might not squeeze any of their 2013 draftees into their round-one side, but they have plenty of players pushing for more opportunity this year: Jed Anderson, Sam Grimley, Taylor Duryea and Will Langford to start with. Angus Litherland and Luke Lowden have been at the club for a while now, but were both mentioned by coach Alastair Clarkson recently as being ready to step into the senior side when required. 

MELBOURNE

(v St Kilda, Etihad Stadium, Saturday March 22, 7.40pm)

Hanging out to watch Jesse Hogan play his first, official senior game? You may have to wait a little longer, with the teenage forward held up in the last week by a back problem. Bernie Vince, Dom Tyson, Viv Michie and Daniel Cross will give the Demons' midfield a different look, while draftees Christian Salem, Jay Kennedy-Harris and Alex Georgiou, a mature-age recruit at 24, are all in the mix.

NORTH MELBOURNE

(v Essendon, Etihad Stadium, Friday March 21, 7.50pm)

North recruited Nick Dal Santo to add some polish to its midfield group, and after a stress-free pre-season at his new club he'll be out there from day one. Luke McDonald is a new draftee, albeit one who spent last season playing in the VFL for Werribee knowing the Roos would take him as a father-son recruit. He has gotten through his second pre-season well, and done enough to deserve a round-one debut.

PORT ADELAIDE

(v Carlton, Etihad Stadium, Sunday March 16, 7.40pm)

Jarman Impey is quick, aggressive and a competitor. The small defender is very much in the conversation for round one. Tom Clurey was unlucky not to sneak a senior debut last season and, after an impressive second pre-season he looks even closer now. Jared Polec, recruited from Brisbane, has improved with each match as well. He has nous, he can kick and, after a bumpy start, his fitness seems to have improved. 

RICHMOND

(v Gold Coast, Metricon Stadium, Saturday March 15, 6.40pm)

Matt Thomas ended an impressive pre-season by gathering 26 possessions and laying 10 tackles against Essendon, earning himself a spot on the senior list and a probable round-one game. The 27-year-old former Port Adelaide player, who won last year's Magarey Medal, and former Carlton ruckman Shaun Hampson are likely to be two new Tigers against the Suns, with first-round draftee Ben Lennon on his way back from minor knee surgery. But Matt McDonough, who made a one-match debut last year, has played some excellent footy on the half-back line and will be hard to leave out.

ST KILDA

(v Melbourne, Etihad Stadium, Saturday March 22, 7.40pm)

Draftee Luke Dunstan's spot in the round-one side has already been confirmed by the Saints' new coach, Alan Richardson. Jack Billings will be hard to leave out, and Luke Delaney might be ahead of Josh Bruce to play in defence. With Ben McEvoy and Nick Dal Santo gone, and Lenny Hayes and Leigh Montagna to miss the start of the season suspended, the Saints will have a new look either way. Last year, nine players made their debut, more than anyone else, and the progression of Tom Curran, Nathan Wright, Josh Saunders and others will be interesting to watch.

SYDNEY

(v GWS, Giants Stadium, Saturday March 15, 4.40pm)

Heard of Lance Franklin? The Swans might decide to give him a round-one game. Jeremy Laidler is a chance to play his first game at his third club, and Kurt Tippett is on his way back from injury, which gives Tom Derickx a chance of being called up to support Mike Pyke in the ruck. Dean Towers, Toby Nankervis and Aliir Aliir have all shown promise through the pre-season but will probably have to wait a little longer.

WEST COAST

(v Western Bulldogs, Patersons Stadium, Sunday March 23, 4.40pm)

The Eagles have the second-youngest squad in the AFL but rank seventh for average games. They're also in good shape, which could make it tough for draftee Dom Sheed to force his way into the round-one side. He's close, though, and shouldn't be too far away if he does miss out. Elliot Yeo has settled in well after moving home from Brisbane, and Xavier Ellis' solid pre-season form has put him in new coach Adam Simpson's thoughts.

WESTERN BULLDOGS

(v West Coast, Patersons Stadium, Sunday March 23, 4.40pm)

The Bulldogs had four kids make their debut last year (Jake Stringer, Jack Macrae, Lachie Hunter and Nathan Hrovat) and all four should play an important part this year. Marcus Bontempelli isn't quite ready to go, having played his first VFL game last week, and while on-baller Mitch Honeychurch has shown some promising signs he may have to wait a little while. That makes Essendon recruit Stewart Crameri likely to be the only new dog in round one.

AFL 2015

Round 1
Thu, 02 AprTimes shown AEDT
CAR 78vs RIC 105 Report Stats
Sat, 04 AprTimes shown AEDT
MEL 115vs GCF 89 Stats
SYD 72vs ESS 60 Stats
BRI 74vs COL 86 Stats
WBU 97vs WCE 87 Stats
Sun, 05 AprTimes shown AEST
STK 78vs GWS 87 Stats
ADE 140vs NTH 63 Stats
FRE 75vs PTA 68 Stats
Mon, 06 AprTimes shown AEST
HAW 123vs GEE 61 Stats
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Round 2
Fri, 10 AprTimes shown AEST
WCE 131vs CAR 62 Stats
Sat, 11 AprTimes shown AEST
RIC 66vs WBU 85 Report Stats
GWS 101vs MEL 56 Stats
COL 63vs ADE 90 Report Stats
GCF 76vs STK 104 Stats
PTA 44vs SYD 92 Stats
Sun, 12 AprTimes shown AEST
GEE 60vs FRE 104 Stats
ESS 78vs HAW 76 Stats
NTH 133vs BRI 51 Stats
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Round 3
Fri, 17 AprTimes shown AEST
COL 140vs STK 66 Stats
Sat, 18 AprTimes shown AEST
CAR 84vs ESS 105 Stats
ADE 80vs MEL 55 Stats
SYD 111vs GWS 90 Report Stats
NTH 105vs PTA 113 Stats
BRI 58vs RIC 137 Stats
Sun, 19 AprTimes shown AEST
HAW 127vs WBU 57 Stats
GEE 105vs GCF 96 Stats
WCE 81vs FRE 111 Stats
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Round 4
Fri, 24 AprTimes shown AEST
RIC 51vs MEL 83 Stats
Sat, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
STK 81vs CAR 121 Report Report Stats
ESS 49vs COL 69 Report Stats
GWS 119vs GCF 53 Stats
PTA 99vs HAW 91 Stats
FRE 74vs SYD 60 Stats
Sun, 26 AprTimes shown AEST
BRI 65vs WCE 118 Stats
GEE 67vs NTH 83 Stats
WBU 125vs ADE 68 Stats
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Round 5
Fri, 01 MayTimes shown AEST
CAR 45vs COL 120 Stats
Sat, 02 MayTimes shown AEST
RIC 76vs GEE 85 Stats
SYD 73vs WBU 77 Stats
GCF 118vs BRI 54 Stats
NTH 70vs HAW 130 Stats
WCE 120vs GWS 33 Stats
Sun, 03 MayTimes shown AEST
MEL 50vs FRE 118 Stats
STK 80vs ESS 82 Stats
ADE 91vs PTA 115 Stats
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Round 6
Fri, 08 MayTimes shown AEST
COL 59vs GEE 100 Stats
Sat, 09 MayTimes shown AEST
NTH 109vs RIC 74 Stats
WBU 87vs STK 94 Stats
GWS 108vs HAW 98 Stats
GCF 78vs ADE 119 Stats
MEL 50vs SYD 88 Stats
FRE 80vs ESS 52 Stats
Sun, 10 MayTimes shown AEST
CAR 75vs BRI 84 Report Stats
PTA 68vs WCE 78 Stats
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Round 7
Fri, 15 MayTimes shown AEST
ESS 82vs NTH 93 Stats
Sat, 16 MayTimes shown AEST
ADE 119vs STK 73 Stats
HAW 155vs MEL 50 Stats
CAR 57vs GWS 135 Stats
SYD 120vs GEE 77 Stats
WCE 135vs GCF 43 Stats
Sun, 17 MayTimes shown AEST
WBU 88vs FRE 101 Stats
RIC 105vs COL 100 Report Stats
BRI 102vs PTA 65 Report Stats
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Round 8
Fri, 22 MayTimes shown AEST
GEE 140vs CAR 63 Report Stats
Sat, 23 MayTimes shown AEST
STK 78vs WCE 131 Report Stats
GWS 108vs ADE 84 Report Stats
GCF 63vs COL 132 Report Stats
HAW 69vs SYD 73 Report Stats
FRE 115vs NTH 42 Report Stats
Sun, 24 MayTimes shown AEST
ESS 136vs BRI 78 Report Stats
MEL 103vs WBU 64 Report Stats
PTA 43vs RIC 76 Report Stats
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Round 9
Fri, 29 MayTimes shown AEST
SYD 122vs CAR 62 Report Stats
Sat, 30 MayTimes shown AEST
HAW 93vs GCF 40 Report Stats
MEL 54vs PTA 115 Report Stats
WBU 113vs GWS 68 Report Stats
RIC 72vs ESS 59 Report Stats
ADE 57vs FRE 68 Report Stats
Sun, 31 MayTimes shown AEST
BRI 86vs STK 108 Report Stats
COL 112vs NTH 95 Report Stats
WCE 120vs GEE 64 Report Stats
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Round 10
Fri, 05 JunTimes shown AEST
FRE 70vs RIC 97 Report Stats
Sat, 06 JunTimes shown AEST
CAR 90vs ADE 99 Report Stats
GCF 41vs SYD 93 Report Stats
ESS 53vs GEE 122 Report Stats
PTA 100vs WBU 62 Report Stats
Sun, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
GWS 97vs BRI 67 Report Stats
NTH 85vs WCE 75 Report Stats
STK 69vs HAW 132 Report Stats
Mon, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
MEL 85vs COL 110 Report Stats
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Round 11
Fri, 12 JunTimes shown AEST
PTA 69vs GEE 92 Report Stats
Sat, 13 JunTimes shown AEST
GCF 46vs FRE 53 Report Stats
WCE 96vs ESS 46 Report Stats
NTH 75vs SYD 91 Report Report Stats
Sun, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
COL 119vs GWS 77 Report Stats
STK 85vs MEL 83 Report Stats
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Round 12
Thu, 18 JunTimes shown AEST
ADE 85vs HAW 114 Report Stats
Fri, 19 JunTimes shown AEST
RIC 70vs WCE 90 Report Stats
Sat, 20 JunTimes shown AEST
CAR 110vs PTA 106 Report Stats
GWS 61vs NTH 117 Report Stats
WBU 146vs BRI 74 Report Stats
Sun, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
GEE 89vs MEL 113 Report Stats
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Round 13
Thu, 25 JunTimes shown AEST
FRE 80vs COL 73 Report Stats
Fri, 26 JunTimes shown AEST
SYD 77vs RIC 95 Report Stats
Sat, 27 JunTimes shown AEST
HAW 114vs ESS 76 Report Stats
BRI 69vs ADE 82 Report Stats
STK 56vs WBU 62 Report Stats
Sun, 28 JunTimes shown AEST
CAR 103vs GCF 69 Report Stats
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Round 14
Thu, 02 JulTimes shown AEST
SYD 94vs PTA 84 Report Stats
Fri, 03 JulTimes shown AEST
COL 91vs HAW 101 Report Stats
Sat, 04 JulTimes shown AEST
RIC 78vs GWS 69 Report Stats
GCF 125vs NTH 70 Report Stats
WBU 64vs CAR 53 Report Stats
MEL 60vs WCE 114 Report Stats
Sun, 05 JulTimes shown AEST
ESS 52vs STK 162 Stats
ADE vs GEE 15:20Adelaide Oval
FRE 84vs BRI 48 Report Stats
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Round 15
Thu, 09 JulTimes shown AEST
PTA 66vs COL 63 Report Stats
Fri, 10 JulTimes shown AEST
RIC 71vs CAR 41 Report Stats
Sat, 11 JulTimes shown AEST
ESS 69vs MEL 60 Report Stats
WBU 95vs GCF 73 Report Stats
NTH 120vs GEE 79 Report Stats
WCE 147vs ADE 91 Report Stats
Sun, 12 JulTimes shown AEST
GWS 84vs STK 49 Report Stats
HAW 115vs FRE 43 Report Stats
BRI 49vs SYD 70 Report Stats
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Round 16
Fri, 17 JulTimes shown AEST
NTH 93vs ESS 68 Report Stats
Sat, 18 JulTimes shown AEST
GEE 72vs WBU 64 Report Stats
GCF 79vs GWS 94 Report Stats
COL 56vs WCE 87 Report Stats
SYD 57vs HAW 146 Report Stats
FRE 95vs CAR 53 Report Stats
Sun, 19 JulTimes shown AEST
MEL 60vs BRI 36 Report Stats
PTA 113vs ADE 116 Report Stats
STK 73vs RIC 89 Report Stats
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Round 17
Fri, 24 JulTimes shown AEST
CAR 35vs HAW 173 Report Stats
Sat, 25 JulTimes shown AEST
GWS 42vs GEE 69 Stats
ADE 125vs GCF 80 Stats
RIC 78vs FRE 82 Stats
ESS 116vs PTA 129 Stats
BRI 38vs NTH 110 Report Stats
Sun, 26 JulTimes shown AEST
WBU 104vs COL 86 Report Stats
MEL 46vs STK 83 Report Stats
WCE 103vs SYD 51 Report Stats
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Round 18
Fri, 31 JulTimes shown AEST
HAW 53vs RIC 71 Report Stats
Sat, 01 AugTimes shown AEST
GEE 113vs BRI 57 Stats
COL 54vs MEL 91 Report Stats
SYD 117vs ADE 65 Report Stats
CAR 54vs NTH 118 Report Stats
GCF 83vs WCE 83 Report Stats
Sun, 02 AugTimes shown AEST
PTA 112vs STK 49 Report Stats
ESS 40vs WBU 127 Report Stats
FRE 84vs GWS 63 Report Stats
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Round 19
Fri, 07 AugTimes shown AEST
ADE 88vs RIC 52 Report Stats
Sat, 08 AugTimes shown AEST
COL 105vs CAR 87 Report Stats
WBU 128vs PTA 64 Report Stats
BRI 100vs GCF 114 Report Stats
GEE 95vs SYD 63 Report Stats
WCE 74vs HAW 88 Report Stats
Sun, 09 AugTimes shown AEST
MEL 92vs NTH 127 Report Stats
GWS 93vs ESS 61 Report Stats
STK 59vs FRE 96 Report Stats
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Round 20
Fri, 14 AugTimes shown AEST
SYD 87vs COL 76 Report Stats
Sat, 15 AugTimes shown AEST
ESS 59vs ADE 171 Report Stats
NTH 120vs STK 83 Report Stats
PTA 111vs GWS 90 Report Stats
GEE 85vs HAW 121 Report Stats
BRI 131vs CAR 67 Report Stats
Sun, 16 AugTimes shown AEST
RIC 138vs GCF 55 Report Stats
WBU 153vs MEL 55 Report Stats
FRE 80vs WCE 104 Report Stats
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Round 21
Fri, 21 AugTimes shown AEST
HAW 86vs PTA 108 Report Stats
Sat, 22 AugTimes shown AEST
COL 56vs RIC 147 Report Stats
GWS 44vs SYD 133 Report Stats
GCF 97vs ESS 95 Report Stats
STK 97vs GEE 97 Report Stats
ADE 131vs BRI 44 Report Stats
Sun, 23 AugTimes shown AEST
NTH 94vs FRE 83 Report Stats
CAR 78vs MEL 55 Report Stats
WCE 162vs WBU 85 Report Stats
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Round 22
Fri, 28 AugTimes shown AEST
GEE 62vs COL 110 Report Stats
Sat, 29 AugTimes shown AEST
GWS 132vs CAR 51 Report Stats
HAW 134vs BRI 62 Report Stats
NTH 73vs WBU 96 Report Stats
ESS 47vs RIC 74 Report Stats
GCF 51vs PTA 88 Report Stats
Sun, 30 AugTimes shown AEST
ADE ($2.05)vs WCE ($1.80) 13:10Adelaide Oval
STK ($4.50)vs SYD ($1.22) 15:20ES
FRE ($1.08)vs MEL ($8.50) 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 23
Fri, 04 SepTimes shown AEST
RIC vs NTH 19:50ES
Sat, 05 SepTimes shown AEST
GEE ($2.00)vs ADE ($1.75) 13:05SS
BRI ($4.60)vs WBU ($1.18) 13:45G
PTA ($1.75)vs FRE ($2.00) 15:50Adelaide Oval
HAW ($1.01)vs CAR ($15.00) 16:40MCG
SYD ($1.07)vs GCF ($7.50) 19:20SCG
WCE ($1.11)vs STK ($6.25) 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 06 SepTimes shown AEST
MEL vs GWS 13:10ES
COL vs ESS 15:20MCG
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AFL 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D % Pts
Fremantle 20 16 4 0 122.19 64
West Coast Eagles 20 15 4 1 150.85 62
Hawthorn 21 15 6 0 156.77 60
Richmond 21 14 7 0 121.39 56
Sydney Swans 20 14 6 0 118.16 56
Western Bulldogs 21 14 7 0 116.76 56
North Melbourne 21 13 8 0 109.08 52
Adelaide Crows 19 12 7 0 116.41 50
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