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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.

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AFL 2016

Round 1
Thu, 24 MarTimes shown AEDT
RIC vs CAR 19:20MCG
Sat, 26 MarTimes shown AEDT
MEL vs GWS 13:40MCG
GCF vs ESS 16:35MS
NTH vs ADE 19:25ES
SYD vs COL 19:25ANZ
Sun, 27 MarTimes shown AEDT
WBU vs FRE 13:10ES
PTA vs STK 15:20Adelaide Oval
WCE vs BRI 19:40Domain Stadium
Mon, 28 MarTimes shown AEDT
GEE vs HAW 15:20MCG
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Round 2
Fri, 01 AprTimes shown AEDT
COL vs RIC 19:50MCG
Sat, 02 AprTimes shown AEDT
ADE vs PTA 13:45Adelaide Oval
ESS vs MEL 14:10MCG
BRI vs NTH 16:35G
STK vs WBU 19:25ES
FRE vs GCF 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 03 AprTimes shown AEST
GWS vs GEE 13:10SO
HAW vs WCE 15:20MCG
CAR vs SYD 16:40ES
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Round 3
Fri, 08 AprTimes shown AEST
PTA vs ESS 19:50Adelaide Oval
Sat, 09 AprTimes shown AEST
STK vs COL 13:45MCG
RIC vs ADE 14:10ES
SYD vs GWS 16:35SCG
GCF vs CAR 19:25MS
WCE vs FRE 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 10 AprTimes shown AEST
NTH vs MEL 13:10BA
WBU vs HAW 15:20ES
GEE vs BRI 16:40SS
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Round 4
Fri, 15 AprTimes shown AEST
WCE vs RIC 20:10Domain Stadium
Sat, 16 AprTimes shown AEST
ESS vs GEE 13:45MCG
HAW vs STK 14:10AS
BRI vs GCF 16:35G
CAR vs WBU 19:25ES
ADE vs SYD 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 17 AprTimes shown AEST
GWS vs PTA 13:10SO
COL vs MEL 15:20MCG
NTH vs FRE 16:40ES
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Round 5
Fri, 22 AprTimes shown AEST
HAW vs ADE 19:50MCG
Sat, 23 AprTimes shown AEST
SYD vs WCE 13:40SCG
GCF vs NTH 16:35MS
WBU vs BRI 19:25ES
PTA vs GEE 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 24 AprTimes shown AEST
STK vs GWS 13:10ES
FRE vs CAR 16:10Domain Stadium
MEL vs RIC 19:10MCG
Mon, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
COL vs ESS 15:20MCG
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Round 6
Fri, 29 AprTimes shown AEST
NTH vs WBU 19:50ES
Sat, 30 AprTimes shown AEST
MEL vs STK 13:45ES
ADE vs FRE 14:10Adelaide Oval
GWS vs HAW 16:35Spotless Stadium
RIC vs PTA 19:25MCG
GEE vs GCF 19:25SS
Sun, 01 MayTimes shown AEST
BRI vs SYD 13:10G
CAR vs ESS 15:20MCG
WCE vs COL 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 7
Fri, 06 MayTimes shown AEST
RIC vs HAW 19:50MCG
Sat, 07 MayTimes shown AEST
COL vs CAR 13:45MCG
GEE vs WCE 14:10SS
SYD vs ESS 16:35ANZ
GCF vs MEL 17:10MS
WBU vs ADE 19:40ES
FRE vs GWS 20:10Domain Stadium
Sun, 08 MayTimes shown AEST
STK vs NTH 15:20ES
PTA vs BRI 16:40Adelaide Oval
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Round 8
Fri, 13 MayTimes shown AEST
ADE vs GEE 19:50Adelaide Oval
Sat, 14 MayTimes shown AEST
ESS vs NTH 13:45ES
HAW vs FRE 14:10AS
GWS vs GCF 16:35Spotless Stadium
BRI vs COL 19:25G
RIC vs SYD 19:25MCG
Sun, 15 MayTimes shown AEST
CAR vs PTA 13:10ES
MEL vs WBU 15:20MCG
WCE vs STK 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 9
Fri, 20 MayTimes shown AEST
HAW vs SYD 19:50MCG
Sat, 21 MayTimes shown AEST
COL vs GEE 13:45MCG
GCF vs ADE 14:10MS
PTA vs WCE 16:35Adelaide Oval
NTH vs CAR 19:25ES
FRE vs RIC 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 22 MayTimes shown AEST
MEL vs BRI 13:10MCG
GWS vs WBU 15:20Spotless Stadium
STK vs ESS 16:40ES
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Round 10
Fri, 27 MayTimes shown AEST
SYD vs NTH 19:50SCG
Sat, 28 MayTimes shown AEST
BRI vs HAW 13:45G
MEL vs PTA 14:10TIO Traeger Park
STK vs FRE 16:35ES
ESS vs RIC 19:25MCG
ADE vs GWS 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 29 MayTimes shown AEST
CAR vs GEE 13:10ES
COL vs WBU 15:20MCG
WCE vs GCF 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 11
Fri, 03 JunTimes shown AEST
NTH vs RIC 19:50BA
Sat, 04 JunTimes shown AEST
HAW vs MEL 13:45MCG
CAR vs BRI 14:10ES
GEE vs GWS 16:35SS
GCF vs SYD 19:25MS
FRE vs ESS 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 05 JunTimes shown AEST
COL vs PTA 13:10MCG
WBU vs WCE 15:20ES
ADE vs STK 16:40Adelaide Oval
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Round 12
Fri, 10 JunTimes shown AEST
ESS vs HAW 19:50ES
Sat, 11 JunTimes shown AEST
PTA vs WBU 13:40Adelaide Oval
BRI vs FRE 16:35G
GEE vs NTH 19:25ES
WCE vs ADE 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 12 JunTimes shown AEST
STK vs CAR 13:10ES
RIC vs GCF 15:20MCG
GWS vs SYD 16:40Spotless Stadium
Mon, 13 JunTimes shown AEST
MEL vs COL 15:20MCG
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Round 13
Fri, 17 JunTimes shown AEST
NTH vs HAW 19:50ES
Sat, 18 JunTimes shown AEST
BRI vs WCE 13:40G
FRE vs PTA 16:35Domain Stadium
WBU vs GEE 19:25ES
Sun, 19 JunTimes shown AEST
SYD vs MEL 13:10SCG
ESS vs GWS 16:40ES
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Round 14
Thu, 23 JunTimes shown AEST
ADE vs NTH 19:50Adelaide Oval
Fri, 24 JunTimes shown AEST
COL vs FRE 19:50MCG
Sat, 25 JunTimes shown AEST
RIC vs BRI 13:40MCG
GWS vs CAR 16:35Spotless Stadium
STK vs GEE 19:25ES
Sun, 26 JunTimes shown AEST
HAW vs GCF 15:20AS
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Round 15
Thu, 30 JunTimes shown AEST
WCE vs ESS 20:10Domain Stadium
Fri, 01 JulTimes shown AEST
PTA vs RIC 19:50Adelaide Oval
Sat, 02 JulTimes shown AEST
GCF vs STK 13:40MS
SYD vs WBU 16:35SCG
CAR vs COL 19:25MCG
Sun, 03 JulTimes shown AEST
MEL vs ADE 15:20MCG
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Round 16
Thu, 07 JulTimes shown AEST
PTA vs HAW 19:50Adelaide Oval
Fri, 08 JulTimes shown AEST
GEE vs SYD 19:50SS
Sat, 09 JulTimes shown AEST
GWS vs COL 13:40Spotless Stadium
GCF vs BRI 16:35MS
WBU vs RIC 19:25ES
MEL vs FRE 19:40TIO
Sun, 10 JulTimes shown AEST
CAR vs ADE 13:10MCG
WCE vs NTH 15:20Domain Stadium
ESS vs STK 16:40ES
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Round 17
Thu, 14 JulTimes shown AEST
SYD vs HAW 19:20SCG
Fri, 15 JulTimes shown AEST
FRE vs GEE 20:10Domain Stadium
Sat, 16 JulTimes shown AEST
RIC vs ESS 13:40MCG
NTH vs PTA 16:35ES
WBU vs GCF 19:25CAZ
ADE vs COL 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 17 JulTimes shown AEST
CAR vs WCE 13:10MCG
STK vs MEL 15:20ES
BRI vs GWS 16:40G
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Round 18
Fri, 22 JulTimes shown AEST
COL vs NTH 19:50ES
Sat, 23 JulTimes shown AEST
SYD vs CAR 13:45ANZ
GCF vs FRE 14:10MS
WCE vs MEL 16:35Domain Stadium
WBU vs STK 19:25ES
GEE vs ADE 19:25SS
Sun, 24 JulTimes shown AEST
ESS vs BRI 13:10ES
HAW vs RIC 15:20MCG
PTA vs GWS 16:40Adelaide Oval
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Round 19
Fri, 29 JulTimes shown AEST
GEE vs WBU 19:50SS
Sat, 30 JulTimes shown AEST
GWS vs RIC 13:45SO
HAW vs CAR 14:10AS
COL vs WCE 16:35MCG
BRI vs PTA 19:25G
NTH vs STK 19:25ES
Sun, 31 JulTimes shown AEST
MEL vs GCF 13:10MCG
FRE vs SYD 15:20Domain Stadium
ADE vs ESS 16:40Adelaide Oval
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Round 20
Fri, 05 AugTimes shown AEST
RIC vs COL 19:50MCG
Sat, 06 AugTimes shown AEST
SYD vs PTA 13:45SCG
MEL vs HAW 14:10MCG
GCF vs GWS 16:35MS
WBU vs NTH 19:25ES
ADE vs BRI 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 07 AugTimes shown AEST
CAR vs STK 13:10MCG
GEE vs ESS 15:20ES
FRE vs WCE 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 21
Fri, 12 AugTimes shown AEST
WBU vs COL 19:50ES
Sat, 13 AugTimes shown AEST
BRI vs CAR 13:45G
HAW vs NTH 14:10MCG
GWS vs WCE 16:35Spotless Stadium
STK vs SYD 19:25ES
PTA vs MEL 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 14 AugTimes shown AEST
ESS vs GCF 13:10ES
RIC vs GEE 15:20MCG
FRE vs ADE 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 22
Fri, 19 AugTimes shown AEST
WCE vs HAW 20:10Domain Stadium
Sat, 20 AugTimes shown AEST
NTH vs SYD 13:45BA
RIC vs STK 14:10MCG
GWS vs FRE 16:35Spotless Stadium
COL vs GCF 19:25ES
PTA vs ADE 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 21 AugTimes shown AEST
CAR vs MEL 13:10MCG
BRI vs GEE 15:20G
ESS vs WBU 16:40ES
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Round 23
Sat, 27 AugTimes shown AEST
HAW vs COL 12:00MCG
STK vs BRI 12:00ES
ESS vs CAR 12:00MCG
GCF vs PTA 12:00MS
SYD vs RIC 12:00SCG
NTH vs GWS 12:00ES
GEE vs MEL 12:00SS
ADE vs WCE 12:30Adelaide Oval
FRE vs WBU 14:00Domain Stadium
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AFL 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D % Pts
Adelaide Crows 0 0 0 0 - 0
Brisbane Lions 0 0 0 0 - 0
Carlton 0 0 0 0 - 0
Collingwood 0 0 0 0 - 0
Essendon 0 0 0 0 - 0
Fremantle 0 0 0 0 - 0
Geelong Cats 0 0 0 0 - 0
Gold Coast Suns 0 0 0 0 - 0
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