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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.


(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. 


(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.


(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.


(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.


(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.


(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.


(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.


(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.


(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.


(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. 


(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.


(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.


(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. 


(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.


(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.


(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.


(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.


(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 78 vs RIC 105 Report Stats
Sat, 04 AprTimes shown AEDT
MEL 115 vs GCF 89 Stats
SYD 72 vs ESS 60 Stats
BRI 74 vs COL 86 Stats
WBU 97 vs WCE 87 Stats
Sun, 05 AprTimes shown AEST
STK 78 vs GWS 87 Stats
ADE 140 vs NTH 63 Stats
FRE 75 vs PTA 68 Stats
Mon, 06 AprTimes shown AEST
HAW 123 vs GEE 61 Stats
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Round 2
Fri, 10 AprTimes shown AEST
WCE 131 vs CAR 62 Stats
Sat, 11 AprTimes shown AEST
RIC 66 vs WBU 85 Report Stats
GWS 101 vs MEL 56 Stats
COL 63 vs ADE 90 Report Stats
GCF 76 vs STK 104 Stats
PTA 44 vs SYD 92 Stats
Sun, 12 AprTimes shown AEST
GEE 60 vs FRE 104 Stats
ESS 78 vs HAW 76 Stats
NTH 133 vs BRI 51 Stats
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Round 3
Fri, 17 AprTimes shown AEST
COL 140 vs STK 66 Stats
Sat, 18 AprTimes shown AEST
CAR 84 vs ESS 105 Stats
ADE 80 vs MEL 55 Stats
SYD 111 vs GWS 90 Report Stats
NTH 105 vs PTA 113 Stats
BRI 58 vs RIC 137 Stats
Sun, 19 AprTimes shown AEST
HAW 127 vs WBU 57 Stats
GEE 105 vs GCF 96 Stats
WCE 81 vs FRE 111 Stats
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Round 4
Fri, 24 AprTimes shown AEST
RIC 51 vs MEL 83 Stats
Sat, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
STK 81 vs CAR 121 Report Report Stats
ESS 49 vs COL 69 Report Stats
GWS 119 vs GCF 53 Stats
PTA 99 vs HAW 91 Stats
FRE 74 vs SYD 60 Stats
Sun, 26 AprTimes shown AEST
BRI 65 vs WCE 118 Stats
GEE 67 vs NTH 83 Stats
WBU 125 vs ADE 68 Stats
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Round 5
Fri, 01 MayTimes shown AEST
CAR 45 vs COL 120 Stats
Sat, 02 MayTimes shown AEST
RIC 76 vs GEE 85 Stats
SYD 73 vs WBU 77 Stats
GCF 118 vs BRI 54 Stats
NTH 70 vs HAW 130 Stats
WCE 120 vs GWS 33 Stats
Sun, 03 MayTimes shown AEST
MEL 50 vs FRE 118 Stats
STK 80 vs ESS 82 Stats
ADE 91 vs PTA 115 Stats
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Round 6
Fri, 08 MayTimes shown AEST
COL 59 vs GEE 100 Stats
Sat, 09 MayTimes shown AEST
NTH 109 vs RIC 74 Stats
WBU 87 vs STK 94 Stats
GWS 108 vs HAW 98 Stats
GCF 78 vs ADE 119 Stats
MEL 50 vs SYD 88 Stats
FRE 80 vs ESS 52 Stats
Sun, 10 MayTimes shown AEST
CAR 75 vs BRI 84 Report Stats
PTA 68 vs WCE 78 Stats
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Round 7
Fri, 15 MayTimes shown AEST
ESS 82 vs NTH 93 Stats
Sat, 16 MayTimes shown AEST
ADE 119 vs STK 73 Stats
HAW 155 vs MEL 50 Stats
CAR 57 vs GWS 135 Stats
SYD 120 vs GEE 77 Stats
WCE 135 vs GCF 43 Stats
Sun, 17 MayTimes shown AEST
WBU 88 vs FRE 101 Stats
RIC 105 vs COL 100 Report Stats
BRI 102 vs PTA 65 Report Stats
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Round 8
Fri, 22 MayTimes shown AEST
GEE 140 vs CAR 63 Report Stats
Sat, 23 MayTimes shown AEST
STK 78 vs WCE 131 Report Stats
GWS 108 vs ADE 84 Report Stats
GCF 63 vs COL 132 Report Stats
HAW 69 vs SYD 73 Report Stats
FRE 115 vs NTH 42 Report Stats
Sun, 24 MayTimes shown AEST
ESS 136 vs BRI 78 Report Stats
MEL 103 vs WBU 64 Report Stats
PTA 43 vs RIC 76 Report Stats
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Round 9
Fri, 29 MayTimes shown AEST
SYD vs CAR 19:50SCG
Sat, 30 MayTimes shown AEST
HAW vs GCF 13:45AS
MEL vs PTA 14:10TIO Traeger Park
WBU vs GWS 16:35ES
RIC vs ESS 19:20MCG
ADE vs FRE 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 31 MayTimes shown AEST
BRI vs STK 13:10G
COL vs NTH 15:20MCG
WCE vs GEE 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 10
Fri, 05 JunTimes shown AEST
FRE vs RIC 20:10Domain Stadium
Sat, 06 JunTimes shown AEST
CAR vs ADE 13:40MCG
GCF vs SYD 16:35MS
ESS vs GEE 19:20ES
PTA vs WBU 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
GWS vs BRI 13:10Spotless Stadium
NTH vs WCE 15:20BA
STK vs HAW 16:40ES
Mon, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
MEL vs COL 15:20MCG
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Round 11
Fri, 12 JunTimes shown AEST
PTA vs GEE 19:50Adelaide Oval
Sat, 13 JunTimes shown AEST
GCF vs FRE 13:40MS
WCE vs ESS 16:35Domain Stadium
NTH vs SYD 19:20ES
Sun, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
COL vs GWS 13:10MCG
STK vs MEL 16:40ES
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Round 12
Thu, 18 JunTimes shown AEST
ADE vs HAW 19:50Adelaide Oval
Fri, 19 JunTimes shown AEST
RIC vs WCE 19:50MCG
Sat, 20 JunTimes shown AEST
CAR vs PTA 13:40MCG
GWS vs NTH 16:35Spotless Stadium
WBU vs BRI 19:20ES
Sun, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
GEE vs MEL 15:20SS
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Round 13
Thu, 25 JunTimes shown AEST
FRE vs COL 20:10Domain Stadium
Fri, 26 JunTimes shown AEST
SYD vs RIC 19:50SCG
Sat, 27 JunTimes shown AEST
HAW vs ESS 13:40MCG
BRI vs ADE 16:35G
STK vs WBU 19:20ES
Sun, 28 JunTimes shown AEST
CAR vs GCF 15:20ES
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Round 14
Thu, 02 JulTimes shown AEST
SYD vs PTA 19:20SCG
Fri, 03 JulTimes shown AEST
COL vs HAW 19:50MCG
Sat, 04 JulTimes shown AEST
RIC vs GWS 13:40MCG
GCF vs NTH 16:35MS
WBU vs CAR 19:20ES
MEL vs WCE 19:40TIO
Sun, 05 JulTimes shown AEST
ESS vs STK 13:10ES
ADE vs GEE 15:20Adelaide Oval
FRE vs BRI 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 15
Thu, 09 JulTimes shown AEST
PTA vs COL 19:50Adelaide Oval
Fri, 10 JulTimes shown AEST
RIC vs CAR 19:50MCG
Sat, 11 JulTimes shown AEST
ESS vs MEL 13:40MCG
WBU vs GCF 16:35CAZ
NTH vs GEE 19:20ES
WCE vs ADE 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 12 JulTimes shown AEST
GWS vs STK 13:10Spotless Stadium
HAW vs FRE 15:20AS
BRI vs SYD 16:40G
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Round 16
Fri, 17 JulTimes shown AEST
NTH vs ESS 19:50ES
Sat, 18 JulTimes shown AEST
GEE vs WBU 13:45SS
GCF vs GWS 14:10MS
COL vs WCE 16:35ES
SYD vs HAW 19:20ANZ
FRE vs CAR 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 19 JulTimes shown AEST
MEL vs BRI 13:10MCG
PTA vs ADE 15:20Adelaide Oval
STK vs RIC 16:40ES
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Round 17
Fri, 24 JulTimes shown AEST
CAR vs HAW 19:50ES
Sat, 25 JulTimes shown AEST
GWS vs GEE 13:45SO
ADE vs GCF 14:10Adelaide Oval
RIC vs FRE 16:35MCG
ESS vs PTA 19:20ES
BRI vs NTH 19:20G
Sun, 26 JulTimes shown AEST
WBU vs COL 13:10ES
MEL vs STK 15:20MCG
WCE vs SYD 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 18
Fri, 31 JulTimes shown AEST
HAW vs RIC 19:50MCG
Sat, 01 AugTimes shown AEST
GEE vs BRI 13:45SS
COL vs MEL 14:10MCG
SYD vs ADE 16:35SCG
CAR vs NTH 19:20ES
GCF vs WCE 19:20MS
Sun, 02 AugTimes shown AEST
PTA vs STK 13:10Adelaide Oval
ESS vs WBU 15:20ES
FRE vs GWS 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 19
Fri, 07 AugTimes shown AEST
ADE vs RIC 19:50Adelaide Oval
Sat, 08 AugTimes shown AEST
COL vs CAR 13:45MCG
WBU vs PTA 14:10ES
BRI vs GCF 16:35G
GEE vs SYD 19:20SS
WCE vs HAW 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 09 AugTimes shown AEST
MEL vs NTH 13:10MCG
GWS vs ESS 15:20Spotless Stadium
STK vs FRE 16:40ES
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Round 20
Fri, 14 AugTimes shown AEST
SYD vs COL 19:50SCG
Sat, 15 AugTimes shown AEST
ESS vs ADE 13:45ES
NTH vs STK 14:10BA
PTA vs GWS 16:35Adelaide Oval
GEE vs HAW 19:20MCG
BRI vs CAR 19:20G
Sun, 16 AugTimes shown AEST
RIC vs GCF 13:10MCG
WBU vs MEL 15:20ES
FRE vs WCE 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 21
Fri, 21 AugTimes shown AEST
HAW vs PTA 19:50ES
Sat, 22 AugTimes shown AEST
COL vs RIC 13:45MCG
GWS vs SYD 14:10Spotless Stadium
GCF vs ESS 16:35MS
STK vs GEE 19:20ES
ADE vs BRI 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 23 AugTimes shown AEST
NTH vs FRE 13:10ES
CAR vs MEL 15:20MCG
WCE vs WBU 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 22
Fri, 28 AugTimes shown AEST
GEE vs COL 19:50MCG
Sat, 29 AugTimes shown AEST
GWS vs CAR 13:45Spotless Stadium
HAW vs BRI 14:10AS
NTH vs WBU 16:35ES
ESS vs RIC 19:20MCG
GCF vs PTA 19:20MS
Sun, 30 AugTimes shown AEST
ADE vs WCE 13:10Adelaide Oval
STK vs SYD 15:20ES
FRE vs MEL 16:40Domain Stadium
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Round 23
Fri, 04 SepTimes shown AEST
COL vs ESS 00:00MCG
RIC vs NTH 00:00ES
HAW vs CAR 00:00MCG
GEE vs ADE 00:00SS
SYD vs GCF 00:00SCG
MEL vs GWS 00:00ES
BRI vs WBU 00:00G
PTA vs FRE 00:30Adelaide Oval
WCE vs STK 02:00Domain Stadium
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AFL 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D % Pts
Fremantle 8 8 0 0 155.29 32
West Coast Eagles 8 6 2 0 158.17 24
Sydney Swans 8 6 2 0 127.36 24
GWS Giants 8 6 2 0 118.87 24
Collingwood 8 5 3 0 129.90 20
Adelaide Crows 8 5 3 0 116.32 20
Hawthorn 8 4 4 0 145.81 16
Richmond 8 4 4 0 107.64 16
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