Carlton Blues’ Nic Newman set to miss round one


“His patella tendon looks really good, which is the injury he had last year, but the back of the kneecap is a bit inflamed at the moment. We’re still deciding what that means and how much training he’s going to miss.

“We need a bit more information to find out how long it will [take to] settle down and he will be playing footy, but it probably won’t be at the start of the season.”

The club had previously stated that De Koning – who impressed in his seven games last year – would miss the early stages of the season, but the big man is set to resume running this week.

“He had very low-grade bone stress in his spine. The next day, he had no pain and hasn’t had any pain in his back whatsoever. He feels completely normal,” he said.

“It settled better than we thought it would.

“How quickly he progresses will depend on how good he feels, but, at this stage, we’ll be seeing him early in the season I would think.”

The Blues will have a hit-out with arch rivals Essendon on Thursday before taking on St Kilda in an official pre-season match next week.

The club said Eddie Betts (calf), Levi Casboult (knee) and Mitch McGovern (hamstring) would all miss Thursday’s practice match against the Bombers, but all remain on track for round one availability.

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It’s time to let Our Nic act her age


Look at the recent hit TV dramas Normal People and The Queen’s Gambit, both adapted from books which centred around female protagonists who are not physically beautiful, or at least don’t start out that way. In both cases, the literary characters go on journeys which involve them becoming more confident and accomplished, and so more attractive.

In their on-screen incarnations, this journey is difficult to imagine, since they both look like high fashion models right from the start. Not so much normal people as preternaturally gorgeous people.

Hugh Grant is allowed to age; Nicole Kidman is not.Credit:HBO/Foxtel

At least the characters in those books are young, and so are played on-screen by young women. In Mank, the biopic about screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, the lead is played by Gary Oldman, who is 62. Mankiewicz’s wife, on the other hand, is portrayed by an actress in her 30s — even though in real life, Mr and Mrs Mank were born in the same year.

This explains why I was so looking forward to seeing Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant play a couple in The Undoing. Nicole is 53 and Hugh is 60, which makes them a relatively age-appropriate couple, freeing me to enjoy my telly show, rather than spending the whole time shouting at the screen.

There I was, tuned in, full of feminist optimism. And there was Hugh, looking his age, his infamous charm only enhanced by his craggy and lived-in face. And there was Our Nicole. Looking like an ethereal alien. A 35-year-old alien.

Kidman’s face has gone through many nature-defying transformations in the course of her long career, and while she may claim that her beauty regime involves nothing more than sunscreen, moisturiser and a healthy lifestyle, sceptics will be forgiven for raising an eyebrow. Assuming their eyebrows are not paralysed by Botox.

Of course, film and TV stars have long been enthusiastic up-takers of cosmetic surgery, and you assume that by the time they reach the venerable age of 40, they’ve all had bucketloads of stuff pumped into their faces, obliterating any crow’s feet foolish enough to appear. Yet plastic surgery has its limitations, ones which the unnatural smoothness of Kidman’s face and neck utterly defy. This is where so-called digital “beauty work” comes into the picture.

These days, actors and actresses are quite literally having their on-screen faces digitally touched up to remove sags, bags and lines. It’s a practice carefully hidden by confidentiality agreements but apparently becoming extremely common.

Does it really matter if older actresses are digitally smoothed out, and made to look younger and more flawless? After all, everything we see on the screen is an illusion. And digital beauty work is used by men and women. Still, I can’t help feeling that this technology has chilling implications for all women.

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Kidman and her ilk walking around on screen looking 25 years younger than they are sets an impossible standard. Worse still, it allows a new kind of erasure of older women, digitally removing them from our screens even when they’re taking the lead role in the movie. Their honest, older faces are replaced by flawless digital simulations, ensuring that even when on-screen couples are age-appropriate, the male lead still gets a wife who looks more like his daughter.

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Wallabies 2020 news: Nic White, Argentina draw, Dave Rennie, Tri Nations, leaderboard, Reece Hodge missed goal


Representing your country in itself is pretty special, but doing it so close to home was never something Nic White really gave much thought to.

That was until this week, when the Scone-born White assured he would keep his emotions in check when running out at McDonald Jones Stadium.

The result – a 15-all draw with Argentina – won’t necessarily take away from just how much the occasion meant but a shattered White said post-game that the moment was “tainted.”

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Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has defended referee Nic Berry after the whistleblower came under fire for two contentious red cards during Saturday evening’s Bledisloe Cup match in Brisbane.

All Blacks prop Ofa Tu’ungafasi and Wallabies debutant Lachie Swinton were both sent off for almost-identical high shots in the first half at Suncorp Stadium, reducing the contest to 14-a-side.

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Bledisloe Cup: Wallabies vs All Blacks, Eden Park, Game 2, Record, Nic White


History hasn’t been on Australia’s side at Eden Park but there is a reason for optimism as the Wallabies look to break their 34-year drought at the venue on Sunday.

It has been far from a happy hunting ground for the Wallabies, who backed up a record-breaking win over the All Blacks last year to crash to a 36-0 shutout defeat in Bledisloe II.

The crushing loss was also marred by an incident which saw non-playing members of the Wallabies squad subjected to abuse while projectiles were thrown in their direction.

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AFL 2020: Brownlow Medal tips, dark horses, outside chances, leaderboard, best chances, odds, Taylor Adams, Tom Mitchell, Nic Naitanui, Tom Hawkins, Zach Merrett, Luke Parker


In a year like no other, it seems fitting that we’ll have a Brownlow Medal count to match.

But just because the setting will be different doesn’t necessarily mean the end result will be.

If there is to be a shock winner to upstage Lachie Neale and take out ‘Charlie’, who is leading the pack? We’ve picked out the notable smokeys for the prestigious award.

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Bledisloe Cup 2020: Why Wallabies won’t be on the end of another Eden Park thrashing by All Blacks: Nic White


White was the Wallabies’ starting halfback in both those matches. He can sense one key difference in the current Australia squad which means Sunday’s second Test won’t see history repeat.

“I think, for one, we’re pretty disappointed with what happened in Wellington. That’s a different reaction right there,” White said.

Determined: Nic White makes a break against New Zealand.

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“We have a lot of areas that we’ve seen where we can really fix the detail in the way we want to play the game. This group has only come together pretty fresh. It’s been three weeks together and there is a lot of belief in the things we’re doing and that they’ll work.

“If we tidy up those areas and work hard at them, there is a lot of growth still. We were pretty gutted in the sheds afterwards, knowing that game was there for the taking. We didn’t take it.”

White experienced the reversal in fortunes on a personal level, too. The 30-year-old wreaked havoc with his running game in Perth, and was awarded man of the match, but Eden Park was not a happy hunting ground seven days later.

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In Wellington, he was again one of the Wallabies’ best. This time, he knows what to expect as the All Blacks adapt.

“I imagine they will probably choc up that area around the breakdown and probably limit the No.9 running, whoever that is,” White said.

“That’s something we have to expect, if we can look at areas they are going to come at us and then we’re not going out onto the field blind and being taken by surprise. We got a little bit of pay out of that on the weekend, so I’m not sure that will be there in Auckland.”

While being aware of the way the All Blacks adapt will help, the Wallabies must also address two issues that stuck out like sore thumbs in Wellington – the breakdown and the lineout.

“We’ve spoken about urgency to the breakdown. That will be key this week,” White said. “That alone will solve a lot of problems. Just speed to clear [the breakdown].

“We were leaving them a fair bit of time and the ball carrier by himself before we’re getting there, and they have threats all across the park that can get on the ball. That was an area we didn’t do well and, if we fix that up, we’re starting to see that we’re attacking pretty well.”

On the team selection front, Jordan Petaia will be available this week. Coach Dave Rennie has a headache to deal with as the man who started in Petaia’s place – Hunter Paisami – was one of three debutants to impress in Wellington.

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St Kilda v West Coast, Richmond vs Geelong, Nic Naitanui returns, SuperCoach


Joel Selwood will miss his fourth match in a row on Friday night but coach Chris Scott is adamant the Cats skipper hasn’t suffered any setbacks with his worrisome knee.

The captain hasn’t played since Round 12, and the club has persistently stated he has been held back as a precautionary move.

Scott said Selwood was running without any trouble on the track yet he wasn’t ready to play against Richmond.

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Instead, Geelong will look to bring the midfielder back in Round 18.

“He is training unencumbered and has been for some time,” Scott said.

“(We are being) just really conservative. He has been managing issues over the last couple of years, actually.

“Last year we played him when in retrospect we probably shouldn’t have so we are doubling down on our decision this year.

“We have a plan that we think is going to leave him in the best place to play well in the finals series so that is the extent of the detail I am going to give you right now.”

The Cats have made two changes for their finals preview against the Tigers, recalling Esava Ratugolea and Zach Tuohy.

Josh Jenkins and Zach Guthrie have made way.

Richmond will be bolstered by the return of defender Dylan Grimes and Kane Lambert, while young midfielder Jack Ross has also been named.

They replace Nathan Broad, Jack Higgins and Thomson Dow.

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Despite the lack of form leading into the finals, Scott said there was “no doubt” Selwood will be able to perform when it counts.

“There is no doubt in my mind and no doubt in his mind,” Scott said.

“He has been training really well and if anything we think there’s a fair chance for him to get some extra sessions in and to improve.

“I guess the proof will be in the pudding. I can understand if you didn’t believe me on it but I wouldn’t be speaking so confidently if there was doubt.”

While Selwood will miss the blockbuster meeting with Richmond, Gary Rohan will be fit to play after sitting out the final quarter against Essendon on Sunday.

KEY SAINTS BACK AS NIC NAT RETURNS

St Kilda’s forward line will welcome significant reinforcements with the return of key forwards Tim Membrey and Max King for Thursday night’s clash against West Coast.

Membrey returns to the Saints line-up after missing last weekend’s win over Hawthorn after finger surgery, while first-year tall King was rested from the clash.

King had played every game up until the last round in his debut season, in which he has so far kicked 19 goals from 14 matches.

Fellow forward Nicholas Hind has also been named for the clash against the Eagles at the Gabba as the Saints aim to secure their first finals appearance since 2011.

Ryan Abbott, Jonathan Marsh and Ed Phillips have all been omitted.

The Eagles have made six changes for the clash against the Saints, welcoming back star ruckman Nic Naitanui, captain Shannon Hurn – and the debut of another Brayshaw.

After Sunday’s narrow loss to the Western Bulldogs, the Eagles have lost Dom Sheed (hamstring), Jack Redden (thumb), Lewis Jetta (calf), Mark Hutchings (hamstring) and Brandon Ah Chee (finger) to injury.

Tom Hickey has been omitted for Naitanui, who was rested against the Bulldogs, as the Eagles fight to stay in the top-four frame.

Will Schofield returns after elbow surgery alongside Jarrod Brander, Jack Petruccelle and debutant Hamish Brayshaw, the brother of Demon Angus and Docker Andrew.

KEY TIGERS PAIR SET FOR RETURN

Richmond will get a significant boost for Friday night’s blockbuster clash against Geelong as Dylan Grimes and Kane Lambert return from injury.

Grimes strained his hamstring against West Coast on August 27, then missed the win over Fremantle last week, when Lambert was also sidelined for a one match with a hip issue.

The premiership players have had the extra break because of Richmond’s Round 16 bye and Tigers coach Damien Hardwick confirmed on Wednesday they would return to face the second-placed Cats.

“Dylan will be available … and it was just a management call with Kane,” Hardwick said.

“He’s had a hip complaint over a number of weeks and we just thought we’d take the opportunity with a shortened break to give him a rest but then he had the nine days after so he gets a really extended break to get that hip right for the remainder of the year.”

Richmond enters Friday’s game in fourth spot with a 10-4-1 record, while Geelong is second at 11-4.

The sides are looking to seal their positions in the top four ahead of the final round.

Hardwick said the match would come down to “control versus chaos”.

“They’re a great side and defensively they’re very, very strong,” he said.

“You look at the way they play, time in possession’s a big one for them.

“Geelong are very much a control side, we’re a chaos side.

“Which defence stands up best will be a matter of time.

“We feel our very best is good enough but there’s no doubt Geelong would feel exactly the same.

“It’s going to be a great test, we’re really looking forward to the challenge and they’re in terrific form.”

The game will feature a host of intriguing match-ups and one of them may be emerging fullback Noah Balta on in-form veteran forward Tom Hawkins.

Hardwick said Hawkins was in brilliant form.

“He’s a reason they’re playing so well,” he said.

“If we’re relying on Noah to beat him one out, we’re going to be in a little bit of trouble so we’ve got to make sure we help whoever that player is.”

Balta is helping to hold up a Tigers defence that has missed not only Grimes but fellow key backman David Astbury.

Hardwick expected defender Astbury to play in a scrimmage this week, having returned to full training.

The club was also excited about star midfielder Dion Prestia’s progress from an ankle injury and infection, and was hopeful he would feature in a scrimmage during the pre-finals bye.

ROUND 17 TEAMS

ST KILDA v WEST COAST EAGLES

Thursday September 10, 7.10pm at the Gabba

SAINTS

B: J.Geary, D.Howard, N.Coffield

HB: H.Clark, C.Wilkie, B.Long

C: J.Battle, S.Ross, J.Billings

HF: J.Lonie, R.Marshall, B.Hill

F: M.King, T.Membrey, D.Butler

FOLL: P.Ryder, J.Steele, Z.Jones

I/C: B.Paton, J.Sinclair, D.Kent, N.Hind

EMG: D.Roberton, S.Savage, J.Marsh, J.Carlisle

IN: M.King, T.Membrey, N.Hind

OUT: R.Abbott, J.Marsh, E.Phillips (all omitted)

EAGLES

B: W.Schofield, T.Barrass, B.Sheppard

HB: S.Hurn, J.McGovern, L.Duggan

C: J.Nelson, T.Kelly, J.Waterman

HF: J.Brander, J.Darling, J.Petruccelle

F: O.Allen, J.Kennedy, L.Ryan

FOLL: N.Naitanui, B.Ainsworth, A.Gaff

I/C: H.Brayshaw, X.O’Neill, T.Cole, J.Rotham

EMG: L.Foley, B.Williams, J.Cameron, N.Reid

IN: W.Schofield, S.Hurn, J.Brander, J.Petruccelle, N.Naitanui, H.Brayshaw

OUT: T.Hickey (omitted), L.Jetta (injured), D.Sheed (injured), M.Hutchings (injured), J.Redden (injured), B.Ah Chee (injured)

GEELONG CATS v RICHMOND

Friday September 11, 7:50pm at Metricon Stadium

CATS

B: J.Kolodjashnij, L.Henderson, H.Taylor

HB: J.Henry, M.Blicavs T.Stewart

C: Z.Tuohy, P.Dangerfield, S.Menegola

HF: L.Dahlhaus, G.Rohan, T.Atkins

F: J.Bews, T.Hawkins, G.Miers

FOLL: E.Ratugolea, C.Guthrie, B.Parfitt

I/C: M.O’Connor, M.Duncan, L.Fogarty, B.Close

EMER: B.Jarvis, J.Jenkins, Z.Guthrie, Q.Narkle

IN: Z.Tuohy, E.Ratugolea

OUT: J.Jenkins (Omitted), Z.Guthrie (Omitted)

TIGERS

B: B.Houli, D.Grimes, N.Balta

HB: J.Short, N.Vlastuin, O.Markov

C: K.McIntosh, J.Graham, M.Pickett

HF: J.Aarts, K.Lambert, T.Lynch

F: J.Riewoldt, D.Martin, J.Castagna

FOLL: I.Soldo, S.Bolton, T.Cotchin

I/C: L.Baker, T.Nankervis, D.Rioli, J.Ross

EMG: M.Chol, R.Collier-Dawkins, N.Broad, J.Higgins

IN: D.Grimes, K.Lambert, J.Ross

OUT: N.Broad (Omitted), J.Higgins (Omitted), T.Dow (Omitted)

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Joel Selwood will miss his fourth match in a row on Friday night but coach Chris Scott is adamant the Cats skipper hasn’t suffered any setbacks with his worrisome knee.

The captain hasn’t played since Round 12, and the club has persistently stated he has been held back as a precautionary move.

Scott said Selwood was running without any trouble on the track yet he wasn’t ready to play against Richmond.

SCROLL DOWN TO SEE THE FIRST ROUND 17 TEAMS

Instead, Geelong will look to bring the midfielder back in Round 18.

“He is training unencumbered and has been for some time,” Scott said.

“(We are being) just really conservative. He has been managing issues over the last couple of years, actually.

“Last year we played him when in retrospect we probably shouldn’t have so we are doubling down on our decision this year.

“We have a plan that we think is going to leave him in the best place to play well in the finals series so that is the extent of the detail I am going to give you right now.”

The Cats have made two changes for their finals preview against the Tigers, recalling Esava Ratugolea and Zach Tuohy.

Josh Jenkins and Zach Guthrie have made way.

Richmond will be bolstered by the return of defender Dylan Grimes and Kane Lambert, while young midfielder Jack Ross has also been named.

They replace Nathan Broad, Jack Higgins and Thomson Dow.

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media_cameraJoel Selwood will have only one match to warm up for the finals. Picture: Michael Klein

Despite the lack of form leading into the finals, Scott said there was “no doubt” Selwood will be able to perform when it counts.

“There is no doubt in my mind and no doubt in his mind,” Scott said.

“He has been training really well and if anything we think there’s a fair chance for him to get some extra sessions in and to improve.

“I guess the proof will be in the pudding. I can understand if you didn’t believe me on it but I wouldn’t be speaking so confidently if there was doubt.”

While Selwood will miss the blockbuster meeting with Richmond, Gary Rohan will be fit to play after sitting out the final quarter against Essendon on Sunday.

KEY SAINTS BACK AS NIC NAT RETURNS

St Kilda’s forward line will welcome significant reinforcements with the return of key forwards Tim Membrey and Max King for Thursday night’s clash against West Coast.

Membrey returns to the Saints line-up after missing last weekend’s win over Hawthorn after finger surgery, while first-year tall King was rested from the clash.

King had played every game up until the last round in his debut season, in which he has so far kicked 19 goals from 14 matches.

Fellow forward Nicholas Hind has also been named for the clash against the Eagles at the Gabba as the Saints aim to secure their first finals appearance since 2011.

Ryan Abbott, Jonathan Marsh and Ed Phillips have all been omitted.

The Eagles have made six changes for the clash against the Saints, welcoming back star ruckman Nic Naitanui, captain Shannon Hurn – and the debut of another Brayshaw.

Nic Naitanui will return for West Coast. Picture: Michael Klein
media_cameraNic Naitanui will return for West Coast. Picture: Michael Klein

After Sunday’s narrow loss to the Western Bulldogs, the Eagles have lost Dom Sheed (hamstring), Jack Redden (thumb), Lewis Jetta (calf), Mark Hutchings (hamstring) and Brandon Ah Chee (finger) to injury.

Tom Hickey has been omitted for Naitanui, who was rested against the Bulldogs, as the Eagles fight to stay in the top-four frame.

Will Schofield returns after elbow surgery alongside Jarrod Brander, Jack Petruccelle and debutant Hamish Brayshaw, the brother of Demon Angus and Docker Andrew.

KEY TIGERS PAIR SET FOR RETURN

Richmond will get a significant boost for Friday night’s blockbuster clash against Geelong as Dylan Grimes and Kane Lambert return from injury.

Grimes strained his hamstring against West Coast on August 27, then missed the win over Fremantle last week, when Lambert was also sidelined for a one match with a hip issue.

The premiership players have had the extra break because of Richmond’s Round 16 bye and Tigers coach Damien Hardwick confirmed on Wednesday they would return to face the second-placed Cats.

“Dylan will be available … and it was just a management call with Kane,” Hardwick said.

“He’s had a hip complaint over a number of weeks and we just thought we’d take the opportunity with a shortened break to give him a rest but then he had the nine days after so he gets a really extended break to get that hip right for the remainder of the year.”

Richmond enters Friday’s game in fourth spot with a 10-4-1 record, while Geelong is second at 11-4.

The sides are looking to seal their positions in the top four ahead of the final round.

Hardwick said the match would come down to “control versus chaos”.

“They’re a great side and defensively they’re very, very strong,” he said.

“You look at the way they play, time in possession’s a big one for them.

“Geelong are very much a control side, we’re a chaos side.

“Which defence stands up best will be a matter of time.

“We feel our very best is good enough but there’s no doubt Geelong would feel exactly the same.

“It’s going to be a great test, we’re really looking forward to the challenge and they’re in terrific form.”

Defender Dylan Grimes is back from a hamstring injury.
media_cameraDefender Dylan Grimes is back from a hamstring injury.

The game will feature a host of intriguing match-ups and one of them may be emerging fullback Noah Balta on in-form veteran forward Tom Hawkins.

Hardwick said Hawkins was in brilliant form.

“He’s a reason they’re playing so well,” he said.

“If we’re relying on Noah to beat him one out, we’re going to be in a little bit of trouble so we’ve got to make sure we help whoever that player is.”

Balta is helping to hold up a Tigers defence that has missed not only Grimes but fellow key backman David Astbury.

Hardwick expected defender Astbury to play in a scrimmage this week, having returned to full training.

The club was also excited about star midfielder Dion Prestia’s progress from an ankle injury and infection, and was hopeful he would feature in a scrimmage during the pre-finals bye.

ROUND 17 TEAMS

ST KILDA v WEST COAST EAGLES

Thursday September 10, 7.10pm at the Gabba

SAINTS

B: J.Geary, D.Howard, N.Coffield

HB: H.Clark, C.Wilkie, B.Long

C: J.Battle, S.Ross, J.Billings

HF: J.Lonie, R.Marshall, B.Hill

F: M.King, T.Membrey, D.Butler

FOLL: P.Ryder, J.Steele, Z.Jones

I/C: B.Paton, J.Sinclair, D.Kent, N.Hind

EMG: D.Roberton, S.Savage, J.Marsh, J.Carlisle

IN: M.King, T.Membrey, N.Hind

OUT: R.Abbott, J.Marsh, E.Phillips (all omitted)

EAGLES

B: W.Schofield, T.Barrass, B.Sheppard

HB: S.Hurn, J.McGovern, L.Duggan

C: J.Nelson, T.Kelly, J.Waterman

HF: J.Brander, J.Darling, J.Petruccelle

F: O.Allen, J.Kennedy, L.Ryan

FOLL: N.Naitanui, B.Ainsworth, A.Gaff

I/C: H.Brayshaw, X.O’Neill, T.Cole, J.Rotham

EMG: L.Foley, B.Williams, J.Cameron, N.Reid

IN: W.Schofield, S.Hurn, J.Brander, J.Petruccelle, N.Naitanui, H.Brayshaw

OUT: T.Hickey (omitted), L.Jetta (injured), D.Sheed (injured), M.Hutchings (injured), J.Redden (injured), B.Ah Chee (injured)

GEELONG CATS v RICHMOND

Friday September 11, 7:50pm at Metricon Stadium

CATS

B: J.Kolodjashnij, L.Henderson, H.Taylor

HB: J.Henry, M.Blicavs T.Stewart

C: Z.Tuohy, P.Dangerfield, S.Menegola

HF: L.Dahlhaus, G.Rohan, T.Atkins

F: J.Bews, T.Hawkins, G.Miers

FOLL: E.Ratugolea, C.Guthrie, B.Parfitt

I/C: M.O’Connor, M.Duncan, L.Fogarty, B.Close

EMER: B.Jarvis, J.Jenkins, Z.Guthrie, Q.Narkle

IN: Z.Tuohy, E.Ratugolea

OUT: J.Jenkins (Omitted), Z.Guthrie (Omitted)

TIGERS

B: B.Houli, D.Grimes, N.Balta

HB: J.Short, N.Vlastuin, O.Markov

C: K.McIntosh, J.Graham, M.Pickett

HF: J.Aarts, K.Lambert, T.Lynch

F: J.Riewoldt, D.Martin, J.Castagna

FOLL: I.Soldo, S.Bolton, T.Cotchin

I/C: L.Baker, T.Nankervis, D.Rioli, J.Ross

EMG: M.Chol, R.Collier-Dawkins, N.Broad, J.Higgins

IN: D.Grimes, K.Lambert, J.Ross

OUT: N.Broad (Omitted), J.Higgins (Omitted), T.Dow (Omitted)

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Ryder v Nic Nat looms large for Saints’ biggest game in nine years


Midfielder Hamish Brayshaw, the brother of Melbourne’s Angus and Fremantle’s Andrew, has been selected for his AFL debut. Will Schofield, Shannon Hurn, Jarrod Brander and Jack Petruccelle have also been included for the Eagles. Ruckman Tom Hickey makes way for Naitanui.

The Saints have named defender Nick Cofield despite the youngster hurting his ankle late in Sunday’s win over Hawthorn. Forwards Tim Membrey and Max King are back for the Saints, while Nick Hind has been recalled. Ryder has been chosen to back up off the short break, with Ryan Abbott, Ed Phillips and Jonathon Marsh dropped. Rain is forecast for Brisbane on Thursday night.

Paddy Ryder celebrates a goal for the Saints.Credit:Getty Images

McIntosh, who had worked as Carlton’s ruck coach until being laid off as part of COVID-19 cost-saving after round one, said Ryder and Marshall were as well-equipped as any ruck combination in the league to tackle Naitanui, who is equal-seventh in this year’s AFL Coaches’ Association player of the year voting.

“He’s easily the most dominant ruckman in the comp in terms of the impact he’s having on the game. It’s the best I’ve seen him play,” McIntosh said on Wednesday.

“A side going against Nic Naitanui, you’d want to have a two-pronged attack. St Kilda are as good as anyone, especially the quality of those two ruckmen.

“You would be relying on Ryder to do the bulk of the centre-bounce work against him, due to his athletic ability, and then you probably roll in Marshall around the ground a little bit more because he’s obviously a bit stronger than Ryder, to match-up with Naitanui’s strength.”

Nic Naitanui

Nic NaitanuiCredit:Getty Images

The stakes are high for St Kilda, who can just about secure a finals berth by beating the Eagles.

Thursday marks nine years to the day since the Saints’ most recent final – an elimination final defeat at the hands of Sydney in 2011. Days later coach Ross Lyon defected to Fremantle, and the Saints have largely struggled since.

Fisher, an All-Australian defender in 2008, was a member of that 2011 side and said that Thursday night’s match was probably as a big a match as the club has had since.

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“No finals since then. It’s a pretty important game obviously for the club, and everyone involved at St Kilda,” Fisher said.

“If they beat West Coast, who I think are obviously one of the contenders this year, you beat them … that’s going to confirm that they’re right in it.”

Fisher, who retired at the end of 2016, paid tribute to St KIlda coach Brett Ratten, who he said had been able to strike an instant rapport with people, including himself, from their limited dealings.

“He’s such a lovely guy. You can tell he’s upbeat and he’s happy to be there, and wants everyone to improve.”

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