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Melbourne, Richmond, Adelaide, West Coast, Carlton and GWS all got an early win on the board, with 12 matches still to come in the AFL’s preseason comp.
We have already seen several new recruits starring for their clubs, with draftees such as pick #2 Andrew Brayshaw and pick #3 Paddy Dow already beginning to justify their high selections with convincing performances, slotting seamlessly into the elite level.
Devon Smith (Essendon) and Billy Hartung (North Melbourne) also put in top-level performances for their new clubs, exciting fans with best on ground worthy outings.
The Western Bulldogs will take on Hawthorn at Mars Stadium tomorrow in each team’s first contest of the competition. The Dogs have named a strong side including several new recruits, with Josh Schache looking to get off to a good start at his new club after being traded from Brisbane in the off-season. The same can be said for Jackson Trengove, crossing over from Port Adelaide, and Hayden Crozier from Fremantle. Jarman Impey will also line up for the Hawks for the first time, whilst fans can be encouraged with Jaeger O’Meara taking the field after struggling with injury for several years.
Brisbane and Sydney will also battle it out at Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex in their first competitive hit out. Despite the absence of Dayne Beams, Dayne Zorko and Luke Hodge, Lions fans will be excited with their side’s young guns taking the field, most of all #1 pick Cam Rayner who has been named in the forward pocket.
Football will again return to IKON Park on Wednesday as the reigning premier’s Richmond take on North Melbourne in their final match of the preseason. Melbourne will then look to take their good form to Casey Fields against the Saints on Thursday. The Sydney derby will then kick off in the first Friday night match of the competition as Sydney take on cross-town rivals GWS at Blacktown International Sports Park.