GWS have gone all-in at the AFL selection table, with Brett Deledio and Toby Greene among four inclusions who have battled injury in order to play in Saturday’s elimination final against the Western Bulldogs.
Other significant ins for the first weekend of the AFL finals series include Toby Nankervis at Richmond and Collingwood trio Steele Sidebottom, Jordan De Goey and Jaidyn Stephenson.
Giants coach Leon Cameron won’t be left wondering ‘what if?’ should his side’s season ends with a loss to the Dogs at Giants Stadium.
Nick Haynes (larynx) and Jacob Hopper (hamstring) join Deledio (calf) and Greene (calf) in a high-risk, high-reward selection strategy, with Lachie Keeffe, Isaac Cumming, Adam Tomlinson and Bobby Hill all dropped.
Dogs coach Luke Beveridge overlooked fit-again forward Tory Dickson and veteran swingman Jackson Trengove to stick with the same line-up that defeated Adelaide in Ballarat.
Minor premiers Geelong added Jake Kolodjashnij and Tom Atkins at the expense of Lachie Henderson and the injured Cam Guthrie (calf) for Friday night’s qualifying final against the Pies at the MCG.
Collingwood regained De Goey (hamstring), Sidebottom (groin) and Stephenson (gambling suspension) as expected, with Darcy Moore retaining his spot after convincing selectors his suspect hamstrings are sound.
Jack Madgen, Matt Scharenberg and Travis Varcoe were all dropped.
Nankervis has struggled with an adductor injury in the second half of the season but returns to face Brisbane at the Gabba in the other qualifying final on Saturday night.
In his VFL return from injury last week, Nankervis had a team-high 22 possessions, 33 hitouts and kicked the winning goal in the dying seconds as Richmond came from 40 points down at three quarter-time to stun Essendon by two points in their qualifying final at Punt Road Oval.
The premiership ruckman will partner with an in-form Ivan Soldo in the ruck, with Noah Balta making way.
The Lions also made just one change, with Allen Christensen replacing Cedric Cox.
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