Blues manage Pittonet for crunch AFL clash

Blues manage Pittonet for crunch AFL clash

Sydney veteran Josh Kennedy has again missed out on senior selection, while Carlton have opted to manage ruckman Marc Pittonet just one match after his AFL return.

The Blues made five changes from the team that suffered a shock 29-point loss to Adelaide.

Caleb Marchbank, Jack Newnes Paddy Dow, Jack Martin, and last week’s medical sub Jack Silvagni have all been named in the 22 for Sunday’s crunch clash with Brisbane at the Gabba.

Pittonet, who played his first AFL match since round six last week, has been rested, while Matthew Kennedy (concussion), Nic Newman (knee), Corey Durdin (shoulder), and Lachie Plowman (omitted) go out of the side.

The Lions axed Nakia Cockatoo and Mitch Robinson to make room for the returns of Daniel Rich and Brandon Starcevich.

Kennedy was the unused sub for Sydney in last week’s win over GWS, and he couldn’t squeeze his way into the 22 for Sunday’s encounter with North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium.

The Swans made just one change, recalling Logan McDonald for Joel Amartey.

Kennedy is an emergency and is a chance to be the sub again.

North get back four players who missed last week due to entering the AFL’s health and safety protocols – Aidan Corr, Lachie Young, Paul Curtis and Aaron Hall.

Father-son draftee Jackson Archer has been ruled out with a hip injury, while Aiden Bonar, Kayne Turner and Phoenix Spicer were all axed.

West Coast welcome back forward Josh Kennedy for his 293rd and final AFL match in Sunday’s meeting with Adelaide at Optus Stadium.

Samo Petrevski-Seton and Zac Langdon are also back, but Jai Culley (suspended), Connor West (wrist) and Jack Petruccelle (hamstring) go out.

Adelaide have named an unchanged side following their impressive win over Carlton.

GWS made a late change for Saturday’s match against Adelaide, with Tim Taranto (possible concussion) replaced by Lachie Ash.

The Western Bulldogs lost Norm Smith medalist Jason Johannisen to an ankle injury.

He has been replaced by Laitham Vandermeer for Saturday’s clash with the Dockers.

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