SATURDAY TEAMS: Star Pies, Cats ruled out, Saints axe three

COLLINGWOOD forward Chloe Molloy headlines a list of stars sitting out round two due to health and safety protocols.

After losing its entire opponent in the Western Bulldogs earlier this week, Geelong will face Carlton with four senior stars isolating – midfielders Nina Morrison, Julia Crockett-Grills and Sophie Van De Heuval, as well as defender Georgie Rankin.

On Saturday morning the Cats also withdrew Madisen Maguire (HS protocol) and she has been replaced by Georgia Clarke, with Steph Williams added as an emergency.

Young midfield pair Darcy Moloney and Laura Gardiner and forward Danielle Higgins will play their first games for the year, while raw key position player Gabbi Featherston will make her debut.

Joining Molloy on the sidelines for the Magpies is skipper Brianna Davey (ACL) and Tarni Brown (concussion), with Alana Porter, Aleisha Newman and Amelia Velardo coming into the side.

St Kilda has swung the axe after its disappointing loss to Richmond, dropping Kate McCarthy, Bella Shannon and Jess Matin, while former skipper Rhi Watt will miss due to health and safety protocols.

It leaves the Saints reliant on second-gamer Leah Cutting in the ruck, while they will happily regain important trio Kate Shierlaw, Nicola Xenos and Molly McDonald from health and safety protocols, as well as Nat Exon.

Saturday will mark speedy forward Xenos' first game since 2020, having sat out 2021 with a ruptured ACL.

Maddy Guerin has been named in the place of tough Carlton midfielder Grace Egan, who will miss at least a month with a punctured lung and broken ribs.

None of the four sides playing on Saturday have had to rely on top-up players to fill their emergencies, unlike Melbourne and Richmond who are playing on Friday night. 

Saturday, January 15

Collingwood v St Kilda at Victoria Park, 3.10pm AEDT

COLLINGWOOD

B: L.Butler 23 S.Livingstone 12 
HB: S.Casey 22 R.Schleicher 18 A.Porter 9
C: E.James 20 E.O'Dea 50 S.Chiocci - C 17
HF: S.Frederick 1 A.Sheridan 14 J.Allen 6
F: S.Alexander 24 E.Chaston 32
Foll: A.Downie 30 B.Bonnici 8 J.Lambert 13
I/C: S.Rowe 7 A.Velardo 5 E.Fowler 15 A.Newman 16 M.Cann 25 

Emerg: A.Moloney 40 I.Barnett 4 
 
In: A.Porter, A.Velardo, A.Newman
Out: B.Davey (Knee), C.Molloy (HS Protocol), T.Brown (Concussion)

ST KILDA

B: L.Burke 30 R.Ott 20 
HB: B.Jakobsson 8 J.Van Dyk 36 H.Priest - C 14
C: M.McDonald 1 T.White 29 C.Phillips 35
HF: D.Guttridge 5 C.Greiser 17 R.Dillon 25
F: N.Xenos 27 J.Vogt 10
Foll: K.Shierlaw 12 O.Vesely 23 T.Lucas-Rodd 18
I/C: A.Woodward 4 N.Exon 15 A.Burke 3 R.Saulitis 13 L.Cutting 26 

Emerg: I.Shannon 11 T.Meyer 34 
  
In: M.McDonald, N.Xenos, K.Shierlaw, N.Exon
Out: I.Shannon (Omitted), K.McCarthy (Omitted), J.Matin (Omitted), R.Watt (HS Protocol)

Geelong v Carlton at GMHBA Stadium, 7.10pm AEDT

GEELONG

B: M.McMahon 24 M.Keryk 45 
HB: A.Johnson 30 M.McDonald - C 11 C.Emonson 16
C: Z.Friswell 20 G.Prespakis 41 D.Moloney 4
HF: G.Clarke 17 C.Gunjaca 26 R.Kearns 22
F: P.McWilliams 23 C.Scheer 14
Foll: O.Fuller 13 R.Webster 21 A.McDonald 3
I/C: L.Gardiner 18 K.Darby 8 D.Higgins 2 G.Featherston 32 J.Ivey 5 

Emerg: R.Caris 1 S.Williams 25
  
In: D.Moloney, L.Gardiner, D.Higgins, G.Featherston, G.Clarke
Out: N.Morrison (HS Protocol), J.Crockett-Grills (HS Protocol), S.Van De Heuvel (HS Protocol), G.Rankin (HS Protocol), M.Maguire (HS Protocol)

CARLTON 

B: K.Harrington - C 9 G.Pound 6 
HB: V.Laloifi 8 L.McEvoy 13 L.Brazzale 12
C: N.Plane 32 M.Prespakis 4 J.Dal Pos 2
HF: N.Stevens 21 P.Trudgeon 26 B.Walker 7
F: E.O'Dea 46 D.Vescio 3
Foll: B.Moody 16 A.McKay 5 G.Gee 19
I/C: D.Walker 23 J.Good 15 M.Guerin 18 A.Lee 11 C.Jones 22 

Emerg: C.Hammans 17 K.Sherar 25 
  
In: M.Guerin
Out: G.Egan (Punctured lung)

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