Pies go with experience against Demons

Collingwood will go with experience over potential in their AFL clash with Melbourne, as coach Nathan Buckley resists the urge to unleash untried American giant Mason Cox.

The Pies elevated the 211cm former basketballer off the rookie list this week, and he was one of five inclusions on Thursday night. However, he didn’t survive the cut when the final teams for Sunday’s games were announced.

Buckley opted to bring in experienced hands Travis Varcoe, Steele Sidebottom and Alan Toovey in the changes he made to the side that was defeated by St Kilda.

Cox, Brent Macaffer and Matthew Goodyear are the emergencies.

After falling agonisingly short against North Melbourne in Hobart, the Demons have brought in Angus Brayshaw, Cameron Pedersen and Jayden Hunt, who will make his AFL debut.

Bernie Vince is serving a one-match suspension for striking North’s Jamie Macmillan.

The Kangaroos have rewarded forward Mason Wood’s 36-possession, three-goal performance in the VFL with a call-up to face Fremantle on Sunday at Etihad Stadium.

He replaces Taylor Garner (hamstring). Lachlan Hansen is still unable to force his way back into the side and has been named as an emergency alongside Kayne Turner and former Saint Farren Ray, who was also elevated off the rookie list.

The winless Dockers have turned to Hayden Crozier, Jonathon Griffin and Matt Taberner to help turn their fortunes around, with Aaron Sandilands (ribs), Matt De Boer (omitted) and Tendai Mzungu (omitted) out of the side defeated by West Coast.

Greater Western Sydney have made three forced changes for their clash against Port Adelaide in Canberra on Sunday.

Matt Buntine, Jack Steele and Adam Tomlinson return in place of Devon Smith (knee), Aidan Corr (ankle) and Will Hoskin-Elliott (quad).

The Power have brought Hamish Hartlett and Chad Wingard into the line-up that defeated Essendon at the expense of Jarman Impey and Paul Stewart, who were dropped.

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