Fremantle axe two AFL veterans

Fremantle have dumped two veterans and rested Matthew Pavlich for Saturday’s daunting AFL away trip to meet a Hawthorn without Cyril Rioli.

Rioli will miss the Launceston clash because of a family illness while Freo have axed Michael Barlow and Zac Dawson, with Pavlich spelled from the trip.

The winless Dockers have summoned Clancee Pearce, Zac Clarke and Ed Langdon while Hawthorn are bolstered by the returns of Sam Mitchell and James Frawley.

Geelong made two changes for Friday night’s Adelaide Oval encounter against the Crows, calling Jed Bews and Cory Gregson to replace injured duo Lincoln McCarthy (ankle) and Nakia Cockatoo (knee).

Adelaide will be without winger David Mackay for about a month because of a hamstring strain, naming Wayne Milera as a replacement.

In other Saturday selection news, the unbeaten Kangaroos rested evergreen backman Michael Firrito for their match against Essendon.

The Roos also lost Daniel Wells to a thigh injury and Shaun Higgins to a three-month knee injury, recalling Lindsay Thomas, Brad McKenzie and Majak Daw.

The Bombers swung four changes: Courtney Dempsey, Josh Simpkon and Shaun McKernan were unavailable due to injury while James Gwilt was rested, with young gun Darcy Parish among the inclusions.

Struggling Gold Coast made half-a-dozen changes for their away match against Greater Western Sydney.

The Suns, on a four-game losing streak, lost four to injury: Daniel Currie (hip), Alex Sexton (arm), Clay Cameron (knee) and Matt Rosa (hamstring) and dropped Henry Schade and Jarrod Garlett.

The Giants suffered two big losses with co-captain Phil Davis (hamstring) and Toby Greene (soreness) unavailable, calling on Tim Mohr and Jacob Hopper.

Collingwood made three changes for their Saturday night away date with Brisbane, with Ben Sinclair, Travis Varcoe and Taylor Adams replacing James Aish (omitted), Tim Broomhead (ankle) and Ben Reid (shoulder).

The Lions, with captain Tom Rockliff out because of a hamstring strain, named Daniel Merrett and Lewis Taylor.

Richmond welcomed back defenders Dylan Grimes and Alex Rance for Saturday night’s clash with Sydney, who summoned Ted Richards and Dean Towers in the absence of Ben McGlynn (leg) and Daniel Robinson (shoulder).

West Coast dumped recruit Lewis Jetta for Sunday’s home clash with St Kilda.

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