Saturday’s (26/03/2016) AFL 2016 Round 1 match is between Sydney Swans and Collingwood Magpies. The opening bounce is set to commence at 19:20 local time with the game to be played at SCG. The away team Collingwood Magpies are the favourite for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Sydney Swans and Collingwood Magpies.
When: 19:20 | Saturday 26/03/2016
Tip: Collingwood Magpies at $2.35
Value Bet: First Goalscorer: Sam Reid at $17.00
New: Michael Talia, Callum Mills, Tom Papley, Callum Sinclair, George Hewett
B: Nick Smith, Heath Grundy, Dane Rampe
HB: Jeremy Laidler, Michael Talia, Zak Jones
C: Dan Hannebery, Tom Mitchell, Callum Mills
HF: Isaac Heeney, Lance Franklin, Tom Papley
F: Dean Towers, Kurt Tippett, Luke Parker
Fol: Callum Sinclair, Josh P. Kennedy, Kieren Jack
Int: Harry Cunningham, George Hewett, Jake Lloyd, Daniel Robinson
Emg: Jack Hiscox, Toby Nankervis, James Rose.
New: Adam Treloar
B: Jackson Ramsay, Nathan J. Brown, Tom Langdon
HB: Ben Sinclair, Jack Frost, Marley Williams
C: Steele Sidebottom, Adam Treloar, Levi Greenwood
HF: Dane Swan, Darcy Moore, Jordan de Goey
F: Alex Fasolo, Travis Cloke, Corey Gault
Fol: Jarrod Witts, Scott Pendlebury, Taylor Adams
Int: Brent Macaffer, Jarryd Blair, Jack Crisp, Brayden Maynard
Emg: Brodie Grundy, Alan Toovey, Adam Oxley.
Sydney will start the AFL season without two major players in co-captain Jarrad McVeigh and key forward Sam Reid.
Midfielder McVeigh has been battling to recover from a knee issue and won’t take to the SCG Against Collingwood on Saturday.
“The plan is to train him this week,” Swans coach John Longmire said on Monday.
“We’ll see what happens next week, but at this stage he’s running really well.
“We’re not sure about next week, we’ll make the decision next week.
Longmire said Reid was probably a couple of weeks away from playing.
“He just had a bit of a hamstring and Achilles soreness as well,” Longmire said.
He said midfield-defender Zak Jones had pulled up well from a sore knee in the final practice match.
Longmire said a decision would be made later in the week about whether veteran defender Ted Richards and midfielder-forward Ben McGlynn would play seniors or reserves after recovering from calf injuries.
“McGlynn and Richards will definitely play (this week), at what level we’re not sure,” Longmire said.
“We’ve got to make that decision later in the week. They didn’t play in the last reserves practice game, so that will come into some consideration.”
Longmire said the team to face Collingwood would contain some players making their first competitive appearance in Swans colours.
“We’d expect some new faces this week regardless of whether they’ve been at another AFL club or not,” Longmire said.
Callum Mills, already one of the favourites for the Rising Star award is one likely debutant.
Two off season recruits, ex-Eagles ruckman Callum Sinclair and former Bulldogs defender Michael Talia, are among other players poised to make their debut in Swans colours.