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TEAMS: Adelaide Oval fit for a King, veteran Giant returns

GOLD Coast will finally unveil Ben King in Sunday’s clash with Port Adelaide.

The Suns have confirmed the prized early draft pick – the club’s third of three top-six selections from last year’s NAB AFL Draft – will make his AFL debut at the Adelaide Oval.

King, a talented 202cm prospect, can play either forward or back and is the twin brother of star St Kilda youngster Max King – who was selected with pick No.4 in last year’s draft.

Jesse Joyce and Brayden Fiorini will also return for Gold Coast, who loses experienced trio Pearce Hanley, Touk Miller and Sean Lemmens to respective injury issues.

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Port Adelaide will also have a debutant during that clash, with young defender Joel Garner to play his first game for the club after impressing for the team’s SANFL affiliate.

Garner was claimed with pick No.60 in the 2017 draft and is one of four Power inclusions, with Zak Butters, Joe Atley and Billy Frampton also returning to the team.

Richmond will give developing ruckman Ivan Soldo his chance to impress during Sunday’s clash with Hawthorn, having lost the reliable Toby Nankervis to a groin injury.

Nick Vlastuin also returns to the Tigers’ backline, replacing Jack Ross.

Hawthorn is unchanged, meaning veteran Jarryd Roughead again misses out on selection.

Greater Western Sydney has four inclusions for its meeting with Carlton, led by the return of experienced trio Shane Mumford, Lachie Whitfield and Brett Deledio.

Youngster Harry Perryman also returns, though star Stephen Coniglio misses through injury.

Carlton has made two straight changes, with defensive duo Harrison Macreadie and Nic Newman returning in place of injured pair Tom Williamson and Lachie Plowman.

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Friday, May 17

West Coast v Melbourne at Optus Stadium, 6.10pm AWST

WEST COAST

In: W.Rioli
Out: J.Waterman

MELBOURNE

In: A.Neal-Bullen, T.Smith, O.Baker, H.Petty
Out: D.Keilty, M.Hibberd (collarbone), J.Melksham (foot), J.Lewis (ankle)
New: Oskar Baker (Aspley NEAFL)

Saturday, May 18

Collingwood v St Kilda at the MCG, 1.45pm AEST

COLLINGWOOD

In: D.Beams, T.Varcoe
Out: R.Wills, J.Elliott (hamstring)

ST KILDA

In: R.Young, J.Marsh
Out: B.Long, J.Webster (injured)
New: Robbie Young (North Adelaide SANFL)

Brisbane v Adelaide at the Gabba, 2.10pm AEST

BRISBANE

In: J.Walker, M.Hinge, R.Mathieson
Out: R.Lester, Z.Bailey (hamstring), T.Cutler
New: Mitch Hinge (Glenelg SANFL)

ADELAIDE

In: C.Jones, B.Gibbs
Out: R.Knight, M.Crouch (hip)

Geelong v Western Bulldogs at GMHBA Stadium, 4.35pm AEST

GEELONG

In: J.Selwood, D.Fort
Out: T.Atkins (hip), E.Ratugolea (managed)
New: Darcy Fort (Central District SANFL)

WESTERN BULLDOGS

No change

Essendon v Fremantle at Marvel Stadium, 7.25pm AEST

ESSENDON

In: J.Begley, K.Langford, J.Daniher, M.Baguley, B.McNiece
Out: D.Myers, B.Ham, Z.Clarke, O.Fantasia (quad), D.Smith (knee)

FREMANTLE

In: C.Blakely, T.Duman
Out: T.Colyer, R.Nyhuis

North Melbourne v Sydney at Blundstone Arena, 7.25pm AEST

NORTH MELBOURNE

In: M.Williams, S.Thompson, L.McDonald
Out: S.Durdin (suspension), S.Wright (ankle), C.Taylor

SYDNEY

In: J.Rowbottom
Out: K.Jack (injured)

Sunday, May 19

Port Adelaide v Gold Coast at Adelaide Oval, 12.40pm ACST

PORT ADELAIDE

In: Z.Butters, J.Atley, B.Frampton, J.Garner
Out: R.Burton (hamstring), A.Johnson, T.Marshall, W.Drew
New: Joel Garner (Eastern U18)

GOLD COAST

In: B.Fiorini, J.Joyce, B.King
Out: P.Hanley (quad), S.Lemmens (ankle), T.Miller (heel)
New: Ben King (Sandringham U18)

Richmond v Hawthorn at the MCG, 3.20pm AEST

RICHMOND

In: N.Vlastuin, I.Soldo
Out: T.Nankervis (groin), J.Ross (ankle)

HAWTHORN

Unchanged

Greater Western Sydney v Carlton at Giants Stadium, 4.40pm AEST

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY

In: S.Mumford, L.Whitfield, B.Deledio, H.Perryman
Out: S.Coniglio (finger), Z.Langdon (ankle), M.Buntine, D.Simpson

CARLTON

In: H.Macreadie, N.Newman
Out: L.Plowman (cheekbone), T.Williamson (back)

Source: AFL FOOTBALL NEWS