CASEY have named strong sides for this Saturday's double header at Windy Hill, with Braydon Preuss named in the VFL, while new Melbourne AFLW recruit Libby Birch will line up for the first time in Demons' colours in the VFLW.

Birch will have her first hit-out in red and blue in the opening match of the day at 11.30am.

The midfielder has been named in a strong Casey side for the VFLW season opener, which includes six other AFLW-listed players - Katherine Smith, Bianca Jakobsson, Sarah Lampard, Maddy Guerin, Eden Zanker and Chantel Emonson.

The last time these two sides met in Round 8, 2018, Casey were victorious by 26 points.

VFLW Round 1

Essendon v Casey Demons
Saturday, May 11, 11.30am
Windy Hill, Essendon

VFLW team


50. G McLean

13. K Smith

15. T Tatterson


34. A Kirkwood

7. B Jakobsson

8. S Lampard


22. M Guerin

16. M Hogg

23. L Birch


42. H Bailey

29. E Zanker

11. C Emonson


24. N Garner

40. H Dyson

27. B Winbanks


38. K Bentvelzen

41. R Edmeades

47. K Guttridge


32. A McDonough

54. K Oates

9. A Johnson


48. E Archer


62. G Speedy

57. L Davies

51. A Francese


37. T Nash


46. B Pratt

In the VFL, Braydon Preuss will return to the field after getting through a shoulder injury that has sidelined the big man since Round 5 of the AFL season.

Tim Smith is another inclusion for Casey, after being a late withdrawal from Melbourne's game against Hawthorn due to back soreness. 

The pair of talls are amongst nine Melbourne players named on the field, with Toby Bedford also in the mix on the extended interchange.

The match is a replay of last season's tense preliminary final, which saw Casey prevail by eight points.

VFL Round 6

Essendon v Casey Demons
Saturday, May 11, 2.00pm
Windy Hill, Essendon

VFL squad

Team to be finalised prior to the first bounce


47. J Munro

35. H Petty

67. T Freeman


23. J Jordon

60. J Hutchins

49. C Stockdale


52. M Gent

32. T Sparrow

57. A Quigley


30. A Neal-Bullen

38. T Smith

58. J Di Pasquale


37. K Chandler

48. M White

63. M Lewis


21. B Preuss

33. O Baker

40. C Wagner

I/C From

50. W Stephenson

68. A Vella

79. M Lefau


12. T Bedford

65. L Wale-Buxton

54. J Briggs


62. T McCaffrey

56. W Collis


74. N Lowden