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Patterson set to return


MELBOURNE has included Brooke Patterson for Saturday’s final NAB AFL Women’s home and away match against Fremantle at Casey Fields.

Patterson, who missed Melbourne’s last two matches with a hamstring injury, will start on the interchange bench alongside Emma Humphries, Maddie Boyd, Aliesha Newman, Ainslie Kemp and Deanna Berry.

Pepa Randall, who has yet to debut this season due to injury, has been named as an emergency alongside Jessica Anderson.

Stephanie De Bortoli and Meg Downie remain sidelined.

A win on Saturday will keep Melbourne in contention for the inaugural NAB AFL Women’s Grand Final the following week against the Brisbane Lions, pending the outcome of Sunday’s Collingwood and Adelaide clash at Olympic Park Oval.

Saturday’s match kicks off at 4.35pm AEDT and will be broadcast live nationally on Fox Footy from 4.30pm.

Melbourne AFLW team: round seven

Backs: Jasmine Grierson, Mia-Rae Clifford, Katherine Smith

Half Backs: Daisy Pearce, Laura Duryea, Richelle Cranston

Centres: Harriet Cordner

Half Forwards: Karen Paxman, Alyssa Mifsud, Lily Mithen

Forwards: Sarah Lampard, Shelley Scott, Cat Phillips

Followers: Lauren Pearce, Mel Hickey, Elise O’Dea

Interchange: Emma Humphries, Maddie Boyd, Aliesha Newman, Ainslie Kemp, Brooke Patterson, Deanna Berry

Emergencies: Pepa Randall, Jessica Anderson

Unavailable/injured: Stephanie De Bortoli, Meg Downie