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Teams named for Casey double header

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

B

50. G McLean

13. K Smith

15. T Tatterson

HB

34. A Kirkwood

7. B Jakobsson

8. S Lampard

C

22. M Guerin

16. M Hogg

23. L Birch

HF

42. H Bailey

29. E Zanker

11. C Emonson

F

24. N Garner

40. H Dyson

27. B Winbanks

R

38. K Bentvelzen

41. R Edmeades

47. K Guttridge

I/C

32. A McDonough

54. K Oates

9. A Johnson

 

48. E Archer

Emg

62. G Speedy

57. L Davies

51. A Francese

 

37. T Nash

23P

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

B

47. J Munro

35. H Petty

67. T Freeman

HB

23. J Jordon

60. J Hutchins

49. C Stockdale

C

52. M Gent

32. T Sparrow

57. A Quigley

HF

30. A Neal-Bullen

38. T Smith

58. J Di Pasquale

F

37. K Chandler

48. M White

63. M Lewis

R

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

23P

74. N Lowden