INS: Lauren Magee
OUTS: Sinead Goldrick
Melbourne will have another debutant in Round 4, with Lauren Magee selected in the side to face Western Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon.
The Irish recruit, who signed with the Dees in August, earns her spot after only a few weeks of training with the group, having arrived in Melbourne last month.
Magee is an explosive player who is set to bring plenty of pace to Whitten Oval, while her competitiveness will no doubt be of big benefit to the Demons’ line-up.
Playing Gaelic for Dublin GAA back home, Magee will be the third player from the county, and the fourth Irish woman, to represent Melbourne in AFLW.
The ones that miss
While the Dees will welcome one Dub this week, another will unfortunately be sat on the sidelines.
Sinead Goldrick suffered a head knock late in last week’s clash against North Melbourne, and under the AFL’s concussion rules, is automatically ruled out.
Brenna Tarrant and Megan Fitzsimon have been named as the two emergencies for this week, while Meg Downie is still a week or two off with her ankle concern.
Crowds to be welcomed back
After playing behind closed doors last week, fans will once again be able to go to the footy in Round 4.
Members and supporters are reminded that all attendees must purchase a ticket online via Ticketmaster, with no gate sales at Whitten Oval on the day.
For those that can’t make it, the game will also be live on Channel 7 (depending on location) and Fox Footy, as well as being streamed via the womens.afl, the AFLW app and Kayo.
Sunday afternoon will see both teams play for the Hampson-Hardeman Cup.
Named after women’s footy pioneers Barb Hampson and Lisa Hardeman, the cup was established by Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs for the inaugural exhibition match in 2013.
This year’s clash will mark the 11th instalment, with the Dees having been triumphant on seven occasions.
Check out the Demons’ full team below.