INS: Kate Hore, Sinead Goldrick
OUTS: Brenna Tarrant, Lauren Magee
Melbourne has welcomed back two stars for Round 5, with Kate Hore and Sinead Goldrick coming in to face Collingwood on Sunday afternoon.
The pair return after a week on the sidelines – Goldrick was forced to sit out last Sunday due to concussion while Hore was a late withdrawal – and will both be much-welcomed additions for the Dees.
Lauren Magee and Brenna Tarrant make way, having both been omitted, with Tarrant and Megan Fitzsimon named as the two emergencies for this week.
Up against the undefeated
After suffering their first loss of the season last week, the Demons will be eager to get back on the winners’ list in Round 5, albeit a challenge.
Their opposition in Collingwood has yet to drop a match in 2021, and its track record at home speaks for itself – the Pies haven’t lost at Victoria Park since Round 2, 2019, when they went down to the Dees by 17 points.
Melbourne will need to keep an eye on the likes of Chloe Molloy, Bri Davey and Jamiee Lambert if they want to get on top of the black and white early.
A round of celebration
This week marks the inaugural AFLW Indigenous Round, in what celebrates and highlights the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to the game of Aussie Rules.
Melbourne and Collingwood will wear special guernseys for the occasion – Demon Krstel Petrevski designing the red and blue’s outfit – while both teams will wear ‘Free the Flag’ t-shirts during the warm-up.
The Dees will also run out to their team song in local WoiWurrung language – the language of the Wurundjeri people. Victoria Park is on Wurundjeri country.
As part of the Round, umpires will wear uniforms that feature artwork designed by two students from Worawa Aboriginal College, and the ground will have painted the name of the traditional owners of the land where each match is played.
Melbourne and Collingwood’s game is officially sold out, with no more tickets to be made available.
For those that aren’t able to make it, the game will 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.
Check out the Demons' full line-up below.