Former Carlton captain Marc Murphy dropped for Giants clash

Former club captain Marc Murphy has been dropped for Carlton’s round 14 clash with the Giants as the Blues continue to work through their disappointing 2021 campaign.

Murphy’s omission from the side comes after Carlton announced an external review into its football department following round 12.

The off-contract midfielder is five games short of 300 but has come under fire this season, as the Blues have failed to muscle up defensively against the competition’s heavyweights.

“Someone like Marc Murphy has lost pace,” Hawthorn legend Dermott Brereton said in April.

“I’m just a little critical that (the Blues) seem to drop the same young blokes each time and as I said … they’ve been very kind to some of their players.”

Elsewhere, star Geelong recruit Shaun Higgins is being “managed” by his club and will sit out Friday night’s clash against the Western Bulldogs.

Picked up from North Melbourne for the 2021 season, Higgins has played eight games for the Cats so far.

Meanwhile, a host of injuries at Essendon has forced rookie coach Ben Rutten to make changes to his side for this weekend’s clash against the Hawks.

Andrew McGrath, David Zaharakis and Alec Waterman are among the Bombers sitting the game out.

Higgins will sit the game out but Cam Guthrie returns to Geelong’s ranks. Pic: Michael KleinSource:News Corp Australia

GEELONG CATS v WESTERN BULLDOGS

Friday June 18, 7:50pm at GMHBA Stadium

CATS

B: J. Bews, L. Henderson, J. Henry

HB: Z. Tuohy, T. Stewart, J. Kolodjashnij

C: I. Smith, C. Guthrie, S. Menegola

HF: L. Dahlhaus, J. Cameron, B. Close

F: P. Dangerfield, T. Hawkins, G. Rohan

FOLL: E. Ratugolea, M. Duncan, J. Selwood – C

I/C: M. O’Connor, T. Atkins, M. Blicavs, B. Parfitt

EMG: Q. Narkle, Z. Guthrie, S. Higgins, R. Stanley

IN: C. Guthrie

OUT: Q. Narkle (Medi-Sub), S. Higgins (Managed)

BULLDOGS

B: R. Gardner, A. Keath, H. Crozier

HB: T. Duryea, Z. Cordy, C. Daniel

C: B. Dale, T. Liberatore, L. Hunter

HF: J. Johannisen, J. Bruce, C. Weightman

F: M. Hannan, A. Naughton, T. English

FOLL: S. Martin, J. Macrae, M. Bontempelli – C

I/C: B. Smith, A. Scott, B. Williams, R. Smith

EMG: T. McLean, M. Wallis, E. Wood, J. Sweet

IN: None

OUT: R. West (Medi-Sub)

GOLD COAST SUNS v PORT ADELAIDE

Saturday June 19, 1:45pm at Metricon Stadium

SUNS

B: W. Powell, S. Collins, S. Lemmens

HB: J. Lukosius, C. Ballard, J. Bowes

C: B. Ellis, M. Rowell, H. Greenwood

HF: D. Swallow – C, C. Burgess, N. Holman

F: I. Rankine, B. King, A. Sexton

FOLL: Z. Smith, L.Weller, T. Miller

I/C: N. Anderson, S. Day, S. Flanders, O. Markov

EMG: B. Ainsworth, B. Fiorini, C. Graham, D. MacPherson

IN: S. Collins, S. Day

OUT: C. Graham (Omitted), M. Rosas (Omitted), J. Corbett (Medi-Sub)

POWER

B: R. Burton, T. McKenzie, A. Aliir

HB: L. Jones, T. Jonas – C, D. Byrne-Jones

C: D. Houston, O. Wines, K. Amon

HF: C. Rozee, P. Ladhams, S. Motlop

F: M. Georgiades, C. Dixon, R. Gray

FOLL: S. Lycett, T. Boak, S. Powell-Pepper

I/C: M. Bergman, K. Farrell, W. Drew, J. Lienert

EMG: H. Hartlett, M. Frederick, B. Woodcock, S. Mayes

IN: S. Lycett, J. Lienert

OUT: T. Marshall (Injured), R. Bonner (Omitted), B. Woodcock (Omitted)

NORTH MELBOURNE v BRISBANE LIONS

Saturday June 19, 4:35pm at Blundstone Arena

KANGAROOS

B: L. McDonald, B. McKay, S. Atley

HB: J. Ziebell – C, R. Tarrant, A. Hall

C: T. Dumont, B. Cunnington, J. Simpkin

HF: J. Stephenson, J. Walker, C. Zurhaar

F: J. Mahony, N. Larkey, T. Powell

FOLL: T. Goldstein, L. Davies-Uniacke, T. Thomas

I/C: C. Taylor, B. Scott, K. Turner, T. Xerri

EMG: La. Young, W. Phillips, E. Ford, T. Campbell

IN: L. McDonald

OUT: La. Young (Omitted), T. Garner (Injured)

LIONS

B: J. Prior, H. Andrews – C, B. Starcevich

HB: D. Rich, M. Adams, G. Birchall

C: Z. Bailey, L. Neale, H. McCluggage

HF: C. Ah Chee, J. Daniher, L. McCarthy

F: D. McStay, E. Hipwood, C. Cameron

FOLL: O. McInerney, J. Lyons, M. Robinson

I/C: D. Robertson, K. Coleman, R. Mathieson, J. Madden

EMG: T. Berry, T. Fullarton, T. Joyce, C. Ballenden

IN: J. Madden

OUT: R. Lester (Injured), D. Zorko (Suspension)

GWS GIANTS v CARLTON

Saturday June 19, 7:25pm at Giants Stadium

GIANTS

B: J. Buckley, P. Davis, S. Reid

HB: H. Perryman, N. Haynes, I. Cumming

C: J. Kelly, C. Ward, L. Whitfield

HF: M. de Boer, H. Himmelberg, J. Finlayson

F: T. Greene – C, K. Briggs, D. Lloyd

FOLL: M. Flynn, T. Taranto, J. Hopper

I/C: A. Kennedy, C. Idun, T. Green, B. Hill

EMG: L. Ash, J. Wehr, J. Riccardi, X. O’Halloran

IN: P. Davis, H. Perryman, K. Briggs

OUT: J. Stein (Omitted), L. Ash (Omitted), X. O’Halloran (Omitted), S. Mumford (Injured)

BLUES

B: Z. Williams, L. Jones, L. Stocker

HB: L. Parks, J. Weitering, A. Saad

C: S. Docherty – C, P. Cripps, S. Walsh

HF: L. Fogarty, J. Silvagni, J.Martin

F: E. Betts, H. McKay, M. Owies

FOLL: M. Pittonet, E. Curnow, P. Dow

I/C: M. Kennedy, T. De Koning, N. Newman, Z. Fisher

EMG: J. Newnes, L. Casboult, S. Ramsay, L. O’Brien

IN: L. Parks, L. Fogarty, M. Kennedy

OUT: M. Cottrell (Omitted), M. Murphy (Omitted), W. Setterfield (Injured), J. Newnes (Medi-Sub)

HAWTHORN v ESSENDON

Sunday June 20, 3:20pm at UTAS Stadium

HAWKS

B: B. Hardwick, S. Frost, J. Impey

HB: J. Scrimshaw, C. Jiath, L. Shiels

C: W. Day, C. Wingard, J. O’Meara

HF: J. Cousins, L. Breust, J. Koschitzke

F: D. Moore, B. McEvoy – C, D. Howe

FOLL: J. Ceglar, T. Mitchell, S. Burgoyne

I/C (from): J. Newcombe, T. O’Brien, C. Nash, E. Jeka, J. Morris, T. Phillips, L. Bramble, T. Brockman

IN: J. Cousins, L. Bramble, T. Brockman, C. Nash, E. Jeka

OUT: H. Morrison (Injured), J. Worpel (Suspension)

BOMBERS

B: J. Laverde, B. Zerk-Thatcher, J. Ridley

HB: M. Redman, J. Stewart, D. Heppell – C

C: K. Langford, Z. Merrett, T.Cutler

HF: A. Perkins, H. Jones, D. Smith

F: J. Stringer, C. Hooker, A. McDonald-Tipungwuti

FOLL: S. Draper, D. Parish, B. Ham

I/C (from): N. Hind, N. Cox, M. Guelfi, N. Cahill, A. Phillips, Z. Reid, S. Durham, P. Wright

IN: B. Zerk-Thatcher, T. Cutler, D. Smith, S. Draper, N. Cahill, Z. Reid, S. Durham, P. Wright

OUT: P. Ambrose (Omitted), A. McGrath (Injured), D. Zaharakis (Injured), A. Waterman (Injured), A. Francis (Managed)

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