Week 3 of the AFL JLT Community Series gets underway on Thursday March 2 when the Western Bulldogs and the Brisbane Lions do battle and concludes with a double-header on Sunday.
There is a total six games scheduled across the weekend. Here is our preview of all the action.
Thursday March 2
Western Bulldogs v Brisbane Lions Tips
Etihad Stadium (7.40pm)
Last years premiers, the Western Bulldogs, take on the side that many are predicting to collect the wooden spoon this year, the Brisbane Lions. During the week, Brisbane announced that Dayne Beams would lead the side as skipper this year and the former Magpie appears to be over his injury issues that plagued him in 2016. The Doggies have named Marcus Bontempelli for his first hitout, while Bob Murphy and Tom Liberatore are among the absentees. The two sides both went down in their respective games in the first week. The Bulldogs lost in a thriller to Melbourne, while the Lions were no match for the Gold Coast Suns. Both had the week off in week 2 of the competition.
Friday March 3
GWS Giants v Sydney Swans Tips
Blacktown International Sportspark in Rooty Hill, NSW (7.40pm)
Sydney Swans superstar Lance Franklin is set to make his return after shoulder surgery at the end of 2016. Swans assistant coach, Henry Playfair, will steer the side, while the All Australian defender, Dane Rampe, returns, as well as Kieran Jack and Sam Naismith. Last years Grand Finalists missed out in their first game, going down in an upset to North Melbourne and face this year's flag favourites, the G.W.S Giants. The Giants outmuscled an understrength West Coast in their first hitout a fortnight ago, despite missing a number of their star players. They welcome back a host of big names including Phil Davis, Jeremy Cameron, Toby Greene and Steve Johnson.
Saturday March 4
Carlton v St Kilda Tips
Ikon Park (2.05pm)
The two sides appeared for the first time last weekend and had contrasting results. St Kilda scraped through by the barest of margins against Port Adelaide, while Carlton went down by 44 points to Melbourne. Blues star, Patrick Cripps is unlikely to be rushed in after experiencing back trouble throughout the pre-season, although he should appear against Freo in the Blues next hitout. Look for St Kilda to continue to play attacking footy through the corridor and for Carlton to pump some game time into their younger players. Expect the Saints to win here.
Fremantle v Collingwood Tips
Rushton Park in Mandurah, WA (4.40pm)
Fremantle looked very rusty, particularly early on in their encounter against the West Coast Eagles last weekend, their first of the series. Ross Lyon will be demanding that his players apply more pressure this time around and the Dockers get their chance to register a win against Collingwood, who were 11-point winners against Essendon in the first game of the series. Both sides have a host of new players. Former Hawthorn premiership player, Bradley Hill, was handy in his first game for the Dockers, while Cam McCarthy received limited opportunities up forward. Chris Mayne, Lynden Dunn and Will Hoskin Elliot are among some of the new faces for the Magpies and all will be pushing for selection for Round 1.
Sunday March 5
Adelaide Crows v Geelong Cats Tips
Richmond Oval (2.05pm)
Injury decimated Adelaide step out for their second game of the series after going down to Richmond in Melbourne last weekend. The Crows head into this without Brad Crouch, Rory Sloane, Scott Thompson and Paul Seedsman, while Cam Ellis-Yolmen suffered a season ending knee injury last weekend. The likes of Curly Hampton and Harrison Wigg will be putting their hands up for a Round 1 gig. Geelong missed out against Hawthorn in the first week, going down to their rivals on the final siren. Look for Harry Taylor to continue in a forward role for the Cats, who will continue to appear in their new look T-shirt playing strip.
Port Adelaide v Richmond Tips
Malseed Park in Mt Gambier, SA (4.40pm)
One of the interesting games of the weekend will be when Port Adelaide host Richmond at Mount Gambier. Both sides are under a stack of pressure to perform this year, with the respective coaches, Ken Hinkley (Port) and Damien Hardwick (Richmond) facing make or break seasons. The Tigers accounted for Adelaide last weekend, while Port left their run too late against the Saints, going down by a point. Richmond's revamped midfield will be keen to strut their stuff, while Chad Wingard may line up in the middle for the Power despite spending much of his career so far as a forward.