Bertocchi 23: Round 9 vs. Geelong

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Harry McKay is one of eight inclusions to the Northern Blues’ extended squad. (PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Murdoch) 

The Northern Blues have made a number of changes to the Bertocchi 23 for this Saturday’s clash against Geelong.

Eight inclusions have been named in the extended squad for the home clash with the Cats.

From a Carlton perspective, Harry McKay and Aaron Mullett are included, with Mullett to play his first game for Northern. He missed last week as the hold-over emergency for the Carlton game.

Marcus Stavrou will play his long-awaited first VFL game of 2018, after overcoming a fractured fibula sustained on the eve of the season. 

With Stavrou not having played in the VFL since August, it will also be the first time the club’s three co-vice captains – Mason Blakey, Kane Keppel and Stavrou – are in the same side since the appointment in pre-season.

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He’s joined by Matthew Harman, who will also play his first game of the season after being named as 23rd player, while fellow youngster Jean-Luc Velissaris is named in the forward line.

Jordan Lynch, Brendan Myers and Jason Williams are also included on the extended bench.

Three of the five exclusions are due to the injuries sustained last week, with Alex Federico (concussion), Harrison Macreadie (hamstring) and Tom Williamson all out of the side. Andrew Phillips has been managed.

Jack Silvagni is also out of the team after being selected to return to the AFL side.

Pleasingly for the Blues, Nick Graham has recovered from the calf complaint which saw him come from the field in the second quarter against Essendon. He has been named in midfield.

Saturday’s game begins from 2pm, and will be preceded by the VFLW clash between Carlton and the Darebin Falcons. Entry is free for Carlton and/or Northern Blues members.

In: Matthew Harman (23rd man), Jordan Lynch, Harry McKay, Aaron Mullett, Brendan Myers, Marcus Stavrou, Jean-Luc Velissaris, Jason Williams

Out: Alex Federico (concussion), Harrison Macreadie (hamstring), Andrew Phillips (managed), Jack Silvagni (AFL selection), Tom Williamson (back)