Sydney Stack is one of many big names looking to push their case for selection when he makes his long-awaited return to football in the VFL season opener tomorrow.
The Richmond youngster only returned to the club in late March due to breaching Western Australia’s strict quarantine rules, which saw him spend three weeks behind bars.
Stack, along with Callum Coleman-Jones served respective ten-game suspensions for breaching the AFL’s COVID-19 protocols last season.
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Sydney Stack will be pushing to earn his place in Richmond’s senior side. Picture: Darrian Traynor/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Both will see action in the Tigers clash with St Kilda affiliate Sandringham at Punt Rd – kicking off the newly expanded VFL competition.
Eyes will also be on No.1 draft pick Jamarra Ugle-Hagan when he lines-up in Footscray’s clash with Gold Coast on Saturday morning.
Ugle-Hagan has turned heads in VFL practise matches as he continues to press his claim for a debut while reigning Bulldogs leading goal-kicker Mitch Wallis will again line-up in the twos after being dropped a fortnight ago.
Ben Brown and Sam Weideman will ramp up their respective returns when they line-up for the Casey Demons on Sunday against Box Hill.
The key forward duo played their first games since returning from injury last week as the former builds towards his Melbourne debut.
Josh Jenkins kicked three goals in Geelong’s VFL practise game last weekend and will seek to impress yet again in Sunday’s curtain-raiser against North Melbourne.
The 31-year-old has only featured twice for the Cats since joining from Adelaide at the end of 2019 and was dropped after round one.
Western Bulldogs fans will be watching Jamarra Ugle-Hagan with interest. Picture: Michael KleinSource:News Corp Australia
Collingwood youngsters Oliver Henry and Will Kelly will push their claims to help remedy the Magpies struggling forward line with a strong showing against Werribee.
GWS recruit Jesse Hogan will line-up in his second game back from a quad injury in the VFL’s version of the Battle of the Bridge on Saturday.
The 26-year-old key forward will be looking to resurrect his career at his third club after being traded to the Giants from Fremantle.
VFL ROUND ONE
Richmond v Sandringham, Swinburne Centre, 12.00pm
Frankston v Coburg, Skybus Stadium, 7.30pm
Footscray v Gold Coast, VU Whitten Oval, 11:20am
Sydney v GWS, Tramway Oval, 12.00pm
Aspley v Port Melbourne, Graham Road, 1.00pm
Brisbane Lions v Essendon, Southpines Sporting Complex, 1.30pm
Carlton v Southport, IKON Park, 2.00pm
Werribee v Collingwood, Avalon Airport Oval, 2.30pm
Box Hill Hawks v Casey Demons, Box Hill City Oval, 12.05pm
Geelong v North Melbourne, GMHBA Stadium, 1.00pm
Northern Bullants v Williamstown, Preston City Oval, 1.00pm
Jesse Hogan will pull on the Giants guernsey against Sydney’s reserves this weekend. Picture: Jonathan NgSource:News Corp Australia
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Originally published asThe players vying for senior spots in first VFL round
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