AFLW 2023 round five teams: Demons blow after Harris hamstring injury

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Melbourne star Tayla Harris has been sidelined for the unbeaten Demons’ AFLW clash against Geelong at GMHBA Stadium on Thursday evening after straining a hamstring.

The Demons brought in Maddi Gay, who will play her 50th game, and Gab Colvin. Maeve Chaplin was dropped.

Melbourne forward Tayla Harris has a hamstring issue.Credit: Getty Images

For Geelong, Rachel Kearns is out because of a knee injury and Brooke Plummer has been omitted. Julia Crockett-Grills and Abbey McDonald return.

The Demons are on top of the ladder of percentage from Adelaide, while the Cats are fifth with a 3-1 record.

“Tayla had some hamstring awareness towards the end of Tuesday night’s training session and scans have shown a very minor strain,” Melbourne’s general manager of football operations and AFLW Marcus Wagner said.

“While this will unfortunately rule her out of Thursday night’s game against Geelong, we are optimistic that Tayla will be available to play in round six. We will continue to monitor Tayla and see how she responds to training over the coming week.”

Backs: 26. C Gunjaca 26 M Bragg 44
Half-backs:16. C Emonson 16 M McDonald (c) 11 G Rankin 10
Centre: N Morrison 9 G Prespakis 41 M Bowen 1
Half-forwards: D Moloney 4 J Parry 5 K Surman 7
Forwards: A Moloney 45 C Scheer 14
Followers: E Hoare 46 R Webster 21 Amy McDonald 3
Interchange: R Garing 12 Z Friswell 20 K Darby 8 J Crockett-Grills 6 Abbey McDonald 39
Emergencies: B Plummer 19 G Featherston 32 I Houtsma 31
In: Crockett-Grills, Abbey McDonald
Rachel Kearns (knee), Plummer (omitted)

Backs: L Birch 9 T Gillard 17
Half-backs: S Goldrick 23 M Gay 3 Heath 30
Centre: B Mackin 31 T Hanks 5 E McNamara 22
Half-forwards: C Sherriff 18 O Purcell 2 A Bannan 16
Forwards: K Hore 10 E Zanker 29
Followers: L Pearce 15 P Paxman 4 L Mithen 14
Interchange: S Lampard 8 G Colvin 32 G Campbell 1 E West 11 A Mackin 21
Emergencies: M Fitzsimon 24 M Chaplin 13 J Ivey 19
In: Gay, Colvin
Out: Harris (hamstring), Chaplin

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