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AFLW: Hutchins and Hope return

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Three inclusions have been made as Collingwood’s AFL Women’s team looks to secure its first win of the season against the GWS Giants at the Holden Centre on Sunday.

Veteran Meg Hutchins has been included to play her first game of the season, Moana Hope and Ruby Schleicher will both return for their second games of the season after missing a round two trip to Perth to face Fremantle.

Stacey Livingstone is a confirmed out and will soon see a surgeon after a second collar-bone injury last weekend, while upgraded rookies Eliza Hynes and Holly Whitford have also been excluded.

“The straight swap is Ruby Schleicher for Stacey Livingstone,” women’s football operations manager Mathew James told Collingwood Media.

“Ruby has been great all pre-season.

“It’s a great opportunity for her to try and cement her spot for the rest of the season in that role.”

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The visiting Giants sit alongside Collingwood and reigning premiers Adelaide as the three winless teams in the competition after two rounds.

They possess former Magpie Alicia Eva, who adds to a line-up James believes could match the Pies with pace and quick ball movement.

“I think you should expect to see an open, free-flowing game,” he predicted.

“We want to take sides on with our game style and they’re a really well structured side.

“We’ve just got to be able to knuckle down when the opposition kick a couple of goals on us.”

The Holden Centre was a happy hunting ground for Collingwood against GWS in 2017. Brittany Bonnici led the side with 18 disposals, while Hope kicked 2.4 in a 36-point victory. The win was the Magpies biggest of the season.

Once again on home turf, James expects the familiarity of Olympic Park Oval to help the side.

“We train on the ground, we know the conditions really well.

“The way the girls have been all week, they’re excited.

“They want to put on a really good show and display to the fans how Collingwood women can play football.”

Collingwood v GWS Giants
Sunday 18 February, 2018
Holden Centre, 4.35pm

IN: Ruby Schleicher, Moana Hope, Meg Hutchins
OUT: Stacey Livingstone (collarbone), Holly Whitford, Eliza Hynes

Collingwood squad
B: Emma Grant, Ruby Schleicher, Iilish Ross
HB: Chloe Molloy, Sophie Casey, Tara Morgan
C: Cecilia McIntosh
HF: Melissa Kuys, Jasmine Garner, Stephanie Chiocci
F: Caitlyn Edwards, Lauren Tesoriero, Christina Bernardi
Foll: Emma King, Jaimee Lambert, Amelia Barden
Int (from): Brittany Bonnici, Bree White, Jess Duffin, Meg Hutchins, Moana Hope

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