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Port drop five for Hawthorn clash

31/07/2009 07:09:42 PM Comments (0)

Port Adelaide have made five changes to their team for Sunday's vital AFL clash against Hawthorn at AAMI Stadium.

Forward Brent Ebert was the biggest casualty and was dumped along with Michael Broadbent, Nick Lower, Steven Salopek and Paul Stewart after the 70-point loss to Adelaide.

Ruckman Dean Brogan is a major inclusion, and returned with Hamish Hartlett, Tom Logan, Nick Salter and Matt Thomas.

The match is a vital one for the Port (10th) and Hawks (ninth), who are outside the eight on percentage and vying for the bottom spot in the finals.

Hawthorn made one change, as Brendan Whitecross replaced fellow youngster Beau Dowler.

Melbourne lost another player to injury, as a groin problem will keep midfielder Brent Moloney out of Sunday's game against Richmond.

The Demons had already lost Jordie McKenzie (calf) and Liam Jurrah (ankle) for the MCG clash, but added Moloney to their long injured list on Friday.

James Frawley, Jack Grimes and Neville Jetta replaced the injured trio.

Richmond made one change to their finalised team, as Kelvin Moore replaced Jarrod Silvester, while high-profile trio Mark Coughlan, Shane Tuck and Alex Rance missed out again and were named emergencies.

Essendon, who need to beat West Coast on Sunday to hold on to eighth spot, have also finalised their side, and will be without stars Matthew Lloyd (heel), Mark McVeigh (leg), Alwyn Davey (knee) and Jason Winderlich (back).

Heath Hocking, Hayden Skipworth, Sam Lonergan and Jay Neagle are their replacements.

The Eagles replaced Ashley Hansen and Mark Seaby with Ben McKinley and debutant Callum Wilson.

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