AFL 2021 LIVE updates: Fyfe out as Pies’ fresh start under Harvey begins against Freo, North host Suns in Hobart

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  • Fyfe out
  • Team changes
  • Today’s milestones
  • Simpkin in sizzling form
  • Elliott a Magpie barometer
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  • Pies strong defensively
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Fyfe out

A massive late withdrawal for Fremantle with skipper Nat Fyfe being replaced in the selected side by Brett Bewley.

Fyfe is sitting this contest out after dislocating his shoulder in round 12. Despite being named this week, and training on Friday, it was ultimately decided not to risk the superstar.

Callum Brown (Collingwood) and Mitch Crowden (Fremantle) are the medical subs.

Injured Nat Fyfe.Credit:Getty Images

Subs confirmed

Atu Bosenavulagi (North Melbourne) and Brayden Fiorini (Gold Coast) are the medical substitutes in Hobart.

Brayden Fiorini.Credit:Getty Images

Fyfe out

A massive late withdrawal for Fremantle with skipper Nat Fyfe being replaced in the selected side by Brett Bewley.

Fyfe is sitting this contest out after dislocating his shoulder in round 12. Despite being named this week, and training on Friday, it was ultimately decided not to risk the superstar.

Callum Brown (Collingwood) and Mitch Crowden (Fremantle) are the medical subs.

Injured Nat Fyfe.Credit:Getty Images

Team changes

COLLINGWOOD
In: Brodie Grundy, Mason Cox, Taylor Adams
Out: Darcy Moore (knee), Jay Rantall (medi-sub), Jordan De Goey (suspension), Max Lynch.

FREMANTLE
In: Griffin Logue, Matt Taberner, Nat Fyfe, Nathan Wilson, Sam Switkowski
Out: Brett Bewley, Connor Blakely (medi-sub), Joel Western, Mitch Crowden, Reece Conca, Taylin Duman

NORTH MELBOURNE
In: Will Phillips
Out: Bailey Scott, Tom Powell (managed)

GOLD COAST
In: Ben Ainsworth, Jeremy Sharp, Josh Corbett
Out: Brayden Fiorini (medi-sub), Chris Burgess, David Swallow (concussion), Lachie Weller (hamstring)

Lovely conditions down in Tassie

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Today’s milestones

Will Hoskin-Elliott (Coll) – 150 games
Connor Rozee (PA) – 50 games

Connor Rozee.Credit:Getty Images

Harvey takes over

It’s the dawn of a new era at Collingwood with Nathan Buckley’s 10-year reign as head coach over and done with.

In his stead, Robert Harvey becomes the 368th VFL/AFL coach and today marks the start of his nine-game audition for the top job.

It’s been 21 months since the Magpies have won three games in a row, so if he can oversee that milestone, that certainly wouldn’t do his chances any harm.

But Freo have the wood over the Magpies in recent times, winning their last two meetings.

However, the Pies certainly enjoy Marvel Stadium more than Dockers, winning nine of their last 11 games at the venue while Freo have lost their last seven games there.

It’s a huge game for Justin Longmuir’s side as they aim to remain in touch with the top eight.

Simpkin in sizzling form

Elliott a Magpie barometer

Last time they met: Suns shine, North facing long season

The Gold Coast Suns have opened their account for season 2021 with an easy victory over North Melbourne, kicking away with a six-goal second quarter to open a 52-point break before scrapping their way to a 59-point win, looking fatigued after a narrow loss to West Coast last week.

With a tough early schedule, they’ll need to back up quickly for next week’s Friday night clash away against Adelaide. But the long season stretching ahead looks a great deal brighter than it does for North, who were barely competitive at times, and also have a short break before facing the Western Bulldogs next week.

Full-forward Ben King kicked three goals for the Suns, but his luckless fellow forward Sam Day finished the match early in a knee brace, as did promising defender Conor Budarick. The Kangaroos had a scare, too, with captain Jack Ziebell being assisted off in the third quarter with an ankle injury, but he returned to see out the game.

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Ben King kicked three goals for the Suns in their win over North Melbourne.Credit:Getty Images

Last time they met: Pies under pressure after upset loss to Freo

FREMANTLE 0.0 4.1 6.1 10.1 (61)
COLLINGWOOD 1.2 2.4 6.5 7.7 (49)

GOALSFremantle: Taberner 4, Crowden 2, Schultz 2, Fyfe, Mundy
Collingwood: Sidebottom 2, Stephenson, Mihocek, Hoskin-Elliott, Grundy, Sier

BESTFremantle: Fyfe, Serong, Mundy, Blakely, Ryan, Taberner
Collingwood: Maynard, Moore, Sidebottom, Crisp, Treloar

UMPIRES: Foot, Margetts, Howorth
VENUE: Optus Stadium
CROWD: 20912

Collingwood are in trouble. At the end of round nine they’re outside of the top eight, and just lost their first of four matches in 14 days across three states, going down by 12 points against Fremantle on Sunday night.

Scott Pendlebury isn’t likely to be back for at least one or two games, Jordan De Goey and Jeremy Howe look done for the season, and they’re beset by problems they’ve long faced and others that are relatively new.

Most concerning over the last two games has been Collingwood’s poor performance in the contest. They were battered by Fremantle in both contested possessions and clearances and this was the root of the Pies problems on Sunday night.

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Pressure pass: Connor Blakely gets a handball away while tackled by returning Magpie Steele Sidebottom.Credit:Getty Images

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