Thilthorpe back for Crows, Dockers skipper falls short

The Brisbane Lions' charge up the AFL ladder has taken a hit after key defender Jack Payne was struck down by a foot injury, but Adelaide forward Riley Thilthorpe and Sydney skipper Callum Mills are finally back.

In other notable round 18 selection news, Essendon recalled Dyson Heppell but overlooked Todd Goldstein, Charlie Dixon is a chance to return for Port Adelaide, and Fremantle skipper Alex Pearce failed in his bid to return early from a fractured arm.

Payne is set to miss the next six weeks after scans revealed he has a bone stress reaction in his right foot.

The Lions will also be without Brandon Starcevich (concussion) for Sunday's clash with West Coast as Brisbane attempt to snare their sixth straight win.

Interim West Coast coach Jarrad Schofield axed young midfielder Campbell Chesser, while Jeremy McGovern (ribs/lung) was ruled out.

Harry Edwards, Luke Edwards, Zane Trew, Ryan Maric and Jai Culley were added to the extended squad for West Coast's first match since axing coach Adam Simpson.

Hawthorn skipper James Sicily returns from his dislocated shoulder for Saturday's encounter against Fremantle, but Mitch Lewis goes out with his season-ending knee injury, and Jack Ginnivan (fractured leg) still isn't ready to return.

Dockers skipper Pearce was pushing hard for a return after missing just two games with a fractured arm, but his bid has fallen just short.

Alex Pearce.
Alex Pearce leaves the field with an arm injury suffered against the Suns.

Instead, they have recalled forward Patrick Voss to replace Sean Darcy (concussion), with the move freeing up Luke Jackson to take over the ruck duties.

Heppell is back for Essendon after being rested last week, but Goldstein has been overlooked for Saturday night's match against a Melbourne outfit missing Max Gawn (ankle).

Harrison Petty was recalled in the Demons' only change. 

Thilthorpe will play his first AFL match of 2024 in Saturday night's home clash with St Kilda after recovering from a long-term knee injury.

The Crows have named Hugh Bond for his AFL debut.

Star playmaker Izak Rankine (suspension) and defender Mitch Hinge (adductor) go out of the side.

St Kilda suffered a double blow with Brad Hill ruling himself out to be present for the birth of his second child and tagger Marcus Windhager to miss four to six weeks with a hamstring injury.

Riley Bonner and Zak Jones were recalled.

Collingwood have been boosted by the return of forward Jamie Elliott (foot) for Friday night's blockbuster against an unchanged Geelong at the MCG.

John Noble and Reef McInnes also return, but Brody Mihocek (pectoral), Jeremy Howe (hamstring) and Charlie Dean (omitted) go out of the side.

North Melbourne welcome back midfielder George Wardlaw from concussion to face Sydney, but Griffin Logue is likely to feature in the VFL again as he works his way back from his ACL tear.

Zac Fisher misses again with a foot injury.

Sydney skipper Mills, who injured his shoulder during the off-season before being cut down by a calf complaint, is finally back, replacing the omitted Sam Wicks.

Callum Mills.
Callum Mills in action for the Swans during the 2023 season before his injury.

Carlton have lost Mitch McGovern (hip flexor) for Saturday's encounter with the Western Bulldogs, while Orazio Fantasia was axed.

Ruckman Marc Pittonet and defender Caleb Marchbank were recalled.

The Dogs lost star forward Aaron Naughton to concussion but Cody Weightman is back from his groin injury.

Gold Coast will be without Touk Miller (wrist) and Sam Day (foot) when they take on Port on Sunday.

Power forward Dixon, who has served his three-match SANFL suspension, is in line to replace the suspended Mitch Georgiades.

Richmond welcome back Dion Prestia for their match against GWS, but Dustin Martin will miss a second straight game with a back injury.

License this article

What is AAPNews?

For the first time, Australian Associated Press is delivering news straight to the consumer.

No ads. No spin. News straight-up.

Not only do you get to enjoy high-quality news delivered straight to your desktop or device, you do so in the knowledge you are supporting media diversity in Australia.

AAP Is Australia’s only independent newswire service, free from political and commercial influence, producing fact-based public interest journalism across a range of topics including politics, courts, sport, finance and entertainment.

What is AAPNews?
The Morning Wire

Wake up to AAPNews’ morning news bulletin delivered straight to your inbox or mobile device, bringing you up to speed with all that has happened overnight at home and abroad, as well as setting you up what the day has in store.

AAPNews Morning Wire
AAPNews Breaking News
Breaking News

Be the first to know when major breaking news happens.

Notifications will be sent to your device whenever a big story breaks, ensuring you are never in the dark when the talking points happen.

Focused Content

Enjoy the best of AAP’s specialised Topics in Focus. AAP has reporters dedicated to bringing you hard news and feature content across a range of specialised topics including Environment, Agriculture, Future Economies, Arts and Refugee Issues.

AAPNews Focussed Content
Subscription Plans

Choose the plan that best fits your needs. AAPNews offers two basic subscriptions, all billed monthly.

Once you sign up, you will have seven days to test out the service before being billed.

AAPNews Full Access Plan
Full Access
  • Enjoy all that AAPNews has to offer
  • Access to breaking news notifications and bulletins
  • Includes access to all AAPNews’ specialised topics
Join Now
AAPNews Student Access Plan
Student Access
  • Gain access via a verified student email account
  • Enjoy all the benefits of the ‘Full Access’ plan at a reduced rate
  • Subscription renews each month
Join Now
AAPNews Annual Access Plan
Annual Access
  • All the benefits of the 'Full Access' subscription at a discounted rate
  • Subscription automatically renews after 12 months
Join Now

AAPNews also offers enterprise deals for businesses so you can provide an AAPNews account for your team, organisation or customers. Click here to contact AAP to sign-up your business today.

Download the app
Download AAPNews on the App StoreDownload AAPNews on the Google Play Store