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AFL Round 2: Team news, tips, odds - everything you need to know for the weekend

The AFL is back and Round 2 could not have come any sooner.

The action resumed with a thrilling draw at the MCG on Thursday night between Richmond and Collinwgood, before Geelong, Brisbane, Melboufrne, Gold Coast, Port Adelaide, Essendon, North Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs registered wins.

Catch up with the weekend's result below.

Jump ahead to a particular game:

Magpies vs. Tigers
Cats vs. Hawks
Lions vs. Dockers
Blues vs. Demons
Power vs. Crows
Suns vs. Eagles
Giants vs. Kangaroos
Swans vs. Bombers
Saints vs. Bulldogs


Thursday, June 11

Collingwood vs. Richmond, MCG, 7:40pm (AEDT)

Team news: Jaidyn Stephenson won't suit up for the Magpies, with skipper Scott Pendlebury saying a fit and firing Jamie Elliott and Jordan De Goey have kept him out, while Darcy Cameron will start in the place of big American Mason Cox. At Punt Road, Jack Higgins will make his return to the side, 364 days after his last match in a remarkable recovery from multiple brain surgeries, while Bachar Houli has been named after a calf injury kept him out of Round 1. Dual-premiership players Toby Nankervis (omitted) and Josh Caddy (calf) make way for the returning pair.

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Result: Who would have predicted a draw to restart the new season? That's what transpired on Thursday night, in a low-scoring scrap between two clearly rusty teams. The Pies flew out of the blocks but were gradually reeled in by the Tigers, with a goalless last quarter resulting in scores level at the final siren.

Score: Collingwood 5.6 (36) drew with Richmond 5.6 (36)


Friday, June 12

Geelong vs. Hawthorn, GMHBA Stadium, 7.50pm (AEST)

Team news: The biggest news for this clash is the absence of star Hawk Jaeger O'Meara (facial fracture), replaced by Blake Hardwick. The home team omitted Jordan Clark, Darcy Fort and Zach Guthrie, bringing in Jed Bews, Brandan Parfitt and Rhys Stanley.

Result: Geelong have soundly beaten Hawthorn on the back of a strong start and a dominant second half. The Cats, playing Hawthorn at home for the first time in 14 years, restricted the visitors to just one goal after the main break.

Score: Gold Coast 17.6 (108) def. West Coast 7.5 (47)


Saturday, June 13

Brisbane vs. Fremantle, Gabba, 1.45pm (AEST)

Team news: Former Hawthorn defender Grant Birchall makes his Lions debut, coming into the side along with Callum Ah Chee (also making his club debut), first-gamer Thomas Berry and Ryan Lester, with key defender Marcus Adams (injured) among the four outs. The Dockers resisted the urge to rush Jesse Hogan back in to replace Cam McCarthy (illness) but have been strengthened by the inclusions of David Mundy, Nathan Wilson and Brandon Matera.

Result: The Lions needed to win, and they did. Four first-half goals from Charlie Cameron saw Brisbane out to a fast start before the Dockers tightened the screws late in the game. Despite Nat Fyfe's three goals and 24 disposals, Fremantle just didn't have enough firepower to get the job done.

Score: Brisbane 12.9 (81) def. Fremantle 10.9 (69)


Carlton vs. Melbourne, Marvel Stadium, 4.35pm (AEST)

Team news: Harley Bennell will make his long-awaited return to AFL footy, after the Dees announced that he and debutants Luke Jackson and Trent Rivers will play on Saturday. That trio is among a massive seven changes from the Demons' Round 1 team, with Nathan Jones and Christian Salem among the inclusions. Michael Hibberd and Alex Neal-Bullen are among the seven omissions. For Carlton, forwards Harry McKay and Eddie Betts are in to add some firepower, while former Hawk Marc Pittonet has replaced Matthew Kreuzer and faces a first-up assignment against Max Gawn.

Result: The Dees blew the Blues off the park in the first quarter racing to five-goal lead before Carlton could trouble the scorer. New skipper Max Gawn was brilliant from Melbourne as they raced away to a 42-point lead, before the Blues began an epic fightback. In the end the Dees managed to hand on to win by a solitary point

Score: Carlton 7.11 (53) def. by Melbourne 8.6 (54)


Port Adelaide vs. Adelaide, Adelaide Oval, 7.40pm (AEST)

Team news: The Power were not able to select gun midfielder Ollie Wines due to his COVID-19 breach, but big forward Charlie Dixon and Riley Bonner were picked with promising youngster Mitch Georgiades out injured. At the Crows, Bryce Gibbs was again the big omission, but Ben Crocker and Ben Keays will make their club debuts as well as first-gamer Ned McHenry.

Result: The Showdown fizzled as a contest with Port completely dominating the Crows. Adelaide started well, nailing the first two goals, but it was all Port from there on winning by 75-points. It was easily the greatest margin in the history of The Showdown and leaves the Crows winless at the bottom of the ladder.

Score: Port Adelaide 17.8 (110) def. Adelaide 5.5 (35)


Gold Coast vs. West Coast, Metricon Stadium, 7.40pm (AEST)

Team news: Plenty of changes at the Suns, with the departures of Will Brodie (omission), Brandon Ellis (injured) and David Swallow (suspension) weakening the midfield. However, Jarrod Harbrow, Pearce Hanley and Alex Sexton return. The Eagles, meanwhile, dropped back-up ruckman Tom Hickey for Oscar Allen.

Result: The Suns have broken a 19-game losing streak upsetting the Eagles on the Gold Coast. The Suns dominated the second half, with Matt Rowell best on ground in only his second AFL start. He finished with 25 disposals and two goals, but really tore the heart out of the Eagles in the third quarter.

Score: Gold Coast 14.6 (90) def. West Coast 6.10 (46)


Sunday, June 14

GWS vs. North Melbourne, Giants Stadium, 1:05pm (AEST)

Team news: Welcome back, Callan Ward? The inspirational former skipper has been named on an extended bench after finally recovering from an ACL rupture, with Shane Mumford also on the interchange. Zac Williams has been named in the side to add run and carry to the backline. At North, Aiden Bonar may make his debut in blue and white against his former team, named on the extended bench, while Tristan Xerri may also play his first game after being included in the squad. Mason Wood is also an inclusion, but Nick Larkey and Paul Ahern are out of the team.

Result: North Melbourne remains undefeated at Giants Stadium after a come-from-behind win over last year's grand finalists. Rhyce Shaw's side booted eight of the last 11 goals to stun the inaccurate home side and stay perfect in season 2020. Roos forward Cam Zurhaar impressed with three goals from his 11 disposals.

Score: GWS 8.12 (60) def. by North Melbourne 12.8 (80)


Sydney vs. Essendon, SCG, 3:35pm (AEST)

Team news: Dyson Heppell is a massive 'in' for the Bombers after successfully rehabilitating his foot injury that kept him out of Round 1 and the preseason. Important defenders Cale Hooker and Patrick Ambrose have been selected, but Orazio Fantasia is injured. The Swans bring in Callum Sinclair for the injured Sam Naismith among six additions to the squad.

Result: The Bombers withstood several fightbacks by the Sydney Swans to win by six points in a thriller at the SCG. The Bombers took the lead early, but were never able to put the game away and it was Darcy Parish's brilliant goal near the end that proved to be the difference. The win gives Essendon a 2-0 start to the 2020 season.

Score: Bombers 12.7 (79) def Sydney Swans 11.7 (73)


St Kilda vs. Western Bulldogs, Marvel Stadium, 6:05pm (AEST)

Team news: The Dogs have brought in seven additions -- including Billy Gowers, Ed Richards and Lin Jong -- with Lachie Hunter (suspension) and Easton Wood (injury) out of the team. The Saints have omitted Dylan Roberton but added Josh Battle, Jake Carlisle, Nick Coffield, Nick Hind and Jonathon Marsh to their squad.

Verdict: Talk about pressure. Both clubs were incredibly disappointing in Round 1, with the Saints conjuring a way to lose to North Melbourne and the Bulldogs basically not showing up against the Magpies. An 0-2 start will be tough to recover from, especially if the Bulldogs -- tipped by some to be a premiership darkhorse -- are to push deep into September. Their midfield depth should get them over the line against St Kilda.

Result: The Saints got their first win on the board via a commanding 39-points triumph. Brett Ratten's side kicked 14.4 in an accurate night in front of goal, the Saints powering away from the Bulldogs through the second and third quarters to ease home in the fourth. Jack Billings booted three goals for the Saints while teammate Dan Butler bagged a brace.

Score: St Kilda 14. 4. (88) def Western Bulldogs 7. 7 (49)

TAB odds: St Kilda $2.50, Western Bulldogs $1.55