The Newsroom previews round five of the 2016 Toyota AFL season.
Sydney Swans v West Coast Eagles
The Sydney Swans and the West Coast Eagles will be battling for the HMAS Sydney II trophy in a Saturday afternoon blockbuster at the SCG. Swans old boy Lewis Jetta lines up against his former team for the first time since his trade to the Eagles, while former Eagle Callum Sinclair returns from injury to face his former side Sydney. West Coast are in hot form after winning their last two games, while the Swans will be looking for redemption after a close loss to the Crows last week. The Eagles backline will have to stop in-form Buddy Franklin if they are to win.
St Kilda v Greater Western Sydney Giants
The ninth-placed Giants will travel to Melbourne to face St Kilda at Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Saints have only won one game so far this year, while the Giants are coming off the club’s biggest ever win – an 86-point thrashing of Port Adelaide last week. Giants star forward Jeremy Cameron will play his first game of the season after serving a four-week suspension for a high bump on Brisbane’s Rhys Mathieson. The Giants backline have been outstanding this season led by Heath Shaw, Nathan Wilson, and co-captain Phil Davis.
Collingwood v Essendon
Collingwood and Essendon will face off in the traditional twilight ANZAC Day clash at the MCG on Monday. Both sides are coming off two straight losses and will look to bounce back to winning ways in front of an expected crowd of 88,000. Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley, who has faced media scrutiny for his man-management, will be under intense pressure. For many of the Essendon top-up players this will be their first ANZAC Day clash, a game which was an incentive to bring top-up players to the Bombers. Essendon have the opportunity to leapfrog Collingwood on the ladder if they win, with only a 4.9 percentage difference. – Anthony Johnston
Hawthorn v Adelaide
Gold Coast v North Melbourne
Western Bulldogs v Brisbane Lions
Port Adelaide v Geelong
Fremantle v Carlton
Melbourne v Richmond
Photo above of Dane Swan celebrating his 2014 ANZAC Day goal from Collingwood’s Facebook page