BAYLEY Fritsch is Melbourne’s hard luck story, with the Demons catapulting in hybrid defender Joel Smith into its side to take on West Coast.
Fritsch has been somewhat of a revelation for the Demons in 2018. He was selected with the pick acquired from the Jack Watts trade, and has been deployed as a forward and defender.
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The 21-year-old has played every game for the season, with the exception of Round 5.
Smith, conversely, has only played seven games in 2018, the last of which was in Round 20 against the Gold Coast Suns when he broke his collarbone.
The Demons have already ruled out veteran Bernie Vince for the sudden death clash, with the soon to be retired midfielder/defender to play for Casey on Sunday in the VFL Grand Final.
West Coast has recalled veteran Will Schofield to replace the injured Brad Sheppard.
Both Collingwood and Richmond have named unchanged teams.
RICHMOND v COLLINGWOOD
Friday 21 September, 7.50pm at the MCG
B: Rance, Astbury, Grimes
HB: Short, Vlastuin, Houli
C: Grigg, Conca, McIntosh
HF: Rioli, Edwards, Castagna
F: Riewoldt, Caddy, Martin
FOLL: Nankervis, Cotchin, Prestia
I/C: Lambert, Broad, Higgins, Graham
EMG: Garthwaite, Soldo, B. Ellis, Lloyd
B: Maynard, Langdon, Crisp
HB: Howe, Goldsack, Varcoe
C: Treloar, Pendlebury, Phillips
HF: Hoskin-Elliott, Mihocek, De Goey
F: Thomas, Cox, Stephenson
FOLL: Grundy, Adams, Sidebottom
I/C: Sier, Aish, Mayne, Greenwood
EMG: Blair, Brown, Magden, Reid
WEST COAST EAGLES v MELBOURNE
Saturday 22 September, 3.20pm at Optus Stadium
B: Hurn, Barrass, Schofield
HB: Cole, McGovern, Jetta
C: Sheed, Shuey, Masten
HF: LeCras, Darling, Hutchings
F: Rioli, Kennedy, Cripps
FOLL: Lycett, Yeo, Redden
I/C: Ryan, Duggan, Venables, Vardy
EMG: Allen, Nelson, Ainsworth, Ah Chee
B: Jetta, O. McDonald, Lewis
HB: Salem, Frost, Hibberd
C: Hannan, Jones, Brayshaw
HF: Melksham, T. McDonald, Harmes
F: vandenBerg, Weideman, Neal-Bullen
FOLL: Gawn, Oliver, Viney
I/C: Petracca, Spargo, Tyson, J. Smith
EMG: Kennedy-Harris, Hunt, Fritsch, T. Smith
IN: J. Smith