JLT Series 2 squads teams: Geelong v Essendon Gary Ablett returns, Orazio Fantasia, Tom Bellchambers
Essendon and Geelong have regained some of their biggest names for their final pre-season hitout.
The Cats have named Gary Ablett for his first JLT Series appearance while Tom Hawkins is also set to suit up after being a late withdrawal last week.
The Bombers have included crafty forward Orazio Fantasia, ruckman Tom Bellchambers, David Myers as well as youngsters Sam Draper, Dylan Clarke and Brayden Ham.
The clash at GMHBA will pit two finals contenders against each other in a mouth-watering match-up ahead of Round 1.
Rookie ruckman Zac Clarke has been dropped in favour of young big man Draper who will partner Bellchambers as Essendon consider playing two rucks in their season opener against GWS.
Young Cats Charlie Constable, Darcy Fort and mature-age draftee Tom Atkins have held their places as they eye Round 1 AFL debuts.
GEELONG v ESSENDON
Thursday, March 7 at GMHBA Stadium, 7.10pm (EDT)
B: Jack Henry, Mark Blicavs, Lachie Henderson
HB: Mitch Duncan, Harry Taylor, Tom Stewart
C: Gary Rohan, Patrick Dangerfield, Gryan Miers
HF: Sam Menegola, Esava Ratugolea, Cam Guthrie
F: Brandon Parfitt, Tom Hawkins, Luke Dahlhaus
Foll: Rhys Stanley, Joel Selwood, Tim Kelly
I/C: Gary Ablett, Quinton Narkle, Mark O’Connor, Tom Atkins, Jordan Clark, Darcy Fort, Zach Guthrie, Charlie Constable
Emerg: Jamaine Jones, Wylie Buzza, James Parsons, Jordan Cunico
B: Patrick Ambrose, Mitch Brown, Adam Saad
HB: Aaron Francis, Michael Hurley, Andrew McGrath
C: Dyson Heppell, Jake Stringer, Matt Guelfi
HF: Devon Smith, David Myers, David Zaharakis
F: Mark Baguley, Joe Daniher, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti
Foll: Tom Bellchambers, Dylan Shiel, Jordan Ridley
I/C: Conor McKenna, Darcy Parish, Brayden Ham, Sam Draper, Kyle Langford, Dylan Clarke, Zach Merrett, Orazio Fantasia
Emerg: James Stewart, Jayden Laverde, Shaun McKernan, Jake Long
IN: Bellchambers, D.Clarke, Draper, Fantasia, Ham, Myers
OUT: Z.Clarke, Jok, Hartley, Laverde, Long, McKernan
Originally published as Ablett back, Bombers load up for JLT clash