Last weekend was significant in a number of ways in that the Swans were consigned to their worst start to a season since way back in 1993 and serial finalists Hawthorn share a similar record after their 86-point thrashing at the hands of long time rivals Geelong. After that victory, the Cats went on to record a 4-0 start to the season, which is their best effort since 2014.
This weekend Port Adelaide and Carlton clash at Adelaide Oval in Friday night footy, before Premier the Bulldogs play Brisbane at Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Later that daythe Suns play the undefeated Crows, the Swans face the prospect of going 0-5 in their derby clash with GWS, then on Saturday evening the Dockers play the Kangaroos in Perth.
On Sunday the the ladder-leading Cats play the Saints at Etihad Stadium before the 2015 grand finalists go head-to-head in what should be another MCG classi; Hawthorn will be searching for their first win of the year while West Coast will be looking to break their away hoodoo. The feature match of the round will come on Anzac Day on Tuesday with the packed MCG to witness another blockbuster between Collingwood and Essendon.
Friday, April 21, 7:20 pm (AEST) @ Adelaide Oval
POWER: B: D.Byrne-Jones, T.Clurey, J.Hombsch HB: M.Broadbent, T.Jonas, D.Houston C: B.Ebert, O.Wines, J.Polec HF: S.Gray, J.Westhoff, C.Wingard F: J.Trengove, C.Dixon, A.Young Foll: P.Ryder, T.Boak, R.Gray Inter: B.Eddy, H.Hartlett, K.Amon, S.Powell-Pepper Emg: M.White, J.Neade, J.Atley
BLUES: B: L.Plowman, J.Weitering, K.Simpson HB: D.Thomas, S.Rowe, C.Marchbank C: S.Docherty, B.Gibbs, J.Pickett HF: D.Armfield, L.Casboult, M.Wright F: E.Curnow, J.Silvagni, S.White Foll: M.Kreuzer, P.Cripps, M.Murphy I/C: J.Lamb, C.Curnow, S.Petrevski-Seton, B.Smedts Emergencies: H.Macreadie, R.Palmer, S.Kerridge
Saturday, April 22, 1:45pm (AEST) @ Etihad Stadium
BULLDOGS: B: D.Morris, F.Roberts, J.Johannisen HB S.Biggs, E.Wood, R.Murphy C L.Hunter, L.Dahlhaus, M.Boyd HF: T.Liberatore, Z.Cordy, J.Stringer F: T.McLean, T.Cloke, L.Picken Foll T.Boyd, M.Bontempelli, J.Macrae Inter: M.Suckling, S.Crameri, C.Daniel, L.Jong Emerg: T.Campbell, C.Smith, J.Dunkley
LIONS: B: N.Robertson, D.Gardiner, R.Harwood HB: S.Mayes, H.Andrews, T.Cutler C: D.Zorko, M.Robinson, R.Bewick HF: L.Taylor, E.Hipwood, D.Rich F: J.Barrett, M.Close, D.McStay Foll: S.Martin, D.Beams, T.Rockliff Inter: T.Bell, B.Keays, R.Bastinac, R.Lester Emg: A.Smith, J.Clayton, L.Dawson
Saturday, April 22, 4:35pm (AEST) @ Metricon Stadium
SUNS: B: J.Joyce, S.May, A.Saad HB: K.Kolodjashnij, R.Thompson, J.Bowes C: M.Rosa, G.Ablett, D.Swallow HF: M.Barlow, T.Lynch, A.Sexton F: T.Miller, P.Wright, J.Martin Foll: J.Witts, A.Hall, P.Hanley Inter: C.Ah Chee, S.Lemmens, J.Lyons, B.Ainsworth Emg: M.Shaw, B.Matera, J.Schoenfeld
CROWS: B: R.Laird, D.Talia, L.Brown HB: J.Kelly, K.Hartigan, B.Smith C: D.Mackay, M.Crouch, R.Sloane HF: E.Betts, T.Walker, T.Lynch F: C.Cameron, J.Jenkins, M.McGovern Foll: S.Jacobs, R.Douglas, R.Atkins Inter (from): R.Knight, C.Hampton, A.Otten, W.Milera, M.Poholke, T.Menzel, R.O'Brien
Saturday, April 22, 7:25 pm (AEST) @ SCG
SWANS: B: D.Rampe, H.Grundy, N.Smith HB: C.Mills, J.Laidler, H.Marsh C: Z.Jones, D.Hannebery, J.Lloyd HF: K.Jack, L.Franklin, D.Towers F: S.Reid, K.Tippett, D.Robinson Foll: S.Naismith, J.Kennedy, L.Parker Inter: H.Cunningham, G.Hewett, J.Foote, O.Florent Emg: S.Edwards, C.Sinclair, W.Hayward
GIANTS: B: Zac Williams, Phil Davis, Adam Tomlinson HB: Heath Shaw, Nick Haynes, Ryan Griffen C: Adam Kennedy, Dylan Shiel, Josh Kelly HF: Steve Johnson, Jonathon Patton, Rory Lobb F: Toby Greene, Jeremy Cameron, Tom Scully R: Shane Mumford, Callan Ward, Matt Kennedy Inter (from): Devon Smith, Tim Taranto, Matt Buntine, Nathan Wilson, Tendai Mzungu, Dawson Simpson, Sam Reid.
Saturday, April 21, 7:40pm (AEST) @ Domain Stadium
DOCKERS: B: Z.Dawson, J.Hamling, L.Spurr HB: G.Ibbotson, M.Johnson, C.Sutcliffe C: S.Hill, L.Neale, B.Hill HF: D.Pearce, C.McCarthy, E.Langdon F: M.Walters, J.Griffin, S.Kersten Foll: A.Sandilands, N.Fyfe, D.Mundy Inter (from): C.Blakely, H.Crozier, T.Sheridan, N.Suban, M.Taberner, D.Tucker, L.Weller
KANGAROOS: B: M.Hibberd, R.Tarrant, L.McDonald HB M.Williams, L.Hansen, S.Atley C J.Macmillan, T.Dumont, J.Simpkin HF: N.Hrovat, J.Waite, D.Mountford F L.Thomas, B.Preuss, S.Higgins Foll: T.Goldstein, J.Ziebell, A.Swallow Inter from: R.Clarke, S.Thompson, S.Durdin, K.Turner E.Vickers-Willis, S.Gibson, B.Brown
Sunday, April 21, 3:20 pm (AEST) @ Etihad Stadium
SAINTS: B: Jarryn Geary, Nathan Brown, Jimmy Webster HB: Jack Newnes, Jake Carlisle, Dylan Roberton C: Shane Savage, David Armitage, Nick Riewoldt HF: Luke Dunstan, Josh Bruce, Mav Weller F: Jade Gresham, Tim Membrey, Nathan Wright Foll: Tom Hickey, Jack Steele, Jack Steven Inter: Seb Ross, Jack Billings, Sam Gilbert, Paddy McCartin Emerg: Blake Acres, Jack Lonie, Billy Longer
CATS: B: Tom Stewart, Tom Lonergan, Mark Blicavs HB: Josh Cowan, Lachie Henderson, Zach Tuohy C: Nakia Cockatoo, Joel Selwood, Mitch Duncan HF: Rhys Stanley, Harry Taylor, Brandan Parfitt F: Lincoln McCarthy, Tom Hawkins, Steven Motlop Foll: Zac Smith, Patrick Dangerfield, George Horlin-Smith Inter (from): Cameron Guthrie, Andrew Mackie, Sam Menegola, Daniel Menzel, Jordan Murdoch, Tom Ruggles, Jackson Thurlow
Sunday, April 23, 4:40 pm (AEST) @ MCG
HAWKS: B: Taylor Duryea, James Frawley, Ben Stratton HB: Grant Birchall, Josh Gibson, Shaun Burgoyne C: Isaac Smith, Tom Mitchell, Ricky Henderson HF: Luke Breust, Ryan Schoenmakers, Jack Gunston F: Ty Vickery, Jarryd Roughead, Paul Puopolo R: Ben McEvoy, Jaeger O’Meara, Cyril Rioli INT: James Sicily, Liam Shiels, Will Langford, Billy Hartung EMER: Kade Stewart, Ryan Burton, Teia Miles
EAGLES: B: S.Hurn, E.Mackenzie, B.Sheppard HB: J.Nelson, J.McGovern, S.Wellingham C: E.Yeo, M.Priddis, A.Gaff HF: M.LeCras, J.Darling, L.Jetta F: J.Cripps, J.Kennedy, J.Hill Foll: N.Vardy, L.Shuey, S.Mitchell Inter from: D.Sheed, C.Masten, J.Redden, D.Petrie W.Schofield, M.Hutchings, T.Barrass
Sunday, April 23, 7:25pm (AEST) @ MCG
TIGERS: B: A.Rance, D.Astbury, D.Grimes HB: K.McIntosh, T.Hunt, B.Ellis C: N.Vlastuin, S.Edwards, S.Grigg HF: D.Rioli, S.Lloyd, D.Butler F: D.Martin, J.Riewoldt, J.Castagna Foll: T.Nankervis, T.Cotchin, J.Caddy I/C: R.Conca, B.Griffiths, B.Houli, D.Prestia Emergencies: I.Maric, K.Lambert, A.Miles
DEMONS: B: Jayden Hunt, Tom McDonald, Joel Smith HB: Bernie Vince, Oscar McDonald, Jake Melksham C: Jordan Lewis, Jack Viney, Billy Stretch HF: Christian Petracca, Jesse Hogan, Angus Brayshaw F: Alex Neal-Bullen, Sam Weideman, Jeff Garlett Foll: Max Gawn, Nathan Jones, Clayton Oliver I/C: Neville Jetta, Christian Salem, Jack Watts, Mitch Hannan Emg: Tom Bugg, James Harmes, Jake Spencer
Tuesday, April 25, 3:20pm (AEST) @ MCG
BOMBERS: B: Mark Baguley, Michael Hartley, Andrew McGrath HB: Brendon Goddard, Michael Hurley, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti C: Orazio Fantasia, Dyson Heppell, James Kelly HF: Travis Colyer, Cale Hooker, Zach Merrett F: Shaun McKernan, Joe Daniher, Josh Green R: Patrick Ambrose, Jobe Watson, David Zaharakis Inter: Darcy Parish, Brent Stanton, Martin Gleeson, Kyle Langford Emerg: James Stewart, Ben Howlett, Matt Dea
MAGPIES: B: Jeremy Howe, Henry Schade, Jackson Ramsa HB: Josh Smith, Ben Reid, Brayden Maynard C: Steele Sidebottom, Scott Pendlebury, Jack Crisp HF: Jarryd Blair, Jesse White, Travis Varcoe F: Alex Fasolo, Darcy Moore, Mason Cox Foll: Brodie Grundy, Adam Treloar, Taylor Adams Int: Tyson Goldsack, James Aish, Tom Phillips, Will Hoskin-Elliott Emg: Lynden Dunn, Chris Mayne, Tim Broomhead