AFL 2021 LIVE updates: Geelong Cats, Western Bulldogs bring AFL back to Victoria post lockdown

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  • Two late changes, medical subs named
  • ‘Rules will be adjusted’: Debate rages over Mackay tribunal call
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Two late changes, medical subs named

Geelong has replaced Lachie Henderson with midfielder Quinton Narkle while the Bulldogs have left out ruckman Stefan Martin and brought in Toby McLean.

One would suspect the wet conditions saw both sides replace a big man with a more mobile player.

Both clubs have some firepower in reserve with the Cats naming Shaun Higgins as their medical sub and Mitch Wallis the medical sub for the Bulldogs.

‘Rules will be adjusted’: Debate rages over Mackay tribunal call

Concussion campaigner Peter Jess has accused the AFL Tribunal of being negligent in its duty to protect players from serious injury, on a day the league indicated change was imminent with legislation to be introduced in a bid to avoid a repeat of the collision between David Mackay and Hunter Clark which left the Saint with a broken jaw.

The three-man tribunal jury of Paul Williams, David Neitz and Richard Loveridge found after more than an hour of deliberation on Thursday night that Mackay had not acted in an “unreasonable” manner in his collision with Clark, which left the St Kilda player out for the rest of the season.

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Good evening

G’day everyone and welcome to tonight’s AFL live blog as Geelong and Western Bulldogs face off in Geelong.

This promises to be a cracking game between two sides with designs on winning this year’s premiership.

It will also see AFL return to Victoria after our recent lockdown with about 7000 fans from the local area allowed into the stadium.

We will have all the major moments, a cracking game from the past and the post-game reactions so please stick with us and feel free to leave a comment on the blog at anytime.

First bounce is set for 7.50pm AEST. Please enjoy the night to come!

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