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AFL: Two in mix to debut against Cats

Rory Atkins wins the ball during Adelaide's SANFL clash with Central District   (Photo: Adelaide Crows FC)
Rory Atkins could make his AFL debut against Geelong on Sunday

The Crows have included possible debutants, Rory Atkins and Riley Knight, in a 25-man squad to play Geelong at Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

Atkins and Knight, both 20, have been named in Adelaide’s squad, which also includes defenders Ricky Henderson and Jake Lever, and onballers Jarryd Lyons and Brodie Martin.

The Crows will make at least three changes this week, with Rory Sloane (cheekbone), Kyle Cheney (sore back) and Jake Kelly (omitted) confirmed omissions from the team that defeated Brisbane. The 22 to play Geelong will be finalised on afc.com.au at 4:30pm on Friday.

Read AFL.com.au’s preview of Adelaide’s match against Geelong

A left-footed wingman, Atkins was recruited by the Crows with pick No.81 in the 2012 National Draft. Knight, who is a hard-running half-forward, joined the Club a year later with pick No.46 in the National Draft. Both players had interrupted starts to the 2015 season because of injury, but have displayed strong form in the SANFL since their returns.

The Cats have included Brownlow Medallist Jimmy Bartel, who is on the comeback from a knee injury, in their squad. The match against the Cats will be Tom Lynch’s 50th AFL game, while Sam Jacobs will celebrate his 100th game for the Club since switching from Carlton. See all the Stats that Matter ahead of Sunday’s game.

Tickets are still available for Sunday’s game, which starts at 2:50pm local time. Gates open at 12:45pm. The Kids Zone will be in action for the Club’s younger fans. Activities include a signing session (12:45pm) with two players and a colouring in station, with prizes up for grabs for kids who get involved.

Full match day information is available here.

Fans are invited to attend the Club’s open training session at Adelaide Oval from approximately 9:15am on Saturday, July 4. The session will run for about 45 minutes.

The AFL squad is:
IN: Rory Atkins, Ricky Henderson, Riley Knight, Jake Lever, Jarryd Lyons, Brodie Martin
OUT: Kyle Cheney (back), Jake Kelly (omitted), Rory Sloane (cheekbone)

Event & gate times:
12.45pm – Stadium gates
12.45pm – Member Services (Southern/Telstra Plaza)
Pre-game – Pre-game activities around the grounds
2.50pm –  Adelaide v Geelong
Post match – Post match function in the William Magarey Room

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs