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AFL: Duo to debut

NOARLUNGA, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 11: Jordan Gallucci of the Crows tackles Daniel Rich of the Lions during the AFL 2017 JLT Community Series match between the Adelaide Crows and the Brisbane Lions at Hickenbotham Oval on March 11, 2017 in Noarlunga, Australia. (Photo by James Elsby/AFL Media)
Jordan Gallucci will make his AFL debut on Saturday night against the Lions

Adelaide will blood two debutants against the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba on Saturday night.

Promoted rookie Hugh Greenwood and draftee Jordan Gallucci have both been selected alongside young defender Jake Lever, who will return from a hamstring injury.

The trio replaces omitted pair Josh Jenkins and David Mackay, and Troy Menzel (corked thigh).

Mackay, ruckman Reilly O’Brien and untried forward Jono Beech are the emergencies.

Read AFL Media’s preview of Adelaide’s clash with the Lions

It’s been a remarkable rise for Greenwood, who was playing college basketball in the US only two years ago.

The left-footer hadn’t played football competitively for eight years when he gave up a contract with NBL team, Perth Wildcats, and signed with Adelaide as a Category-B rookie in September, 2015.

Prior to accepting a basketball scholarship at the age of 15, Greenwood was a star junior footballer.

He represented Tasmania as a ‘bottom-age’ player at the Under-16 AFL National Championships.

The 190cm, 90kg, midfielder/forward played two games in the JLT Community Series earlier this year, and was named co-captain of Adelaide’s State League team for the 2017 season.

Greenwood has been the Club’s best performer in the SANFL where he’s averaging 24 disposals (15 contested), eight tackles, seven clearances and a goal a game.

His late grandfather, Peter Marquis, played in three consecutive VFL premierships with Melbourne (1955 – 57) in his 99 games, and also represented Victoria. 

Gallucci was Adelaide’s first pick (No.15 overall) in last year’s AFL National Draft.

The 19-year-old is a line-breaking ball winner, who has the capacity to play on a wing or across half-forward or half-back. He has great speed and finished top 10 for the running vertical jump at the 2016 Draft Combine. Gallucci also co-captained Victoria Metro last year.

Gallucci and Greenwood, who will become the 212th and 213th players to represent the Club, are Adelaide’s first AFL debutants this season.

In Round One, recruits Curtly Hampton and Troy Menzel made their Club debuts.

Lever returns after missing Adelaide’s loss to Melbourne last weekend because of hamstring tightness.

The Crows will clash with the Lions at 7:25pm (local time) on Saturday.

Vice-captain Rory Sloane (150) and recently re-signed defender Luke Brown (100) will both reach milestones this weekend.

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Adelaide will have an open training session at the Gabba from approximately 3:30pm (local time) on Friday, May 19.

Riley Knight was unable to overcome a corked glute and won't play at either level this weekend.

Alex Keath and Kyle Cheney will return to action in Adelaide's SANFL clash with West Adelaide at City Mazda Stadium. Ticketed Crows members recieve free entry to the match, which kicks off at 2.10pm, upon presentation of their 2017 Membership Card.

The AFL team is:
IN – Jordan Gallucci, Hugh Greenwood, Jake Lever
OUT – Troy Menzel (corked thigh), Josh Jenkins (omitted), David Mackay (omitted)

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