TEAM TALK: NEAFL Round 17 – Deledio to Debut

There are two important games involving NSW/ACT sides in the NEAFL this weekend as the finals draw closer and every result counts.

Sydney University host the GWS GIANTS at Blacktown International Sportspark in a crucial game for the Students. The Sydney Swans and the Brisbane Lions are in red-hot form, making every game a must-win for the Students if they want to keep pace.

They have made only one change for this weekend’s clash, welcoming back Alistair Gillespie to the side. Named in the forward-pocket, Gillespie will be looking to add to his seven goals in seven games this season.

Jackson Potter drops out of the side for the Students. The midfielder has played 12 out of 13 games this season, averaging 15 disposals a match.

Meanwhile, the GWS GIANTS are coming off a promising performance against the Swans last weekend. Given the Swans dominance of late, the young GIANTS put in a strong effort that they will be hoping to repeat this weekend.

The experienced Brett Deledio will play his first game for the GIANTS after being recruited from the Richmond Tigers this year. A calf injury has seen him sit out all of 2017 so far, finally making his debut at Blacktown this weekend. Harry Himmelberg also comes into the side in one of nine changes for the GIANTS.

The Sydney Swans host the NT Thunder at the SCG on Saturday afternoon as they look to continue their winning ways. The Swans have a good record at the SCG and with a strong team named they will be hoping to get the better of the Thunder.

The Swans lose Shaun Edwards (injured) in one of five changes to the side that beat the GIANTS last weekend.

The Swans gain the AFL-listed experience of Oliver Florent and Jeremy Laidler for this match too. Both players will be looking for a strong performance after not featuring last weekend.



 Sydney Swans (1st) vs. Gold Coast Suns (5th)

Date: Saturday, 22 July 2017

Time: 3.45pm

VenueSydney Cricket Ground

Entry: With ticket to Sydney Swans vs. St. Kilda AFL match

Watch: Streaming live on ThunderVision

Live StatsChampion Data stats available on the Official NEAFL App


B: 46. Sam Murray 21. Jack Maibaum 2. Alex Johnson

HB: 47. Toby Pink 32. Michael Talia 13. Oliver Florent

C: 50. Jake Brown 31. Harrison Marsh 51. James Bell

HF: 30. Tyrone Leonardis 36. Aliir Aliir 45. Sam Fisher

F: 1. James Rose 55. Michael Carroll 53. Sam Barkley

Foll: : 8. Kurt Tippett 25. Ben Ronke 34. Jordan Dawson

Inter: 6. Jordan Foote 11. Jeremy Laidler 9. Will Hayward 33. Brandon Jack

Emer: 48. Josh Stern 59. Jared Osborne 52. Harrison Carr

In: 13. Oliver Florent 11. Jeremy Laidler 50. Jake Brown 53. Sam Barkley 55. Michael Carroll

Out: 19. Shaun Edwards (injured) 54. Jared Deep (omitted) 56. Cooper Lee (omitted) 58. Hamish MacDonald (omitted) 50. Sam Wicks (omitted)



Date: Saturday, 22 July 2017

Time: 2pm

Venue: Blacktown International Sportspark

Entry: Free

Watch: Not streaming live

Live StatsChampion Data stats available on the Official NEAFL App


B: 2. Xavier Richards 38. Darcy Baron-Hay 35. Ryan Hebron

HB: 46. James Loneragan 18. Jack Dimery 26. Will Sierakowski

C: 10. Mitch Thompson 30. Callum McFadden 1. Jack Hiscox

HF: 42. James Brain 4. Austin Lucy 40. Matt Wilson

F: 9. Jacob Derickx 33. Nathan Cooper 16. Alistair Gillespie

Foll: 22. Sam Tagliabue 5. Zac O’Brien 15. Tom Young

Inter: 24. Tim Barton 12. Aaron Day 3. Tom Ayton 23. Kane Murphy 8. Damien Bonney

Emer: 28. Michael Manteit

In: 16. Alistair Gillespie

Out: 17. Jackson Potter


B: 40. Jake Gaynor 49. Jack Powell 47. Nathan Richards

HB: 27. Harry Himmelberg 42. Jake Stein 39. Alex Paech

C: 55. Kieren Briggs 7. Brett Deledio 54. Riley Budd

HF: 38. Daniel Lloyd 30. Matt Flynn 33. Lachlan Tiziani

F: 53. Brendan Myers 52. Matthew Walker 53. Laine Fitzgerald

Foll: 26. Dawson Simpson 28. Zach Sproule 51. Nick Shipley

Inter: 3. Stephen Coniglio 24. Matt De Boer 11. Will Setterfield 13. Isaac Cumming 17. Steve Johnson 22. Josh Kelly 25. Tendai Mzungu

Emer: Jy Lane Reed Stevens Jack Buckley

In: 7. Brett Deledio 54. Riley Budd 52. Matthew Walker 53. Laine Fitzgerald 27. Harry Himmelberg 3. Stephen Coniglio 24. Matt De Boer 17. Steve Johnson 22. Josh Kelly 25. Tendai Mzungu

Out 48. Matt Rawlinson 45. Lachlan Tanner 49. Rhys Pollock 44. Jake Bartholomaeus 54. Alistair Gillespie 50. Doulton Langlands 52. Tom Highmore 46. Dylan Addison 14. Nathan Coxall (all omitted)