The Northern Territory news Fri 12 Jul 2013
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26 NT NEWS. Friday, July 12, 2013. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 2 -J U L -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 2 6 C O L O R : C M Y K Hawks chop Sewell as big guns aim up By GLENN McFARLANE HAWTHORN swung a selection shock by axing midfielder Brad Sewell for tomorrows clash with Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium. A mainstay in the Hawks line-up for almost a decade, Sewell was a casualty of the clubs 11th successive loss to Geelong last week, having only 12 touches. Sewells dumping for Brent Guerra was the biggest surprise at AFL selection on a night in which some of the biggest names in the game return to their respective sides. Dayne Beams, Gary Ablett, Ivan Maric, Steve Johnson, Nick Riewoldt, Stephen Milne and Travis Varcoe will all return this weekend, while Nathan Lovett-Murray has been named on Essendons expanded bench and could return for his first game since being stabbed in May. Beams will play his first AFL match since last years preliminary final after a frustrating quad injury cost him the first half of this season. Last years Copeland Trophy winner returns for tonights clash with Adelaide at the MCG after a superb first-up game in the VFL last weekend. Richmond fans will be nervous about Ablett returning after a calf injury and his ability to lead the Suns as they seek to keep their unbeaten record against the Tigers alive. But the Tigers, playing their final home game in Cairns tomorrow, welcome back Maric. Geelong had mixed news ahead of tomorrows clash with an improving Melbourne at Simonds Stadium, with Johnson returning from suspension and Varcoe hoping for a change of fortunes after a frustrating run of injuries. But the returns were tempered by the loss of three key players Joel Corey (concussion), Corey Enright (foot) and Territorian Allen Christensen (hamstring). The Demons have included Sam Blease at the expense of David Rodan. Lovett-Murray has been named in the Essendon squad to play the Western Bulldogs on Sunday, with Jobe Watson (shoulder) the only casualty so far. The Bulldogs have recalled Daniel Cross and Liam Picken but have lost Jason Johannisen (shoulder) and Jake Stringer (soreness), while Ayce Cordy has been omitted. North Melbourne have named an unchanged line-up to the team that smashed Richmond. Brisbane have lost Brent Moloney to a calf injury. West Coasts Daniel Kerr will miss another week and they have also lost Beau Waters (knee) and Patrick McGinnity (suspension). Fremantles Luke McPharlin (calf) is out of the derby.