Huge news for AFL club’s tallest ever player

Ned Reeves will become the tallest player ever to play for Hawthorn when he makes his AFL debut against Carlton this weekend.

With a listed height of 211cm (6ft11), Reeves has impressed as a ruckman at VFL level this season and will slot into Alastair Clarkson’s senior side for the first time on Saturday.

“It’s pretty crazy, I don’t really know what to feel yet but I’m sure it will sink in soon,” he said on Thursday.

“I just want to play my role and really compete hard when I’m in the ruck and give the best service to the mids as possible.”

Reeves’ inclusion in Hawthorn’s best 22 was confirmed on the first week of Thursday night teams this season.

The AFL announced earlier this month it would reinstate the weekly tradition in round ten, after putting it on hiatus during the COVID-hit 2020 season.

“Last year, we had to make some necessary changes to assist our clubs in getting through, and part of that was moving the team announcements to combat the four or five-day breaks we were faced with,” AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan explained earlier this month.

“After working through the feedback from fans and other stakeholders over the last few weeks, we conducted some further research and the decision to return to the traditional timeslot was an easy one.”

The first iteration of Thursday night teams brought good news for Collingwood fans, with Taylor Adams set to play his first game of AFL footy in six weeks on Sunday.

The 2020 All-Australian will add vital composure to the Pies’ midfield as they look to re-enter the winner’s circle against Port Adelaide.

His Collingwood teammates Jordan Roughead and Nathan Murphy will also return to the side.

Taylor Adams is a huge inclusion for the Magpies. Pic: Michael KleinSource:News Corp Australia

After a horror performance against Brisbane in the QClash last week, the Suns will be grateful for the return of star midfielder Touk Miller against Geelong this weekend, while the Cats will welcome back Luke Dahlhaus and Jake Kolodjashnij.

The injury-ravaged Eagles will welcome back four, with former captain Shannon Hurn the most notable inclusion.

The news is less positive for Richmond fans. While Trent Cotchin, Shai Bolton, Shane Edwards and Dion Prestia are all nearing returns to the senior side, none of the four will line up against the Lions on Friday night.


Friday May 21, 7.50pm at the Gabba


B: Coleman, Andrews, Starcevich

HB: Rich, Adams, Birchall

C: Zorko, Bailey, McCluggage

HF: Ah Chee, Daniher, McCarthy

F: McStay, Hipwood, Cameron

FOLL: McInerney, Lyons, Robinson

I/C: Robertson, Prior, Mathieson, Madden

EMG: T.Berry, Fullarton, Ballenden, Michael

IN: Madden

OUT: Gardiner, Lester (both injured)


B: Broad, Balta, Grimes

HB: Short, Vlastuin, Ralphsmith

C: McIntosh, Collier-Dawkins, Pickett

HF: Rioli, Naish, Castagna

F: Lynch, Martin, Riewoldt

FOLL: Nankervis, Baker, Graham

I/C: Ross, Houli, Aarts, Astbury

EMG: Dow, Caddy, Coleman-Jones, Martyn


OUT: Mansell (managed)


Saturday May 22, 1.45pm at the MCG


B: Saad, Jones, Plowman

HB: Williams, Weitering, Docherty

C: Cottrell, Cripps, Setterfield

HF: Murphy, De Koning, Setterfield

F: Gibbons, McKay, Owies

FOLL: Pittonet, Walsh, Curnow

I/C: Betts, Stocker, Newman, Silvagni

EMG: Kennedy, Newnes, Honey, Casboult

IN: De Koning, Silvagni

OUT: Cuningham (injured), Casboult (managed), Parks (omitted)


B: Hardwick, Hartigan, Frost

HB: Greaves, Jiath, Impey

C: Shiels, Cousins, Phillips

HF: Worpel, Breust, Wingard

F: Moore, Lewis, Koschitzke

FOLL: McEvoy, Mitchell, O’Meara

I/C: Scrimshaw, Morrison, Hanrahan, Reeves

EMG: Howe, Morris, O’Brien, Hartley

IN: Greaves, Reeves

OUT: Hartley, O’Brien, Howe (all omitted)


Saturday May 22, 2.10pm at GMHBA Stadium


B: Henderson, Blicavs, Henry

HB: Atkins, Stewart, Bewes

C: Smith, C.Guthrie, Menegola

HF: Higgins, Cameron, Narkle

F: Close, Hawkins, Rohan

FOLL: Ratugolea, Duncan, Selwood

I/C: Kolodjashnij, Tuohy, Parfitt, Dahlhaus

EMG: Clark, Stanley, Holmes, Z.Guthrie

IN: Kolodjashnij, Dahlhaus

OUT: Z.Guthrie, Clark, Holmes (all omitted)


B: Powell, Collins, Lemmens

HB: Lukosius, Ballard, Markov

C: Ellis, Greenwood, Atkins

HF: Weller, Burgess, Holman

F: Rankine, King, Sexton

FOLL: Smith, Swallow, Miller

I/C: Anderson, Corbett, Flanders, Graham

EMG: Ainsworth, Brodie, MacPherson, Rosas

IN: Holman, Sexton, Smith, Miller

OUT: Rosas, Ainsworth, MacPherson (all omitted), Farrar (injured), Bowes (injured)


Saturday May 22, 4.35pm at the Adelaide Oval


B: Doedee, Butts, Murray

HB: Smith, Jones, Brown

C: Sholl, Keays, Seedsman

HF: McHenry, Walker, Berry

F: Rowe, Thilthorpe, Fogarty

FOLL: O’Brien, Laird, Sloane

I/C: Schoenberg, Kelly, McAdam, Mackay

EMG: O’Connor, Hamill, Frampton, McPherson

IN: Murray, McHenry, Walker

OUT: Hamill, Frampton, O’Connor, McPherson (all omitted)


B: Hibberd, May, Lever

HB: Salem, Petty, Hunt

C: Brayshaw, Petracca, Langdon

HF: Jordon, McDonald, Neal-Bullen

F: Spargo, Jackson, Fritsch

FOLL: Gawn, Oliver, Pickett

I/C: Harmes, Melksham, Rivers, Weideman

EMG: Sparrow, Chandler, Jetta, B.Brown

IN: Jackson

OUT: B.Brown (omitted)


Saturday May 22, 7.25pm at Marvel Stadium


B: Hunter, R.Smith, Weightman

HB: Johannisen, Hannan, McNeil

C: Scott, Liberatore, B.Smith

HF: Keath, Bruce, Cordy

F: Dale, Bontempelli, Naughton

FOLL: Sweet, Macrae, Treloar

I/C: Duryea, Daniel, Williams, Crozier

EMG: Le. Young, Khamis, Butler, Garcia

IN: Hunter

OUT: Wood, Lipinski (both injured)


B: Frawley, Wilkie, Geary

HB: Webster, Howard, Sinclair

C: Billings, Crouch, Hill

HF: Butler, Battle, Higgins

F: Lonie, Membrey, King

FOLL: Ryder, Steele, Ross

I/C: Clark, Bytel, Byrnes, McKernan

EMG: Highmore, Connolly, Joyce, Dunstan

IN: Geary, McKernan

OUT: Marshall (injured), Highmore, Long (both omitted)


Saturday May 22, 7.40pm at Optus Stadium


B: Aish, Logue, Ryan

HB: Wilson, Cox, Tucker

C: Acres, Mundy, Colyer

HF: Crowden, Lobb, Switkowski

F: Schultz, Taberner, Walters

FOLL: Darcy, Fyfe, Cerra

I/C: Treacy, Henry, Serong, Watson

EMG: Conca, Duman, Blakely, Meek

IN: Ryan, Treacy

OUT: Duman, Brayshaw, Conca


B: McCartin, Rampe, Lloyd

HB: Hewett, Fox, Cunningham

C: Mills, Kennedy, Blakely

HF: Wicks, McLean, Hayward

F: Papley, Franklin, Heeney

FOLL: Hickey, Parker, Rowbottom

I/C: Dawson, Florent, Warner, Stephens

EMG: Clarke, McInerney, O’Riordan, Amartey

IN: Stephens

OUT: McInerney (managed), Bell (omitted)


Sunday May 23, 1.10pm at Giants Stadium


B: Buckley, Taylor, Haynes

HB: Buntine, Cumming, Reid

C: Whitfield, Ward, Ash

HF: Hill, Finlayson, Kelly

F: Lloyd, Hogan, Himmelberg

FOLL: Flynn, Taranto, Hopper

I/C (from): Idun, O’Halloran, Briggs, Mumford, Bruhn, Green, Sproule, Riccardi

IN: Haynes, Reid, Finlayson, Mumford, Sproule

OUT: Greene, Perryman


B: Edwards, Barrass, Sheppard

HB: Hurn, Rotham, Cole

C: Redden, Sheed, Cripps

HF: Brander, Darling, Petruccelle

F: Allen, Kennedy, Ryan

FOLL: Naitanui, Kelly, Gaff

I/C (from): Waterman, Langdon, Witherden, O’Neill, Nelson, Jones, Williams, Ah Chee

IN: Edwards, Hurn, Ryan, O’Neill

OUT: McGovern (injured)


Sunday May 23, 3.20pm at the MCG


B: Mayne, Roughead, Maynard

HB: Quaynor, Moore, Noble

C: Hoskin-Elliott, Adams, Poulter

HF: Sidebottom, Cameron, T.Brown

F: Thomas, De Goey, Mihocek

FOLL: Grundy, Pendlebury, Crisp

I/C (from): Bianco, C.Brown, Daicos, Keane, Madgen, McCreery, Murphy, Wilson

IN: Roughead, Adams, Bianco, Murphy

OUT: Henry (omitted)


B: Burton, McKenzie, Aliir

HB: Harlett, Jonas, Byrne-Jones

C: Houston, Wines, Amon

HF: Georgiades, Marshall, Motlop

F: Rozee, Dixon, Gray

FOLL: Ladhams, Boak, Powell-Pepper

I/C (from): Bergman, Drew, Bonner, Farrell, Woodcock, Lienert, Jones, Mayes

IN: McKenzie, Houston, Lienert, Woodcock, Jones, Mayes

OUT: Clurey, Fantasia (both injured), Frederick (omitted)


Sunday May 23, 4.40pm at Marvel Stadium


B: Laverde, Stewart, Francis

HB: Heppell, Ridley, Redman

C: McGrath, Merrett, Cox

HF: Waterman, Jones, Snelling

F: Hooker, Wright, McDonald-Tipungwuti

FOLL: Phillips, Parish, Langford

I/C (from): Hind, Guelfi, Perkins, Zaharakis, Ambrose, Cahill, Bryan, Ham

IN: Waterman, Cahill, Ambrose, Bryan

OUT: Smith (injured)


B: Hall, McKay, Atley

HB: Ziebell, Walker, Menadue

C: Dumont, Cunnington, La. Young

HF: Turner, Larkey, Zurhaar

F: Taylor, Campbell, Thoas

FOLL: Goldstein, Davies-Uniacke, Simpkin

I/C (from): Mahony, Garner, Scott, Bosenavulagi, Powell, Phillips, Lazzaro, Xerri

IN: Scott, Bosenavulagi, Xerri


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