Richmond has made five changes to its VFL line-up for tomorrow’s game against the Giants at the Swinburne Centre.
Josh Caddy, who missed the Werribee game a fortnight ago through general soreness, has been named to play, as has Jack Ross following his omission from the senior 22.
Debutants Matt Bartlett, Fraser Elliot, and Jake Soligo have also been named in the Richmond line-up, adding fresh faces to the young Tigers team.
Elliot, 19, is a big, bodied midfielder currently a part of the Oakleigh Chargers NAB League program. The youngster has clean hands, tidy foot skills, and can impact stoppages.
Soligo is also currently part of a NAB League set up, with the 18-year-old impressive across the early rounds for the Eastern Ranges.
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The midfielder can win his own ball inside and outside the contest, has excellent work rate, and can impact the game across various roles.
Small forward Matt Bartlett gets his opportunity as a reward for his strong form for Blackburn in the Eastern Football League.
Bartlett, a late addition to the 2021 VFL list, has a smart football brain and applies great defensive pressure.
Tomorrow’s clash with the Giants commences at 2.35pm and will be broadcast live via 7PLUS.
Richmond VFL Team v GWS, Saturday May 15, 2.35pm, Swinburne Centre:
B Bigoa Nyuon 47, Ben Miller 46, Joel Nathan 65
HB Lachlan Street 55, Derek Eggmolesse-Smith 43, Garrett McDonagh 53
C Brad Melville 54, Josh Caddy 22, Jack Ross 5
HF Angus Hicks 52, Thomson Dow 27, Matt Bartlett 68
F Samson Ryan 32, Sydney Stack 44, Callum Coleman-Jones 40
R Mabior Chol 41, Will Martyn 36, Maurice Rioli 49
INT Bailey Henderson 66, Fraser Elliot 67, Jake Soligo 70, Sam Durham 64
EMG Nathan Oakes 57, Dylan Cook 63, Cam Olden 58, Riley Loton 56
IN: Jake Soligo, Josh Caddy, Fraser Elliot, Jack Ross, Matt Bartlett
OUT: Patrick Naish (AFL), Noah Cumberland (injured), Nathan Oakes (injured), Steve Morris (managed), Dylan Cook (omitted)
NEW: Fraser Elliot (University Blues/Oakleigh Chargers), Matt Bartlett (Blackburn EFL), Jake Soligo (Dromana/Eastern Ranges)