GEELONG has made two changes to their team to play Brisbane on Saturday.

19-year-old ruck Rene Caris will make her AFLW debut, while Kate Darby returns after a strong performance in last week’s VFLW practice match against the Western Bulldogs.

Caris met with coaches Paul Hood and Natalie Wood late Tuesday night, and was given the news by Aasta O’Connor, her former academy coach.

“I was just taking my time after training, I knew Hoody wanted to chat, but I wasn’t sure what about. I walked into the meeting room and saw that Hoody, Nat and Aasta were waiting for me. Once I knew I wasn’t in trouble, Aasta told me the good news and said I was going to be playing this weekend,” Caris said.


Caris and Darby replace Forward Maddie Boyd and versatile tall Aasta O’Connor, both of whom as suspended after they were reported the Cats five-point win against Carlton in round four.


The Cats round five clash will be held at Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex from 3.45pm local time. The match will be televised live on 7mate.  

AFLW Round Five Team

B: 40. Anna Teague, 44. Rebecca Goring, 24. Maddy McMahon
18. Melissa Hickey (c), 11. Meghan McDonald, 28. Denby Taylor
30. Richelle Cranston
2. Danielle Orr, 8. Kate Darby, 27. Sophie Van De Heuvel
7. Mia-Rae Clifford, 23. Phoebe McWilliams, 5. Jordan Ivey
46. Erin Hoare, 45. Maddy Keryk, 16. Olivia Purcell
I/C: 1. Rene Caris, 12. Renee Garing, 17. Georgia Clarke, 6. Julia Crockett-Grills, 4. Cassie Blakeway
Emergencies: 10. Georgie Rankin, 13. Maighan Fogas

8. Kate Darby, 1. Rene Caris
14. Aasta O’Connor (suspended), 6. Maddie Boyd (suspended)