Unlike the NRL, where underperforming players are a threat to the livelihood of the head coach, it is under performing players in the AFL who experience the job insecurity.
The Western Bulldogs had the axe out for on-baller Tom Liberatore. He was the scapegoat for the Dogs loss to the West Coast Eagles after he collected just eight disposals in the game. Four other Dogs have had their day and will not be on the list when the side meets the Geelong Cats later today.
The Cats have been scratching of late and the claws were out for round two hero George Horlin-Smith, while Scott Selwood will see his first senior action for the Cats this season.
The Adelaide Crows, still atop the ladder even though widely considered pretenders, have not taken the two consecutive losses lightly and have taken Don Pyke’s axe to David Mackay, Troy Menzel and Josh Jenkins out of the action as the Crows prepare for what just a few weeks ago would have been considered a walkover against the Brisbane Lions.
Their places on the list will be taken up by Hugh Greenwood and Jordan Galluci, both of whom will be making their debuts. Jake Lever marks his return to the senior list.