AFLW Round 3: Teams, predictions - everything you need to know for the round of football

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It's Pride Round! Stay abreast of all the Round 2 AFLW fixtures, tips, news, results and reaction as they come to hand.

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Cats vs. Magpies
Eagles vs. Crows
Demons vs. Saints
Tigers vs. Dockers
Kangaroos vs. Giants
Lions vs. Blues


FRIDAY, JANUARY 21

Geelong vs. Collingwood, GMHBA Stadium, 7:10pm (AEDT)

Team news: Collingwood will welcome back star forward Chloe Molloy for their clash with the Cats after she was held out of last week's team due to health and safety protocols, but they've elected not to risk skipper Steph Chiocci, who will miss a second straight week with an achilles complaint. Bella Smith has also been included in the squad, with Imogen Barnett (omitted) and Erica Fowler (concussion) the two omissions. Meanwhile, the Cats have made five changes; they will be boosted by the return of Nina Morrison, Julia Crockett-Grills, Sophie Van De Heuvel and Georgie Rankin, who make their way into the team for Annabel Johnson (health and safety protocols), Chloe Scheer (managed), Danielle Higgins, Georgia Clarke and Laura Gardiner (all omitted).

ESPN tip: Magpies by 22 points


SATURDAY, JANUARY 22

West Coast vs. Adelaide, Swinburne Centre, 12:40pm (AEDT)

Team news: Eagles defender Ashton Hill will play her first game in nearly two years after rupturing her ACL in her AFLW debut, however captain Emma Swanson will miss through suspension. For the Crows, premiership defender Chelsea Randall has been sidelined after injuring her hamstring last week.

ESPN tip: Crows by 26 points

Melbourne vs. St Kilda, Casey Fields, 3:10pm (AEDT)

Team news: The Saints have made a bold selection call, dropping the out of form Caitlin Greiser after failing to hit the scoreboard in the opening two rounds. The Demons have recalled Shelley Scott, Sarah Lampard, Casey Sherriff and Shelley Heath who were all omissions in Round 2 due to the league's health and safety protocols, although they're set to be without Lily Mithen for the same reasons.

ESPN tip: Demons by 28 points

Richmond vs. Fremantle, Swinburne Centre, 5:10pm (AEDT)

Team news: Freo will boosted by the returns of both Kara Antonio and Roxy Roux as they aim to extend their unbeaten run to three. Janelle Cuthbertson (head knock) and tough nut Ann McMahon (managed) will both miss. Meanwhile, Richmond will regain experienced trio Sarah D'Arcy, Maddy Shevlin and Tayla Stahl for their tough assignment against the Dockers.

ESPN tip: Dockers by 19 points


SUNDAY, JANUARY 23

North Melbourne vs. GWS, Arden Street Oval, 1:10pm (AEDT)

Team news: TBC

ESPN tip: Kangaroos by 13 points


TUESDAY, JANUARY 25

Brisbane vs. Carlton, Metricon Stadium, 6:10pm (AEDT)

Team news: TBC

ESPN tip: Lions by 12 points