Teams: Stars return for Demons and Power as duo get axed

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Teams: Stars return for Demons and Power as duo get axed
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Melbourne has named Ben Brown for his first AFL game since Round 9, with the prized recruit to face Port Adelaide on Thursday night.

Tom Sparrow is the unlucky Demon to make way for Brown, while last week's medical sub Aaron vadenBerg also comes out of the side.

Demons coach Simon Goodwin on Wednesday confirmed Brown would "come into the team and he's ready to go".

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"He's put a big block of form together and we're looking forward to getting him in," Goodwin told reporters.

Port Adelaide has also welcomed back two of its big guns in Tom Clurey and Zak Butters, who have not played since Round 9 and Round 4 respectively.

It comes at the expense of Kane Farrell (ACL), Riley Bonner and last week's medical sub Martin Frederick.

Butters has been sidelined due to a syndesmosis injury that took longer than initially first thought to heal.

But after a two-goal, 21-disposal outing in the SANFL last weekend, Butters will return to the Power's AFL line-up – a move that was confirmed by coach Ken Hinkley on Wednesday.

"He just had to take the field – that is all he needed to do," Hinkley said.

"Zak is an AFL player every day of the week. We needed to give him a run to allow to feel like he is capable of doing what he needs to do. We were really pleased with what he was able to do."

Hinkley, however, warned fans not to expect too much Butters considering his three-month sideline stint.

ROUND 17 TEAMS (All times AEST)

PORT ADELAIDE v MELBOURNE

Thursday, July 8, 7:40pm at Adelaide Oval

POWER

B: Clurey, McKenzie, Aliir

HB: Burton, Jonas, Byrne-Jones

C: Bergman, Wines, Amon

HF: Rozee, Marshall, Motlop

F: Georgiades, Dixon, Butters

FOLL: Lycett, Boak, Drew

I/C: Powell-Pepper, Houston, Mayes, Lienert

EMG:…
Ben Cotton and Ben Waterworth
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