The North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos have named four new Roos in their team to face Geelong in the 2022 AFLW season opener at Arden St on Saturday.
Kangaroos Jas Ferguson and Tess Craven will play their first AFLW games under lights in front of the North faithful, while Amy Smith is poised to become the club's first father-daughter player.
Kim Rennie, who has been named in the ruck, will also play her first game for the club, having played 24 games for the Western Bulldogs before crossing to Arden St in July's NAB AFLW Draft.
Captain Emma Kearney will miss the club's round one match after testing positive to Covid-19 on the eve of the 2022 season.
Kearney is available to play under the AFL's health and safety protocols but is not being rushed into the side as she recovers, and Kangaroos coach Darren Crocker said all players' health came ahead of football considerations.
"There are going to be some disruptions with team selection, right across the competition," Crocker said as the Roos announced their line-up to face the Cats.
"Our group has dealt with it really well. Up until this last week and a half our pre-season had been really good, then there's been this crazy period with the Covid-19 Omicron variant.
"A lot of clubs are dealing with it. Our players and staff have been outstanding with how they've approached it and just got on with it."
North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos v Geelong Cats, Round 1, 2022
B: 20. Jasmine Ferguson, 31. Danielle Hardiman
HB: 12. Nicole Bresnehan, 8. Aileen Gilroy, 17. Sarah Wright
C: 10. Kaitlyn Ashmore, 25. Jasmine Garner, 3. Isabella Eddey
HF: 2. Daria Bannister, 16. Tahlia Randall, 43. Grace Campbell
F: 60. Emma King, 11. Daisy Bateman
R: 26. Kim Rennie, 35. Jenna Bruton, 7. Ashleigh Riddell
I/C: 5. Tess Craven, 23. Mia King, 27. Jess Duffin, 15. Amy Smith, 6. Alice O'Loughlin
Emg: 21. Lexi Hamilton, 24. Perri King
NEW: Tess Craven, Jas Ferguson, Kim Rennie, Amy Smith
Your Guide to Gameday
Gates open at Arden St from 4.10pm on Saturday ahead of the opening bounce at 5.10pm AEDT.
Supporters are reminded that in the league's push to ensure a COVID-safe environment, no tickets will be available at the gate.