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Pies to debut two in clash with Port Adelaide

Collingwood will name two more debutants in their side to face Port Adelaide on Friday night, with Jack Ginnivan and Anton Tohill confirmed for their first appearances at AFL level.

The selection of Tohill and Ginnivan, confirmed by interim coach Robert Harvey on Thursday and reported by The Age on Monday, will mark the debut of Collingwood’s eighth and ninth players for 2021.

Irish rookie Anton Tohill will make his AFL debut on Friday night.

Irish rookie Anton Tohill will make his AFL debut on Friday night.Credit:AFL Photos

Tohill is a versatile 200-centimetre prospect who will play in defence while Ginnivan is a small forward. The Irish rookie Tohill joined the club from County Derry in 2018 while Ginnivan was taken in the 2020 rookie draft from Strathfieldsaye, near Bendigo.

“It was a great moment to see his [Tohill’s] reaction to that,” Harvey said of a video showing the coach telling the players they would debut. “And the players’ heartfelt feeling for him, because they know how hard he’s worked for this, and how much he’s sacrificed to be here with us.

“He’s worked so hard on his game. He’s a very smart individual. He’s a medical student in waiting when he gets back to Ireland.

“The respect he’s earned from us internally has been enormous. We’re rapt for him.”

Ginnivan has kicked a couple of four-goal bags in the VFL this season.

“He’s a great country kid from Bendigo, really honest,” Harvey said.

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