Bulldogs recall Keath, Weightman for grand final as Demons remain unchanged

The Western Bulldogs have brought Alex Keath and Cody Weightman back into their line-up for the grand final against Melbourne, with Ryan Gardner and Laitham Vandermeer both dropped. 

Defender Keath (hamstring) and forward Weightman (concussion) missed the Bulldogs’ preliminary final against Port Adelaide, but were passed fit for Saturday’s season decider in Perth.

The pair last played in the Bulldogs’ one-point semi-final triumph over the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba.

The Demons have named an unchanged line-up, as they chase their first premiership since 1964.

Gardner and Vandermeer played in all three of the Bulldogs’ previous finals.

Cody Weightman returns for the Bulldogs after missing the preliminary final because of concussion.(

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One of the two could still claim a premiership medal as a medical substitute, with the pair named as emergencies alongside Ed Richards and Anthony Scott.

Melbourne stuck with the same side that crushed Geelong by 83 points in the preliminary final, meaning star defender Steven May has been named to play.

The All-Australian fullback was subbed out of the match against the Cats with a hamstring complaint, but the week off before the grand final has been crucial in proving his fitness.

Small forward Charlie Spargo was also under an injury cloud after rolling his ankle at training, but he has kept his spot.

James Jordon was the Demons’ medical sub for the first two finals and will likely get the nod again for the decider.

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