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The Brisbane Lions are on top of the ladder after a thrilling one-point win over Geelong. Charlie Cameron kicked five goals.
Brisbane Lions 10.15 (75)
Geelong Cats 10.14 (74)
A mammoth clash comes to the Gabba, as the second-placed Brisbane Lions host the first-placed Geelong Cats on a Saturday afternoon. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 2:10pm AEST.
When this clash was scheduled, last October, I’m not sure many footy pundits – if any – would have expected this game to future first versus second, with the minor premiership still very much up in the air. So, this is nothing short of a massive clash – perhaps the biggest the Gabba has hosted in a fair few years.
Brisbane has surpassed most expectations and then some, gunning for the minor premiership after eight straight wins and a fair few years in the wilderness.
Chris Fagan’s men’s last outing – a relatively easy win over Queensland counterparts Gold Coast – was a welcome clash ahead of today’s game, and next week’s difficult assignment against Richmond in Melbourne.
Brisbane’s only other hit out against a current top four team was Round 1’s surprise win over West Coast, so they don’t have a lot of history on that front.
Geelong’s season started superbly, but since the bye their form has been extremely patchy. They’ve failed to string together consecutive wins since the break, meaning their minor premiership credentials are still in the air, and this becomes an important game for them to win – winning here will reaffirm why they’re premiership contenders, much the same way it will for the Lions if they salute victory.
Teamswise, the Lions have made no changes after last week’s win, but have two players in Alex Witherden and Lincoln McCarthy playing their 50th games.
Geelong, for their part, have made one change – Sam Menegola has been omitted, with Mark O’Connor returning to the side. They also have a player reaching a half century in games played – Brandon Parfitt.
I’ll be tipping the Lions to win this one. They’ve had a remarkably consistent few months, and with what’ll likely be a roaring Gabba behind them, it’s possible they’ll put on a show. This will hardly be a blow out, with Geelong sure to prove a strong competitor, but the Lions will conquer an eight game losing streak to the Cats.
Brisbane Lions by 14 points
B Luke Hodge, Harris Andrews, Marcus Adams
HB Alex Witherden, Darcy Gardiner, Daniel Rich
C Lincoln McCarthy, Dayne Zorko, Mitch Robinson
HF Charles Cameron, Eric Hipwood, Hugh McCluggage
F Oscar McInerney, Daniel McStay, Jarrod Berry
FOL Stefan Martin, Lachie Neale, Jarryd Lyons
I/C Allen Christensen, Cam Rayner, Zac Bailey, Noah Answerth
B Jed Bews, Mark Blicavs, Harry Taylor
HB Zach Tuohy, Jake Kolodjashnij, Mark O’Connor
C Mitch Duncan, Tom Stewart, Patrick Dangerfield
HF Gary Ablett, Jack Henry, Cameron Guthrie
F Luke Dahlhaus, Tom Hawkins, Tom Atkins
FOL Esava Ratugolea, Joel Selwood, Tim Kelly
I/C Lachie Henderson, Brandan Parfitt, Gryan Miers, Quinton Narkle