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A spot in the grand final is up for grabs as the Brisbane Lions and Geelong Cats play in a preliminary final at The Gabba. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:40pm (AEDT).
Brisbane finally broke their long hoodoo against Richmond in their qualifying final two weeks ago, their first win in a final since 2009. After a solid follow-up to last year’s breakout season, the second-placed Lions are playing in their first preliminary final since 2004 – a match in which they defeated the Cats – as they look to make their first grand final since their streak of four in a row came to an end that year.
Geelong, who were downed by Port Adelaide in the qualifying finals, got back to their very best with a scarcely believable demolition of Collingwood last week. Thought to be in danger of a straight-sets exit, the Cats made a mockery of their doomsayers and gave Collingwood a shellacking nobody saw coming. However, the preliminary final hurdle has proven impossible to overcome – they’re looking to win their first since 2011 and end a run of four failures.
The Cats claimed a 22-point win when these met at the SCG earlier this year, giving them ten wins from their last 11 matches against the Lions. Neither of these sides has lost at The Gabba in 2020.
Opening bounce: 7:40pm (AEST)
Venue: The Gabba, Brisbane
TV: Fox Sports, Seven
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass, 7Plus
B: Daniel Rich, Jack Payne, Harris Andrews
HB: Brandon Starcevich, Ryan Lester, Grant Birchall
C: Hugh McCluggage, Mitch Robinson, Lincoln McCarthy
HF: Dayne Zorko, Daniel McStay, Cam Rayner
F: Oscar McInerney, Eric Hipwood, Charlie Cameron
FOL: Stefan Martin, Jarryd Lyons, Lachie Neale
I/C: Callum Ah Chee, Jarrod Berry, Cam Ellis-Yolmen, Zac Bailey
B: Jack Henry, Harry Taylor, Jake Kolodjashnij
HB: Lachie Henderson, Mark Blicavs, Tom Stewart
C: Mitch Duncan, Joel Selwood, Sam Menegola
HF: Luke Dahlhaus, Gary Rohan, Gryan Miers
F: Mark O’Connor, Tom Hawkins, Sam Simpson
FOL: Rhys Stanley, Patrick Dangerfield, Cam Guthrie
I/C: Zach Tuohy, Brandan Parfitt, Gary Ablett, Jed Bews