AFL Live Brisbane Lions vs Collingwood Magpies Stream AFL Football 2015 Online, match will be kick off at The Gabba Stadium in Brisbane, Queensland,Australia Saturday 04 April 2015 online, 19.20pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The Collingwood Magpies are reeling after two of their emerging youngsters were found to have tested positive to a banned drug and will be looking to put those negative headlines behind them this weekend. Whilst the rebuilding Lions are out for an improvement on 2014 and potentially a finals berth if all goes their way.
The Lions will name former Magpie Dayne Beams in his first game for the club after he crossed to the club in the 2014 trade period, whilst fellow new recruits Mitch Robinson and Allen Christensen may also join him in maroon for the first time. For the Pies, Josh Thomas and Lachie Keefe are unavailable whilst Ben Reid is not quite fit enough. Travis Varcoe, Levi Greenwood, Jordan de Goey and Jack Crisp could all play their games for the black and white.
The Brisbane Lions beat St Kilda in NAB1 before surprising Sydney in NAB 2 – in their final pre-season hit-out they drew with Gold Coast. All in all, an impressive pre-season. The Pies beat Hawthorn, lost to Carlton before a disappointing loss to the Bulldogs. An up and down pre-season.
Brisbane mids vs Collingwood mids – The Lions now have one of the better midfields in the league with Tom Rockliff, Daniel Rich, Jack Redden, Dayne Zorko and James Aish joined by Beams and Christensen this summer. Whilst the Pies are relying on Pendlebury, Sidebottom, Swan, Greenwood and a host of unproven youngsters. The Lions will need their midfield group to kick a lot of goals in 2015 to make up for their inexperienced forward half.
The Lions and Magpies have met 26 times since the merger with Brisbane leading 17-9. Since 2010, the Lions are 2-3 (3-2 against the line) vs Collingwood. The Lions were 3-8 (5-6 against the line) at home in 2014 including failing to win or cover their only game starting as favourite. Collingwood is 4-2 in their last six games in Brisbane. They are 8-8 (7-9 against the line) when playing interstate since the start of 2012 – including 2-3 (1-4 against the line) last year. The Pies have won 3-2 (3-2 against the line) in their last five first round one matchups whilst the Lions have won two of their last five (3-2 against the line) round 1 matches.
It’s fraught with danger backing a Lions team that is relying on Michael Close, Daniel McStay, Josh Green, Lewis Taylor and the resting ruckman (either Stefan Martin or Matthew Leuenberger) to kick the majority of their goals. They have an underrated backline and should dominate out of the middle through their ruckman and midfield superiority. The Pies do have a host of talented kids but at home and with a blemish free pre-season, the Lions should take the chocolates in a messy affair.
B: Justin Clarke, Daniel Merrett, Ryan Lester
HB: Claye Beams, Marco Paparone, Daniel Rich
C: Rohan Bewick, Dayne Beams, Jed Adcock
HF: Josh Green, Matthew Leuenberger, Lewis Taylor
F: Mitch Robinson, Daniel McStay, Jaden McGrath
Fol: Stefan Martin, James Aish, Tom Rockliff
I/C: Allen Christensen, Dayne Zorko, Jack Redden, Sam Mayes
Emg: Luke McGuane, Harris Andrews, Mitch Golby
New: Dayne Beams, Mitch Robinson, Jaden McGrath, Allen Christensen
B: Alan Toovey, Nathan J. Brown, Ben Sinclair
HB: Marley Williams, Jack Frost, Adam Oxley
C: Travis Varcoe, Jack Crisp, Steele Sidebottom
HF: Dane Swan, Jesse White, Tyson Goldsack
F: Jamie Elliott, Travis Cloke, Alex Fasolo
Fol: Brodie Grundy, Taylor Adams, Scott Pendlebury
I/C: Tom Langdon, Jarryd Blair, Jackson Ramsay, Jordan de Goey
Emg: Ben Kennedy, Patrick Karnezis, Corey Gault
New: Travis Varcoe, Jack Crisp, Jordan de Goey