Expect both Jonathan Brown and Pearce Hanley to return for the Lions after missing last week’s dismal loss to the Swans. The Bombers will be sweating on the fitness of Jason Winderlich (knee) and Jackson Merrett (corkie) with Nick O’Brien, Travis Coyler, Kurt Aylett, Kyle Hardingham and Tom Bellchambers heading the queue to be promoted to the senior side.
Both sides are mixing up their form this season. On the whole, the young Lions side have been terrible but they did eke out a win over St Kilda in New Zealand by three points but were thrashed by Sydney last weekend. The Bombers had lost three in a row before just holding on to beat the Bulldogs last weekend.
As rank outsiders, Brisbane travelled to Etihad Stadium in round 8 last year with little expectation. With the line at +50.5, the Lions trailed by only seven points at half-time. It was a team effort for Brisbane with no player having over 22 disposals. In his first game for the year, Brent Staker kicked the sealer as the Lions ran out 10-point victors.
B Jed Adcock, Justin Clarke, Joel Patfull
HB Tom Cutler, Marco Paparone, Andrew Raines
C Lewis Taylor, Sam Mayes, Nick Robertson
HF James Aish, Jonathan Brown, Josh Green
F Dayne Zorko, Trent West, Jackson Paine
FOL Daniel Merrett, Tom Rockliff, Jack Redden
I/C Ryan Lester, Matt Maguire, Pearce Hanley, Darcy Gardiner
EMG Daniel McStay, Mitch Golby, Jack Crisp
IN Matt Maguire, Pearce Hanley, Jackson Paine, Jonathan Brown
OUT James Polkinghorne (Omitted), Rohan Bewick (Omitted), Luke McGuane (Knee), Mitch Golby (Omitted)
B Michael Hurley, Dustin Fletcher, Michael Hibberd
HB Mark Baguley, Cale Hooker, Dyson Heppell
C Brendon Goddard, Jobe Watson, Brent Stanton
HF David Zaharakis, Jake Carlisle, Zach Merrett
F Paul Chapman, Joe Daniher, Patrick Ambrose
FOL Patrick Ryder, Jake Melksham, Heath Hocking
I/C Jackson Merrett, Martin Gleeson, Courtenay Dempsey, Kurt Aylett
EMG Jason Ashby, Travis Colyer, Kyle Hardingham
IN Patrick Ambrose, Martin Gleeson, Kurt Aylett
OUT Jason Ashby (Omitted), Ben Howlett (RESTED ), Jason Winderlich (Knee)