Brisbane Lions vs Sydney Swans AFL Match Held On The Gabba Stadium, Brisbane, Saturday 03 May, 19: 40 (AEDT).
The fitness of Lance Franklin’s knee must be a worry for the Swans – resting the big Buddy must be an option as they face Hawthorn next week. Sam Reid and Kurt Tippett can’t be far away, whilst Tom Mitchell dominated in the reserves last week. For Brisbane, they might bring in another tall defender to counter the Swans’ bevy of tall forward –either Jordan Lisle or Matt Maguire. Midfielder Brent Moloney is also in contention
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The Swans have won three of their past four games to sit ninth on the ladder. They were scrappy against Melbourne last weekend after upsetting Fremantle a fortnight ago. Whilst the Lions got their first win of the year against St Kilda in New Zealand on ANZAC Day in a hard fought contest.
Dan Hannebery got the three Brownlow votes with a dominant display – 32 disposals, two marks and a goal. Mike Pyke, Sam Reid, Jude Bolton, Adam Goodes and Lewis Jetta were all multiple goal scorers. For the Lions, only Josh Green kicked multiple goals, whilst Ryan Lester led the way with 27 touches.
Sydney has played the Brisbane Lions 30 times, leading 18-11 with one draw. They’ve won their last six (6-0 against the line) vs Brisbane with an average winning margin of 47 points. Brisbane has not beaten Sydney since round 22, 2009. The Swans rank number 1 in tackles per game this season and 14th in total points (80 per game). Brisbane rank 17th in points per game, averaging just 69 points a game.
B: Darcy Gardiner, Joel Patfull, Justin Clarke
HB: Sam Mayes, Jed Adcock, Tom Cutler
C: Andrew Raines, Ryan Lester, James Aish
HF: Dayne Zorko, Josh Green, Marco Paparone
F: Daniel Merrett, Jonathan Brown, Luke McGuane
Fol: Trent West, Jack Redden, Tom Rockliff
I/C: James Polkinghorne, Nick Robertson, Rohan Bewick, Lewis Taylor
Emg: Jordan Lisle, Mitch Golby, Ryan Harwood
In: Rohan Bewick,
Out: Pearce Hanley (back)
B: Nick Smith, Ted Richards, Dane Rampe
HB: Nick Malceski, Heath Grundy, Rhyce Shaw
C: Dan Hannebery, Craig Bird, Kieren Jack
HF: Lewis Jetta, Sam Reid, Ben McGlynn
F: Harry Cunningham, Adam Goodes, Luke Parker
Fol: Mike Pyke, Josh Kennedy, Jarrad McVeigh
I/C: Jake Lloyd, Brandon Jack, Jeremy Laidler, Tom Derickx
Emg: Tom Mitchell, Lewis Roberts-Thomson, Dean Towers,
In: Sam Reid, Brandon Jack,
Out: Lewis Roberts-Thomson (omitted), Lance Franklin (knee)