AFL Saturday Round 23 Preview

Lions v Roos My Preview
Brisbane’s ladder position isn’t reflective of their improvement and performance throughout the season. They have progressed steadily. This can be substantiated by the amount of young players they have blooded; Mccluggage, Barrett and Hipwood just to name a few. Lewis Taylor has also been a solid contributor. Dayne Beams has been an exceptional leader; he has been symptomatic of the Lions progression as he has also become along with Dayne Zorko and Tom Rockliff, a goal kicking midfielder. Former Roo, Ryan Bastinac has also been a solid contributor. Home games are important for the Lions to be competitive in as they continue to endeavour to grow their supporter base. It’s strange that a team on the bottom of the ladder not having a coach under pressure, with Fagan having done a good job in his first year at the helm of an A.F.L side.

Saturday could prove to be a tough game for the Roos with their big man stocks depleted.; Jarrod Waite, Daw and Preuss on the injury list; this may force Ben Brown to play as a second ruckman. Like the Lions, the Kangas have blooded many youngsters, with the inception of youthful exuberance invaluable for the morale of the club, its coaching staff, everyone involved in the club as well as the supporters and members. The likes of Mountford and Durdin have been imperative in shaping the fabric of the club. Then there are the likes of Higgins, Gibson, Tarrant and Cunnington who haven’t stopped trying.

Along with the Lions morale should be more important than obtaining the number one draft pick. Both sides will have players playing for their career with the list cull generally substantial for teams situated at the bottom of the ladder. It promises to be an intriguing contest with both sides having a lot of side in relation to the addition of young players.

Lions Game Changer: Tom Rockliff
Roos Game Changer: Shaun Higgins
My Prediction: Lions

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