The Lions will fancy their chances against the Pies at the GABBA tonight. Allen Christensen and Dayne Beams will make their debuts for Brisbane after both players forced trades from their respective clubs. Christensen departed after delaying contract negotiations with Geelong all season, before he requested a trade in the offseason. He landed in Brisbane in exchange for pick 21 in the 2014 draft. Beams left the Pies after it was revealed his father became ill last year. Lions fans will also be salivating at the prospect of a midfield unit that contains Tom Rockliff, Beams, Christensen and Daniel Rich, who returns from injury.
It’s been a poor start to the season for Collingwood, who had two players (Lachy Keeffe and Josh Thomas) test positive for banned substances last week. To make matters worse, Travis Cloke had an abysmal NAB challenge, mustering just three goals in two games. Dane Swan did show the occasional glimpse of form and Scott Pendlebury remains a class act. Nathan Buckley will either make it as a Coach this season or see his tumultuous tenure at Collingwood ended swiftly, possibly before the close of the season. Kick off is 6.20pm local time.
Justin’s Tip: Brisbane will have too much depth through the middle of the ground. Lions by 9 points.
3 Allen Christensen, 4 James Aish, 5 Mitch Robinson, 6 Josh Green, 7 Jed Adcock, 8 Rohan Bewick, 9 Dayne Beams, 10 Daniel Rich, 12 Stefan Martin, 15 Dayne Zorko, 17 Claye Beams, 21 Daniel Merrett, 22 Marco Paparone, 23 Matthew Leuenberger, 25 Daniel McStay, 28 Lewis Taylor, 29 Jaden McGrath, 30 Jack Redden, 32 Sam Mayes, 35 Ryan Lester, 38 Tom Rockliff, 42 Justin Clarke
1 Alex Fasolo, 4 Brodie Grundy, 5 Jamie Elliott, 6 Tyson Goldsack, 8 Tom Langdon, 9 Jesse White, 10 Scott Pendlebury, 11 Jarryd Blair, 13 Taylor Adams, 16 Nathan J. Brown, 18 Travis Varcoe, 22 Steele Sidebottom, 25 Jack Crisp, 26 Marley Williams, 28 Ben Sinclair, 31 Jackson Ramsay, 32 Travis Cloke, 34 Alan Toovey, 35 Jordan de Goey, 36 Dane Swan, 43 Adam Oxley, 45 Jack Frost
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