Where and when: The Gabba, Saturday September 7, 7.25pm AEST
What it means for Brisbane: It’s been 10 years since the Lions played finals and the city has jumped right behind Chris Fagan’s feel-good team. A win would ensure another sellout at the Gabba two weeks later for a preliminary final.
What it means for Richmond: If the Tigers aren’t already the premiership favourites, winning on the road – their first match away from the MCG in two months – would silence any final queries.
The stat: Daniel Rich is the only player to defeat Richmond wearing a Brisbane jumper. The Tigers have won a remarkable 13 straight matches between the clubs, with the Lions’ last win coming in round seven, 2009, on the back of four goals from Jonathan Brown.
The match-up: Chris Fagan has plenty of faith in Marcus Adams, but after Jack Riewoldt kicked four early goals on him in their round 23 match-up, Darcy Gardiner was moved to the three-time Coleman medallist in the second half and kept him goalless. It wouldn’t shock if Fagan gave Adams a chance to square the ledger, but the more likely move is starting Gardiner on Riewoldt.
It’s a big week for: Fourteen Lions players (15 if Cedric Cox plays as he did in round 23) are yet to play finals, but the man with the longest wait has been ruckman Stefan Martin. Now 32, Martin has played 12 years and chalked up 180 games for Melbourne and Brisbane before getting his first taste of September action.
Big call: Tom Lynch – also playing his first final – will rise to finals footy and kick four goals on All Australian Harris Andrews.
Prediction: Brisbane by 5 points
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