Venue: GABBA, Sunday 1:10pm AEST
Last 5 times:
R15, 2015, Sydney Swans 10.10 (70) d Brisbane Lions 7.7 (49) at the Gabba
R7, 2014, Sydney Swans 18.15 (123) d Brisbane Lions 6.8 (44) at the Gabba
R6, 2013, Sydney Swans 17.13 (115) d Brisbane Lions 8.7 (55) at the SCG
R15, 2012, Sydney Swans 16.14 (110) d Brisbane Lions 9.9 (63) at the SCG
R24, 2011, Sydney Swans 18.11 (119) d Brisbane Lions 9.13 (67) at the SCG
Top SC Scorers from last match:
- Brisbane: Beams 142, Hanley, 130, Rockliff 126, Zorko 124
- Sydney: Hannebery 148, Kennedy 126, McVeigh 124, Tippett 118
- In: Mayes, Keays, McStay
- Out: Cutler (Shoulder), Green (Soreness), Schache (Rested)
- In: Aliir
- Out: Richards (blow-out fracture)
Game Notes: Sydney are back to their dominant form of 2014 and look a sure thing to make a mess of Brisbane today. The Lions haven’t defeated the Swans in years and seem destined to spend another season in the cellar. Just keep your fingers crossed that we get a good contest – stranger upsets have already happened this season.
And if it is a one-sided affair as predicted, at least we have our Supercoach stars to watch!
For Brisbane, we are all waiting for Tom Rockliff and Stefan Martin to rediscover their beast modes whereas Zorko is yet to let his owners down. And Sydney? Pick a midfielder, any midfielder- they’re all good. Parker is the most popular, closely followed by Hannebery, Tom Mitchell loves to bully weaker sides and Kennedy has a fondness for tormenting Lions.
Finally, watch for the debuts of ball magnet, Ben Keays, for Brisbane and tall defender, Aliir Aliir for Sydney.
The 6 Points
1. The Swans may have won the most recent contest but it was close after leading by just seven points at three quarter-time. Josh Kennedy collected the three Brownlow votes with 41 disposals and nine tackles.
2. The Swans are the number one contested possession team in 2016, averaging 162.6 a game, while the Lions are ranked last with 128.8 a game.
3. The Swans have dominated this contest over a long period, winning the past eight matches, including four wins by more than 50 points. The Lions’ last win was in round 22, 2009 at the SCG.
4. With an average of 66.4 a game, the Swans are the top-ranked inside 50 team in 2016. The Lions are ranked 16th with 45.6 a game.
5. No team kicks the ball less than the Brisbane Lions, with 176.4 a game. They’re also ranked 17th for handballs with 152.8 a game.
6. Luke Parker’s 25 touches and nine tackles against the Eagles moved him to an equal career-high 24th overall in the AFL Official Player Ratings. He is one of five Swans in the top 50.
Thommo’s Tip: Sydney by lots.
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