Lions Start Life Without Voss

Image courtesy of couriermail.com.au/Darren England
Jack Redden is one of the promising midfielders Michael Voss developed. Image courtesy of couriermail.com.au/Darren England
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Round 8, 2012 – Brisbane Lions 132 d GWS 40 at The Gabba


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Brisbane

W

W

L

W

L

GWS

L

L

L

W

L



Ins and outs

After going down to the MCG last week without any premiership players, Brisbane regains two of its veterans this week with Simon Black and Ashley McGrath returning to the side. Both of their Demons recruits, Brent Moloney and Stefan Martin, are out with hamstring injuries, while reliable first-year defender Justin Clarke has undergone season-ending shoulder surgery. There is also the small matter of the Lions losing their coach this week when Michael Voss opted not to see out the season after being told his contract wouldn’t be renewed.

The GWS Giants gain some experience with ruckman Dean Brogan and defender Stephen Gilham in the team heading north, as is promising midfielder Dylan Shiel. Devon Smith (hip) and Taylor Adams (back) are both out with injury.


Prediction

For three of the four quarters last week in Perth, GWS was completely and utterly outclassed by Fremantle. In saying that, they dominated a premiership fancy in the second quarter and showed enough in spurts that they’re still capable of being competitive for the rest of the season. Last year Daniel Merrett had five goals by the end of the first quarter against the Giants at the ‘Gabba and he finished with seven for the game. In the absence of Jonathan Brown, he’ll again lead the forward line. It will be interesting to see how the playing group reacts to Voss’s sacking. The talk is that a lot of the younger players at Brisbane were unhappy with the outgoing coach, so if that was the case, they have plenty to prove to whoever the incoming mentor may be. Brisbane by 58 points .

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