Redden Registers Terrific Ton

Image courtesy of couriermail.com.au/Darren England
Jack Redden plays his 100th consecutive game for the Lions. Image courtesy of couriermail.com.au/Darren England

BRISBANE v GEELONG

Gabba

Sunday March 30, 12:10pm AEST

Why watch?
Over the past decade the Cats have been consistently the most exciting team to watch and even as their older champions begin to slow down the next generation is looking just as exciting. And the Lions won plenty of admirers last week with their strong effort against reigning premiers Hawthorn in Tasmania. They have an up-and-coming list that is more than capable of surprising the top teams. You only have to look at the corresponding match last year (Ash McGrath goal after the siren) to know what these two sides can produce.

Match notes
- Tom Rockliff will miss for the Lions after accepting a one-match ban for rough conduct on Sam Mitchell
- Jack Redden to become eighth player in history to play 100 consecutive games from debut
- Daniel Rich to play his 100th match
- Andrew Mackie will play his 200th game for the Cats
- Cats look set to continue with McIntosh and Simpson in the same side

Say what?
"We're a better than even-money chance of going in with the two big ruckmen again," Cats coach Chris Scott said on Tuesday. "We can't guarantee which way we're going to go at the moment. I think we've been pretty up-front in saying that Dawson and Hamish won't play every week, but we think it's a real bonus that we don't need to necessarily choose between the two of them each week."

Key injuries
Claye Beams (foot) - 6 weeks
Stefan Martin (back) - test
Ash McGrath (calf) - 1 week
Luke McGuane (knee) - TBC
Brent Staker (calf) - 1 week

George Burbury (jaw) 2-3 weeks
Allen Christensen (back) 8 weeks
Shane Kersten (knee) 10-12 weeks
Daniel Menzel (knee) indefinite
Steven Motlop (knee) 4-5 weeks
Billie Smedts (leg) 1-2 weeks
Nathan Vardy (knee) season

Last 5 games (includes 2013 season)
Brisbane
L 23 Richmond
W 60 GWS
W 7 Western Bulldogs
L 1 Geelong
L 48 Hawthorn

Geelong
W 1 Brisbane
L 15 Fremantle
W 16 Port Adelaide
L 5 Hawthorn
W 38 Adelaide

Last 5 between clubs
Cats-Lions-Cats-Cats-Cats

Fantasy factoid
Mathew Stokes started the season with 28 possessions and a goal against Adelaide. In two matches against the Lions last year he averaged 33 touches and 8.5 marks.

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