SportsBet odds: $2.50 vs. $1.56
13th vs. 9th
After winning their first game since round 4, the Lions will take on a North Melbourne outfit that was embarrassed against Freo.
To a neutral, this game doesn’t really look to be that important on the surface, but given that the Lions are on 20 points, and North are a sneaky chance for the eight’; no matter what the outcome, this will blur the finals picture even further.
It’s bad timing to play Brisbane for North you would think give that they finally managed to put in a good performance against the Pies last week in a showing where Fev’ and Brown both fired.
North’s ability to bounce back from absolute shockers cannot be understated it must be said.
Jarred Brennan and Daniel Wells are the big inclusions for thier respective sides.
The loss of Petrie for North would have been a bigger loss if he hadn’t only played one game before unluckily injuring his other foot…..
Round 17, 2009
Brisbane – 17.14 (116)
North Melbourne – 11.9 (75)
Brisbane Lions continued their charge to the top-4 position whilst all but confirming a spot in the finals with a 41 point victory against North Melbourne at the GABBA. The story of the night was Jonathan Brown who dominated with 8 goals.
Key Players for North Melbourne:
Nathan Grima – A seriously underrated defender who will likely pick-up Jonathan Brown.
North will also be relying on him to provide plenty of run off the injured big-man as well.
Andrew Swallow – With Simon Black playing against them, Swallow is going to have to get his hands dirty once again to give Harvey and Wells first-use of the ball.
Key Players for Brisbane:
Brendan Fevola – With 9 goals in the last two games with his groin is improving, he has flown under the radar a little bit. He or his counter-part needs to fire if they are to win.
Daniel Rich – Like Fev’, his past two games have been promising and a good game from him means that a lot of Brisbane players will be found by his trusty left foot which is just so damaging.
How North Melbourne bounces back to this game will have a large bearing on the match you would think, but the inclusion of Jarred Brennan and the renewed confidence after their win against Collingwood leaves me tipping Brisbane for this one.
B: Michael Firrito, Scott Thompson, Brady Rawlings
HB: Lachie Hansen, Nathan Grima, Daniel Pratt
C: Jack Ziebell, Cruize Garlett, Ryan Bastinac
HF: Sam Wright, Todd Goldstein, Brent Harvey
F: Daniel Wells, David Hale, Lindsay Thomas
Foll: Hamish McIntosh, Andrew Swallow, Levi Greenwood
I/C: Scott McMahon, Ed Lower, Ben Cunnington, Matt Campbell
Emg: Corey Jones, Nathan O’Keefe, Brayden Norris
In: Wells, Lower, Garlett
Out: Drew Petrie (foot), Leigh Harding, Nathan O’Keefe
B: Ashley McGrath, Matt Maguire, James Hawksley
HB: Travis Johnstone, Joel Patfull, Tom Collier
C: Justin Sherman, Simon Black, Tom Rockliff
HF: Todd Banfield, Jonathan Brown, Jack Redden
F: Luke Power, Brendan Fevola, Brent Staker
Foll: Mitchell Clark, Daniel Rich, Michael Rischitelli
I/C: Matthew Leuenberger, Amon Buchanan, Sam Sheldon, Jared Brennan
Emg: Andrew Raines, Callum Bartlett, Aaron Cornelius
Out: James Polkinghorne (leg)