The third of Sunday AFL Round 22 matches is between Brisbane Lions and Western Bulldogs. The game is set to commence at 4:40pm local time with the game to be played at Gabba. Home team Brisbane Lions go into the match as the favourites in the market. View our preview and teams for the game between Brisbane Lions and Western Bulldogs.
Round: Round 22 4:40 PM August 25, 2013
Weather: 25° Fine, mostly sunny
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Brisbane’s final home game of what has been an eventful season is against a rejuvenated Western Bulldogs.
Brisbane is coming off a comfortable 60 points win last week over GWS, their second win in the past month but missing from their side this week will be key-midfielder Simon Black who is serving a one game suspension.
Coupled with Jonathon Brown’s injury, the Lions are missing some key players.
The Bulldogs boast three wins from their past four games including victories over Carlton, West Coast and last week, a 17 point win over Adelaide (131 – 114).
The game was in the balance heading into the final term but the Bulldogs, displaying new belief in themselves, finished strongly and full of running.
It was the highest score registered by the Bulldogs this year, surpassing their previous mark of 127 which coincidentally, was set against Brisbane back in round 1.
Whilst there’s nothing at stake bar pride for these two teams, they’ve both indicated in the past few weeks that they are committed to finishing the season to their best of their ability which will make this clash a good one.
Given the recent form of the Bulldogs, they represent great value at the $2.50
B: Elliot Yeo, Joel Patfull, Mitch Golby
HB: Ryan Harwood, Matt Maguire, Jed Adcock
C: Sam Mayes, Tom Rockliff, Sam Docherty
HF: Pearce Hanley, Brent Staker, Dayne Zorko
F: Ashley McGrath, Daniel Merrett, Josh Green
Foll: Matthew Leuenberger, Jack Redden, Daniel Rich
I/C: Ryan Lester, Andrew Raines, Rohan Bewick, Jordan Lisle, Jesse O’Brien, Jack Crisp, Marco Paparone
In: J.Lisle, J.O’Brien, J.Crisp, M.Paparone
Out: S.Black (suspension)
B: Liam Picken, Mark Austin, Dale Morris
HB: Mitch Wallis, Jordan Roughead, Robert Murphy
C: Daniel Cross, Tom Liberatore, Adam Cooney
HF: Koby Stevens, Tom Campbell, Luke Dahlhaus
F: Jarrad Grant, Tory Dickson, Daniel Giansiracusa
Foll: Will Minson, Ryan Griffen, Matthew Boyd
I/C: Dylan Addison, Jason Tutt, Tom Young, Easton Wood, Lachie Hunter, Jack Macrae, Liam Jones
In: J.Tutt, L.Jones, J.Macrae
AFL Lions chairman refuses to stand down
Brisbane Lions chairman Angus Johnson has refused to stand down despite being challenged by a rival ticket led by AFL great Leigh Matthews.
Johnson said it was in the best interests of the club if he remained as the club continued its search for a replacement for coach Michael Voss who was sacked last week.
Former triple premiership-winning Lions coach Matthews has joined forces with Brisbane directors Paul Williams and Mick Power in a rival ticket that will challenge Johnson.
While Johnson’s fate initially looked set to be decided at an emergency meeting, Matthews’ ticket will not get a chance to topple Johnson until the club’s AGM in December.
Johnson refused to stand down when challenged by Williams and Power at a Lions board meeting on Wednesday morning.
“This came as a surprise,” Johnson said of the attempted coup.
It is understood Matthews, Williams and Power have the support of Lions powerbrokers who have lost faith in Johnson since Voss’ sacking and want to launch a fresh push to secure former Sydney premiership-winning coach Paul Roos.
A successful coup could result in Matthews being ushered into a football director’s role at the Lions.
Matthews said he had knocked back several approaches to return to the Lions since sensationally ending his coaching stint in 2008.
However, he changed his tune and decided to join a ticket when convinced the club’s best future was under a Power-Williams led board.
“My jump over the cliff was when Paul and Mick said they were going to run for the chairmanship and deputy chairmanship,” he told The Courier-Mail website.
“I know these people well and believe in what they are doing.
“I’m on because of them and I believe I can help.”