Saturday’s (05/09/2015) second AFL 2015 Round 23 match is between Brisbane Lions and Western Bulldogs. The opening bounce is set to commence at 13:45 local time with the game to be played at Gabba. The away team Western Bulldogs are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Brisbane Lions and Western Bulldogs.
When: 13:45 | Saturday 05/09/2015
Tip: Western Bulldogs at $1.22
Value Tip: First Tryscorer: Crameri, Stewart at $9.00
B: L.Dawson, D.Merrett, M.Paparone
HB: S.Mayes, H.Andrews, D.Rich
C: D.Zorko, A.Christensen, L.Taylor
HF: P.Hanley, D.McStay, J.Freeman
F: J.Green, B.Staker, J.Adcock
Foll: S.Martin, M.Robinson, T.Rockliff
Inter: R.Bewick, J.Clarke, T.Cutler, B.Evans
Emer: J.Watts, Z.O’Brien, H.Beasley
In: R.Bewick, B.Staker
Out: L.McGuane (knee), H.Beasley.
B: J.Hamling, F.Roberts, Z.Cordy
HB: S.Biggs, E.Wood, J.Johannisen
C: T.Dickson, J.Macrae, S.Crameri
HF: L.Dahlhaus, J.Redpath, C.Daniel
F: L.Hunter, J.Stringer, L.Picken
Foll: J.Roughead, M.Wallis, M.Bontempelli
Inter: J.Grant, M.Honeychurch, L.Webb, B.Goodes
Emer: T.Campbell, L.Jong, D.Pearce
In: F.Roberts, C.Daniel, B.Goodes
Out: M.Boyd (general soreness), R.Murphy (general soreness), D.Morris (general soreness).
A rev-up from AFL great Leigh Matthews has inspired the Brisbane Lions to ignore external murmurs of discontent and stay the course.
That’s the word from first-year defender Harris Andrews, who says the playing group has fully bought into the three-time premiership coach’s rallying call to the entire Lions club on Wednesday.
Matthews, Brisbane’s current director of football, preached a message of patience to players and staff, promising their short-term pain would be worth the long-term gain.
“It was really good,” Andrews told reporters on Thursday.
“As Leigh put it yesterday, a bit of change is going to be needed around the club.
“What everyone wants to do is we all want to improve. He just stated that it’s going to take a bit of time to change.
“We’re all young… (and) as a young fella you’re happy to take your time and progress slowly.”
Andrews, 18, embodies the future of the Lions. The local Brisbane product has penned a two-year contract extension that will keep him at the club until the end of 2018.
It’s a significant coup as Brisbane continues to fight off advances from rival clubs for some of their key players – and it comes on the back of a week in which the Lions – uncompetitive and bordering on irrelevant at times this year – finally bared their teeth.
The furious reaction of the playing group to criticism of captain Tom Rockliff’s leadership style looked like a watershed moment from the outside, and Andrews said the controversy had brought the club closer.
“The way the media’s going at us has been a little bit unfair,” he said.
“These are the blokes you go to training with every day, they’re good mates of mine.
“It is hard to see that but it only unites us even more.”
All odds are subject to change. Odds listed are correct at the time of the latest update.