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AFL Preview: Brisbane Lions v Port Adelaide

By Michael Whiting April 26, 2017 9:20 AM

Last time v Lions: Round 19, 2016 - PTV
Last time v Lions: Round 19, 2016 - PTV Highlights from our last win over Brisbane.
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Jared Polec returns to the Gabba for the second time since his switch to the Power

This article was originally published on afl.com.au

SUMMARY

Port Adelaide has quietly put together an impressive start to the season, but leaving the Gabba with the four premiership points will be no easy task. Although the Brisbane Lions have a 1-4 win-loss record, they've shown a heap of improvement on 2016, most recently pushing the premier Western Bulldogs to the brink before fading in the final 10 minutes. A fit Dayne Beams and rejuvenated Tom Rockliff are leading a hungry midfield, while Harris Andrews and NAB AFL Rising Star nominee Eric Hipwood have made big strides in the key position posts. But the Power will rightfully start favourites and have also made a big leap from last season. Their midfield is deep and the run from defensive 50 is hard to counter. Ken Hinkley's men are 3-2, and even without injured skipper Travis Boak, should solidify their spot in the eight with a tight win over the Lions.

WHERE AND WHEN: the Gabba, Saturday, April 29, 4.35pm AEST
TV AND RADIO: Click here for broadcast guide 

LAST FIVE TIMES

R19, 2016, Port Adelaide 25.23 (173) d Brisbane Lions 11.13 (79) at the Gabba
R7, 2016, Port Adelaide 21.10 (136) d Brisbane Lions 7.17 (59) at Adelaide Oval
R7, 2015, Brisbane Lions 15.12 (102) d Port Adelaide 8.17 (65) at the Gabba
R4, 2014, Port Adelaide 24.15 (159) d Brisbane Lions 7.4 (46) at Adelaide Oval
R18, 2013, Port Adelaide 9.17 (71) d Brisbane Lions 9.8 (62) at AAMI Stadium

THE SIX POINTS

1. Following a close first quarter last time they played, the Power thrashed the Lions by 94 points. Chad Wingard booted five goals, John Butcher four and Ollie Wines collected the three Brownlow votes with 32 disposals.

2. It will be a contest between the best and worst teams this season for inside 50s. The Power is ranked first, averaging 61, compared to the Lions, ranked last with an average of 47.6.

3. Nothing separates the two clubs in head-to-head matches, deadlocked at 15 wins apiece, with two draws. The Power has won four of the past five, including the past two by a combined 171 points. The Lions have a nine wins to five edge at the Gabba, though.

4. The Lions have been one of the most accurate teams in front of goal this season, kicking 62.43 at 54.4 per cent. Port Adelaide has also been good, with 82.64 at 52.6 per cent.

5. Despite their 1-4 start the Lions have improved from 2016, where they averaged 80 points a game while conceding 130. This season it is 83 and 111 points respectively.

6. Tom Rockliff has had a blistering start to the season, rising from 91st to 36th overall in the Schick AFL Player Ratings. Rockliff is averaging 31 disposals (16 contested) and 10 clearances, which leads the AFL.

IT'S A BIG WEEK FOR … Jared Polec

The former Brisbane Lion makes his second trip back to the Gabba after leaving the club following the 2013 season. Polec has a strong start to the season and is fresh off his best performance of 2017 against Carlton, where he collected 25 disposals and kicked two goals.

MICHAEL WHITING'S PREDICTION: Port Adelaide by 18 points

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Head to Head

Disposal Leaders (Season Avg)
  • Tom Rockliff
    Tom Rockliff
    31.2
  • Brisbane Lions
    Dayne Beams
    30.4
  • Brisbane Lions
    Dayne Zorko
    27.2
  • Brisbane Lions
    Sam Mayes
    22.4
  • Brisbane Lions
    Mitch Robinson
    21.0
Fantasy Leaders (Season Avg)
  • Dayne Zorko
    Dayne Zorko
    127.4
  • Brisbane Lions
    Tom Rockliff
    127.4
  • Brisbane Lions
    Stefan Martin
    116.6
  • Brisbane Lions
    Dayne Beams
    112.0
  • Brisbane Lions
    Mitch Robinson
    88.8
Scoring Leaders
  • Eric Hipwood
    Eric Hipwood
    9.4
  • Brisbane Lions
    Dayne Zorko
    8.8
  • Brisbane Lions
    Mitch Robinson
    7.2
  • Brisbane Lions
    Dayne Beams
    5.4
  • Brisbane Lions
    Lewis Taylor
    5.4
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Season Averages

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  • 358.0 Disposals 368.2
  • 71.2 Disposal Eff 72.1
  • 136.4 Contested Pos 149.4
  • 87.0 Marks 87.0
  • 21.8 Free Kicks 20.8
  • 39.2 Clearances 40.4
  • 47.6 Inside 50s 61.0
  • 45.0 Rebound 50s 40.0
  • 68.4 Tackles 68.8
  • 45.8 Hit-outs 40.4
  • 83.0 Interchanges 95.0

Recent Encounters

  • 11.13 (79)
    RD 19, 2016, G
    25.23 (173)
  • 21.10 (136)
    RD 7, 2016, AO
    7.17 (59)
  • 15.12 (102)
    RD 7, 2015, G
    8.17 (65)
  • 24.15 (159)
    RD 4, 2014, AO
    7.4 (46)
Disposal Leaders (Season Avg)
  • Ollie Wines
    Ollie Wines
    29.6
  • Port Adelaide
    Brad Ebert
    26.2
  • Port Adelaide
    Jasper Pittard
    26.0
  • Port Adelaide
    Travis Boak
    23.0
  • Port Adelaide
    Jared Polec
    19.8
Fantasy Leaders (Season Avg)
  • Brad Ebert
    Brad Ebert
    114.2
  • Port Adelaide
    Ollie Wines
    105.6
  • Port Adelaide
    Jasper Pittard
    93.5
  • Port Adelaide
    Robbie Gray
    89.6
  • Port Adelaide
    Travis Boak
    86.2
Scoring Leaders
  • Robbie Gray
    Robbie Gray
    14.4
  • Port Adelaide
    Charlie Dixon
    10.6
  • Port Adelaide
    Chad Wingard
    9.9
  • Port Adelaide
    Aaron Young
    7.6
  • Port Adelaide
    Travis Boak
    6.4

Team Lineups

Brisbane Lions

B

  • Darcy Gardiner,
  • Harris Andrews,
  • Daniel Rich

HB

  • Sam Mayes,
  • Daniel McStay,
  • Tom Cutler

C

  • Jarrod Berry,
  • Dayne Zorko,
  • Ryan Lester

HF

  • Lewis Taylor,
  • Eric Hipwood,
  • Hugh McCluggage

F

  • Mitch Robinson,
  • Josh Schache,
  • Ben Keays

Fol

  • Stefan Martin,
  • Dayne Beams,
  • Tom Rockliff

I/C

  • Ryan Harwood,
  • Claye Beams,
  • Nick Robertson,
  • Michael Close

Emg

  • Josh Walker,
  • Josh Clayton,
  • Jake Barrett

In

  • Darcy Gardiner,
  • Tom Cutler,
  • Michael Close

Out

  • Cedric Cox (Omitted),
  • Ryan Bastinac (Omitted),
  • Liam Dawson (Omitted)

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