- Aug 30, 2016
- AFL Club
After our boys pretty impressive, albeit totally predictable 59 point bludgeoning of Freo at home on Saturday, we travel to BrisVegas to take on the rejuvenated Lions at the scene of their highly improbable but unbelievably brilliant victory over the evil empire by 56 points last Sunday.
We have dominated the Lions recently winning the last 10 games straight, winning by a comfortable average of 44 pts. Not since rd 22, 2009 have we tasted defeat at the hands of Brisbane.
Whilst last week was the Lions first victory of the season, they have been the very definition of gallant in defeat in all but 1 game and most times have just lacked the poise and finish off to register another win or two. The Swans on the other hand are sitting pretty, comfortably in the top 8 on 6-3 whilst never really hitting their straps, but in a vastly better position than the 3-6 we were at this time last year.
THE LAST FIVE:
Rd 7 2017: SCG - Sydney Swans def Brisbane Lions 135-81 (bye bye owen)
Rd 6 2016: Gabba - Sydney Swans def Brisbane Lions 97-94 (stretchergate)
Rd 15 2015: Gabba - Sydney Swans def Brisbane Lions 70-49
Rd 7 2014: Gabba - Sydney Swans def Brisbane Lions 123-44
Rd 6 2013: SCG - Sydney Swans def Brisbane Lions 115-55
POSSIBLE MATCHUPS: (sorry this is NOT my strong suit)
Lance (our best Buddy) Franklin V Harris Andrews - Andrews, with the help of reality show recruit Matt Eagles, did a pretty good job on Hawks captain Jarryd Roughead last week, but Big Bud loves kicking goals against Brisbane, kicking 8, 5 and 3 in his games against the Lions since crossing to the mighty red and white.
Heath (big Reg) Grundy V Eric Hipwood - Hipwood kicked 4.3 last week against Hawthorn, his best return in his short career but he should find the going tougher this week facing our superhero Reggie and his super sidekick Sir Dane.
Callum (Sinkers) Sinclair V Stef Martin - The great revelation that is the 2018 version of Big Cal faces his biggest test of the season against the very in-form Stefan Martin.
Sydney Swans V Luke Hodge - It is a very annoying fact that we haven't beaten Luke Hodge since 2012! When Hodge announced his retirement at the end of last season, Swans fans everywhere breathed a sigh of relief as it meant we stood a chance against the Hawks, then he struck a knife through our hearts by announcing he was moving to BrisVegas. Will we finally end the Hodge curse?
Whilst we have been a bit up and down so far this year, we've logged some pretty impressive wins, particularly on the road, with our boys running 100% so far. The Lions win over the Hawks last week was their first victory against them since 2009, coincidentally that was the last season they beat us. With both teams logging impressive victories, I don't envisage any changes to either side this week unless Zac Jones doesn't come up after his head knock.
It's been 4 years since the Lions have won back to back games, but with our impressive on the road record so far this year, as long as we can overcome the Hodge hoodoo, I can't see them repeating that feat this week.
Swans by 28