We'll need to be switched on today, the Dogs are a side who can cut you up with precise quick handballs out of congestion into space. Put Berry on the Bont and I'm confident that Harris can do a Jesus Christ on Aaron "Carey" Naughton. Bring our best pressure and contested ball game.
If we are on- Lions by 20-30 points.
If we are off- Dogs by 40-50.
Hopefully we shut down Caleb Daniel who has been very crafty in defence and is a key link man in their movement of the ball out of the defensive 50.
Would love to see Rayner clunk a few at the top of the goal score, he gets great position and attacks the ball at it’s highest point but seems to be going too hard with his hands. Has the potential to help him go from one goal per game to 3.
Fans have been concerned after hail and darkness encroached on the Bulldogs' mid-winter Sunday twilight match, ironically against Power, last season.
City of Ballarat community development director Neville Ivey has reassured the surface, with a little extra care, was fine.
"Mid-winter you still see footballers runs up and down the wing bouncing the ball and this will be no different," Mr Ivey said. "That's not to say this isn't going to test us a little, like any ground the surface will be a bit greasy."
Brisbane Lions' planned open training session on Friday afternoon was moved to Northern Oval number two as a pre-caution. The centre and boundary along the benches was covered. Mr Ivey said AFL estimates were for more than 10,000 fans. Viewing hills on the Mars outer were being monitored with the likelihood of matting to be placed for spectator comfort. Mars Stadium has also undergone a major clean to brighten up stands and football facilities.
The sand profile in the Mars surface is capable of drawing down large levels of rain and moisture. This is the same for other major Ballarat oval upgrades, including The City Oval, Alfredton, CE Brown (Wendouree) and Marty Busch (Sebastopol).