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Discussion in 'Brisbane Lions' started by Fatcat08, Aug 17, 2016.
Low point: we can change to "Skinner's injury"
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Pikeys episode is back up, albeit edited
Wonderful piece on Harris "Dad" Andrews with a nice cameo from McCluggage
Had the opportunity to chat to young Harris a while back- a really nice kid. Happy to chat to a random, and actually seemed interested in the conversation. Many 20 yo would be impatient to move on but he just kept taking.
Walked away thinking his family should be proud - he is a remarkable young man.
Visited my grandsons school today.
The kids were just awestruck
Very nice person. And very big (huge!!!! according to young Lachy- himself a future BL FF).
We breed em good up here.
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Brisbane forward Lewis Taylor has bounced back from a tough 2016
Andrew Hamilton, AFL, The Courier-Mail
August 24, 2017 7:27pm
IN a season of across the board improvement at the Lions, Lewey Taylor may sit at the top of the heap.
Last season was an indifferent one for Taylor — he endured a form slump, was dropped for the first time in his career and was locked in tense year-long contract negotiations with the Lions.
It ended on a positive note with him signing a three-year deal and it has proven to be beneficial for both parties.
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This week he was named as a forward in the 40-man under-22 squad that will be trimmed to 22 in the AFL Players Association’s All Star side for the competition’s rising stars.
Under new coach Chris Fagan, Taylor is playing more directly which is making his possessions more damaging and he is spending time further up the field, which has led to an increased possession count.
Lewis Taylor has turned his form around. Picture: Getty Images
But the statistics that demonstrate the greatest improvement are tackles and contested possessions, which are both well up on last year.
Taylor says Fagan’s arrival has had a major impact.
“We all sat down individually with Fages at the start of the year and mine was a great meeting that really set me up to crack in for a good year,’’ he said.
“He has been really helpful but his positivity is the main thing for me.’’
The most noticeable aspect of the Lions this year has been their ability to trouble oppositions with quick ball movement and foot speed and Taylor is one of their chief weapons.
That pace is set to trouble the Kangaroos at the Gabba on Saturday in the match that will decide the wooden spoon.
Taylor said the positive new vibe at the Gabba this season had created a desperation to finish the season on a high.
“This year has been really enjoyable, we obviously have a big game this week, there is a bit to play for to get off the bottom of the ladder,’’ he said.
“It might not seem like much to other people but to us it does.’’
While all the talk around the Lions has been their attack, they are becoming harder to score against and have even introduced a zone defence over the second half of the season.
“We are playing a brand of footy that challenges a lot of sides,’’ he said.
“The team defence is a work in progress and we will continue to work on it because we believe it is the style that will take us forward.’’
Lewis Taylor in action for the Lions. Picture: Getty Images
Gold Coast’s match against Port Adelaide could also have some bearing on where the Lions finish.
Interim coach Dean Solomon said Gary Ablett was likely to play, having suited up for just two of the past nine games with a combination of hamstring and calf injuries.
“(He’s a) massive chance,” Solomon said.
“If he pulls up well Friday, green light.”
Ablett was named in the Gold Coast team.
Originally published as How Lewis Taylor turned his form around
Interesting in a five win season the player talk is it has been an enjoyable year. Get to 12 or 13 wins and they will be giddy.
Getting a lot of love ATM, Brian Waldron said the other day the Lions have to be the best ever last placed team. Makes a nice change from years of negative press.
I think the good thing is that the boys are playing an exciting enjoyable game style making it easier to see where they're heading
Brisbane Lions find scoring potential to be among AFL late-season leaders
SAM LANDSBERGER, Herald Sun
August 25, 2017 3:32pm
SINCE Round 12 only four clubs have averaged 90 points per game.
Can you name them?
Adelaide? Yep, that makes sense. The Crows have boasted the game’s most lethal offensive unit for the past two years.
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Sydney? Of course. The Swans have gone 13-2 since Round 6 and are the form team of the competition.
Who else? Essendon? Correct. The finals-bound Bombers have looked potent at their dangerous best and have not kicked fewer than 80 points since Round 10.
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So who is the last club? Premiership hopefuls Geelong or Richmond? Nope. The fearsome Greater Western Sydney? Nope.
Port Adelaide’s at times temperamental but at other times devastating line-up? Nope.
The answer is the Brisbane Lions.
Since the Lions’ bye, new coach Chris Fagan has had his team playing some scintillating football.
In the past 11 weeks the Lions rank No.4 in the AFL for attack and No.1 for scores per inside 50. They are playing damn good, attacking football and, as revealed on The Drill podcast, 11 of their players have taken considerable steps forward in 2017.
Daniel McStay takes a huge mark against Melbourne.
Dayne Beams celebrates a goal with Josh Walker.
Leading the charge is captain Dayne Beams. The Collingwood premiership player’s past five weeks reads 30 disposals and three goals, 41 disposals, 32 disposals and four goals and 33 disposals and three goals.
The exception was one quieter game, against the Western Bulldogs.
Since the bye the Lions have smashed Fremantle and Gold Coast and beaten Essendon and Carlton.
“This year we’ve won a lot more quarters of football and since the bye we’ve been particularly competitive,” Fagan said last week.
“Our points for and against have improved, so all those things that we measure ourselves on are going to be really big growth in the second half of the year.”
Good luck avoiding your first wooden spoon since 1972, North Melbourne. You’re going to need it.
BRISBANE SINCE THE BYE
SCORING AVERAGE RANK
Points For 92.4 4th
Score per Inside 50 52.1% 1st
Turnover to Score 20.3% 7th
Points from turnovers 50.6 10th
Clearance to Score 27.8% 4th
Points from clearances 36.8 2nd
BALL MOVEMENT AVERAGE RANK
Def 50 to Att 50 19.3% 14th
Def 50 to Score 10.2% 6th
Half back to Att 50 42.7% 3rd
Half back to Score 17.3% 6th
Particularly pleasing and my favourite sentence from above article-
Good luck avoiding your first wooden spoon since 1972, North Melbourne. You’re going to need it.
I want this wim3 soo badly.
Not sure this is the best thread - Hipwood and Cox have extended until 2020.
Awesome. Without ever having met the bloke, Mitch (and his missus) just seems to be one that would do well in a player welfare role when he hangs up the boots.
That was a good read for both of the boys, but Cedric sounded genuinely excited to be at the club.....and by no means do I think Eric wasn't, either.
Loved what he said about the environment around the club, and closeness of the boys....and the most important part was what he said about Mitch and his family.
We are rapt to have you both with us for the journey....can't do it without you. (now work on the others please)
Brisbane wants wins of change over draft pick
BRISBANE rising star Alex Witherden says he and his teammates are treating any talk of tanking as a joke.
The Lions host North Melbourne at the Gabba today, with the loser to finish last and claim footy's double-edge sword - the wooden spoon and the No.1 pick in the national draft.
It's a "prize" the Lions are determined to avoid.
"It does come up. (Coach) Chris Fagan brings it up in every meeting pretty much," the 18-year-old said.
"He's been saying it for the last month. We want to finish this season as strongly as possible.
"He's really big on momentum.
"We beat Gold Coast the other week. We gave Melbourne a red-hot crack. We'll be going out against North Melbourne with every intention of playing some good footy and beating them - put a few things in place that we're looking to implement next year.
"The whole tanking debate is a bit of a laugh really. The game's gone past that nowadays."
Melbourne and Carlton infamously played off for the "Kreuzer Cup" in 2007 when the loser of their final-round clash got the opportunity to snare the talented young ruckman Matt Kreuzer.
Jamie Cripps of the West Coast Eagles and Alex Witherden of the Brisbane Lions.TONY MCDONOUGH
With no clear-cut top selection this year, the No.2 pick could be as good as the No.1. Regardless, for the Lions and Roos, it's more important to finish the season on a high.
"I know a few of the boys at North Melbourne," said Witherden, ironically a Kangaroos supporter growing up in Victoria. "They've been getting stuck into me, letting me know they're pretty keen to get the win as well.
"It's a couple of young groups coming up against each other, so it's important to win these games.
"In the next couple of years we might be playing for something a little bit more important in the last game of the season."
Brisbane can testify to not requiring the top draft pick to obtain some quality youth.
Think Josh Schache (at No.2), Eric Hipwood (14), Hugh McCluggage (3), Jarrod Berry (17) and Witherden (23) himself over the past two years when finishing second last.
Witherden has become a revelation for the Lions in the second half of the season, slotting in across halfback.
Alex Witherden of the Lions looks to pass the ball.Will Russell/AFL Media
A hallmark of his game has been his deadly accurate kicking coupled with a willingness to take the game on from his debut.
"Fages has always backed us in to play our natural game, back your ability," he said.
"Having the support of the coaching staff and the players, it didn't really leave me with a lot of nerves.
"A couple of times it (risky passing) hasn't come off and it's burnt my teammates the other way. I've just got to make sure I get that balance right.
"It's about me just picking the right option to take at the right time.
"In some circumstances, it's better to just go long down the line than trying to create something."
Of all 22 Rising Star nominees, Witherden is a clear No.1 for average disposals (23), collecting 29 against Essendon in just his second game and a couple of hauls of 28.
Witherden honed his kicking ability while growing up in Barwon Heads along Victoria's Bellarine Peninsula.
"It's a pretty important skill of the game and I knew if I wanted to play at the highest level it was something I had to get right," he said.
"I'm still working on it now. I'm not even close to where I want to be in terms of how I kick the ball. There's still a lot of improvement to come."
Alex Witherden of the Lions (second from left) is showered with sports drink after the round 15 match against the Bombers.JULIAN SMITH
Witherden was part of the Geelong Falcons TAC Cup production line, and probably could have gone a lot higher in the draft if not for suffering a broken leg last year.
"Initially I was pretty frustrated about it all, not knowing how it was going to unfold," he said.
"But as the weeks go by and a few recruiters get on to you ... they are pretty good are reassuring you that you'll get picked up.
"It was just about doing the rehab and ticking all the boxes off field.
"The main goal was to get on a list and hopefully come to a footy club in decent nick."
Witherden had no problem being recruited by Brisbane, where he has settled in with alongside McCluggage, Berry and Hipwood.
"It was just about getting that opportunity in the big time," he said.
"Whether you're moving from Geelong to Melbourne or Geelong to South Australia or wherever it might be, it's going to be different not living at home and out of your comfort zones early days.
"But as the day, weeks, months, roll on it becomes a little more normal."
Witherden will play his ninth game today.
"I didn't have any expectations going into this year, so everything that has come so far has been a bonus, something to build on for next year," he said.
"The club is in a pretty strong position."
Gees we have some level headed kids in this squad, who would have thought 12 months ago.
He is a gun already and only going to get better
Nice little article with Zorko.
Good for the team to be getting some recognition.
Zorko surprised by buzz around rising Lions - http://m.afl.com.au/news/2017-08-31/zorko-surprised-by-buzz-around-rising-lions
Dayne Zorko surprised to hear rival clubs are starting to fear Brisbane Lions
ANDREW HAMILTON, The Courier-Mail
22 minutes ago
DAYNE Zorko says equal to the thrill of earning his first All-Australian selection was hearing feedback from the game’s elite that the Lions were on the right track.
Brisbane has been little more than an afterthought for the rest of the competition in recent years but Zorko was stunned to hear the new-found respect his club was held in by his peers.
“Talking among the other players at the awards, they really admire what we have been able to achieve this year,’’ he said.
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“It took me by surprise and the fact it came from so many players was really good recognition for the club and it shows we are on the right track and they potentially might be a little bit worried when we play them down the track.
“We don’t necessarily look at wins and losses, we know it is important and what our season is judged on, but we look at the process and how we can get to that last day in September.
“We think as a team now we understand what it takes to do that.”
Zorko becomes the second current Lion to be named in the team of the year, following Tom Rockliff’s selection in 2014.
Dayne Zorko earned his first All-Australian honour. Picture: Getty Images
His name now sits alongside club greats such as Michael Voss, Simon Black, Nigel Lappin, Justin Leppitsch, Jonathon Brown, Chris Johnson and Jason Akermanis.
“You never really go into a team sport wanting to win personal awards but when they come along it is great and good recognition for the hard work you’ve put in,” he said.
“It is a long list with the likes of Michael Voss and Simon Black and in recent years Rocky has been fortunate enough to make the side.
“I am very humbled and honoured to be in the position I am.’’
Zorko has won the past two club championships and is set to add a third on Friday night and has been Brisbane’s best player for several years now.
But he said it is his move into the midfield that gained him greater recognition across the competition.
“I’ve spent a lot of time playing forward and on the wing but this year Fages (coach Chris Fagan) and the coaching staff have given me the opportunity to play in the midfield,’’ he said.
“I feel like the more time you spend around the ball, it is only natural that you are going to get more of it.
“I think taking my opportunities in front of goal too, I kicked 34 goals which is quite a high number for a midfielder in the competition
“I’m lucky to be standing here as an All Australian representative.’’
Just watched Eric Hipwood on Marngrook. Top young bloke. We are blessed to have him.
But Gilly McAdam going thru our good points - and going on about Craig Lambert and Mel's cooking...............
Yep Hippy did well but as usual Gilly hadn't done his homework .
Was embarrassing actually .
Yes....but how good were the two of them with their gorgeous open smiles?....Sabrina and Eric are such great ambassadors for our club.
...was a cringeworthy moment from Gilly.