AFL 2014 ROUND 2;
BRISBANE V GEELONG; TEAMS AND MATCH PREVIEW
By Ben Jensen BRISBANE LIONS V GEELONG CATS ANDREW MACKIE plays his 200th game this Sunday when Geelong plays Brisbane at the Gabba. Earlier today Josh Hunt played his 200th, with the Greater Western Sydney Giants in their narrow loss to St Kilda at Etihad Stadium.
Following their 38 point win over the Crows last Thursday night at Simonds Stadium, the Cats will be full of confidence while the Lions will take some confidence out of what was an eventual eight goal loss to Hawthorn in Launceston.
Mitch Brown, who had an excellent start to the season last week, was in some doubt with an ankle complaint and may yet face a fitness test but has had his place confirmed in the side. Other than that there are no fresh injury concerns; on Thursday the Cats brought in the minimum three players into their squad of 25, all three being named as emergencies: George Horlin-Smith, Jackson Sherringham and Josh Walker.
Lions midfielder Tom Rockliff will miss after accepting a one match penalty for rough conduct on former Hawks skipper Sam Mitchell, with Ryan Harwood to miss with a shoulder injury. Their two inclusions are Rohan Bewick and Jordan Lisle.
Mackie was one of the all time 'smokey' recruits, drafted by the Cats with the first pick of the 2002 despite not featuring in any South Australian representative sides. Then Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy complained "something fishy has been going on"; the Bombers and the Bulldogs also reportedly had their eye on the lad from Glenelg. He played in all three premierships, and made the 2013 All Australian side.
FIELD: Dalgleish, Mitchell, Mollison EM:
TIP: Cats by 26 points
AFL 2014 ROUND 2
BRISBANE V GEELONG
SUNDAY 30 MARCH 2014 13:10 AEST
ANDREW MACKIE BACK IN 2004
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Brown Ankle Test
* On long term injury list
LIONS INJURY LIST
Claye Beams Foot 5 weeks
AFL ROUND 23, 2013; SIMONDS STADIUM
SATURDAY 31 AUGUST 2013 14:10 AEST
LUCKY ESCAPE FOR CATS; HISTORIC HOME
GEELONG just managed to hang on against the Brisbane Lions today, winning by just one point securing second spot on the ladder and a historic home final that will be at Simonds Stadium next Saturday night against the Fremantle Dockers. Tickets go on sale for Geelong and Fremantle members 9am on Monday morning. Note reserved seat holders do not have rights to those seats in the final, all allocations are being organised by the AFL.
The Cats had struggled against the Lions most of the game but appeared to have pulled ahead after extending their three quarter time lead to 26 points minutes into the final term. But the Lions soon went up a gear and took advantage of the wind, booting three unanswered goals to move within a couple kicks of the lead. Twice the Cats kicked a goal to get the lead back into double figures but each time the Lions struck back immediately. With a minute to go Jordan Lisle booted the final goal of the match, setting off a tense minute with the Cats' lead now just two points.
31 AUGUST 2013 LUCKY ESCAPE FOR CATS; HISTORIC HOME FINAL CONFIRMED
5.5, 7.11, 12.20, 15.22 (112) DEFEATED
FIELD: Stephen McBurney (3) Heath Ryan
(14) Chris Kamolins (19) EM: David Harris (24)
CROWD: 27,467 at Simonds Stadium, Geelong
PRE-MATCH TIP: "Cats by 51 points"
CATS' SEASON BEGINS NEXT WEEK - FRIDAY 4 APRIL