THE Brisbane Lions received a double boost for Friday morning’s must-win VFL clash with Geelong at South Pine Sports Complex, with four key inclusions and a huge out for the Cats.
The Lions have named the classy Berry brothers, Jarrod and Thomas, for the late morning showdown, with the former to play his first game since injuring his groin in the AFL against Essendon on April 17.
Geelong’s gun full forward Josh Jenkins, who is sitting third in the Frosty Miller Medal with 23 goals, is out of the Cats’ team in a major blow to their chances, with Nathan Kreuger to also miss.
The Lions have regained tall forward Tom Fullarton, while Rhys Mathieson is also in the 22 but is serving as the medical sub in Thursday night’s AFL game against Geelong.
Suns Academy recruit Harrison Arnold will make his Lions debut as the fifth change, with Nakia Cockatoo to miss the clash against his former team alongside Henry Smith, Charlie Bowes, Wilson Barry and Jack Briskey.
Geelong will also be without Oliver Tate who has been omitted for the second game in a row after getting a late reprieve last week.
The Cats have regained Zach Guthrie and James Gow, with Quinton Narkle to play if he is not required as the medical sub on Thursday night.
BRISBANE LIONS v GEELONG
Friday, June 25, 11.35am @ South Pine Sports Complex (Kayo Freebies)
B: 48. T. Abberley, 60. H. Arnold, 40. J. Payne
HB: 39. C. Michael, 38. C. Ballenden, 1. B. Smith
C: 13. T. Berry, 7. J. Berry, 50. S. Crozier
HF: 34. B. Coleman, 26. C. McFadyen, 52. T. Triffett
F: 29. K. Lane, 21. T. Fullarton, 56. W. Tasker
R: 44. A. Smith, 36. R. Mathieson, 32. T. Joyce
Inter: 45. H. Fidler, 51. J. Langborne, 49. B. Reville, 42. D. Uosis
Emerg: 54. W. Barry, 47. J. Briskey, 53. L. Harrop, 57. M. Nelson
In: H. Arnold, J. Berry, T. Berry, T. Fullarton, R. Mathieson
Out: W. Barry, C. Bowes, J. Briskey, N. Cockatoo, H. Smith
B: 33. S. Neale, 48. A. Black, 43. S. Okunbor
HB: 16. S. De Koning, 39. Z. Guthrie, 66. J. Thurlow
C: 20. O. Brownless, 6. J. Clark, 9. M. Holmes
HF: 31. F. Evans, 10. B. Jarvis, 32. G. Miers
F: 58. D. Lang, 28. D. Fort, 52. J. McLachlan
R: 1. R. Stanley, 18. C. Constable, 19. Q. Narkle
Inter: 57. J. Chalcraft, 74. J. Gow, 55. L. Smith, 21. N. Stevens
Emerg: 54. O. Tate, 78. I. Wareham, 63. B. Worme
In: Q. Narkle, J. Gow, Z. Guthrie
Out: J. Jenkins, N. Kreuger, O. Tate
*Mathieson (BL) and Narkle (Gee) are the AFL medical subs
Prediction: Geelong by 11
Brendan Rhodes’ winners: Last Week: 6. Season: 49.
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