FOOTSCRAY will finally welcome premiership player Mitch Hannan back into the team for its must-win Smithy’s VFL match against the Brisbane Lions at Moreton Bay Sports Complex on Friday afternoon.
Hannan hasn’t played since being concussed against Sydney in Round 3 of the AFL season back at the start of April, but will join Josh Bruce, Lachie Hunter and Toby McLean in returning from long-term layoffs in recent weeks.
He returns to the team that stunned Box Hill Hawks last week alongside Louis Butler, Cody Raak and Will Lewis, with St Bedes-Mentone youngster Kyle Stretton to make his VFL debut.
SMITHY’S VFL INJURY LIST, ROUND 15, to come
Dom Bedendo earned a well-deserved AFL debut on Thursday night alongside Hunter’s return, while ruckman Stefan Martin is unfortunately injured again and Josh Chatfield and Josh Gilbee also go out.
The Lions have been boosted by the returns of Mitch Robinson, Deven Robertson and Tom Berry from the AFL team, replacing the promoted Callum Ah Chee, plus James Madden and Harry Arnold.
3.BRISBANE LIONS (8-3) v 14.FOOTSCRAY (5-7)
Friday, July 1, 12.05pm @ Red Rooster Park
HEAD-TO-HEAD: Never Met
IN: T.Berry, M. Robinson, D. Robertson
OUT: C. Ah Chee (AFL), H. Arnold, J. Madden
IN: L. Butler, M. Hannan, W. Lewis, C. Raak, K. Stretton
OUT: D. Bedendo, L. Hunter (AFL), S. Martin (shoulder), J. Chatfield, J. Gilbee
DEBUT: Kyle Stretton, 20, 180cm, 80kg, St Bedes-Mentone
Prediction: Brisbane Lions by 22
Brendan Rhodes’ winners: Last Round: 6. Season: 89½
All Smithy’s VFL matches in 2022 can be viewed live and free. The VFL Match of the Round will be televised each week on Channel 7, with all other matches livestreamed via vfl.com.au and the AFL Live Official App. Radio station 3WBC will also again be broadcasting Box Hill Hawks matches.
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