By Quinn De Luca
Where and when:
South Pine Sporting Complex, Brendale, Brisbane. Sunday May 2nd, 2021 12:00pm
Form in 2021
Coburg Lions –
Having only played one Home & Away game due to a bye in round two, Coburg will be heading into this game fresh and hungry to win. Despite a disappointing loss to Frankston in Round 1, there were plenty of positives to take out of the game. Coburg started the game strong and headed into the quarter time 16 points clear of the Dolphins. Co-Captain Peter McEvoy started the Lions campaign with their first goal for the 2021 season, while Joshua D’Intinosante was more than impressive. Constantly providing pressure and creativity in the forward half, he helped lock in the ball and bring about a flood of inside 50s. Midway through the second quarter Frankston took back to lead and were able to hold onto it for the rest of the night, defeating Coburg 20-6 126 – 14-12 96.
Brisbane Lions –
It’s been an up and down season so far for the Brisbane Lions having won their first game at home against Essendon by 66 points, then losing their second away to Carlton by 69 points which ended their 21 game winning streak. Kicking 7 goals to 2 in the second quarter, Brisbane gave themselves a slight chance but Carlton proved to be too strong and finished out the match 24-10 154 to 13-7 85. Clearly a strong side at home, Brisbane will look to take advantage of their home ground advantage and get back on the winners list. Going undefeated in the NEAFL only two years ago, they’re a team that aren’t to be underestimated.
Players to watch
Coburg Lions –
A crafty small forward that knows how to find the goals, he always looks dangerous when the ball is in the attacking 50. He’s not shy of a celebration either, being sure to let opposition fans know about it every time he kicks a goal. Speaking to head coach Andrew Sturgess after the Frankston game, he had this to say about Josh – “I thought Josh D’Intinosante, particularly in the first quarter was electric’’.
One of Coburg’s prized recruits heading into the 2021 season, Corey is an exciting midfielder that comes with a big tank and plenty of experience, having played at both Richmond and the Gold Coast Suns at AFL level. He’ll be used to travelling interstate to play as well as being accustomed to playing in Queensland’s warmer conditions. Corey will look to take the game on and give us plenty of run through the centre of the ground.
Arguably our best player against Frankston in Round 1, Tom will be looking to continue his stelar form up North this weekend.. Head coach Andrew Sturgess had this to say about Tom after the Round 1 loss – “Tom Silvestro was fantastic and never stopped trying all night and probably embodied what we asked of the guys and that’s to put their bodies on the line, to bring the heat and celebrate others success.’’ This is the type of energy we’ll be needing this Sunday as we’ll no doubt be heading into a fierce contest.
With a game high 34 disposals in a losing side last week, Fullarton was a big part of slowing down Carlton’s run and taking back some much needed momentum in the second quarter after their 12 goal to three opening term. Tom has the ability to win plenty of the footy and is another player Coburg will be keeping a close eye on.
After having a run in the midfield for just his fourth game of Australian Rules Football, the lightning quick Irishman could fly under the radar and prove troublesome for Coburg. A standout performer at the AFL Europe Combine in December, Uosis is new to the game but can be versatile and play all over the ground.
This will be the first ever Lions Derby in what’s being referred to as “Lions Derby/ The Rumble In The Jungle”. It will also be the first time Coburg has travelled interstate for a game since 2008 when we travelled to Burnie, Tasmania to face the Tasmanian VFL team. The excitement amongst the players and coaching staff is at an all time high as we look to bounce back after the bye with a big win away from home.
The club will be hosting a live viewing event at the Coburg Bowls Club on Sunday May 2nd at 12pm to watch the Brisbane v Coburg game in the company of your fellow Lions members and fans.
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Carn The Burgers!