Round 17 – v Port Adelaide

There’s something special brewing at the Gabba right now. 

The strut is back, the roar is back and our boys finally made the “Can they win the flag” conversation on the 28 Monday night footy shows this week.

Last Sunday’s 20 point win against the GWS Giants was proof of something us true believers had known all along – that the Lions are back in town and very much the real deal. 

With the Lions spending the week back in the top four, there’s no way down from here.

For those of us who breathe maroon, blue and gold – the Lions are back where we belong.

For the Lions this week, it’s another trip on the road to face the Power at Adelaide Oval.

Given that Port Adelaide is football’s answer to Jekyll and Hyde, Port have come off a big win in the Showdown and trends suggest that crap Port Adelaide is due to play this week.

However, even if good Port turns up two weeks in a row, our Brisbane Lions boys are going to teach them a Football lesson, much like we did at the Gabba back in Round 3 earlier this year.

What a feeling it’s going to be for Tom Rockliff to experience serious remorse for leaving us, for the Port Adelaide fans to tear themselves apart and for the Lions to give the Power the Alistair Lynch on Darryl Wakelin treatment.

Because after Sunday night, it’ll prove that Alan Scott was right and that our spot in the top four ain’t for a short cameo appearance. 

 

 

POWER FAILURE
Brisbane Lions to win by 1-39 points @ $2.85

Should the Lions be able to knock up back-to-back games on the road then we REALLY mean business.

But you’d only need to look back to when we played them back in Round 3 at the Gabba.

You might recall that Port managed to find themselves 10 points up 15 minutes into the last quarter and then the Big O took a ripping mark and then kicked an important goal, Eric Hipwood kicked a lazy six and then Charlie Cameron sealed the deal. 

 

Our previous encounter with the Power was a memorable one, as will this match on Sunday.

With the chance to cement ourselves in the top four and teach the Power a football lesson, it’s a very tasty prospect.  

CHARLIE'S POCKET
Charlie Cameron First Goal Scorer

We all know about Eddie’s pocket at Adelaide Oval, but his former co-star Charlie Cameron will also have a chance to really show off in front of those lovely Port Adelaide fans.

What better way to do it with something special from Charlie early on in the game with a quick flashy goal to get the Lions on their way and silence the Power faithful.

Something like what he did against St.Kilda would be an excellent first goal.  

LINCOLN MEMORIAL
Lincoln McCarthy 3+ Goals

There’s a fair and reasonable argument that Lincoln McCarthy (who left Geelong for a chance to play in a premiership) played his best game for the Lions with three goals and a fair few assists against the Giants last week.

Can Lincoln back it up this week against Port?

You bet he can! 

In fact, I’m betting on it because this is Betting on the Lion after all. 

Three plus goals for Lincoln this Sunday, as the old AFL ad says – “I’d like to see that.” 

Ned Merrett-Murray is Neds resident Brisbane Lions nuffie.

Born into the Brisbane Lions , Ned’s mother rattled tins to save Fitzroy and Dad dined with Christopher Skase at Carrara, Ned was a Brisbane Lions diehard from birth.

Ned constantly reminds his wife and kids that 2001, 02 and 03 Grand Final’s were the best days of his life and nothing compares to it.

Ned never misses a game, training session, JLT, AFLW, NEAFL and Fitzroy Ammos match. He currently lives in Woolongabba with his wife Leigh and twins Chris and Brad and pet fish Vossy, Browny and Blacky.