Round 12 v North Melbourne

Things are just cruising along nicely for the mighty Brisbane Lions (proudly sponsored by Neds)

After a full-on three games in eight days, our boys have had a week to reflect on their solid 24 point win over the Dogs at the Gabbatoir last Saturday night.

My boy Eric Hipwood booted five, we saw our elite midfield of 2020 Brownlow Medalist Lachie Neale, Jarryd Lyons and Dayne Zorko were dominant and despite an injury scare, it looks like Charlie Cameron is going to be A-OK.

We travel back down the M1 to Metricon Stadium to take on North Melbourne this Saturday in a game that if Andrew Demetriou had his way back in 2007 would have been the Queensland Derby.

Fagans Paddock
Brisbane Lions (-28.5) @ $2

Let’s take a moment to reflect on what an awesome job Chris Fagan is doing as coach of the mighty Brisbane Lions (proudly sponsored by Neds)

The players love him.

Fans love him.

I love him.

He’s made the club a happy place since taking the job in 2017 and will be the next bloke to take us back to the promised land.

Usually, when someone says the coach has my full support – that means he’s a dead man walking.

Not Fages.

He literally has Ned Merrett-Murray’s full support.

As for the match against North, we go into this the red-hot favourites and if we trust in our systems we should get the job done and get it done easily.

I’m not saying this is a percentage booster.

Actually, who am I kidding?

Lions by plenty and then some.

Electric Eric
Eric Hipwood First Goal Kicker

I’ve always been a massive fan of Eric Hipwood and watching the kid boot a bag of five last Saturday night was glorious.

Prior to last week, Eric had only kicked 10 for the. season but now he’s added an extra five and made life hell for Bulldog Ryan Gardiner.

Some say that most of Eric’s goals came from free-kicks (I’m looking at you 2001 Grand Final runner up player Matthew Lloyd), but a goal is a goal.

Eric is now brimming with confidence after a bit of a rough patch.

Let’s hope he slots the first one of the day nice and early this Saturday and we’ll know that the Lions are on.

Betting on the (Jarryd) Lyons
Jarryd Lyons 25+ Disposals

When you’re the understudy to 2020 Brownlow Medalist Lachie Neale, it’s easy to get lost in the hype.

Not that we’ve forgotten about Jarryd Lyons who has had a brilliant season averaging 22.5 disposals a game.

In last weeks match against the Bulldogs, Lyons had eight clearances and his delivery into our forward line doesn’t go unnoticed.

I’ve gone hard on Lachie Neale disposal markets this season, but I think there’s some good value in getting behind Jarrad Lyons to yet again find himself with plenty of the Sherrin.

He had 26 disposals last week, and I have no doubt he’ll be able to back it up again against North Melbourne this Saturday afternoon, just like he did when we last met them.