Lions primed for first home game

They may be chasing their third consecutive win, but for the Brisbane Lions, Saturday’s game against Collingwood is about so much more than that.

It’s their first opportunity to show a home crowd what they’ve got.

The Lions expect a packed house at the new South Pine Sports Complex in Brendale and are telling fans to get to the ground early to see the Lions women create more history.

It’s the matchup everyone wanted, but in circumstances no one saw coming.

While the Lions are eyeing off top spot on the AFL Women’s ladder, the Magpies are surprisingly yet to register a win in the competition.

Lions marquee signing Tayla Harris was a standout last week, taking several terrific contested marks and slotting two crucial goals on her way to a NAB AFL Women’s Rising Star nomination.

She was supported by Emily Bates and Emma Zielke who both collected 13 disposals in the middle.

Collingwood will be expecting some marquee magic of their own from Moana Hope who has shown glimpses of brilliance in their first two games, but is yet to hit top gear.

Brisbane defender Kate Lutkins could be handed the difficult task of containing the influential Pie.

The Ex-Australian futsal player is in sizzling form and impressed last week with a team-high seven tackle game against the Dockers.

The Magpies will be forced to make at least one change with Sophie Casey due to miss after accepting a two-match ban for a late hit on Melbourne’s Meg Downie last week.

First bounce will be at 3:35pm at South Pine Sports Complex, Brendale.

By Josh Cheadle

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