NEAFL 2017 Round 1

Brisbane Lions Reserves v
Sydney Swans Reserves

Saturday 1st April 2017
Blacktown International Sports Park

Note: New venue and time

Due to the bad weather up north, this match originally scheduled for Brisbane has been relocated to Blacktown.

The Swans will debut 6 new listed players in the NEAFL 2017 opener, and will come up against a rejuvenated Lions outfit who will debut 9 listed players of their own. This includes all 6 picks in the 2016 National Draft with number 3 overall pick Hugh McCluggage the pick of the litter. Also included is 2015 pick number 2 overall Josh Schache.

Past Meetings
Round 19 @ Blacktown
Brisbane Lions1.
GoalsN.Reinhard 4, S.Murray 4, J.Rose 2, B.Davis 2, N.Newman 2, T.Richards 2, J.Brown, J.Dawson, M.Wilson, K.Galloway, R.Hebron, J.Hiscox, L.Robertson, B.McGlynn
BestC.O'Riordan, N.Newman, B.McGlynn, S.Murray, T.Derickx, J.Laidler

Round 5 @ Coorparoo
Brisbane Lions3.
GoalsD.Towers 5, M.Wilson 5, J.Rose 3, N.Reinhard 3, C.McFadden, G.Rohan, B.Jack, S.Murray
BestD.Towers, H.Marsh, J.Foote, L.Melican, J.Rose, X.Richards

Round 1 @ Burpengary
Brisbane Lions1.
GoalsM.Wilson 5, A.Davis 3, J.Dawson 3, J.Rose 3, J.Hiscox 2, T.Nankervis 2, L.Behagg 2, K.Galloway 2, B.McGlynn, R.Hebron, N.Reinhard
BestH.Marsh, J.Foote, N.Newman, M.Wilson, A.Davis, J.Dawson

Team List
Listed players
1James ROSE000 
17Darcy CAMERON000NEAFL debut
18Callum SINCLAIR000Senior emergency
19Shaun EDWARDS000Previously played in the NEAFL for Giants
21Jack MAIBAUM000NEAFL debut
22Dean TOWERS000Senior emergency
30Tyrone LEONARDIS000 
32Michael TALIA000NEAFL debut
33Brandon JACK000 
34Jordan DAWSON000 
36Aliir ALIIR000Senior emergency
38Colin O'RIORDAN000 
43Lewis MELICAN000 
45Sam FISHER000Previously played in the NEAFL for Giants
46Sam MURRAY000 
47Toby PINK000 


Dawson, Towers should be the main midfield men, and will be supported with the likes of Jack, Murray, Fisher and Rose rotating through the middle. The defence is well stocked with talls. Up forward, Cameron and Pink will be the main focal points up forward.

Academy Players/Topups
49Will GOWERS000 
52Jack MAPLESON000NEAFL debut
53Sam BARKLEY000NEAFL debut
54Max LOWER000NEAFL debut
56Cooper LEE000NEAFL debut
?Jake BROWN000Emergency
?Hamish McDONALD000Emergency
?Jarrod OSBOURNEEmergency    


Last year's topups aka NEAFL Development squad played a significant role in the 2016 team's success. All but one of them (Veale to SANFL) have transferred to Sydney Uni this season and hopefully this new batch can be as talented as their predecessors

Brisbane Lions Reserves (listed players in bold)
B:24. Liam DAWSON41. Matt EAGLES22. Marco PAPARONE
HB:47. Reuben WILLIAM14. Josh WALKER37. Jacob ALLISON
C:6. Hugh McCLUGGAGE13. Jarrod BERRY17. Claye BEAMS
HF:19. Josh CLAYTON23. Josh SCHACHE16. Jarrad JANSEN
F:20. Cedric COX34. Jono FREEMAN48. Blake GREWAR
Foll:44. Archie SMITH46. Oscar McINERNEY39. Corey LYONS
Int:42. Mitch HINGE40. Matt HAMMELMANN29. Alex WITHERDEN
 55. Sam COPLAND  


Of the new Lions:
McCluggage is a goalkicking midfielder with good kicking skills
Berry is a versatile player, capable playing midfield or at either end of the ground
Witherden a good user off half back
Cox is a speedy wingman
Lyons, brother of Jarryd, is a inside midfielder.
Eagles is the winner of The Recruit Season 2, and is a ruckman.