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Given the common sentiment that debutants shouldn't debut as sub and Woewodin badly needs minutes, I can see these changes:

In - Tholstrup, Laurie (sub)

Out - Pickett, Woewodin.

However I'd prefer either Woewodin or Tholstrup to start as sub and Laurie to remain at Casey. For such a big game this week, Laurie simply hasn't shown enough evidence that he's up to the task yet.

If there was no bye next week, I reckon BBB would have been rested.

 

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Kolt 4 Koz. Only change IMO.

Perfect time for an injection of youth and attitude i reckon, 5 games in. Excited by this.

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6 minutes ago, whatwhat say what said:

and presumably that'll be the only change, kolt 4 koz?

woey 2.0 remains the sub

if woewodin comes in on the last again he can get a full game at casey on the weekend proper

I thought Woey came back to play at a Casey scratch match last week? So he has had playing minutes I believe

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7 minutes ago, adonski said:

Windsor, Tholstrup, Howes all playing in the same side by round 5! Could have gotten good odds on that in the preseason 

Your Swans avatar is disquieting...

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This will be a close game. Our form is not quite as strong as it looks and our last four wins have been big overs on Expected Score and we have lost the inside 50s in the last two weeks. We won't want to lose the territory battle again this week because Daniher and Hipwood have a height advantage and Cameron is a nightmare matchup.

I would start with Oliver on Neale at stoppages, especially in the centre. Oliver is struggling with his hand and Neale is key for the Lions' midfield. We really need a better performance from Clarrie in the clearances to beat Brisbane IMO.

Kossie is a big out, especially given the poor forward pressure we are are getting from Brown. Petty has been average in this regard too this season off the back of limited preseason and Fritsch doesn't ever like getting his hands too dirty. These weaknesses have been covered by our superior efficiency over the last month.

If we win the midfield battle, I doubt the Lions can play well enough to transition the ball through our defensive system enough times. That said, we have not been as strong defensively all over the ground this year and have relied on our back six to defend too much this year.

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59 minutes ago, adonski said:

Windsor, Tholstrup, Howes all playing in the same side by round 5! Could have gotten good odds on that in the preseason 

While sitting on a 4/1 start you certainly would have.

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Assuming it’s Kolt for Kossie and that’s it I wonder what role he’ll be in.

Do they give him any of Pickett’s CBA’s? Or just leave them to Viney, Oliver, Petracca and Sparrow?

Does he play up the ground like Nibbler, Billings, Chandler have been or stay closer to goal like Fritsch and the talls?

I really hope he gets at least one stint in the guts.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 11

Melbourne v Brisbane at the MCG, 7.30pm AEST

MELBOURNE

In: K.Tholstrup
Out: K.Pickett (suspension)

R4 sub: Taj Woewodin

BRISBANE

In: Nil
Out: Nil

R4 sub: James Tunstill

The Lions will go into the MCG clash with the same squad that defeated North Melbourne in Gather Round. Milestone man Lachie Neale, who will play his 250th game, and forward Zac Bailey will both play after they overcame sore spots in the wake of the win over the Roos.

Dees midfielder Clayton Oliver has been named despite managing a finger injury in recent weeks.

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