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Monday, February 16, 2015

Brisbane Lions Kicking News

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February 16, 2015 - Josh Green to get defensive
"Josh Green has looked west to improve his game over the pre-season, hoping to emulate the defensive deeds of Fremantle small forward Hayden Ballantyne. In his four seasons at the Brisbane Lions, 22-year-old Green has shown a nose for goals, kicking 72 in his 54 games. He led the Lions last year with 33, putting him in the top 25 in the AFL. But it's his work running the other way Green is most interested in developing. The Tasmanian has made the small forward position in Brisbane his own over the past two years, and says the penny has now dropped about the significance of defensive pressure.... There was only a handful of half-forwards and small forwards who kicked more goals than Green last season, and they all tackled more often than he did. All Australians Luke Breust (57 goals), Ballantyne (49) and Robbie Gray (42), along with Eddie Betts (51), Lindsay Thomas (45) and Chad Wingard (43) were the only smaller players to outscore Green." - AFL

February 10, 2015 - midfield kicks
"Lions are hoping a smaller forward line can kick winning scores this season, with both captain and coach putting the onus on a talented midfield to have an impact on the scoreboard. With the retirement of Jonathan Brown midway through last season, the Lions have no obvious go-to target in their forward 50. They'll be looking for a combination of improvement from young key position prospects, some help from a couple of older heads, and a big impact from the small forwards and a midfield brimming with talent. Last season's attacking statistics made grim reading for the Lions, with an inexperienced outfit plagued by injuries to many of its classier players. The Lions were ranked last for marks inside 50, 16th for points scored and 15th for goals once inside forward 50. Coach Justin Leppitsch said third-year tall Michael Close was a good long-term prospect and would continue to get games, while experienced campaigners Brent Staker and Luke McGuane - who combined for a total of two games last season due to injury - would vie for a spot to add a steadying influence. There's also exciting second-year prospect Daniel McStay, Jonathan Freeman and Jackson Paine waiting in the wings, but Leppitsch said the burgeoning midfield would have to step up." - AFL

January 28, 2015 - remaining kicks
"The Lions lost a combined total of 941 senior AFL games by farewelling Jonathan Brown, Ash McGrath, Joel Patfull, Brent Moloney and Andrew Raines – leaving Captain Jed Adcock (185 games) as the team’s most experienced player.... Brent Staker has inherited Brown’s long-held position as the Club’s leading career goal-kicker with 119 goals during his time with both the Lions and West Coast, while Collingwood recruit Beams is just one shy with 118. In terms of most goals kicked for the Lions colours – that honour goes to small forward Josh Green who has booted 72 goals from his 54 career matches." - Lions

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