The Brisbane Lions travel to Melbourne and will take on the Sandringham Zebras on Saturday at Trevor Barker Beach Oval.
The Lions rediscovered their mojo against the Sydney Swans last weekend in a 111-point demolition at Brighton Homes Arena.
Lions VFL Coach Ben Hudson was pleased to see his side respond in such dominant fashion, but acknowledged that challenges continue to present themselves.
“This fixture offered the boys with a chance to reply to the loss and I was really impressed with our game,” he said.
“It was a solid team performance and what was most pleasing was that we got the game on our terms early and were able to push the advantage.
“Travelling again this week gives us another chance to test ourselves against more quality opposition.
“Sandringham have been a strong team at home and we are excited to play there and play our brand of footy.”
Sandringham will play host to the Lions after a tough 32-point against Richmond last weekend.
Players to watch
One of the Lions most consistent performers, the VFL-listed Abberley has been crucial to the side’s success this season.
Having played all games bar one, Abberley has averaged 16.4 disposals and 5.1 marks across his 10 games.
Last week against the Swans was his best game this season, as Abberley collected 25 touches and five marks to keep Sydney’s forwards at bay.
After a quiet outing the week before against Box Hill, Abberley will be looking to build on his strong performance this weekend against the Zebras.
Brain made an emphatic return from a shoulder injury against the Swans after missing the Lions’ last two outings.
Kicking four goals and taking five marks, Brain was a livewire in the Lions forward line.
Brain has now kicked nine goals from eight matches and will be looking to continue his good form on Saturday.
Last time we met
The Lions took on the Zebras in an identical fixture in 2022 coming away with a 25-point victory.
Will Ashcroft, then touted as the favourite number one draft pick, starred kicking a goal to go along with 32 touches, six clearances and six tackles.
Exciting forward Kai Lohmann booted three majors as did Henry Smith and Tom Fullarton.
Deven Robertson played a big role through the middle of the ground with 24 possessions and a goal.