The Brisbane Lions will travel to Melbourne this weekend to take on the Northern Bullants in Round 16 of the VFL from 12:05pm.

Following a heartbreaking one-point loss to Richmond on Friday afternoon, the Lions will be looking to bounce back quickly.

The Lions suffered their first loss at their new home for 2023, Brighton Homes Arena, but according to coach Ben Hudson it is another chance for his young side to show resolve.

“The boys are obviously a little flat after the loss but in terms of the opportunity it presents our group it’s great,” he said.

“We are now able to go back and look at some things we would do differently in a similar situation and take those learnings going forward.

“The group we have is still relatively young and haven’t seen many game scenarios such as what presented itself on Friday.

“The beauty of footy is that we get another opportunity to test ourselves seven days later and the Bullants provide us with a chance to take what we learnt from Friday and implement it, hopefully to good effect.”

The Bullants will be looking to knock off the Lions to take their first big scalp of the season having currently registered just two wins so far in 2023.

Players to watch

Harry Sharp

The Lions wingman has become a key cog in the Lions midfield rotation in the past few weeks.

Primarily playing on the outside, Sharp’s ability to run has been well documented, but his ball-use going inside the forward 50 has given the Lions great scoring opportunities.

This weekend provides Sharp with another opportunity to showcase his prowess as he often finds himself linking up with half-backs Jaxon Prior and James Madden before launching the into Lions attack.

Wylie Buzza

The Lions swingman and captain has been used at both ends of the ground to great effect this season.

Kicking 25 goals in 12 matches so far across 2023, Buzza will be a key part of the Lions forward line.

Last time we met

The Lions took on the Bullants in Round 11 of 2022 at Moreton Bay Sports Complex, coming away with a strong 62-point win.

Rhys Mathieson dominated with 49 touches and a goal, while Wyle Buzza booted three majors.

Currently injured youngster Cater Michael impressed with 26 disposals and 10 marks, as did Jimmy Tunstill who collected 29 possessions.