The Brisbane Lions will travel to Avalon Airport Oval in Melbourne on Saturday to take on Werribee in the Second Preliminary Final of the Smithy’s VFL.
A comprehensive 40-point win over Williamstown booked the Lions spot in the last four of the VFL.
VFL Coach Ben Hudson was proud of his team’s performance against a strong Williamstown outfit but knows the job is not yet done.
“This group has always had belief we could go deep into finals and now we have the opportunity to continue to ride the momentum,” he said.
“The weekend was a testament to what we can do when we bring the pressure and presence for all four quarters.
“We have no doubt Werribee will present us with a great challenge, they have been really strong all year and that shows in their results.
“If we can bring that same effort and intensity to Saturday, it will go a long way to giving us a great opportunity to do something special.”
Werribee have become a formidable opponent in the VFL having not lost a game since round five and having a strong record at home, having only lost once at Avalon Airport Oval this year.
The only other loss for Werribee came against the Lions in round one at Brighton Homes Arena.
Players to watch
Often flying under the radar, Jimmy Tunstill has quietly put together an impressive season in the VFL for 2023.
Tunstill was at his scintillating best in the Lions win on Saturday, not only did he amass 24 touches but his work out of clearance was a difference with eight for the game.
Providing the Lions with both an inside and outside option for their potent midfield, Tunstill’s run and one touch ability will be key on Saturday against Werribee.
The tall forward has been a focal point for the Lions in attack this season with his ability to mark overhead and be nimble at ground level.
30 goals in 17 matches have Fullarton as one of the most reliable sources to goal forming a formidable partnership with Wylie Buzza.
With the ability to spend time in the ruck, Fullarton’s versatility and potency in front of goal will be a huge asset for the Lions who will tackle a strong Werribee defence.
Last time we met
In what feels like an age ago, the Lions and Werribee met way back in Round one to open each team’s 2023 Smithy’s VFL season at Brighton Homes Arena.
The Lions shot out to an early lead only to be run over by Werribee in the second and third quarter but a phenomenal comeback saw the Lions take a thriller by one point.
Wylie Buzza started his season strongly with three majors while James Madden Jaxon Prior were good in defence taking 17 marks between them.
Rhys Mathieson led the Lions with 28 touches, 11 clearance and two goals to be a key difference between the two sides.
With the first bounce from 12pm on Saturday, Lions fans can catch all the action on 7plus or catch the live stream on https://www.afl.com.au/vfl.