By MYLES STEDMAN
NEAFL ROUND 10
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Canberra Demons (5th) v Brisbane Lions (2nd) at UNSW Canberra Oval, 12pm *Live Champion Data statistics available on the Official NEAFL App
The Canberra Demons have plenty to prove heading into Week 9 of the 2018 NEAFL season, being just one of a glut of clubs trying to poke their heads above water stuck at 4-4. Kade Klemke’s club is much improved this year, and has almost already breached their 2017 wins total of 7 just eight weeks through the new season. It looks like .500 football, or there abouts, will be good enough for a number of clubs to play finals, with seeding perhaps being decided by percentage, meaning every game from hereon out is of massive importance to this team.
Meanwhile, as the Brisbane Lions begin to blood more depth through their youth systems, they have seen the clinicality of their early season performances dry up, along with the wins that play brought about. Now two games behind the league-leaders Sydney University, Brisbane need to win all their games against the lesser opponents of the NEAFL, and make mid-table matchups like this count for all they can.
Round 17, 2017: Brisbane 23.15 (153) d Canberra 8.11 (59) at UNSW Canberra Oval Round 10, 2016: Canberra 8.12 (60) d Brisbane 2.5 (17) at UNSW Canberra Oval
1. Canberra currently has two wins in a row, while Brisbane is trying to break their string of two losses. It will be interesting to see whether recent trend lines hold or not with the season gradually growing older. The Demons will have a big opportunity to register their third win against an AFL club this season, with Brisbane’s injury woes at AFL level expected to weaken their NEAFL team this week.
2. Both teams have also struggled to score in recent weeks, wasting chances galore, with the Demons putting up 7.22 against the Redland Bombers last round, and the Lions 6.10 and 7.12 in back-to-back games. As mentioned, Canberra has found a way to win those match-ups, where Brisbane has not.
3. Canberra has won their last three home games in a row, since moving back from Allinsure Park to UNSW Canberra Oval. With their opponents this week typically enjoying the wide open spaces of the Gabba, it will be interesting to see how large an advantage the home team draws from the more compact (and far colder!) oval.
Keidean Coleman made his NEAFL debut for the Lions last week, and looked right at home while being named among his team’s best, with 20 disposals, seven tackles and five marks. As he begins to feel more at home, his team will look to players such as he to lift for the back half of the season in order to regain their dominance.
STATS THAT MATTER
Brisbane’s highest score in a loss is 54, while their lowest in a win is 83. In those three losses, they average just a touch over nine goals, while in their five wins, that average jumps up to a whopping 17. Being the dominant air-attack team we know them to be, it’s clear the Demons will need to make sure they are marked up like a glove when their opposition is coming inside 50.
Brisbane by 30 points.