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Collingwood held off a courageous Hawthorn outfit to expire six level winners in Launceston, whereas the Lions simply accounted for the reigning premiers. Check out how each participant fared right here.

Brisbane exorcised a few of final yr’s preliminary remaining demons with a complete 13.13-91 to six.9-45 victory over reigning premiers Geelong of their pre-season encounter at Brighton Homes Arena on Thursday evening. Check out the important thing speaking factors and the way each participant carried out beneath.

MIDFIELD WATCH

It took lower than 5 minutes for Ashcroft to announce himself to the Lions devoted, with an aesthetic crumb and snap from the pocket that went inches from opening the scoring.

The Lions’ father-son choice picked up the place he left off within the intraclub matches, displaying his readymade AFL craft in opposition to the reigning premiers with 26 touches.

Dunkley began on-ball with Lachie Neale and the pair already seems like a match made in clearance heaven, whereas Ashcroft rotated between the wing, centre and half-forward.

Brisbane’s first-choice midfield can be one of many sizzling subjects forward of Round 1, with Ashcroft, Dunkley, Neale and Hugh McCluggage ostensibly combating for 3 beginning spots amongst 4.

Neale and Dunkley are presumptive locks, leaving McCluggage and Ashcroft in an early struggle. The former began the match within the guts with Ashcroft on a wing, although each attended their fair proportion of centre bounces.

The Lions’ superior foursome topped the disposal tally, with Dunkley and Neale (31) main McCluggage and Ashcroft (26).

Ex-Giant Tanner Bruhn impressed beginning within the guts alongside Cam Guthrie; the 2020 No.12 choose buying and selling blows with the full-strength Brisbane midfield and popping up inside 50 to – almost – put Geelong on the board within the first time period.

Patrick Dangerfield performed simply 60 per cent of the match however nonetheless discovered loads of the footy, splitting his time between midfield and ahead

INSIDE 50 FUNCTIONS

If all of Gunston, Hipwood, Bailey and Daniher are on the scoresheet at quarter-time within the common season, Lions followers can be grinning ear to ear.

Neale added his identify to the checklist with a bomb from outdoors 50 early within the second time period and Charlie Cameron flew excessive for a screamer solely to overlook the set shot.

Daniher booted two objectives and appeared match, discovering freedom enjoying excessive up the bottom with Gunston staying nearer to residence. The ex-Hawk kicked the opener with a Charlie Cameron-esque race again to aim and was a focus inside 50.

The Cats’ assault was tougher to evaluate given the absence of Cameron and Hawkins, with Dangerfield the tallest goal.

Former Collingwood ahead Ollie Henry had the prospect to impress with out the Cats’ two prime weapons sharing area inside 50, nevertheless he was effectively held by the Brisbane again six and completed scoreless.

Tyson Stengle struggled early with out his tall towers to play off of, however labored his manner into the match and was the choose of the Cats’ forwards, bagging two objectives to go along with 20 disposals.

DOUR DEFENCE

Geelong at one level led the within 50 depend 20-6 but trailed by 4 objectives within the opening time period.

If Cats followers wished a glimpse of what life with out their tall-tandem of Cameron and Hawkins was like – it wasn’t enjoyable.

Brisbane defender Jack Payne had a rock stable evening down again earlier than leaving the sphere with a feared hamstring concern, whereas Harris Andrews racked up the touches with 23 for the match.

The recently-named co-captain endured criticism for his patchy kind final season however appeared up to the mark in his first take a look at of 2023, enjoying 100 per cent of recreation time.

Ex-Bomber Conor McKenna added some sprint from defence as he eyes an AFL return after two years away and confirmed he nonetheless knew the way to discover the footy with 14 disposals.

MOVING MAGNETS

Brisbane’s bolstered midfield has pushed Cam Rayner out and regardless of prior glimpses of his potential as a ahead, Fagan appears set on experimenting along with his younger bull throughout halfback.

The former No.1 choose began the match in defence and there he stayed all through, enjoying reverse Daniel Rich with Keidean Coleman additionally attending.

His work in shut was useful in defence however it’s arduous to not really feel like a few of his skillset is being wasted so removed from aim.

Esava Ratugolea was within the sights of plenty of rival golf equipment within the low season however the Cats stored the 24-year-old huge man with a watch to creating him a daily fixture in defence.

He had one of the best of Daniher within the air, nevertheless was overwhelmed on the lead plenty of occasions and located himself getting misplaced in site visitors inside 50.

INJURY CONCERNS

Fans of each groups held their breath when Hipwood and Ratugolea left the sphere after a heavy collision early within the third time period.

The Lions put Hipwood on ice and although there have been early fears of concussion, the analysis was a corked quad. Ratugolea returned to the sphere after a fast checkup and was cleared to play.

Jake Kolodjashnij additionally walked gingerly off the sphere within the third quarter and was later dominated out for the match following a head conflict with Lincoln McCarthy.

But the large concern for Brisbane is defender Payne, who got here off within the third time period and instantly utilized ice to his hamstring.

He appeared a lock to begin within the again six for Round 1 after one other spectacular evening to that time.

PIES BEAT HAWKS IN LAUNCESTON THRILLER AS STAR PIE FINISHES ON ICE

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Collingwood has its fingers crossed Pat Lipinski will overcome a shoulder damage to be match for its spherical one blockbuster in opposition to Geelong after he failed to complete Thursday’s observe hitout in opposition to Hawthorn with a shoulder damage.

Lipinsky, one of many Magpies greatest with 22 touches and two objectives within the 15.16 (106) to 14.16 (100) win at Launceston, left the sphere halfway by means of the ultimate time period and didn’t return clutching his already closely strapped shoulder.

It was the one damage concern for both aspect in an entertaining contest in Tasmania, the place each groups confirmed an assault in any respect prices mentality.

“We’ll get scans and work out the severity,” Magpies assistant coach Brendon Bolton stated. “He’s a great young man so we’ll cross our fingers. We hope it’s on the lighter side.

“I can’t speak highly enough of Pat. When he came across from the Bulldogs his transition running for us can really expose opposition, he’s a gut runner and a good decision maker.

“We won’t worry yet, we’ll wait for a diagnosis.”

The Pies ran out winners in opposition to the Hawks, and we’ve acquired each participant rated. Check out how your aspect fared.

RECRUIT WATCH

Collingwood followers would have been excited by what they noticed from the vast majority of their new faces, all of whom have been lured to enhance areas they struggled in at occasions final yr.

Former Brisbane Lions ruck-forward confirmed he can be invaluable because the Pies search for extra tall targets within the inside 50, in addition to overlaying for the large lack of star ruckman Brodie Grundy to Melbourne.

McStay booted two objectives within the opening time period and appeared able to offering a helpful foil for fellow tall Brody Mihocek, whereas additionally permitting their livewire small forwards extra space.

Former Giant Bobby Hill performed within the midfield and had some stylish touches. In the second quarter he used his tempo to stream down the wing and delivered an exquisite kick to Mihocek inside 50.

Former Hawks champion Tom Mitchell was robust on the stoppages and can take some stress off fellow inside mid Taylor Adams.

For Hawthorn, no. 7 draft choose Cam McKenzie confirmed very encouraging indicators on debut with 13 first half touches on his debut.

“He looks comfortable out there, he’s got a nice touch with his feet and really pleased he’s able to get out here after missing last week,” Hawks coach Sam Mitchell advised Fox Footy at quarter time.

“He’s going to be a good player.”

Former Fremantle ruck-forward Lloyd Meek additionally kicked a primary quarter aim for the Hawks.

PIES DANGEROUS UP FORWARD

Collingwood defence has lengthy been among the many competitors’s greatest, however at occasions they struggled to kick a bag of objectives and relied on their grit to win a glut of shut video games.

However they give the impression of being to have much more choices this yr with McStay there, whereas Hill will even spend loads of time as a crumber up ahead.

Jamie Elliott seems set for a brilliant yr after he was arguably essentially the most harmful participant on the sphere within the first half.

The small ahead booted two objectives earlier than the main break and missed one other he’d usually nail.

The suspended Jack Ginnivan can be but to return after having fun with a breakout season in 2022, and naturally there’s De Goey as one other harmful midfield-forward swingman.

Adams additionally acquired up ahead greater than typical and kicked two first half objectives, with Pat Lipinsky following go well with. The Pies now have loads of gamers able to enjoying huge midfield minutes, but additionally being a hazard when resting up ahead.

The Magpies confirmed their trademark want to assault in any respect prices beneath Craig McRae, with their fast rebound from half-back offering fixed complications for Hawthorn’s defence.

Hawthorn would even have been happy with their effectivity up ahead early. Despite shedding the within 50 depend by a big margin early, they booted three objectives of their first 5 entries to remain inside attain of the Pies.

MOVING MAGNETS

Last yr’s Rising Star winner Nick Daicos spent most of final yr sparking Collingwood’s assault from half-back along with his silky abilities.

But already it’s clear he can be given extra accountability nearer to the motion after spending many of the recreation within the midfield and on the wing.

Although the Magpies nonetheless have champions like Scott Pendlebury and Steele Sidebottom, it was Daicos who was tagged by Hawthorn with Finn Maginness given the function within the first half.

“He’s better get used to it. He’s too good to leave just running around,” Hawks coach Mitchell advised Fox Footy.

Daicos performed largely half-back in opposition to Carlton final week. But it was an indication of intent by the Magpies to place him nearer to the motion of their primary critical hit out earlier than they play defending premier Geelong in spherical one.

YOUNG HAWKS START REBUILD

The Hawks offloaded established stars Mitchell, Jaeger O’Meara and Jack Gunston on the finish of final season, with the membership placing religion of their kids to take the subsequent step with a view to re-emerging as a drive in coming years.

Dylan Moore confirmed he’s prepared to enhance once more after final yr’s breakout season with 15 touches, whereas Will Day had eight first half touches as he seems to make the transition from defence to the midfield.

After they had been smashed in inside 50s within the first quarter, the Hawks turned the tables within the second time period to win that statistic 18-11.

GREENE LIFELINE BEGINS WELL

Fergus Greene would possibly effectively be one among this yr’s really feel good tales.

The 25-year-old hasn’t been sighted at AFL stage since he performed 5 video games for Western Bulldogs in 2018, earlier than he was picked up by the Hawks by way of the supplementary choice interval.

The small ahead kicked two of his three objectives early within the third quarter as Hawthorn took the lead in opposition to the Pies with 5 straight objectives both aspect of half time.

With Jack Gunston’s departure to Brisbane, Greene could possibly be a helpful cut-price addition.

By no means will he be anticipated to fill the huge void left by Gunston, who kicked 410 objectives in 211 video games for Hawthorn, however the early indicators had been promising.

LIPINSKI ISSUE A CONCERN

Pat Lipinski was one among Collingwood’s greatest gamers with 22 disposals and two objectives. But in a priority for the Pies he left the sphere clutching his already heavily-strapped left shoulder halfway by means of the final time period after trying to put a sort out on Sam Butler.

Lipinski is one among Collingwood’s extra underrated gamers they usually’ll be hoping he’ll be prepared for Geelong in spherical one.

It appeared the one damage concern for both aspect to return out of the match.

Originally revealed as All the highlights from Hawthorn vs. Collingwood, Brisbane vs. Geelong

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