Jack Riewoldt flies for a huge mark in Richmond’s Round 23 win over Brisbane. Picture: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images.
Jack Riewoldt flies for a huge mark in Richmond’s Round 23 win over Brisbane. Picture: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images.

How Lions plan to curtail jumping Jack

WHETHER Brisbane defender Marcus Adams will be given a shot at redemption against Jack Riewoldt in next week's qualifying final boils down to coach Chris Fagan's faith - and the prognosis is good.

The in-form Adams was finally outdone in Richmond's 27-point win last week with Riewoldt scoring four first-quarter goals on his watch but his odds of getting a second chance next weekend are favourable.

Despite trading places with Darcy Gardiner, who kept Riewoldt scoreless after quarter time, Adams appears set to retain his tag with Fagan loathe to tinker with last-gasp selections.

"We'll just keep things normal," Fagan said of shifting players.

"That's the art of playing in finals, I reckon. It's trying to keep your own club environment as normal as possible.

"Stick to the things you've worked on during the year, don't change too much."

Until Round 23, Adams enjoyed seven straight wins and proved his worth in keeping Tom Hawkins scoreless during Brisbane's one-point win over Geelong.

Marcus Adams flies high to mark in a contest against Jack Riewoldt. Picture: AAP Image/Michael Dodge.
Marcus Adams flies high to mark in a contest against Jack Riewoldt. Picture: AAP Image/Michael Dodge.

Few changes are expected but Allen Christensen's return could cause a shift ahead of next week's expected sellout at the Gabba.

Fans looking to catch Brisbane's first qualifying final in 15 years must wait till Thursday afternoon before getting the chance to purchase tickets.

Lions and Tigers members have been granted first dibs on tickets from 11am to 3pm on August 29 before general public access opens from 4pm.

The staggered ticket release comes after a widespread Ticketek shutdown during Week 1 of the 2018 finals series and has been welcomed by AFL Fans Association president Gerry Eeman.

"For many fans who have followed their team all year, particularly long-serving members, obtaining finals tickets is a must," Eeman said." They should not have to worry about whether the system is going to crash."

Daniel Rich celebrates with Luke Hodge and coach Chris Fagan. Picture: Chris Hyde/Getty Images.
Daniel Rich celebrates with Luke Hodge and coach Chris Fagan. Picture: Chris Hyde/Getty Images.

Meanwhile, Brisbane's last remaining finals player Daniel Rich has declared the Lions' lack of September experience to be no issue for a side that that was growing in maturity and had come to love the big occasions.

Four-time premiership star Luke Hodge, grand final players Lachie Neale and Charlie Cameron along with Jarryd Lyons, Mitch Robinson, Lincoln McCarthy and Rich are the only Lions from the side that lost to Richmond to have played finals.

And those players, except for Rich whose two finals were at the Gabba and Marvel Stadium, are also the only ones to have experienced a crowd as big as the 76,995 who jammed into the MCG on Sunday.

Rich said he did not expect to be bombarded with teammates seeking advice on how to cope with big finals as there were players with longer resumes than his.

And he has sensed over the past two weeks, especially after overcoming a slow start against Richmond to claw back into the contest that the big crowds held no fears for his younger teammates.

Daniel Rich has enjoyed a career-best season off halfback. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images.
Daniel Rich has enjoyed a career-best season off halfback. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images.

"I was the last player to put on a Lions jumper to play finals but there is a lot of other guys that have played in bigger games than myself. I will be chatting to those guys as will everyone else in the week to come,'' he said.

"But I think the group is really quite mature and prepares well.

"The last two weeks have been great stepping stones into the finals against two really good teams in front of really big crowds and the boys are really enjoying it.''

After the game several Lions registered surprise that the previous week's clash with Geelong at the Gabba had seemed to be louder - which Rich said had become a major advantage for the Lions and one the players would feed off.

"Our crowd supports us so well and we will be embracing that,'' he said.

"There is nothing better than a packed Gabba. It is one of the loudest grounds in Australia.''

Lions and Tigers members have been granted first dibs on tickets from 11am to 3pm on August 29 before general public access opens from 4pm.

The staggered ticket release comes after a widespread Ticketek shutdown during week one of the 2018 finals series and has been welcomed by AFL Fans Association president Gerry Eeman.

"For many fans who have followed their team all year, particularly long-serving members, obtaining finals tickets is a must," Eeman said." They should not have to worry about whether the system is going to crash."

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