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44 SPORT WEDNESDAY APRIL 28 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Rhys Mathieson looks set to come into Brisbanes squad to play Port Adelaide on Sunday, in place of injured star Lachie Neale. LIONS midfielder Rhys Mathieson shapes as a likely replacement for the injured Lachie Neale in Saturdays clash with Port Adelaide at the Gabba, following an impressive VFL outing last weekend. Mathieson managed to kick four goals and collect 18 touches in just one half of football during Brisbanes 69-point VFL loss to Carlton last weekend, in a performance that could see him earn a call-up into the top squad this weekend. The 24-year-old has only played one AFL match so far this year in the Lions Round 1 loss to Sydney but has come back into contention after Neale underwent surgery on Monday, after suffering a syndesmosis injury last weekend. Lions captain Dayne Zorko praised Mathiesons ability during a visit to Ronald McDonald House SEQ yesterday to announce a new initiative that would see Brisbane donate $500 for every goal kicked in Round 7. Rhys Mathieson has been extraordinary in the reserves, Zorko said. Hes been the emergency a couple of times and he had a really good pre-season. He and Jarrod Berry are probably the frontrunners they seem to be the two with match fitness. His (Mathiesons) contested balls have always been great and his skills have always been fantastic. Him and Lachie are very similar players. MATHIESON EXPECTED TO FILL NEALES SPOT CHRIS HONNERY THE Giants indifferent relationship with last years AFL hub environment has been analysed from almost every angle. Little did they know, a perceptive and richly talented first-year footballer was doing the same. Lachie Ash, son of Victorian country football legend Stephen, was one of the games most coveted prospects in late 2019 and ended up at Greater Western Sydney with draft pick No.4. Being thrust into a limited hotel existence in his first taste of AFL football wasnt a great introduct ion and sapped Ash of his love for the sport. After considering re-signing last year, the 19-year-old opted to wait and see how GWS would react in 2021 to that challenging period. I wasnt enjoying it as much as I was at the start of the year, then there was the stuff with Aidan Corr leaving in the hub a bit of stuff went down and we werent playing great footy, Ash said. When youre losing, its never an enjoyable place to be, so those were a couple of contributing factors. I wanted to see how the group would respond, and its been first class and I wouldnt want to play footy anywhere else. Wait and see a win for Lachie MARC MCGOWAN Hawkins burnout fear GEELONG spearhead Tom Hawkins says fewer rotations and the increased length of quarters this season has amplified the workload on players bodies, but believes the effect of the changes wont be fully felt until later in the year. While Hawkins has not had any serious fitness concerns in 2021, the Cats have had several players suffer hamstring injuries within games and have had others managing soft-tissue complaints during pre-season. The reigning Coleman medallist said players seemed to be dealing with the changes but admitted it might be different in the back half of the year. I am not sure of the injury toll comparison from last year, but it has been a bit of an adjustment, Hawkins told SEN Breakfast. I have found personally with less rotations and higher game time it has been a bit more of a workload on the body, but in saying that, last year we had shorter turnarounds and we did have that period of seven weeks where we were away from football training as a group and that contact element, so in some ways it gave the body a bit of a spell. It is probably something where if the length of game is becoming an issue for players it will probably happen later in the season as more fatigue gets in the body, but from a player point of view it is OK as it is at the moment. Hawkins had his equal best return of the year on Saturday, booting three goals in the 97point win over West Coast to take his season tally to 13. He said Geelong had turned a corner against the Eagles. When you play quality opposition and you can beat them by just shy of 100 points, that is real, that is exciting, and we will take a lot of confidence and energy out of playing that way, he said. We have been trying to play our brand of footy but for some reason it just hasnt been clicking, and Im not sure what that (reason) is. But we have been training hard, reviewing and previewing opportunities but it just started to click a bit more and we were able to take full advantage of that. LACHIE YOUNG ST KILDA will adopt a more daring approach in Saturdays clash with Hawthorn and ditch the boring style that has stifled its season, according to midfielder Seb Ross. Ross is confident the likely return of big man Paddy Ryder, as well as a slight tweak to its method, can get the clubs season back on track. St Kilda sits 16th on the ladder, with only two wins from six rounds. Tellingly, last years semi-finalists have the second worst percentage in the AFL (67 per cent). We have gone away a little bit from the way we were playing last year, particularly that bit of dare, Ross said. We are just a little boring on that side of things and (there are) a few things defensively where were lacking a bit of cohesion and hav ing a few breakdowns. We will get a few personnel back in the next few weeks. Paddy will put his hand up this week and it will be nice to get him back in. Paddy is enormous for us. He is such a star of the competition (he is) someone we have really missed. Saints dare to ditch boring brand of footy GLENN MCFARLANE SHAI Bolton is in no hurry to lock into a new deal with Richmond, with his manager Ralph Carr saying the speedster will bide his time before making a decision on his future. The 22-year-old, who was one of the clubs few shining lights in its Anzac Eve loss to Melbourne, made a decision at the start of the year that he wanted to wait until later in the season before starting contract talks with the Tigers. Carr said Bolton was happy at Punt Road, but wanted to concentrate on his footy in the first half of the season. Bolton wont be rushed
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