Redemption is the clear motive for the Brisbane Lions in tomorrow night’s clash against Essendon.

The local team is still desperate for a win having lost all six premiership games this season.

Paige Ross reports.


The Lions roar was barely a whimper at training this morning.

But if the Brisbane boys are feeling the pressure of a win less season – it wasn’t showing.

The Lions will be desperate for victory against their more favoured opponents – and are looking for an injection of youth to help their cause.

Newcomers Sam Sheldon and Ryan Harwood will hopefully give their more experienced team mates a much needed boost.

Gary O’Donnell, Lions Assistant Coach: “New players like that give you a little bit of a lift. Give you an enthusiasm that the team needs.”

Fans will say the team needs injured captain Johnathan Brown. But he’ll have to watch from the sidelines. His return to the paddock has been pushed back another week.

Not the news Gary O’donnell wanted to hear.

Gary O’Donnell, Lions Assistant Coach: “Just at the moment our footy club’s not travelling that well win wise but we think internally were moving in the right direction.”

There’s only one way for the Lions to move and the club is confident coach Michael Voss, who wasn’t there this morning, will redeem himself.

Gary O’Donnell, Lions Assistant Coach: “Michael is a very proud person and he’s always been a winner, I think he’ll end up being a winner in this situation.”

The Lions would have felt the pressure from calls for the coaches sacking. A win this weekend would quieten the critics and be a welcome for fans.

While the Bombers will start favourite, the Lions will hope Essendon’s appalling Gabba record will work in their favour.

Paige Ross, QUT News.