AFL teams: Former Lion makes return against old club

 os.nine.com.au  04/17/2019 08:57:42   WWOS

Former Lions captain Dayne Beams will face his beloved Brisbane after the Collingwood midfielder was selected to play in Thursday night's clash at the Gabba.

Beams is the only change for the Magpies as he comes in to replace a hobbled Chris Mayne who was felled with a serious back injury last week.

Beams was sidelined in Round 4's victory over the Bulldogs due to illness.

Brisbane will front an unchanged lineup after a strong start to the season.

Meanwhile, Port Adelaide have dropped Steven Motlop ahead of their clash with the Eagles on Friday.

Beams and Motlop (AAP)

After a less than impressive display in the previous two rounds, coach Ken Hinkley's hand was forced on the midfielder.

“His form for the first three or four weeks of the season has been a little bit off by his own admission,” Hinkley told Port Adelaide’s website.

“He hasn’t been able to find the football and impact as well as we’d like.

“On that basis, we’ve made the decision to play him at SANFL level, where he’ll hopefully find some more of the ball.

“We know Steven is a high-quality player who we’re sure will make his way back and be a significant part of the team going forward.”

Power also confirmed Karl Amon would return from a knee injury.

Amon suffered a medial strain in Round 1 and has failed to line up for his side since.

Brisbane v Collingwood at the Gabba, 7.35pm AEST

BRISBANE

B: Hodge, Andrews, Rich

HB: Witherden, Gardiner, Robinson

C: J. Berry, Neale, McCluggage

HF: Rayner, Hipwood, McCarthy

F: Cameron, McStay, McInerney

FOLL: Martin, Zorko, J. Lyons

I/C: Christensen, Walker, Robertson, Mathieson

EMG: Keays, Ballenden, Answerth, Smith

IN: Nil

OUT: Nil

COLLINGWOOD

B: Maynard, Roughead, Howe

HB: Crisp, Moore, Aish

C: Sidebottom, Pendlebury, Phillips

HF: Thomas, Cox, Elliott

F: Varcoe, Mihocek, De Goey

FOLL: Grundy, Adams, Beams

I/C: C. Brown, Treloar, Langdon, Stephenson

EMG: Appleby, Crocker, Greenwood, Wills

IN: Beams

OUT: Mayne (injured)

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