‘Hard sell’: Freo switch suits Lions

The “hard sell” of four successive home games to finish the regular season has the Brisbane Lions pleased about their fixture switch with Fremantle.

The Lions were to travel this weekend to Perth to meet the Dockers at Optus Stadium on Sunday.

However, because of the COVID-19 scare in Western Australia, Sunday’s match will now be played at the Gabba.

As a result, the Round 21 clash in August between the teams has been moved to Optus Stadium in Perth.

And that’s fine with the Lions, who weren’t overjoyed by the prospect of four homes games in succession from Round 20 to 23 caused by a similar COVID-19-related switch of their two games against Collingwood this season.

“We probably didn’t want four games in a row at the Gabba to finish the season,” Lions CEO Greg Swann said.

“It would have been a hard sell. Three of the final four games at home for us is a better option.

“The boys won’t mind a late-season trip to Perth. We travel well.”

Harris was back in a big way on Saturday night! 100% disposals efficiency 😱 pic.twitter.com/9CtlfX17m7

However, the “compromise” also leaves Lions officials with little time to promote Sunday’s game.

Making it harder is that Sunday is also Mother’s Day despite the 4.40pm start being a family-friendly time.

“Everyone can go out for a Mother’s Day lunch and then come to the game. It’s free for kids,” Swann said.

“This is a good compromise for both clubs. It’s lucky that we’re playing each other twice this season.

“If we didn’t do the swap, we mightn’t have got the game away. It probably would have been postponed, which would have led to us having a stack-up of games later in the season.”

Lions star Harris Andrews said it was a “bonus” not having to travel to Perth this week.

“But we’ve got that corresponding fixture later in the year, so we’ll have to make the trip at some point,” said Andrews, who bounced back to his best form in the Lions’ 49-point weekend thrashing of Port Adelaide at the Gabba.

“It was nice to get back to playing the footy I know I can play.

“The week before was pretty disappointing against Carlton, but it was really confidence boosting to have the support of everyone at the footy club and in the team as well.

“Having that resilience and being able to not go on a rollercoaster of emotion is important.

“The fact that I’ve been able to grow and mature and learn to deal with those lows is something that I’m somewhat proud of.

“It’s really important for us as a footy club that will build that tough and resilient reputation.”

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