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Skippers tip Lions to roar

21/03/2003 05:52:34 AM Comments (0)

Two thirds of the AFL's captains believe Brisbane is on track for a historic three-peat of premierships.

Eleven of the league's 16 skippers think their team will need to beat the Lions to win the 2003 premiership.

The Lions are attempting to win their third successive flag and become the first side to do so since Melbourne in 1955-57.

In a survey of the competition's captains, skippers were asked who they thought their team would play in the grand final, what other teams would make the eight and which players would win the individual awards.

Every captain said Brisbane, Port Adelaide, Adelaide and Collingwood - the top four sides from 2002 - would again make the eight this year.

Six captains believe Fremantle can reach its first finals series since joining the competition in 1995.

But captains were divided when it came to the competition's most prestigious individual award, the Brownlow Medal.

Only three players - the Western Bulldogs' Nathan Brown, Collingwood captain Nathan Buckley and Adelaide star Andrew McLeod - received more than one selection (two each), while one captain thought Brisbane's Simon Black would win successive medals.

Seven skippers said Essendon's Matthew Lloyd would win the Coleman Medal for the leading goalkicker.

Last year's winner, Melbourne's David Neitz, and Sydney's Barry Hall each got three nominations, while Adelaide recruit Wayne Carey got one.

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