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Brown keen to put on Big V jumper: Power

By Leonard Siragusa 06/05/2008 05:32:17 PM Comments (0)

"Commonsense" will determine whether Jonathan Brown plays in Saturday night's Hall of Fame match at the MCG, according to his Brisbane Lions and Victorian teammate Luke Power.

Brown, who is the Big V's captain and poster boy for the showpiece match, is desperate to play.

But after pulling out of the Lions' clash with Geelong last Saturday with a quadriceps strain, Brown has been under pressure from coach Leigh Matthews to skip the one-off match rather than compromise his season with the Lions.

"He's a pretty intimidating character, Leigh, I'm sure they'll talk about it but I think commonsense will prevail - if Browny's right to play, Browny will play," Power said.

"Browny's a big boy ... he'll be fine for the rest of the year, he'll get through the game."

"He was probably half a day or a day off playing against Geelong.

"I'm pretty sure Browny will be available and he'll play and he'll be pretty keen to put on the jumper."

Power said he could not separate the Victorian and Dream Team squads but said the unknown element of how the best players in the competition would come together would be an intriguing feature of the match.

"You just wouldn't know how things will work out, how teams are going to gel but one thing you can guarantee is there's going to be some amazing contests and some amazing skills displayed," he said.

"You just can't look at it on paper and separate the teams.

"They're all great players in their own right that's what is special about this game, the unknown."

Power also revealed he had copped some good-natured sledging from Lions team-mate Jamie Charman.

Charman will be one of the Dream Team's ruckmen and the two are certain to cross paths at the MCG.

"He doesn't tuck his elbows in much," Power said of Charman.

"I've been rooming with him all week, he's been coming home saying `gee I'm going to smash you'.

"But if he's got the ball, you just play within the rules, you play hard but you play fair."

Power was part of an AFLPA announcement on Tuesday that the players would donate their combined match payments of $250,000 from Saturday's clash to charity.

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