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Voss not carrying 'baggage' against Port

By Laine Clark 29/06/2009 07:37:12 PM Comments (0)

A whirlwind weekend trip has been planned by Michael Voss - but the Brisbane Lions coach won't be packing any personal "baggage".

Voss will fly to Melbourne to take in the Geelong-Saints blockbuster on Sunday just hours after holding the reins for what promises to an emotional AFL match for the Lions mentor at Adelaide.

For the first time as a coach, Voss faces off against Port Adelaide - a team responsible for one of his worst memories as a player.

History shows Port emphatically ended the Voss-captained Lions' run of three straight AFL premierships in the 2004 grand final.

But Voss claimed that he would not be thinking twice about the result ahead of the AAMI Stadium showdown against the embattled Power.

"You are focussed on doing a job and keep yourself firmly fixed on what's coming up as opposed to what has historically happened," Voss said on Monday.

"As coach that would be bringing my baggage to this team, and that's not my role.

"My role is to motivate them for this game - not (worry about) my history in whatever grand final."

Voss will also be taking in the top of the table clash the next day at Etihad Stadium as research for their round 15 home clash against Geelong.

"I hope St Kilda really make it a physical encounter because we've got them the following week," Voss smiled.

"They (Geelong) are the benchmark of the competition at the moment so for us to be able to have any chance in this competition then we've got to learn how to beat those two teams.

"For us, going down there and having a bit of a look about their style and the way they go about it and the physicality, I think that's what I'm looking forward to the most.

"You've just got the feeling the last couple of weeks they've been setting themselves for each other."

But Voss admitted the showdown with Port loomed as another battle royale.

"You always seem to play better against one team. We seem to have that against Port," he said.

"We have historically played in tight games, some great, physical clashes - I wouldn't expect it to be any different (this weekend)."

Voss did not expect the speculation swirling around Port coach Mark Williams' future to distract the Power ahead of their clash.

"The one thing I know about Port, at their best, they're quite a very good football team and they can destroy and dismantle any side in the competition," he said.

"When they get their game going they score quickly, they're very proficient, they're good with the ball in their hand, they're very skillful."

Port banged in seven fourth quarter goals to ensure Geelong only won by 34 points on Sunday.

"Port showed that they can score very very quickly," Voss said.

"For us it's a nice little challenge this week to be able to go to Footy Park - AAMI Stadium - and play against some pretty good competition."

Voss was hopeful of welcoming back key Lion Josh Drummond (calf) but hinted that key midfielder Bradd Dalziel (knee) would spend another week in the reserves.

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