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Demons are next superpower: Voss

By Laine Clark 27/07/2010 04:53:21 PM Comments (0)

For the Brisbane Lions to avoid a record-equalling eighth straight loss on Saturday night they will have to beat the AFL's next "superpower" according to coach Michael Voss.

Still smarting from last round's 63-point thumping in Geelong, Voss believes there is no respite in sight this weekend after comparing the Demons with the Cats.

He even went as far as likening the emerging Demons to the Lions of the late 1990s that quickly emerged as a triple premiership-winning outfit.

It's not quite music to the ears of the Lions as they eye their first wooden spoon since 1998.

Especially after their rotten run of 12 losses in 13 weeks began with their round five upset defeat at the hands of the Demons.

But Voss was at least honest about the challenge that lay ahead at the Gabba after watching Melbourne demolish Sydney by 73 points last Sunday.

"The way that they played the game you would think you are seeing the superpower of the future," Voss said in Brisbane on Tuesday.

"Geelong have been able to move the ball like that, and with the younger blokes they have got in there they are quite impressive.

"So I imagine they are talking finals."

Asked if the Demons reminded him of the late 1990s Lions that morphed into premiers by 2001, Voss said: "The early signs for them are that they are on the right path.

"They have been able to stockpile picks, and pick well, and some have had an impact straight away.

"They will only get better over a period of time."

In two of the last three years the Demons have derailed promising Lions seasons.

In 2008 the Lions had five wins in six games before suffering a shock one-point loss in Melbourne before finishing 10th overall.

And this year the Lions were one of two undefeated sides until being beaten by Melbourne in round five.

While the Demons are hoping to move toward a finals berth, the Lions are trying to stave off the dreaded spoon.

"For us it is about how we finish the season, not where we finish," he said.

"We showed some signs against Geelong - from being embarrassed to being competitive that's an improvement.

"But we still lost by 63 points so you can't walk away being pleased.

"We want to be able to piece it together by the end of the year."

Meanwhile, Voss said Simon Black (ankle) could face a fitness test as late as Friday.

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