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Rocky out for Crows clash, but Beams a chance

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The loss of vice-captain Tom Rockliff for up to three weeks has been offset at the Brisbane Lions by the possible return of skipper Dayne Beams for Saturday's AFL clash with Adelaide.

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The Lions are reeling from news that Rockliff dislocated his left shoulder in the dying moments of their last round 38 point loss to Hawthorn.

Lions head of medical Peter Blanch said he doesn’t expect Rockliff back until after Brisbane’s round 11 bye in two weeks.

“In the last two minutes of the game Tom dislocated his left shoulder and it will keep him out for two to three weeks,” Blanch told the Lions website.

“Hopefully we will get him back just after the bye.”

However, the Lions have been buoyed by the imminent return of the inspirational Beams.

The former Collingwood premiership player has been sidelined the last two weeks after suffering a right quad injury against Port Adelaide.

Lions medical staff will make a final call on Beams later this week.

“Dayne Beams’ quad is going really well,” Blanch said.

“He will be touch and go this week. We will make a final decision at the end of training on Thursday.”

Beams’ return could not come soon enough for battling Brisbane with fellow midfield leaders Rockliff, Allen Christensen (collarbone) and Mitch Robinson (foot) now on the sidelines.

In more timely good injury news for the Lions, Blanch said defender Tom Cutler (hamstring) would be available for selection against what is expected to be a fired up Adelaide at the Gabba this weekend.

Last placed Brisbane – with just one win after eight rounds – take on a Crows outfit reeling from surprise back-to-back losses.

Port’s next assignment, against Geelong on Thursday week, also shapes as an intriguing clash with the Cats desperate to rebound from three consecutive losses after five wins straight to start the season.

The advice is coming thick and fast, with Cats premiership forward Cameron Mooney saying Geelong players must start demanding better from each other if they’re to end their slump.

Mooney, who won two flags and played 210 games for the Cats, is among many pundits decidedly unimpressed with his former side’s recent form.

“Their tackling numbers are horrendous and their pressure-act numbers are diabolical at the minute,” Mooney told radio station SEN.

“Their effort to defend, their effort to put pressure on… is this playing group actually looking at each other and demanding from each other?

“If I was (captain) Joel Selwood I’d be getting coaches out of the meeting (while reviewing games) and doing it players-to-players, and start nailing blokes.

“When your peers and teammates are pulling each other up on these things, that is when it really hits home.”

The Cats face reigning premiers Western Bulldogs on Friday night, when they will play in Geelong for the first time this season.

We don’t want to be hanging around Geelong for four or five hours before we play

The occasion will double as the official unveiling of the $90-million redevelopment of Simonds Stadium.

“The players now need to stand up and say ‘we’ve been given this incredible facility, so we need to deliver back to our club and supporters’,” Mooney said.

“Because the last three weeks have just not been good enough.”

The Bulldogs haven’t beaten Geelong since 2009 and haven’t won in Geelong since 2003.

For the second year running, the Dogs will stay the night before the game on the Bellarine Peninsula to avoid the traffic snarls of driving to Geelong in peak hour.

“In the end you just try to almost replicate an interstate trip,” Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge said.

“It just makes sense.

“We don’t all leave from the Whitten Oval, as some of our players live in the east, so combined with the fact it’s peak hour you pretty much have to leave really early in the day.

“We don’t want to be hanging around Geelong for four or five hours before we play.”

-AAP

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