Brisbane young gun Jarrod Berry.
Brisbane young gun Jarrod Berry.

Rebuilding Lions aren’t Hawk copycats

EMERGING midfielder Jarrod Berry says the expectation coach Chris Fagan would attempt to mould Brisbane into Hawthorn Mark II hasn't eventuated and instead the Lions have attempted to replicate traits from clubs right across the competition.

Berry said like most clubs Brisbane studied Richmond's pressure and there was no doubt there were traces of Hawthorn in the way the Lions wanted to play but Fagan's educational style of coaching meant they were shown footage of lots of teams.

They know exactly what to expect from the Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium.

However, the analysis is as much about generating improvements in their own side as looking for chinks in the opposition's armour.

"We are taking a bit from everyone, we talk about a lot of clubs,'' he said.

"We look at stats and see what certain teams rank highly in and then study vision to see how it is achieved.''

Brisbane coach Chris Fagan talks to his players.
Brisbane coach Chris Fagan talks to his players.

Berry has been Brisbane's most consistent performer this season and in just his second year is already a reliable midfielder who Fagan knows what he will get from each week.

He says the thrill of being in the AFL meant he was loving his footy but it didn't soften the pain of a winless start to the season.

However, under Fagan the Lions have managed to remain optimistic and united.

"They definitely hurt knowing we were right there, we've been one or two kicks of a win in a couple of games,'' he said.

"But the novelty of playing professional footy at the highest level is still there, I still get goose bumps every time I run out, I don't think that will ever wear off for me.

"And the vibe around the club is very good, it is very upbeat, we are just focusing on what we have to do to get better.

Jarrod Berry kicks for goal against St Kilda.
Jarrod Berry kicks for goal against St Kilda.

"It is not the best start having no wins but the belief is still there and Fagan is the main driver of that.''

Queensland is the ideal place for Berry to play his footy where the game doesn't dominate every media outlet or conversation.

In fact his housemate, Queenslander Harris Andrews who has never lived in a footy state, is a bigger footy head.

"I'm middle of the road, I love watching footy and always have but couldn't play a game on Saturday then spend the next day on the couch watching all the other games,'' he said.

"Big Harris loves watching it so I have to get away from him, one of us goes downstairs and the other upstairs.''


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