Schache attack primed

February 15, 2017

Seymour product Josh Schacke kicked four goals in a practice match for Brisbane as he prepares for his second AFL season.

Seymour talent Josh Schache was set for a super second season at Brisbane if his performance in an intra-club game was any indication.

The former Murray Bushrangers ace starred for the Lions in a practice match at Coorparoo on Friday, booting four goals in a commanding display.

Schache could have easily finished with more majors, as he gave off a certain goal, missed some opportunities and was rested in the final term.

Brisbane coach Chris Fagan was pleased with how Schache played after the key forward was rested during the final three games of his debut season last year.

‘‘He got a lot of the footy, he kicked goals, he created goals and he was off at three-quarter-time, so we were pretty happy with the way he went about it,’’ Fagan said.

‘‘There’s four or five blokes competing for spots up there, which is good.’’

Schache kicked 16 goals in 17 games after being drafted to Brisbane with pick two in the 2015 draft.

His impressive debut year was one of the highlights for the Lions in a disastrous season for the club, which resulted in club legend Justin Leppitsch being sacked as coach.

The key forward will line-up for Brisbane in its opening game of the JLT Challenge pre-season series against Queensland rivals Gold Coast at Broadbeach on Sunday.

Meanwhile, fellow Goulburn Valley star Tom Rockliff was happy to step aside as Brisbane captain if an alternative was found.

The Benalla talent has been the Lions skipper for the past two seasons, but Fagan said the position would be looked after being appointed in October.

‘‘If it’s not me, (I’ll) support whoever it is,’’ Rockliff told SEN.

‘‘I think it’s important these days that you have a really strong leadership group and I think the days of having one person (are over).

‘‘With Leading Teams coming on board, it’s been a really good process for us to go through as a playing group.

‘‘The player empowerment (gives us) a real say on the direction of where we want to get to.’’

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