Brisbane’s trio of small forwards, dubbed the Mosquito Fleet, are preparing to strike again when the Lions host GWS this weekend.
Greater Western Sydney might want to bring the bug zapper north with them as Brisbane’s “Mosquito Fleet” gets ready for another AFL sortie.
The Lions welcome the Giants following back-to-back wins over Carlton and the Western Bulldogs which have hauled them off the bottom of the competition ladder.
Small forwards Dayne Zorko, Josh Green and Lewis Taylor have all played a key role in those victories, using their speed to move the ball quicker and open up spaces for scoring opportunities.
Lions skipper Jed Adcock is in no doubt how vital the trio, who measure in at 176cm or shorter, are to the Lions’ recent form turnaround.
“Leppa’s (coach Justin Leppitsch) called them the Three Amigos, but they like to be known as the Mosquito Fleet,” Adcock said.
“They’ve been real important for us. They’re a hard match-up for any defence, to have three defenders to match our small forwards.
“That’s definitely a strength of ours now. We’ve probably gone from being a slow outfit to now quite a quick outfit with those three in the side, playing well.”
Adcock says it’s frustrating the Lions haven’t received the credit they’ve deserved following their past two wins, after many had sunk the boot in when the club slumped to the bottom of the ladder.
But despite the recent successes, he says there’s no room for complacency against a Giants’ team which have lost their past eight matches and have replaced the Lions as the competition’s basement team.
“Essendon and Hawthorn, they challenged both all the way through,” Adcock said of the Giants.
“It’s important for us to start well. Against any young team, if you give them a chance early they can get up and about and use their young legs to get on top of the older guys early, so it’s important for us to get a good start and shut them down.”