Lion Jarrod Berry to head to AFL Tribunal

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Brisbane will challenge the one-match ban handed to midfielder Jarrod Berry in a bid to clear him for Friday night's preliminary final against Geelong at the MCG.

Berry was charged with making "unreasonable or unnecessary contact to the eye region" of Melbourne star Clayton Oliver during Brisbane's 13-point semi-final win on Friday night.

Oliver pinned the Lion to the ground and Berry appeared to make hand contact with the Demon's face.

The Melbourne star complained to an umpire moments later, pointing towards his eyes in the process.

The incident was assessed as intentional conduct, high contact and low impact, drawing a one-match ban.

But the Lions confirmed on Sunday evening that they would challenge the ban at the AFL Tribunal.

Berry played a key role in the Lions' come-from-behind 14.8 (92) to 11.13 (79) upset of Melbourne, and Brisbane desperately want him cleared to face the in-form Cats.

Speaking on Fox Footy post-match, Berry was adamant there was "nothing purposeful" in his contact and said the incident was "just a little scuffle" and "part of the contest".

The Lions will be bolstered by the return of forward Joe Daniher and ruckman Oscar McInerney for the preliminary final.

Daniher missed the semi-final in order to be with his partner while she gave birth, while McInerney was ruled out with concussion.