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Match Report

Lions hold on at the Gabba

By Michael Whiting, AFL.com.au Exclusive to lions.com.au August 13, 2016 4:42 PM

How it unfolded: v Carlton The highlights from our Round 21 game against the Blues.

THE BRISBANE Lions have staved off a remarkable Carlton comeback to hold on by four points and record their third victory of the season at the Gabba on Saturday.

The Lions led by 40 points at half-time and stretched it to 41 early in the third term but had to withstand some nervous moments late before winning 15.9 (99) to 13.17 (95).

Dale Thomas had a set shot from deep in the left forward pocket with two minutes remaining to put Carlton in front, but missed to the near side.

On a hot Brisbane afternoon, the Blues finished full of running and kicked eight goals to three in the second half.

They had 68 inside 50s to 46, but were wasteful in the final two quarters.

But after heavy losses to Port Adelaide and Adelaide in the past fortnight, the Lions were happy to fall over the line.

"It was a grit win," coach Justin Leppitsch said.
 
"It was really up to their boot, that was the difference in the points.
 
"We obviously moved the ball well, fast, and blew ourselves up a bit, so couldn't sustain it for the second half but credit to them, they played extremely well in the second half of the game, and obviously had enough opportunities to win it.
 
"Fortune favours us today and it's a good feeling for our club."

  Watch: Leppitsch post-match

The win was just the Lions' second at home this season and consigned Carlton to their ninth straight loss.

The Lions had an incredible first-half performance from Dayne Zorko largely to thank, along with a great captain's display from Tom Rockliff.

Zorko finished with 27 disposals and three goals, but his first-half performance was one few of the 17,432 fans will forget.

He had 19 touches, 10 inside 50s, three goals and four goals assists at the break.

Blaine Boekhorst tagged him well in the second half to quieten his influence.

Zorko had plenty of mates chiming in to help. Rockliff (39 disposals, 12 tackles and two goals) was both prolific and influential and coach Justin Leppitsch should tell Mitch Robinson (22 disposals, 11 tackles) he's playing Carlton every week, such is the energetic tagger's output against his former club.

Michael Close kicked four goals while young defenders Darcy Gardiner and Harris Andrews were also exceptional under fire.

The Lions won, but Carlton gave them a huge fright.

  Watch the final two minutes

Levi Casboult kicked four goals, while running half-backs Kade Simpson (26 touches) and Zach Tuohy (24) ran riot after the main break.

BRISBANE LIONS       7.2     12.3     14.7      15.9       (99)                  
CARLTON                    3.2      5.5      9.12      13.17     (95)         

GOALS
Brisbane Lions: Close 4, Zorko 3, Rockliff 2, Rich, Hanley, Smith, Lester, Walker, Cutler
Carlton: Casboult 4, Silvagni 3, Wright 2, Phillips, Boekhorst, Buckley, Armfield

BEST
Brisbane Lions: Zorko, Rockliff, Robinson, Gardiner, Close, Cutler
Carlton: Curnow, Casboult, Tuohy, Simpson, Buckley, Cripps

INJURIES
Brisbane Lions: Nil
Carlton: Nil

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Deboy, Hay, Ryan

Official crowd: 17,432 at the Gabba

Watch: The Song

Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Tom Rockliff
    Tom Rockliff
    39
  • Carlton
    Ed Curnow
    29
  • Brisbane Lions
    Dayne Zorko
    27
  • Carlton
    Kade Simpson
    26
  • Carlton
    Patrick Cripps
    24
Fantasy Leaders
  • Tom Rockliff
    Tom Rockliff
    174
  • Brisbane Lions
    Dayne Zorko
    125
  • Carlton
    Ed Curnow
    116
  • Brisbane Lions
    Mitch Robinson
    109
  • Carlton
    Levi Casboult
    90
Scoring Leaders
  • Levi Casboult
    Levi Casboult
    4.2
  • Brisbane Lions
    Michael Close
    4.0
  • Brisbane Lions
    Dayne Zorko
    3.0
  • Carlton
    Jack Silvagni
    3.0
  • Brisbane Lions
    Tom Rockliff
    2.0
Brisbane Lions

Match Stats

Carlton
  • 295 Disposals 329
  • 70.8 Disposal Eff 72.9
  • 137 Contested Pos 148
  • 68 Marks 65
  • 21 Free Kicks 23
  • 36 Clearances 43
  • 46 Inside 50s 68
  • 54 Rebound 50s 29
  • 79 Tackles 67
  • 38 Hit-outs 47
  • 87 Interchanges 86
Brisbane Lions

Breakdown

Brisbane Lions
  • 7.2 (44)
    3.2 (20)
  • 12.3 (75)
    5.5 (35)
  • 14.7 (91)
    9.12 (66)
  • 15.9 (99)
    13.17 (95)

Player Stats

Brisbane Lions

Brisbane Lions

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Tom Rockliff 24 15 39 5 0 0 1 12 2 0 174
2Dayne Zorko 21 6 27 7 0 1 2 4 3 0 125
3Mitch Robinson 16 6 22 2 1 1 1 11 0 0 109
4Michael Close 6 3 9 5 0 1 0 5 4 0 84
5Ryan Bastinac 12 10 22 4 1 3 2 3 0 1 79
6Pearce Hanley 7 6 13 4 3 2 1 6 1 0 77
7Tom Cutler 12 6 18 4 0 0 1 3 1 0 75
8Stefan Martin 6 3 9 5 25 0 1 1 0 1 66
9Sam Mayes 10 3 13 6 0 1 0 2 0 0 63
10Rhys Mathieson 9 7 16 2 0 1 2 5 0 0 62
11Ryan Lester 4 4 8 4 0 0 1 5 1 0 55
12Daniel Rich 9 4 13 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 55
13Harris Andrews 5 5 10 1 0 2 0 4 0 0 46
14Darcy Gardiner 8 3 11 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 46
15Jarrad Jansen 4 8 12 4 0 2 2 2 0 0 44
16Lewis Taylor 6 4 10 1 0 1 1 3 0 0 39
17Archie Smith 2 4 6 1 8 1 2 2 1 1 35
18Josh Walker 2 5 7 3 0 0 1 1 1 0 32
19Eric Hipwood 4 4 8 1 0 2 0 1 0 2 31
20Ben Keays 5 3 8 1 0 1 2 3 0 0 31
21Matthew Hammelmann 4 2 6 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 27
22Daniel Merrett 5 3 8 3 0 1 3 0 0 0 22
Carlton

Carlton

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Ed Curnow 11 18 29 4 0 1 1 9 0 1 116
2Levi Casboult 8 5 13 5 0 3 0 3 4 2 90
3Patrick Cripps 8 16 24 0 1 2 1 8 0 2 90
4Kade Simpson 18 8 26 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 81
5Zach Tuohy 12 12 24 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 77
6Bryce Gibbs 17 7 24 2 2 0 2 2 0 1 76
7Sam Docherty 12 6 18 7 0 1 0 1 0 0 74
8Simon White 11 6 17 3 1 4 0 3 0 1 72
9Dylan Buckley 11 3 14 1 0 3 0 3 1 3 66
10Sam Kerridge 10 6 16 5 0 0 2 3 0 0 63
11Dennis Armfield 10 2 12 3 0 0 1 4 1 0 62
12Matthew Kreuzer 10 4 14 1 30 2 5 1 0 0 62
13Jack Silvagni 6 2 8 2 0 0 0 4 3 0 62
14David Cuningham 2 5 7 3 0 0 0 8 0 0 57
15Lachie Plowman 8 2 10 5 0 2 1 3 0 0 54
16Matthew Wright 5 5 10 1 0 1 2 4 2 0 51
17Blaine Boekhorst 6 5 11 2 0 0 1 3 1 1 50
18Andrew Phillips 3 2 5 2 13 0 0 3 1 0 50
19Dale Thomas 10 4 14 1 0 2 1 2 0 1 49
20Liam Jones 7 4 11 5 0 0 1 1 0 2 47
21Jacob Weitering 7 6 13 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 39
22Sam Rowe 2 7 9 4 0 0 2 0 0 0 26

Team Lineups

Carlton

B

  • Zach Tuohy,
  • Sam Rowe,
  • Kade Simpson

HB

  • Sam Docherty,
  • Jacob Weitering,
  • Lachie Plowman

C

  • Dennis Armfield,
  • Patrick Cripps,
  • Blaine Boekhorst

HF

  • Jack Silvagni,
  • Liam Jones,
  • Dale Thomas

F

  • David Cuningham,
  • Levi Casboult,
  • Matthew Wright

Fol

  • Matthew Kreuzer,
  • Bryce Gibbs,
  • Sam Kerridge

I/C

  • Dylan Buckley,
  • Andrew Phillips,
  • Ed Curnow,
  • Simon White

No Late Change

In

  • Liam Jones,
  • David Cuningham

Out

  • Andrew Walker (Retired),
  • Nick Graham (Omitted)

New

  • David Cuningham

Milestones:

  • David Cuningham  - Played 1st game

Last updated: 6:38AM Saturday, August 13, 2016