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Match Report

Match Report: Lions smash SUNS to secure back-to-back QClash victories

By Michael Whiting, AFL.com.au Exclusive to lions.com.au August 12, 2017 7:45 PM

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The Brisbane Lions peeked through the window of their brightening future, and in the process completed a horror week for Gold Coast with a runaway QClash win at the Gabba.

The Suns stormed to a 21-point quarter-time lead, but from then on it was one-way traffic, as the Lions cruised to a 22.10 (142) to 12.12 (84) victory.

They win moves them a step closer to avoiding the wooden spoon, drawing level with Carlton and North Melbourne on five wins and trailing only on percentage.

They can largely thank Dayne Beams for the reversal after quarter-time, with the skipper winning his second Marcus Ashcroft Medal for the season with another sublime showing.

Beams finished with 32 disposals, four goals, four assists and 13 score involvements, and dragged his team back into the game after a lacklustre first term.

The Lions kicked the last four goals of the second quarter, with Beams drilling one from 50m and setting up others for his brother Claye and forward Josh Walker as the home team arrested the momentum.

They kicked the last six goals of the third quarter to take the sting out of the contest and race to a 32-point lead at the final change.

The final score was their highest since round 17, 2007.

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Beams' performance was as dominant as you'll see, but he had plenty of mates joining in as the match wore on.

Lewy Taylor (25 disposals and two goals) continued a fine season, and Tom Rockliff (24 and three goals) got back to his offensive best.

Taylor was so clean he missed his only target in the fourth quarter.

Jake Barrett kicked three goals while Daniel Rich (22) and Dayne Zorko (22) also contributed strongly.

Coach Chris Fagan was delighted with the win, joking it was his quarter-time speech that flicked the switch to put his team into overdrive. 

"We just pointed out at quarter-time that even our GPS numbers were running really low," he said.

"We were getting beaten in clearances and contested possessions and tackles, which has always been an indicator in this game against Gold Coast, is whoever wins that battle, wins the game. 

"It was just a matter of talking about those statistics and getting more effort from our players and trying to turn it around."

For the Suns, it completed a tough five days after the sacking of coach Rodney Eade and the withdrawals of stars Tom Lynch (knee), Gary Ablett (hamstring) and Pearce Hanley (hamstring).

During the week, interim coach Dean Solomon asked his men to be harder at the ball and hungrier without it – and their first quarter delivered in spades.

When the ball was in dispute, they were ferocious, leading the contested possessions 47-30 on the way to a handy quarter-time lead.

And when the Lions got their hands on it, the Suns' defensive pressure was manic, racking up 15 tackles in their forward 50 before the hosts had one.

They won that stat 25-6 for the night.The Suns looked like a totally different team.

The Suns looked like a totally different team.

Touk Miller (29 disposals) and David Swallow (30) dominated the clearances, and Jack Martin was sublime playing close to goal, kicking three majors in the space of five minutes to give the Suns a well-deserved advantage.

Martin finished with 4.4 for the night and could have finished with seven or eight if he had kicked straight and grabbed the marks he got his hands to.

The Lions were slow early, but whatever Chris Fagan said at quarter-time, worked.

Taylor started finding space and the Lions got their swift transition game working, punctuated by Ryan Lester's goal just prior to the main break after a towering 55m pass from Eric Hipwood.

The Suns also lost Sean Lemmens late in the game to a serious looking ankle injury.

NEXT UP

After winning their fifth match of the season, the Lions will fancy their chances next Sunday afternoon of upsetting Melbourne at the MCG. Gold Coast will play its final home game of the season next Saturday night against Essendon at Metricon Stadium.

BRISBANE LIONS    3.2    9.4    15.6     22.10 (142)
GOLD COAST            6.5    8.9    9.9       12.12 (84)

GOALS
Brisbane Lions: 
D. Beams 4, Barrett 3, Rockliff 3, Walker 2, Lester 2, Taylor 2, C. Beams, Hipwood, Bastinac, Mathieson, Close, Zorko

Gold Coast: Martin 4, Schoenfeld, Lemmens, May, Hall, Wright, Currie, Miller, Swallow 

Marcus Ashcroft Medal Voting

3 Votes: Dayne Beams x 3

2 Votes: David Swallow, Lewis Taylor x 2

1 Vote: Tom Rockliff x 3

Dayne Beams nine votes, Lewis Taylor four votes, Tom Rockliff three votes, David Swallow two votes. 

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Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Dayne Beams
    Dayne Beams
    32
  • Gold Coast Suns
    David Swallow
    30
  • Gold Coast Suns
    Touk Miller
    29
  • Gold Coast Suns
    Aaron Hall
    26
  • Gold Coast Suns
    Matt Rosa
    26
Fantasy Leaders
  • Dayne Beams
    Dayne Beams
    143
  • Brisbane Lions
    Tom Rockliff
    123
  • Gold Coast Suns
    Jack Martin
    118
  • Brisbane Lions
    Stefan Martin
    112
  • Gold Coast Suns
    David Swallow
    104
Scoring Leaders
  • Jack Martin
    Jack Martin
    4.3
  • Brisbane Lions
    Dayne Beams
    4.1
  • Brisbane Lions
    Tom Rockliff
    3.1
  • Brisbane Lions
    Jake Barrett
    3.0
  • Brisbane Lions
    Josh Walker
    2.0

Match Stats

  • 382 Disposals 336
  • 76.4 Disposal Eff 71.4
  • 136 Contested Pos 136
  • 105 Marks 86
  • 23 Free Kicks 23
  • 41 Clearances 37
  • 50 Inside 50s 52
  • 41 Rebound 50s 26
  • 52 Tackles 62
  • 39 Hit-outs 37
  • 89 Interchanges 89

Breakdown

  • 3.2 (20)
    6.5 (41)
  • 9.4 (58)
    8.9 (57)
  • 15.6 (96)
    9.9 (63)
  • 22.10 (142)
    12.12 (84)

Player Stats

Brisbane Lions

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Dayne Beams 19 13 32 7 0 1 1 4 4 1 143
2Tom Rockliff 18 6 24 7 0 1 0 4 3 1 123
3Stefan Martin 10 13 23 6 34 2 2 2 0 0 112
4Lewis Taylor 13 12 25 4 0 3 0 1 2 0 94
5Ryan Bastinac 14 7 21 6 0 2 0 2 1 0 90
6Sam Mayes 15 6 21 9 0 0 0 1 0 0 88
7Rhys Mathieson 7 10 17 4 0 3 1 6 1 0 83
8Dayne Zorko 9 13 22 4 0 0 2 4 1 1 82
9Jacob Allison 12 7 19 7 0 1 0 2 0 2 82
10Jake Barrett 8 6 14 2 0 1 3 6 3 0 76
11Ryan Lester 8 10 18 5 0 0 2 2 2 0 73
12Josh Walker 8 3 11 5 5 1 2 3 2 0 69
13Daniel Rich 15 7 22 3 0 1 2 1 0 0 67
14Nick Robertson 10 8 18 7 0 1 3 0 0 0 59
15Claye Beams 7 8 15 5 0 1 2 1 1 1 58
16Darcy Gardiner 7 8 15 2 0 1 1 4 0 0 57
17Harris Andrews 10 3 13 8 0 0 1 0 0 0 57
18Eric Hipwood 6 3 9 3 0 1 0 2 1 1 49
19Hugh McCluggage 8 6 14 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 47
20Cedric Cox 7 6 13 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 46
21Daniel McStay 4 6 10 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 42
22Michael Close 4 2 6 4 0 2 1 2 1 0 41

Gold Coast Suns

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Jack Martin 14 1 15 9 0 2 2 6 4 3 118
2David Swallow 12 18 30 3 0 1 0 4 1 0 104
3Touk Miller 9 20 29 4 0 0 1 4 1 1 99
4Aaron Hall 19 7 26 2 0 2 2 4 1 0 95
5Jarrod Harbrow 16 4 20 7 0 0 1 5 0 0 94
6Matt Rosa 14 12 26 4 0 1 2 2 0 0 81
7Max Spencer 12 4 16 9 0 1 0 1 0 0 76
8Daniel Currie 5 6 11 3 34 1 4 2 1 0 73
9Steven May 7 8 15 6 0 2 2 3 1 0 69
10Darcy Macpherson 8 7 15 7 0 0 0 2 0 0 67
11Jesse Joyce 10 5 15 5 0 1 1 3 0 0 65
12Adam Saad 9 8 17 5 0 1 1 2 0 0 64
13Jarryd Lyons 5 7 12 1 0 0 0 8 0 0 64
14Trent McKenzie 12 3 15 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 59
15Ben Ainsworth 8 4 12 4 0 4 1 3 0 0 57
16Alex Sexton 10 6 16 3 0 0 2 1 0 2 51
17Josh Schoenfeld 4 9 13 2 0 1 0 2 1 0 51
18Peter Wright 5 3 8 4 3 2 0 1 1 1 49
19Sean Lemmens 4 2 6 0 0 3 1 3 1 0 34
20Jack Bowes 5 2 7 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 34
21Jack Scrimshaw 3 3 6 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 25
22Callum Ah Chee 4 2 6 0 0 0 3 2 0 1 16

Team Lineups

Gold Coast Suns

B

  • Jarrod Harbrow,
  • Steven May,
  • Max Spencer

HB

  • Jesse Joyce,
  • Trent McKenzie,
  • Adam Saad

C

  • Josh Schoenfeld,
  • Aaron Hall,
  • Matt Rosa

HF

  • Alex Sexton,
  • Jack Martin,
  • Sean Lemmens

F

  • Darcy Macpherson,
  • Peter Wright,
  • Ben Ainsworth

Fol

  • Daniel Currie,
  • Touk Miller,
  • David Swallow

I/C

  • Callum Ah Chee,
  • Jarryd Lyons,
  • Jack Bowes,
  • Jack Scrimshaw

No Late Change

In

  • Ben Ainsworth,
  • David Swallow,
  • Callum Ah Chee,
  • Jarryd Lyons,
  • Jack Bowes

Out

  • Tom J. Lynch (Knee),
  • Jarrad Grant (Omitted),
  • Gary Ablett (Hamstring),
  • Pearce Hanley (Hamstring),
  • Mitch Hallahan (Omitted)

Milestones:

  • Jarrod Harbrow  - Played 200th game,
  • Matt Rosa  - Played 200th game

Last updated: 7:37PM Saturday, August 12, 2017