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Match Report

Match Report: Lions defeat Blues to record fourth victory

By Michael Whiting, AFL.com.au Exclusive to lions.com.au July 23, 2017 7:50 PM

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Their fans were put through a rollercoaster of emotions, but the Brisbane Lions sent them home smiling, outlasting Carlton by 30 points at the Gabba on Sunday night.

On the back of a blistering first half, the home team skated to a 56-point lead early in the third quarter and the match looked over.

But Carlton had other ideas.

Almost as if they’d changed jumpers at the main break, the Blues surged back with seven successive goals to get within 11 points early in the final term.

They looked like overrunning the tired Lions, but the hosts steadied.

A 50m bomb by Daniel Rich, another from similar distance by Eric Hipwood and a clever snap by Jake Barrett was enough to steady the ship and get the Lions their fourth win of the year – 17.10 (112) to 11.16 (82).

Lions coach Chris Fagan was relieved after the match.

"We'd spent a lot (of energy) in the first half," he said.

"Our blokes had gone flat out and Carlton were always going to come back because they’re a proud club and a proud team, and they did.

"We got beaten up in contested possession (39-16) in the third quarter and that was the key to the game.

"In the last quarter we were able to get it back on our terms.

"With this young team we’ve got, they’re going to be prone to those lapses and can they keep playing with that intensity, but by and large, our processes tonight to win that game were spot on."

Dayne Zorko was back to his exciting best, finishing with 26 disposals and three goals, with most of that damage done in the match-shaping first half.

After being kept quiet by taggers twice in the past month, the Blues inexplicably let Lions magician run free, and the little midfielder made them pay.

He kicked two goals in the first term, one a brilliant left foot snap from a stoppage and the other on the run from 45m on a tight angle.

Skipper Dayne Beams collected 30 touches and three goals in a superb performance, while Tom Rockliff tagged Blues star Bryce Gibbs (eight disposals) out of the game.

Carlton coach Brendon Bolton had no answers for his team's first half performance.

"Our guys, like usual, showed character and fought really hard, but ultimately when you give a team that sort of lead, you are playing catch up and we probably didn't have the energy in the back half of the quarter to complete it," he said.

"I thought in the first half, particularly the first quarter it's a learned readiness to be prepared for interstate games and we just lacked some composure and presence in the game."

The Lions made the usually stingy Blues defence look slow in the first half, with quick ball movement catching them out time after time.

Alex Witherden and Cedric Cox kicked their first career goals within a minute of each other, both brilliant finishes on the run.

But the Blues wouldn’t go away.

With the Lions losing their focus in the third, the visitors totally dominated.

Successive goals to David Cuningham, Matthew Wright, Nick Graham and Petrevski-Seton was just reward and gave them a sniff entering the last quarter.

Charlie Curnow’s huge pack mark and goal got them within two goals, but they would get no closer.

Marc Murphy (25 disposals) was terrific, while Sam Docherty (24) was also prolific.

MEDICAL ROOM
Brisbane Lions:
 Versatile tall Josh Walker limped off late in the second term with a calf injury. He had it strapped and came back out after the main break. The former Cat had an excellent first half but was slowed down after the setback, but was still a strong contributor. Defender Dan McStay was taken from the field in the third quarter with a shoulder problem, but came back to complete the match.

Carlton: In the midst of an excellent debut, Harry McKay was taken off during the third quarter with a shoulder complaint, but returned to finish the match. The No.10 pick from the 2015 draft provided an excellent target, finishing with 11 touches, six marks (three of them contested and four inside 50) and his maiden goal.

NEXT UP
The Lions make the long trip west to play West Coast in Perth next Sunday, while Carlton has a short turnaround and take on Geelong at Etihad Stadium next Saturday night.

BRISBANE LIONS    6.1   12.5   13.7   17.10 (112)                  
CARLTON                 0.4    3.6    7.13   11.16 (82)          

GOALS
Brisbane Lions: 
Zorko 3, D.Beams 3, Hipwood 2, Walker, Mathieson, McCluggage, Cox, Witherden, Lester, Taylor, Rich, Barrett
Carlton: Petrevski-Seton 2, C.Curnow 2, Wright 2, Casboult, McKay, Cuningham, Graham, Simpson 

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Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Dayne Beams
    Dayne Beams
    30
  • Brisbane Lions
    Ryan Lester
    26
  • Brisbane Lions
    Dayne Zorko
    26
  • Carlton
    Marc Murphy
    25
  • Carlton
    Sam Docherty
    24
Fantasy Leaders
  • Dayne Beams
    Dayne Beams
    142
  • Brisbane Lions
    Dayne Zorko
    119
  • Brisbane Lions
    Sam Mayes
    113
  • Brisbane Lions
    Ryan Lester
    102
  • Brisbane Lions
    Stefan Martin
    99
Scoring Leaders
  • Dayne Beams
    Dayne Beams
    3.1
  • Brisbane Lions
    Dayne Zorko
    3.1
  • Brisbane Lions
    Eric Hipwood
    2.1
  • Carlton
    Charlie Curnow
    2.1
  • Carlton
    Matthew Wright
    2.1
Brisbane Lions

Match Stats

Carlton
  • 381 Disposals 292
  • 78.0 Disposal Eff 70.9
  • 111 Contested Pos 129
  • 137 Marks 79
  • 19 Free Kicks 12
  • 33 Clearances 31
  • 55 Inside 50s 56
  • 44 Rebound 50s 37
  • 47 Tackles 48
  • 33 Hit-outs 30
  • 89 Interchanges 87
Brisbane Lions

Breakdown

Brisbane Lions
  • 6.1 (37)
    0.4 (4)
  • 12.5 (77)
    3.6 (24)
  • 13.7 (85)
    7.13 (55)
  • 17.10 (112)
    11.16 (82)

Player Stats

Brisbane Lions

Brisbane Lions

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Dayne Beams 21 9 30 10 0 0 0 3 3 1 142
2Dayne Zorko 19 7 26 4 0 3 2 5 3 1 119
3Sam Mayes 17 6 23 12 0 2 0 3 0 0 113
4Ryan Lester 13 13 26 9 0 0 0 1 1 0 102
5Stefan Martin 12 7 19 6 24 2 0 1 0 1 99
6Alex Witherden 18 4 22 7 0 0 0 2 1 0 97
7Lewis Taylor 15 5 20 7 0 1 0 1 1 1 88
8Josh Walker 9 8 17 6 9 1 1 3 1 1 87
9Daniel Rich 14 3 17 7 0 0 1 3 1 1 85
10Jarrod Berry 6 15 21 7 0 0 0 3 0 1 82
11Cedric Cox 7 11 18 4 0 1 0 5 1 0 82
12Harris Andrews 11 7 18 10 0 0 1 1 0 0 78
13Daniel McStay 11 7 18 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 77
14Hugh McCluggage 10 7 17 4 0 1 1 2 1 0 68
15Jake Barrett 7 9 16 3 0 1 1 3 1 0 64
16Rhys Mathieson 7 6 13 4 0 4 1 2 1 0 60
17Darcy Gardiner 7 6 13 8 0 0 1 1 0 0 58
18Ryan Bastinac 10 6 16 5 0 1 1 0 0 1 56
19Tom Rockliff 3 7 10 1 0 1 1 5 0 0 44
20Eric Hipwood 5 2 7 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 44
21Ben Keays 4 4 8 5 0 0 1 2 0 1 41
22Josh Schache 5 1 6 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 34
Carlton

Carlton

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Charlie Curnow 10 5 15 7 1 2 2 6 2 1 95
2Sam Docherty 16 8 24 4 0 1 0 4 0 0 93
3Marc Murphy 17 8 25 6 0 1 1 2 0 1 92
4Matthew Kreuzer 12 5 17 4 22 0 1 3 0 0 89
5Sam Kerridge 15 8 23 8 0 0 1 1 0 0 86
6Matthew Wright 12 6 18 6 0 0 1 2 2 1 84
7Kade Simpson 17 5 22 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 81
8Sam Petrevski-Seton 9 5 14 4 0 1 1 4 2 1 76
9Nick Graham 9 4 13 3 0 0 0 6 1 1 75
10Harry McKay 8 3 11 6 0 1 0 1 1 2 61
11Lachie Plowman 6 6 12 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 56
12Levi Casboult 8 2 10 5 7 0 2 1 1 2 56
13Jed Lamb 10 2 12 2 0 3 2 4 0 2 55
14David Cuningham 5 7 12 2 0 1 1 3 1 1 52
15Tom Williamson 8 2 10 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 46
16Bryce Gibbs 5 3 8 1 0 0 1 4 0 0 37
17Dale Thomas 7 4 11 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 33
18Zac Fisher 8 3 11 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 28
19Liam Jones 5 2 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 22
20Jacob Weitering 4 1 5 3 0 0 2 1 0 0 21
21Harrison Macreadie 5 1 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 20
22Jack Silvagni 3 3 6 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 18

Team Lineups

Carlton

B

  • Lachie Plowman,
  • Liam Jones,
  • Sam Docherty

HB

  • Harrison Macreadie,
  • Jacob Weitering,
  • Kade Simpson

C

  • Matthew Wright,
  • Bryce Gibbs,
  • David Cuningham

HF

  • Jack Silvagni,
  • Levi Casboult,
  • Jed Lamb

F

  • Sam Kerridge,
  • Charlie Curnow,
  • Harry McKay

Fol

  • Matthew Kreuzer,
  • Sam Petrevski-Seton,
  • Marc Murphy

I/C

  • Zac Fisher,
  • Tom Williamson,
  • Nick Graham,
  • Dale Thomas

No Late Change

In

  • Harrison Macreadie,
  • David Cuningham,
  • Harry McKay,
  • Tom Williamson,
  • Dale Thomas

Out

  • Dylan Buckley (Hamstring),
  • Blaine Boekhorst (Omitted),
  • Ciaran Byrne (Groin),
  • Liam Sumner (Omitted),
  • Alex Silvagni (Knee)

New

  • Harry McKay

Milestones:

  • Harry McKay  - Played 1st game

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