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Match Report

A brave Lions outfit go down to the Dees

By Dinny Navaratnam, AFL.com.au Exclusive to lions.com.au August 20, 2017 4:51 PM

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A SIX-goal haul from comeback kid Jesse Hogan has helped a nervy Melbourne all but secure its first finals berth since 2006 with a 13-point win over a brave Brisbane Lions outfit at the MCG on Sunday afternoon.

Chris Fagan's men refused to give up at any stage, closing the gap to seven points with eight and then two minutes left in the final term to cause anxious moments for Melbourne fans, whose team had led by 32 points in the last quarter.

Despite having had a wasteful day in front of goal, Cameron Pedersen kicked accurately on the run for his third as the clock wound down to help the Demons hang on, 16.8 (104) to 14.7 (91).

The Lions kicked another goal after Pedersen's major through Josh Walker, but Melbourne iced the game with a goal just before the siren from Angus Brayshaw.

Hogan returned after missing just two games with a broken collarbone to line up in the 50th match of his career in what has been a tumultuous season, having dealt with testicular cancer and the death of his father.

The 22-year-old returned in fine form to help the Demons stave off a Lions outfit desperate to avoid the wooden spoon.

Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin was clearly relieved after the game.

"They're an improving side, Brisbane, and they played some good footy throughout the day. They did make us earn the victory," he said. 

"I thought it was a great tussle all day in a number of areas. In the end, I'm really proud of the boys for sticking at it, and we come away with a great win for the footy club."

Bernie Vince will likely have a nervous night's sleep after his left forearm collected Lions skipper Dayne Beams' head early in the second quarter, a clash that is likely to be looked at by the Match Review Panel.

If the Demon receives a punishment, the sanction will automatically have one match added to it because of his bad record, putting his availability for finals into jeopardy.

Minutes later, Vince collided with Claye Beams, with the tough Lion forced off the field and down the race for a concussion test, but he returned for the second half.

Captain Beams was outstanding all day, racking up 33 disposals and 16 contested possessions.

Fagan was thrilled to see his side fight the game out until the end.

"We showed great spirit. The game looked like it was going to blow open early in that last quarter and we found a way to get back in the game with a chance to win it," he said.

"We didn't quite get there, but I'm really proud of the effort of our team and I've been proud of their effort all year."

Jake Melksham showed his worth, tightening his control on Dayne Zorko after the Lion was prolific in the opening term. Zorko finished with 26 disposals and a goal but his influence was limited after the first change, while Melksham had an impact himself as he picked up 29 disposals, a goal and 472m gained.

The influence of Clayton Oliver was nullified early by Rhys Mathieson, although the Melbourne midfielder showed his courage with a strong mark on the wing in the third quarter and improved as the match wore on.

However, the finest grab of the day was from Lions defender Dan McStay, who took a brilliant pack mark when he sat Billy Stretch's shoulders. He didn't waste the chance either, quickly kicking to his skipper to set up Beams' third and final goal of the day.

More to come

MEDICAL ROOM

Melbourne: Jayden Hunt had his left hip checked out in the second term but there didn't seem to be any great concern over his fitness.

Brisbane Lions: Dayne Beams copped a heavy hit from Bernie Vince in the second quarter and went to the bench but came back on soon afterwards. Vince again played villain when he collected Claye Beams in the head. He had a concussion test but returned to the field.

NEXT UP
Melbourne wraps up its home and away campaign against Collingwood at the MCG next Saturday afternoon, while the wooden spoon may be decided in the same timeslot at the Gabba when the Brisbane Lions and North Melbourne clash.

More to come

MELBOURNE              3.3    6.6    11.8  16.8 (104)  
BRISBANE LIONS        2.3    6.3    9.5    14.7 (91)   

GOALS
Melbourne: 
Hogan 6, Pedersen 3, Garlett 2, Melksham, Vince, Petracca, Harmes, Brayshaw
Brisbane Lions: D Beams 3, Rockliff 2, Gardiner, Zorko, Hipwood, Barrett, Bastinac, Allison, Close, Walker, McCluggage

BEST 
Melbourne:
 Hogan, Pedersen, Petracca, Jones, Oliver, Hibberd, Melksham
Brisbane Lions: D Beams, Zorko, Bastinac, Taylor, Rockliff, Witherden

INJURIES 
Melbourne
: Nil
Brisbane Lions: D Beams (head), C Beams (head)

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Rosebury, Gavine, Mollison

Official crowd: 30,422 at the MCG 

Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Dayne Beams
    Dayne Beams
    33
  • Melbourne
    Nathan Jones
    32
  • Melbourne
    Clayton Oliver
    30
  • Melbourne
    Jake Melksham
    29
  • Melbourne
    Dom Tyson
    27
Fantasy Leaders
  • Dayne Beams
    Dayne Beams
    138
  • Brisbane Lions
    Dayne Zorko
    125
  • Melbourne
    Jake Melksham
    124
  • Melbourne
    Cameron Pedersen
    123
  • Melbourne
    Jesse Hogan
    108
Scoring Leaders
  • Jesse Hogan
    Jesse Hogan
    6.0
  • Melbourne
    Cameron Pedersen
    3.2
  • Brisbane Lions
    Dayne Beams
    3.1
  • Melbourne
    Jeff Garlett
    2.1
  • Brisbane Lions
    Tom Rockliff
    2.0
Melbourne

Match Stats

Brisbane Lions
  • 386 Disposals 379
  • 75.6 Disposal Eff 77.6
  • 139 Contested Pos 128
  • 92 Marks 110
  • 16 Free Kicks 14
  • 36 Clearances 35
  • 52 Inside 50s 45
  • 30 Rebound 50s 36
  • 68 Tackles 61
  • 47 Hit-outs 34
  • 90 Interchanges 85
Melbourne

Breakdown

Melbourne
  • 3.3 (21)
    2.3 (15)
  • 6.6 (42)
    6.3 (39)
  • 11.8 (74)
    9.5 (59)
  • 16.8 (104)
    14.7 (91)

Player Stats

Melbourne

Melbourne

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Jake Melksham 20 9 29 7 0 2 0 4 1 1 124
2Cameron Pedersen 13 11 24 7 9 3 1 3 3 2 123
3Jesse Hogan 10 5 15 9 0 1 0 1 6 0 108
4Nathan Jones 13 19 32 2 0 0 2 7 0 0 105
5Jordan Lewis 12 13 25 9 0 0 1 3 0 0 98
6Michael Hibberd 13 10 23 7 0 1 1 4 0 0 94
7Clayton Oliver 8 22 30 3 0 2 2 5 0 0 93
8Angus Brayshaw 11 6 17 8 0 0 0 2 1 0 83
9Christian Petracca 6 16 22 4 0 1 0 3 1 0 81
10Dom Tyson 8 19 27 3 0 0 2 3 0 0 77
11Jayden Hunt 9 9 18 1 0 1 0 5 0 0 69
12Max Gawn 3 6 9 3 38 0 1 0 0 0 65
13Neville Jetta 10 3 13 7 0 0 0 2 0 0 65
14James Harmes 9 4 13 3 0 0 0 3 1 0 62
15Josh Wagner 4 10 14 2 0 0 0 6 0 0 62
16Mitch Hannan 8 6 14 1 0 3 0 3 0 1 55
17Billy Stretch 7 5 12 6 0 0 1 2 0 0 54
18Bernie Vince 8 2 10 3 0 0 1 3 1 0 52
19Alex Neal-Bullen 7 10 17 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 50
20Jeff Garlett 4 4 8 2 0 1 0 2 2 1 48
21Oscar McDonald 7 2 9 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 38
22Tom McDonald 4 1 5 1 0 0 1 4 0 0 30
Brisbane Lions

Brisbane Lions

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Dayne Beams 16 17 33 7 0 3 1 4 3 1 138
2Dayne Zorko 16 10 26 7 0 1 1 8 1 0 125
3Ryan Bastinac 12 10 22 6 0 1 0 3 1 0 93
4Darcy Gardiner 10 4 14 8 0 0 0 4 1 0 84
5Stefan Martin 6 9 15 5 27 0 0 1 0 0 82
6Alex Witherden 13 5 18 6 0 0 2 5 0 0 81
7Tom Rockliff 9 7 16 6 0 0 1 3 2 0 80
8Hugh McCluggage 8 9 17 5 0 2 1 4 1 0 78
9Lewis Taylor 16 6 22 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 78
10Josh Walker 9 5 14 8 6 0 1 1 1 1 75
11Ryan Lester 9 9 18 5 0 0 1 4 0 0 73
12Daniel Rich 16 9 25 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 73
13Nick Robertson 7 9 16 3 0 0 1 6 0 0 69
14Sam Mayes 14 5 19 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 68
15Jacob Allison 7 9 16 4 0 0 1 3 1 0 66
16Claye Beams 6 8 14 4 0 0 0 4 0 0 62
17Rhys Mathieson 6 13 19 1 1 5 1 3 0 0 62
18Jake Barrett 6 7 13 3 0 1 0 2 1 0 56
19Daniel McStay 6 7 13 5 0 0 2 2 0 0 49
20Michael Close 6 2 8 4 0 0 0 2 1 0 48
21Harris Andrews 7 4 11 7 0 0 1 0 0 0 47
22Eric Hipwood 5 5 10 5 0 0 1 0 1 0 43

Team Lineups

Melbourne

B

  • Michael Hibberd,
  • Oscar McDonald,
  • Neville Jetta

HB

  • Jordan Lewis,
  • Tom McDonald,
  • Jayden Hunt

C

  • Josh Wagner,
  • Nathan Jones,
  • Clayton Oliver

HF

  • Alex Neal-Bullen,
  • Jesse Hogan,
  • Christian Petracca

F

  • Jeff Garlett,
  • Cameron Pedersen,
  • James Harmes

Fol

  • Max Gawn,
  • Bernie Vince,
  • Jake Melksham

I/C

  • Angus Brayshaw,
  • Dom Tyson,
  • Billy Stretch,
  • Mitch Hannan

No Late Change

In

  • Jesse Hogan,
  • Billy Stretch

Out

  • Jack Viney (Foot),
  • Sam Weideman (Omitted)

Milestones:

  • Jesse Hogan  - Played 50th game

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