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Match Report

Lions fall to Kangaroos in final match of season

By Michael Whiting, AFL.com.au Exclusive to lions.com.au August 26, 2017 4:23 PM

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Ben Brown kicked a career high seven goals as North Melbourne defeated the Brisbane Lions by 51 points at the Gabba.

The Kangaroos put the foot down with an eight-goal third term on the way to a 19.16 (130) to 11.13 (79) victory.

North Melbourne kicked 18 goals to six after quarter-time and could finish as high as 15th depending on other results.

It is the Lions' first wooden spoon since 1998 and a disappointing way to finish a promising year.

The Lions were best served by Daniel Rich, who had 24 disposals and was desperate defensively, and Alex Witherden (27).

They were poor and off the pace from the outset though.

"We didn't play well today," Lions coach Chris Fagan said.

"They killed us at clearance, particularly at the centre bounce.

"We're really disappointed that we lost a really important game for us, in terms of not wanting the wooden spoon, by that margin and in that manner." 

The silver lining is they will now take the number one pick to November's national draft.

Brown was the star on a warm Saturday afternoon, beating his previous best of six goals kicked earlier this season against both Gold Coast and Essendon.

"He’s had a fantastic year, just a great year," coach Brad Scott said

"Everyone’s seen the marking, the goals and all of that stuff, but the players in our team know just how important he is in other aspects too, he’s just become a very complete forward."

After a week of protesting how desperate his team was to win and avoid finishing last, Scott was delighted.

His team was hungrier from the outset, dominating the Lions around the clearances (47-30) and contested possessions (144-126). 

"I thought the endeavour and the effort was really good," he said.

"It’s always difficult when theoretically there’s nothing to play for and no carrot for winning." 

Shaun Higgins (29 disposals and two goals) was magnificent in the midfield, while Trent Dumont (26) found plenty of the ball and curbed the influence of Lions skipper Dayne Beams (18).

Both teams went to great lengths during the week to explain how they wanted to avoid the spoon at all costs, although it was hard to tell in the first half.

The skills from the two sides were poor.

North Melbourne kicked seven behinds, interspersed by a Durdin goal, in a woefully inaccurate first 15 minutes. 

And it wasn't just the young guys who used the ball poorly, with Higgins and Ben Cunnington missing two gettable shots each, and Lindsay Thomas, Luke McDonald and Shaun Atley also missing kicks that would disappoint them.

Every time the Lions got the ball, they scored, kicking five straight – four from the goalsquare – from nine entries in the first term

The scoreboard changed in the second quarter, but the quality didn't.

The Roos kicked four unanswered goals, two to Brown who finally shook free of Andrews.

MEDICAL ROOM

Brisbane Lions: Ryan Lester copped a head knock in the final term and was helped off by trainers and did not return

North Melbourne: McKay fell to ground heavily in the third quarter when he clashed heads with teammate Sam Durdin as the pair attempted to spoil a marking contest. McKay was stretchered off and did not return. "He’s in a bit of a bad way," coach Brad Scott said post-match. "We think he’ll be OK but he’ll stay in hospital for observation." Durdin had his head bandaged and came back out in the final term. 

NEXT UP
End of the line for both teams. That's eight straight years without finals action for the Lions and their first spoon since 1998, while the Kangaroos miss out for the first time since 2013 but avoid finishing last.

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Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Shaun Higgins
    Shaun Higgins
    29
  • Brisbane Lions
    Alex Witherden
    27
  • North Melbourne
    Luke McDonald
    27
  • North Melbourne
    Ryan Clarke
    27
  • Brisbane Lions
    Dayne Zorko
    26
Fantasy Leaders
  • Dayne Zorko
    Dayne Zorko
    116
  • North Melbourne
    Shaun Higgins
    114
  • North Melbourne
    Luke McDonald
    113
  • North Melbourne
    Ben Brown
    113
  • Brisbane Lions
    Daniel Rich
    106
Scoring Leaders
  • Ben Brown
    Ben Brown
    7.2
  • North Melbourne
    Lindsay Thomas
    3.1
  • Brisbane Lions
    Tom Rockliff
    2.2
  • North Melbourne
    Shaun Higgins
    2.2
  • Brisbane Lions
    Dayne Zorko
    2.1
Brisbane Lions

Match Stats

North Melbourne
  • 362 Disposals 400
  • 72.9 Disposal Eff 74.7
  • 125 Contested Pos 143
  • 105 Marks 123
  • 14 Free Kicks 20
  • 29 Clearances 47
  • 50 Inside 50s 65
  • 45 Rebound 50s 37
  • 52 Tackles 56
  • 42 Hit-outs 34
  • 83 Interchanges 90
Brisbane Lions

Breakdown

Brisbane Lions
  • 5.0 (30)
    1.8 (14)
  • 5.5 (35)
    5.9 (39)
  • 8.9 (57)
    13.12 (90)
  • 11.13 (79)
    19.16 (130)

Player Stats

Brisbane Lions

Brisbane Lions

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Dayne Zorko 16 10 26 4 0 2 1 6 2 1 116
2Daniel Rich 17 7 24 5 0 4 1 4 1 3 106
3Alex Witherden 20 7 27 5 0 0 0 1 1 0 99
4Stefan Martin 5 10 15 3 36 1 1 3 0 0 90
5Rhys Mathieson 11 12 23 7 0 0 1 2 1 0 89
6Darcy Gardiner 10 10 20 6 0 1 0 5 0 0 89
7Hugh McCluggage 11 6 17 8 0 0 1 2 1 1 81
8Tom Rockliff 8 9 17 5 0 0 2 3 2 2 77
9Dayne Beams 11 7 18 4 0 0 2 4 1 1 76
10Claye Beams 11 6 17 7 0 0 0 0 1 1 73
11Josh Walker 5 10 15 6 6 0 0 2 0 0 67
12Sam Mayes 5 10 15 2 0 0 0 5 0 0 61
13Jacob Allison 8 8 16 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 60
14Jake Barrett 5 10 15 7 0 0 3 3 0 1 60
15Michael Close 11 0 11 7 0 2 1 0 1 1 60
16Lewis Taylor 10 5 15 2 0 1 1 3 0 0 56
17Nick Robertson 8 8 16 5 0 2 2 1 0 0 55
18Daniel McStay 5 7 12 6 0 0 1 1 0 0 48
19Harris Andrews 3 6 9 5 0 0 1 3 0 0 45
20Ryan Bastinac 9 5 14 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 43
21Ryan Lester 6 3 9 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 34
22Cedric Cox 3 8 11 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 33
North Melbourne

North Melbourne

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Shaun Higgins 21 8 29 5 0 0 2 3 2 2 114
2Luke McDonald 21 6 27 9 0 2 0 2 0 1 113
3Ben Brown 13 1 14 9 0 1 0 0 7 2 113
4Ryan Clarke 16 11 27 9 0 1 1 2 0 1 104
5Trent Dumont 13 13 26 5 0 3 1 6 0 0 104
6Todd Goldstein 5 11 16 4 31 2 0 4 1 0 104
7Aaron Mullett 16 5 21 8 0 0 0 2 0 0 90
8Scott D. Thompson 15 4 19 7 0 3 1 3 0 0 86
9Sam Durdin 11 6 17 6 0 2 0 3 1 0 83
10Jed Anderson 11 2 13 3 0 0 0 7 1 2 82
11Ben Cunnington 10 11 21 4 0 0 0 2 1 2 80
12Robbie Tarrant 16 4 20 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 80
13Sam Gibson 13 8 21 7 0 1 1 1 0 1 79
14Nathan Hrovat 10 8 18 7 0 0 1 1 1 1 75
15Lachlan Hansen 11 7 18 10 0 1 2 0 0 0 72
16Andrew Swallow 13 9 22 4 0 1 1 1 0 0 71
17Lindsay Thomas 8 2 10 3 0 1 3 5 3 1 68
18Shaun Atley 12 4 16 5 0 0 1 2 0 1 65
19Jy Simpkin 9 8 17 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 61
20Kayne Turner 4 5 9 3 0 1 0 4 1 0 54
21Declan Mountford 5 5 10 2 0 1 0 5 0 0 52
22Ben McKay 2 7 9 1 3 0 0 3 0 0 38

Team Lineups

North Melbourne

B

  • Sam Durdin,
  • Robbie Tarrant,
  • Declan Mountford

HB

  • Shaun Atley,
  • Scott D. Thompson,
  • Ryan Clarke

C

  • Aaron Mullett,
  • Luke McDonald,
  • Sam Gibson

HF

  • Nathan Hrovat,
  • Lachlan Hansen,
  • Kayne Turner

F

  • Shaun Higgins,
  • Ben Brown,
  • Lindsay Thomas

Fol

  • Todd Goldstein,
  • Trent Dumont,
  • Ben Cunnington

I/C

  • Jed Anderson,
  • Andrew Swallow,
  • Jy Simpkin,
  • Ben McKay

No Late Change

In

  • Aaron Mullett,
  • Lachlan Hansen,
  • Lindsay Thomas,
  • Jed Anderson,
  • Ben McKay

Out

  • Jack Ziebell (Foot),
  • Braydon Preuss (Shoulder),
  • Daniel Nielson (Concussion),
  • Taylor Garner (Foot),
  • Cameron Zurhaar (Omitted)

New

  • Ben McKay

Milestones:

  • Scott D. Thompson  - Played 200th game,
  • Ben McKay  - Played 1st game

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