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Match Report

Match Report: Lions push Crows all the way

By Michael Whiting, AFL.com.au Exclusive to lions.com.au July 21, 2018 9:08 PM

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The Brisbane Lions fell just short of pulling off a memorable victory over the Adelaide Crows at the Gabba tonight. 

The Crows silenced the strong crowd of 20,475 to win 13.15 (93) to 13.10 (88).

Missing suspended skipper Taylor Walker, Adelaide also had to overcome injuries to young defender Tom Doedee (concussion) and Lachlan Murphy (face) that left its bench two players short for the final quarter.

Brisbane trailed by 22 points at the final change and threatened to get right back into the contest when Oscar McInerney kicked his second goal to draw within 10, but the Crows hung on.

Lewy Taylor kicked a goal after the siren to bring the teams within one straight kick.

Brisbane had won three consecutive games but lacked composure on occasions and Adelaide thoroughly deserved its win, with the inside 50 count (63-51) proving telling.

The early stages of the match were frenetic, with the Lions leading by three points at the first change after some spectacular play from both teams. 

In a sequence that will be hard to beat in any game this season, Josh Walker and Cam Rayner both took legitimate Mark of the Year contenders within the space of 15 seconds.

Walker used Mitch McGovern as a step-ladder to take his nomination in the middle of the ground, and seconds later Rayner jumped from four deep, over both Daniel Talia and Doedee, to pull in a thrilling grab close to goal.

Both teams were desperate to move the ball quickly, and although the Lions were bordering on playing out of control at stages, it made for an entertaining spectacle.

The swift transfer of play from Daniel Rich's kick-in to Dayne Zorko's goal within four disposals highlighted their want to play at speed.

Alex Witherden had 31 disposals, while defenders Ryan Lester, Nick Robertson and Darcy Gardiner held up well.

Coach Chris Fagan said the Lions would learn plenty from losing to a quality opponent.

"In 2016 Adelaide beat the Lions by 138 points. Last year they beat us by 80 points and tonight they beat us by five points," Fagan said.

"We're starting to be able to compete with some of the big dogs.

"They had a lot to play for tonight and so did we. I'm proud of our blokes."

For the Crows, Hugh Greenwood was superb in a forward role, kicking four goals and hitting the post twice, while Matt Crouch (40 disposals) and Rory Laird (29 and a goal) were also brilliant for the victors.

Greenwood kicked three goals either side of quarter time – without the Lions having a single effective disposal between any of them – to arrest the momentum. 

Josh Jenkins and Riley Knight kicked two goals apiece while Wayne Milera (24 touches) and Luke Brown, who blanketed Taylor, also impressed

Fagan admitted Greenwood got under the Lions' guard after they had put more planning into Jenkins, Tom Lynch and Eddie Betts.

"It was a really pleasing win," Crows coach Don Pyke said.

"We came up here needing a win, obviously to keep the season going, and the guys got it done.

"It was a real arm wrestle all night.

"I think we got out to 20-odd points at one stage, but even then they sort of pegged it back immediately."  

MEDICAL ROOM

Brisbane Lions: No problems from the match but coach Chris Fagan might have some selection headaches next week with Harris Andrews expected to return and also Luke Hodge likely to have overcome his corked calf. 

Adelaide: The Crows will have to monitor young defender Tom Doedee and Lachlan Murphy during the week after both were concussed and failed to play the match out. Doedee was caught in a heavy Dan McStay tackle, while Murphy looked to have caught a stray Tom Cutler elbow in a marking contest.

NEXT UP
Adelaide has a crucial match next Saturday night when it hosts Melbourne at Adelaide Oval, while the Lions travel to Geelong to play the Cats earlier that afternoon. Both matches have big ramifications for the top eight.

BRISBANE       4.1   8.2   9.7   13.10 (88)                  
ADELAIDE        3.4   9.7  12.11   13.15 (93)          

GOALS
Brisbane: Berry 2, McInerney 2, McStay 2, Rayner 2, Barrett, Christensen, Hipwood, Taylor Zorko
Adelaide: Greenwood 4, Jenkins 2, Knight 2, Betts, Gallucci, Gibbs, Laird, Seedsman

BEST 
Brisbane: Robertson, Lester, Witherden, Rayner, Zorko
Adelaide:  Laird, Greenwood, Crouch, Milera, Jenkins

INJURIES 
Brisbane:
Adelaide: Murphy (nose), Doedee (concussion)

Reports

Umpires: Schmitt, Whetton, Mitchell

Official crowd: 20,475 at the Gabba

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Match Video

Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Matt Crouch
    Matt Crouch
    40
  • Brisbane Lions
    Alex Witherden
    31
  • Adelaide Crows
    Rory Laird
    29
  • Brisbane Lions
    Dayne Beams
    26
  • Brisbane Lions
    Tom Cutler
    24
Fantasy Leaders
  • Alex Witherden
    Alex Witherden
    138
  • Adelaide Crows
    Matt Crouch
    121
  • Adelaide Crows
    Hugh Greenwood
    104
  • Brisbane Lions
    Darcy Gardiner
    99
  • Brisbane Lions
    Tom Cutler
    97
Scoring Leaders
  • Hugh Greenwood
    Hugh Greenwood
    4.3
  • Adelaide Crows
    Josh Jenkins
    2.2
  • Brisbane Lions
    Jarrod Berry
    2.1
  • Brisbane Lions
    Oscar McInerney
    2.0
  • Brisbane Lions
    Cameron Rayner
    2.0

Match Stats

  • 346 Disposals 362
  • 72.5 Disposal Eff 72.4
  • 130 Contested Pos 135
  • 99 Marks 83
  • 16 Free Kicks 17
  • 41 Clearances 39
  • 52 Inside 50s 63
  • 49 Rebound 50s 38
  • 51 Tackles 50
  • 49 Hit-outs 38
  • 89 Interchanges 81

Breakdown

  • 4.1 (25)
    3.4 (22)
  • 8.2 (50)
    9.7 (61)
  • 9.7 (61)
    12.11 (83)
  • 13.10 (88)
    13.15 (93)

Match Video

Player Stats

Brisbane Lions

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Alex Witherden 26 5 31 12 0 1 1 4 0 0 138
2Darcy Gardiner 15 6 21 11 0 0 1 3 0 0 99
3Tom Cutler 14 10 24 4 0 1 0 5 0 2 97
4Stefan Martin 7 7 14 3 39 2 0 3 0 0 97
5Dayne Zorko 13 8 21 5 0 0 1 5 1 2 95
6Dayne Beams 12 14 26 3 0 1 3 5 0 0 85
7Jarrod Berry 11 6 17 5 0 1 1 2 2 1 79
8Oscar McInerney 8 3 11 5 10 1 0 2 2 0 76
9Ryan Lester 10 7 17 8 0 0 0 2 0 0 76
10Cameron Rayner 7 7 14 5 0 1 0 1 2 0 67
11Allen Christensen 8 9 17 3 0 2 0 1 1 1 64
12Nick Robertson 10 8 18 5 0 0 1 1 0 0 62
13Daniel Rich 14 3 17 1 0 0 1 2 0 2 58
14Lewis Taylor 6 6 12 4 0 3 1 2 1 0 56
15Hugh McCluggage 10 10 20 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 54
16Josh Walker 8 3 11 7 0 0 1 1 0 0 52
17Daniel McStay 9 0 9 3 0 2 1 1 2 0 51
18Mitch Robinson 7 4 11 1 0 0 0 4 0 1 49
19Jake Barrett 3 4 7 4 0 0 2 4 1 0 45
20Rhys Mathieson 7 7 14 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 45
21Eric Hipwood 5 2 7 4 0 1 2 0 1 1 33
22Cedric Cox 1 6 7 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 28

Adelaide Crows

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Matt Crouch 14 26 40 4 0 2 1 4 0 0 121
2Hugh Greenwood 11 6 17 4 0 4 0 4 4 3 104
3Bryce Gibbs 16 5 21 7 0 0 2 3 1 0 91
4Rory Laird 14 15 29 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 89
5Josh Jenkins 13 6 19 5 5 0 0 0 2 2 85
6Wayne Milera 14 8 22 7 0 0 1 1 0 0 80
7Rory Sloane 8 8 16 2 0 2 0 7 0 1 77
8Tom Lynch 13 10 23 1 0 2 0 2 0 3 75
9Riley Knight 12 5 17 1 0 1 0 3 2 0 74
10Jake Kelly 12 9 21 7 0 0 2 1 0 0 73
11Eddie Betts 7 8 15 4 0 0 1 5 1 1 73
12Paul Seedsman 11 7 18 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 65
13Kyle Cheney 9 4 13 8 0 1 1 1 0 0 61
14Sam Jacobs 6 0 6 0 33 1 1 2 0 0 57
15Luke Brown 8 7 15 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 56
16Mitch McGovern 7 2 9 5 0 1 0 3 0 2 55
17Rory Atkins 13 5 18 3 0 0 3 1 0 0 53
18Daniel Talia 6 4 10 5 0 0 1 2 0 0 46
19Alex Keath 10 2 12 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 46
20Jordan Gallucci 6 3 9 3 0 1 2 2 1 0 42
21Lachlan Murphy 0 4 4 1 0 0 0 6 0 0 35
22Tom Doedee 4 4 8 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 27

Team Lineups

Adelaide Crows

B

  • Luke Brown,
  • Daniel Talia,
  • Alex Keath

HB

  • Rory Atkins,
  • Tom Doedee,
  • Rory Laird

C

  • Wayne Milera,
  • Bryce Gibbs,
  • Paul Seedsman

HF

  • Riley Knight,
  • Tom Lynch,
  • Jordan Gallucci

F

  • Eddie Betts,
  • Josh Jenkins,
  • Lachlan Murphy

Fol

  • Sam Jacobs,
  • Matt Crouch,
  • Rory Sloane

I/C

  • Hugh Greenwood,
  • Jake Kelly,
  • Kyle Cheney,
  • Mitch McGovern

No Late Change

In

  • No Change

Last updated: 10:33PM Saturday, July 21, 2018