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Coaches Wrap: Playing the game on our terms

Coaches Wrap: Round 16 Danny Daly wraps up the great win against Carlton.

A strong team performance helped the Brisbane Lions secure the four points on Saturday against Carlton at the Gabba.

After a slow start, the Lions roared to life in the second quarter and kicked five unanswered goals that laid the foundations for the 65-point victory.

Strategy Coach Danny Daly was understandably very pleased by the victory. 

“It was an all-round good team performance. Our offence, defence and neutral ball was all very good on the day,” Daly said. 

“We were consistent over the four quarters, winning each quarter and the contested ball was good. 

“One thing we’ve been working on as a footy Club is trying to be selfless, not selfish…trying to do the team things that are required to be successful.

“The Tigers for example, have an approach of doing everything you can for your teammates. It’s something we’ve been trying to instil in our group lately and it’s starting to come to fruition.”

The Lions scored on 61% of their forward 50 entries, compared to the Blues’ 39%.

In the three games post the bye, the Lions have improved their goal scoring accuracy to 56%, compared to 45% prior to the bye.

“We’ve been able to mark the ball inside 50 a lot closer to goal. Having ground position is really important for scoring accuracy,” Daly said. 

“Over the last month, Jed Adcock has put a lot more emphasis into our goalkicking at training.”

On Saturday, the Lions played the game on their terms, tallying nearly 150 more disposals than Carlton and 80 more uncontested marks. 

“Our ability to win the ball in the back half and then get a lot of uncontested marks helped get the game played on our terms,” Daly said.

“They also defended a bit deep so we were able to take space with our kicks.”

Hawthorn at UTAS Stadium in Launceston on Saturday looms as a great challenge for the Lions, 

In Round 9, the Lions registered their first win of the season with a thumping 56-point win over the Hawks that will provide the players with plenty of confidence.

“We were very good on that day and it was our first win for the season,” Daly said. 

“Since then our defence has got a bit tighter, we’re moving the ball better and our stoppage work has improved.

“We’re improving every week and have to go out there and do what we’ve been doing the past couple of weeks.”

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs