The Brisbane Lions VFL team head into this weekend’s bye undefeated with their 9-0 record intact following Saturday night’s 35-point win against the Frankston Dolphins.
A cold, windy evening greeted the Lions as they travelled to Kinetic Stadium in Melbourne with their undefeated record on the line.
Five changes were made going into the match, including the exciting VFL debut for Bailey Gordon.
Wylie Buzza, who has been used as a swingman throughout the year, applauded the team’s ability to win tough games.
“It’s a tough place to win in Frankston, so we are super stoked to come away with the points,” he said.
“With a few changes this week we knew it was going to be a challenge but credit to guys who came in and played their roles really well.
“It’s been a great start to the season and hopefully we can keep that momentum, but we are just focusing on playing our role for the team and giving 100 per cent every time we run out.”
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Brisbane midfielder Jarryd Lyons got proceedings under way with a neat sidestep to evade the defence and finished in style.
Lyons was once again among the best on ground with two goals, 33 touches, seven tackles and six clearances.
Darcy Fort gave the Lions plenty of momentum as he kicked the next two goals courtesy of his very accurate set shot.
The two sides then traded goals with Gordon kicking his first VFL goal thanks to an unselfish pass from Bruce Reville.
The Lions led by 12 points at quarter time with the Dolphins building some momentum late in the term.
The second quarter started similarly to the first with the Lions kicking the opening three goals thanks to Harry Sharp and two Reville.
Reville kicked three goals for the evening and was electric up-forward in his first VFL game of the year.
Sharp finished with two goals, 23 touches and seven marks in a solid performance.
Holding a 25-point lead at the main break, the Lions midfield began to dominant in the second term thanks in large part to Deven Robertson.
Robertson was enormous amassing an incredible 20 tackles for the contest coupled with six clearances and 24 disposals as he took control in the middle of the ground.
Fort was also outstanding with his two majors along with 43 hitouts, eight clearances and 15 possessions.
The third quarter was tightly contested with the Lions kicking against a strong breeze.
The Dolphins were able to win the quarter three goals to two, with Reville kicking his third and Sharp his second to keep the margin at 19 points.
Jaxon Prior had a day out with 29 disposals and five marks as he patrolled the backline all night.
James Tunstill also had an impressive evening with 28 touches and eight clearances.
The Lions kicked clear in the fourth quarter after the lead was cut to 12 points early in term.
Goals to Lyons, Buzza, Blake Coleman and an outrageous finish from Darryl McDowell-White ensured the Lions would remain the only unbeaten team in the competition.
The Lions now get a week to reset with the bye as they face another tough challenge from the Box Hill Hawks in their next outing.
Brisbane 93 def Frankston 58
Goals: Reville 3, Sharp 2, Lyons 2, Fort 2, McDowell-White, Gordon, Coleman, Buzza
Best: Robertson, Prior, Sharp, Lyons, Reville