The Brisbane Lions and Sandringham Zebras played out the second draw of the 2023 VFL season in Saturday’s Round 14 clash.
The Lions travelled home to Brisbane with the Trevor Barker Beach Oval scoreboard reading Sandringham 12.7 (79) to Brisbane 11.13 (79).
A strong breeze made scoring at one end difficult with only 39 points scored at the clubhouse end of the ground.
The Zebras got out to a fast start kicking the first three goals of the match with a strong tail wind.
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Noah Answerth provided the Lions with their only major for the quarter with just one minute remaining.
Answerth continued to star for the Lions throughout the contest finishing with a goal, 28 disposals and a game-high 13 tackles.
The second started similarly to the first as the Zebras shot out of the blocks kicking the opening two goals for the term.
The Lions surged back into the contest courtesy of Tom Fullarton, Nakia Cockatoo and Wylie Buzza.
Both sides traded goals with Buzza slotting his second as the Lions brought the margin back to under a kick.
The Lions took control in the last five minutes of the quarter but were unable to show it on the scoreboard, kicking one goal from five scoring shots.
A major from Cal Ah Chee ensured the Lions would take a two-point lead into the main break.
Jarryd Lyons was strong again through the middle of the ground collecting 33 possessions, five tackles, four marks and seven clearances.
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Ah Chee also had a solid performance with two goals, 24 touches and six marks providing the Lions with another option in attack.
Kicking back into the wind in the third term, the Lions struggled to move the ball forward.
Shadeau Brain kicked a goal in the first five minutes answering the Zebras early major.
Sandringham swung momentum back in its favour booting four majors in a row to hold a four-goal lead.
Darryl McDowell-White steadied the Lions late in the term, but it was the Zebras who held a 23-point advantage at the three-quarter time.
A heavily contested fourth term ensued with neither side gaining the upper hand, it took 22 minutes before a goal was kicked.
Inaccuracy plagued the Lions as booting four behinds before Darragh Joyce broke the deadlock with a rushed kick out of a contest which bounced through for a major.
A goal from well beyond the 50-metre arc from Jaxon Prior cut the Zebras lead to seven points with less than five minutes to go.
Another rushed behind left the Lions with a one-goal deficit to bring the teams back to level.
Ah Chee marked and goaled to level scores and it would be the final scoring shot of the contest as the Lions fell agonisingly shot of a 23-point last quarter comeback.
James Madden was again instrumental off half-back with 19 touches, four marks and two clearances.
The Lions now turn their attention to Richmond who will travel to Brighton Homes Arena this Friday.
Sandringham 79 drew with Brisbane 79
Goals: Buzza 2, Ah Chee 2, Prior, McDowell-White, Joyce, Fullarton, Cockatoo, Brain, Answerth
Best: Lyons, Answerth, Ah Chee, Madden, Sharp