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Charlie lights up the Gabba in QClash18

The Lions' showed no mercy to its Queensland rivals on Saturday night, humiliating Gold Coast by 91 points at the Gabba to bag the percentage boost its top-two push needed.

Following an even first quarter, the ruthless Lions demoralised the Suns, kicking 18 of the next 22 goals to win its eighth consecutive match, 22.12 (144) to 8.5 (53).

The victory kept Brisbane well and truly in the hunt with Geelong and West Coast for a coveted top-two spot, bumping its percentage from 116 pre-match to 121.8.

Gold Coast's 16th straight loss all but ensures it will finish with the wooden spoon and the No.1 draft pick.

It was Charlie Cameron's night, as the surefire All Australian kicked a career-high six goals to win the Marcus Ashcroft Medal as best afield.

He now has 47 for the season to sit alongside Jack Darling in fifth spot in the Coleman Medal race.

 

While Cameron stole the show, plenty of others got in on the massacre, most notably skipper Dayne Zorko.

After overcoming a hamstring niggle to play, Zorko finished with 25 disposals and two magnificent goals, including one gather-and-snap in the final quarter that brought the 22,530 home fans to their feet.

Zorko did not have to deal with his QClash nemesis Touk Miller, who instead ran with Lachie Neale for the entire first half before switching to the Brisbane captain in the third term.

Jarryd Lyons made Suns fans wince a little more with 34 disposals and two goals, while Eric Hipwood, Dan McStay and Zac Bailey also finished with a brace.

Brisbane dominated most facets of the game, clearly winning at the coalface with a 56-42 advantage in the clearances and giving its potent forward line plenty of chances with 65 inside 50s to 41.

Cameron's breathtaking second quarter simply took the game away.

It wasn't just that he kicked three goals to take a competitive contest to one well out of reach, but the manner in which he kicked them that was so deflating for the poor Suns.

 

He turned half-chances – maybe quarter-chances – into goals.

The magic began when he roved an Oscar McInerney marking contest, and while running towards the right boundary line, screwed the ball back around his body from 40m to split the sticks.

He then turned Roadrunner, skirting the boundary line at blinding speed to outpace hapless Jacob Dawson for a goal and moments later he left new opponent Jarrod Harbrow grasping from another stoppage and he slithered a left foot snap through.

His fourth goal hammered a nail in the Suns' coffin.

From the ensuing celebrations, Darcy Macpherson dropped Lachie Neale off the ball to give the Lions' ball magnet a goal and from the ensuing centre bounce, Zac Bailey converted on the run to give the hosts a 38-point advantage at the half.

MEDICAL ROOM
Brisbane: The only scare for the Lions came in the third quarter when half-forward Lincoln McCarthy got his ankle caught awkwardly in a tackle and was helped from the field. After 10 minutes he did some run-throughs around the boundary line and returned to finish the game.

Gold Coast: Midfielder Anthony Miles had trouble with an ankle injury for much of the night. He was taken to the rooms in the first quarter, got it re-strapped, returned and went off again to get attention before playing the game out.

NEXT UP
Brisbane can take a huge step towards a top-two finish when it hosts Geelong at a soldout Gabba next Saturday from 2.10pm AEST. The Lions will be chasing their ninth straight victory. Gold Coast travels to Marvel Stadium to play Hawthorn next Sunday at 4.40pm in a game the Hawks must win to keep their slim finals hopes alive.

BRISBANE          4.3     10.5     17.10     22.12 (144)
GOLD COAST     2.2     4.3     4.5     8.5 (53)  

GOALS
Brisbane:  Cameron 6, Bailey 2, Lyons 2, Hipwood 2, Zorko 2, McStay 2, Gardiner, Robinson, Neale, Christensen, Berry, Martin
Gold Coast: Sexton 2, Swallow 2, Day 2, Fiorini, Ainsworth

BEST 
Brisbane: Cameron, Zorko, Lyons, Robinson, Rich, McCluggage
Gold Coast: Witts, Swallow, Bowe, Ainsworth

INJURIES 
Brisbane: Nil
Gold Coast: Nil

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Brown, Ryan, Dore

Official crowd: 22,530 at the Gabba

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