Lions forwards coach Jed Adcock said the team did not capitalise in front of goal during the first half of QClash17, despite having most of the possession.
“In the set shots we didn’t make the most of our opportunities really,” he told lions.com.au.
But Adcock believes as the game wore on the team started to build momentum and the goals started to open up.
The new rule of 6-6-6 benefitted the team on the weekend. When they got on top of the centre bounce, they had better control of the ball, which saw the Lions convert three goals in one minute.
“We’ve seen when we can get on top of the centre bounce, we have the ability to score,” Adcock said.
“On the day we were good enough, in that third quarter to get a bit of momentum and finish off the work.”
Mitch Robinson claimed the Marcus Ashcroft Medal as best on ground, with three cracking goals, 26 disposals and 16 kicks.
“He has been in really good form all year,” Adcock said
Robinson was able to utilize his versatility, interchanging between inside, outside midfield roles and the forward line.
“He’s hard at the contest, he’s hard at the player,” Adcock said.
“It suited him well that game.”
Not only did Lachie Neale have another stand out game with 28 disposals and a ripper goal from outside 50, but Lions debutant Noah Answerth slotted in nicely picking up 5 intercept marks.
Adcock was impressed with the youngsters first hit out.
“We know what he brings and he is a competitor,” he said.
“He is going to make it very hard for the forwards or opposition to score.
“To have a real nice balanced game with the ability to come across and mark ball from intercept possessions, it was nice.”
Matching up against the Swans this week, Adcock is confident the team will continue their efforts in contested footy and pressure within their 50.