A dominant first quarter proved the difference as the Lions suffered a 62-point loss to Richmond in the VFL on Saturday.
The Tigers shot out of the blocks early, kicking 9 goals in the first quarter thanks to strong performances from Josh Caddy, Sydney Stack and Callum Coleman-Jones.
The Lions fought back gallantly in the second half with goals from Henry Smith, Tom Fullarton and Archie Smith, but the Tigers’ mature bodies were too strong for a young Lions outfit.
While Brisbane now sit 13th (2 wins, 3 losses), the continued development of first-year player Henry Smith was a silver lining for Head Coach, Mitch Hahn.
“We’ve been loving the way Henry is improving. His intensity and competitiveness every week is great.
“He’s been able to hit the scoreboard which is pleasing. To finish with 12 touches, 8 score involvements and 2 goals shows he’s really growing,” Hahn said.
After returning from a leg injury, Tom Joyce has also been a welcome return with his grunt and poise through the midfield.
“Joycey’s been really consistent since he’s returned. He’s got elite hands tight in congestion. His real strength is his clearance and contested work. He is a clean, one touch player.
“To have 18 contested possessions and 10 clearances is really impressive and he’s been a strong inclusion for us.”
The excitement around Geelong recruit Nakia Cockatoo continues to build ahead of Sir Doug Nicholls Round.
“Nakia is building really well. He’s starting to show glimpses of his massive upside which is exciting,” Hahn said.
“His general aggression and attack on the contest is AFL standard and we’re hopeful he’ll continue to build.”
The Lions will also welcome back small defender Noah Answerth through the VFL this week. After suffering a groin injury in Round 17 last year, Answerth experienced several setbacks in his road to recovery.
“It’s really exciting to have Noah back. He’s been helping in a part-time coaching role that we’re hoping will help in his playing as well.
“His return will bring out his leadership and we’re keen to see his aggression and attack on the contest again.”
The Lions VFL side will take on GWS @ 10am at Moreton Bay Sports Complex, Burpengary on Saturday.