The Brisbane Lions went down swinging against the West Coast Eagles 9.10.64 to 11.10.76 at the Gabba tonight.
It was a strange game. The Lions were snapping at the Eagles heels the whole time but they just couldn’t hit the “execute” button and finally glide past West Coast.
From the first bounce the Lions looked a little lethargic. They didn’t seem to have much energy and enthusiasm for the game. Despite this they managed to contain West Coast, holding them to only a 13 point lead.
But then it happened, during the second quarter the Lion cubs sprung to life and asserted a bit of dominance, thoroughly putting the frighteners into the Eagles who looked slack-jawed and stunned when the Lions drew even with them.
The rest of the match saw the Eagles pull away only for the Lions to claw their way back into the mix.
Josh Green was at his best weaving through West Coast’s haphazard defence and leaving a trail of destruction in his wake. Green’s footwork through the middle split the game open several times and he eventually walked away with two majors.
When things got down to the pointy end in the final stanza it seemed as though both teams were trying their hardest not to win this thing with the Lions booting four behinds and the Eagles with five.
It was Brisbane’s inability to convert more of their chances from set shots in the pocket that lead to their defeat. Daniel Merrett blew a sitter leaving the Gabba crowd scratching their heads.
Ash McGrath was strong booting two through. Pearce Hanley was popping up everywhere across the ground, as is his modus operandi these days. Adcock, Zorko and Aish all deserves special mentions too.
I saw encouraging signs in this match but I think our problem up front is becoming more and more apparent. We need a power forward and sadly, I don’t think Big Sauce is the man.
What were your thoughts on the match?