In a performance that shocked everyone, including the Lions themselves, Brisbane beat the Collingwood Magpies 8.8.56 to 18.15.123 at the MCG last night.
Before the bounce the Pies lost Jamie Elliott and Captain Scott Pendlebury to injuries and as the game of footy goes: when the opposition team is down kick them harder.
The Lions seemed to have it over the Pies in spades from the first bounce. The Lions flew out of the gates with some great transitions to score. Four minutes after the bounce Ben Reid was down and out with a knee injury, compounding the Pies injury troubles.
If it wasn’t for Travis Cloke and some bloke called Tim Broomhead the Pies first quarter would have been an embarrassing white-wash. Both asserted a bit of dominance and flair in a half-hearted fight back.
Before the game Nathan Buckley said the Pies were more focused on stopping Pearce Hanley rather than the 100-game milestone man, Tom Rockliff, who had a 40 possession game in the Lions loss to the Crows last week. Weird thinking really. Either way their plans backfired spectacularly because along with Dayne Zorko, Hanley and Rockliff dominated the ball with a combined 113 disposals. Amazing.
Collingwood’s injury drama’s continued when Travis Cloke and then Dayne Beams both did themselves a mischief and wound up warming the bench for the rest of the night.
Daniel Merrett finally found his pair of boots that kick straight after losing them for so long because the Big Sauce booted himself three majors and a behind before he took a ride on the back of a golf buggy with a knee injury.
Newcomer Jonathan Freeman put himself forward as a genuine goal kicker getting himself four majors in his second game.
This was a dominant performance from the Lions when they needed it most after last weeks horrendous loss to the Crows.
Does this performance give you hope for next year? Or was it just a matter of a healthy team kicking the crutches out from a crippled kid?