In Ash McGrath’s final game at the Gabba the Lions were obliterated by the Fremantle Dockers 6.12.48 to 15.16.106.
The Dockers absolutely shut out the Lions in a threatening statement to the rest of the top 8: we’ve still got it.
Freo ran on to the field minus their inspirational Captain, Matthew Pavlich, who did himself a mischief during warm-up. The loss of Pavlich only added to the list of missing Dockers: Nat Fyfe and Michael Barlow.
Missing those big names didn’t seem to bother the Dockers in the slightest though. They came out and blew the Lions off the park in the first quarter with a dominant display of attacking prowess and suffocating defence. The Lions only managed four behinds in the first stanza.
An interesting side-bar for the game was the running feud between Dayne Zorko and the tip-rat: Hayden Ballantyne. Those two seemed to have a genuine dislike for each other with Zorko constantly provoking the little tip-rat.
Things just went downhill for the Lions who had some great transitions and runs of play but just weren’t able to finish them off.
After the dust settled the Lions were behind by 58 points. Tom Rockliff topped the paddock for most touches of the pill with 45, closely followed by Dayne Zorko on 38.
After the game both Lions and Dockers combined in a guard of honour for our retiring legend, Ash McGrath.
Next week is the last match of the regular season. Hopefully the Lions can spend a solid pre-season together, preparing for next year which shows a lot of promise.
Does the Lions little squad give you faith in next year?