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Lions plumb new depths with GWS loss

  • Lions plumb new depths with GWS loss

    BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND - JULY 17: Rohan Bewick of the Lions looks dejected during the round 17 AFL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at The Gabba on July 17, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Matt Roberts/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Hapless Brisbane have plumbed new depths after a humiliating 79-point AFL defeat to Greater Western Sydney on Sunday.

The Giants have moved into the top four after the 22.14 (146) to 9.13 (67) victory, their 11th win of a breakthrough season.

It couldn't be more different for the Lions, who have now slumped to 12 straight defeats - equalling a club record set by the "Bad News Bears" in 1990-91.

Sunday's paltry attendance of 10,195 is also the lowest ever crowd for the Lions at the Gabba.

Brisbane made a gutsy start, trailing by one goal at the end of the opening term.

But the second quarter was a disaster for the home team, the Giants kicking 10 goals to two, to open up a 51-point lead.

It was GWS's best single quarter in their history with the lead reaching 86 points at one point in the third term.

Callan Ward, Jeremy Cameron and Josh Kelly all kicked three majors for the Giants.

Ward also had 31 disposals while Stephen Coniglio (32) and Dylan Shiel (34) also saw plenty of football.

Dayne Zorko was one Lion who could leave the field with his head held high with 28 disposals, six marks and a goal.

Captain Tom Rockliff also played decently in a well-beaten team, kicking two goals, with young tall Josh Schache also kicking two majors.

Adding to the Lions' woes Daniel McStay limped off in the third term after jarring his right leg in a marking contest and failed to return.

The Lions face fellow strugglers Essendon next weekend in what will be a wooden-spoon deciding contest.

BRISBANE'S LOWEST AFL CROWDS AT THE GABBA

10195 v GWS, Rd 17, 2016

12700 v GWS, Rd 13, 2014

12777 v West Coast, Rd 13, 2016

12899 v Fremantle, Rd 12, 2016

13500 v West Coast, Rd 23, 2011

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