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    Brisbane Lions vs. Melbourne

    AFL Home and Away March 31, 2018
    Brisbane Lions 74, Melbourne 100
    Brisbane Lions Melbourne
     G B Pts G B Pts
    Q1033   5434
    Q22618   8755
    Q351141   91165
    Q4101474   1416100

    The Brisbane Lions will host the Melbourne Demons at the Gabba on Saturday night. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 7:25pm AEDT.

    It wasn’t the desired start to season 2018 for these two teams, who lost their round one clashes.

    Brisbane started positively against St Kilda last Saturday, holding their own and even leading during the third term.

    However, a six-goals-to-two last quarter meant the Saints ran away with the win. Despite the loss, there were plenty of positives for the Lions to take away.

    It was heartbreak for the Demons in their Round 1 game, as they had chances to steal the win from Geelong in the dying minutes.

    Max Gawn’s confident mark wasn’t matched by his shot at goal and the Dees ended up going down by three points.

    Last time Brisbane and Melbourne met was round 22 last year. The Demons won by 13 points in a close encounter at the MCG.

    The Dees have won the last three matches between these two sides, and will be looking to notch up a fourth and their first win at the Gabba since 2010.

    Brisbane will be without Daniel Rich who injured his ankle against the Saints, the suspended Mitch Robinson and Tom Bell, who has been omitted.

    Cedric Cox, Rohan Bewick and Rhys Mathieson come into the side and will start on the interchange.

    Cox and Bewick impressed in recent NEAFL matches, while Mathieson will return from a minor hamstring complaint that kept him out of round one.

    The Demons have also made a couple of changes, bringing in Dom Tyson and Tomas Bugg to start on the bench. Mitch Hannan and Corey Maynard are the omissions.

    With a relatively healthy list, Melbourne have decided to bring in two guys who were unlucky to miss round one selection.

    The Lions’ Allen Christensen will play his 100th AFL game.

    Melbourne are aiming for finals this year. Needing twelve or so victories to achieve this, games such as this against Brisbane are must wins.

    Max Gawn and Stefan Martin will be an intriguing ruck battle, while it will be interesting to see how the young Brisbane forward line goes against a pretty experienced and handy Melbourne defence.

    After falling just short last week against a quality side in Geelong, the Dee’s will hold the advantage with their experience and will be desperate to even their ledger at one win and one loss.

    Melbourne by 21 points.

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    Quarter 1
    2' BEHIND - Allen Christensen (Brisbane Lions)
    4' BEHIND - Rushed (Melbourne)
    6' BEHIND - Nathan Jones (Melbourne)
    7' GOAL - Jesse Hogan (Melbourne)
    11' BEHIND - Rushed (Brisbane Lions)
    12' GOAL - Jeff Garlett (Melbourne)
    19' BEHIND - Dayne Beams (Brisbane Lions)
    23' BEHIND - Jake Melksham (Melbourne)
    24' BEHIND - Jayden Hunt (Melbourne)
    25' GOAL - Alex Neal-Bullen (Melbourne)
    28' GOAL - Jesse Hogan (Melbourne)
    30' GOAL - Bayley Fritsch (Melbourne)
    Quarter 2
    3' GOAL - Allen Christensen (Brisbane Lions)
    5' BEHIND - Rushed (Melbourne)
    6' BEHIND - Josh Walker (Brisbane Lions)
    8' GOAL - Jesse Hogan (Melbourne)
    11' GOAL - Rohan Bewick (Brisbane Lions)
    15' GOAL - Nathan Jones (Melbourne)
    17' BEHIND - Cameron Rayner (Brisbane Lions)
    18' GOAL - Jeff Garlett (Melbourne)
    23' BEHIND - Jesse Hogan (Melbourne)
    27' BEHIND - Josh Walker (Brisbane Lions)
    30' BEHIND - Tomas Bugg (Melbourne)
    Quarter 3
    2' BEHIND - Ryan Lester (Brisbane Lions)
    3' BEHIND - Ryan Lester (Brisbane Lions)
    7' BEHIND - Christian Petracca (Melbourne)
    7' GOAL - Nathan Jones (Melbourne)
    11' BEHIND - Rohan Bewick (Brisbane Lions)
    12' BEHIND - Tomas Bugg (Melbourne)
    15' GOAL - Allen Christensen (Brisbane Lions)
    18' BEHIND - Stefan Martin (Brisbane Lions)
    20' GOAL - Cedric Cox (Brisbane Lions)
    23' BEHIND - Dayne Zorko (Brisbane Lions)
    25' GOAL - Charlie Cameron (Brisbane Lions)
    30' BEHIND - Clayton Oliver (Melbourne)
    31' BEHIND - Neville Jetta (Melbourne)
    Quarter 4
    5' GOAL - Charlie Cameron (Brisbane Lions)
    7' GOAL - Charlie Cameron (Brisbane Lions)
    9' GOAL - Dayne Zorko (Brisbane Lions)
    11' GOAL - Allen Christensen (Brisbane Lions)
    17' BEHIND - Rushed (Melbourne)
    18' GOAL - Jeff Garlett (Melbourne)
    20' BEHIND - Dayne Zorko (Brisbane Lions)
    21' GOAL - Jeff Garlett (Melbourne)
    22' BEHIND - Jake Melksham (Melbourne)
    23' BEHIND - Dayne Beams (Brisbane Lions)
    25' GOAL - Eric Hipwood (Brisbane Lions)
    26' GOAL - Jesse Hogan (Melbourne)
    28' BEHIND - Jeff Garlett (Melbourne)
    28' BEHIND - Eric Hipwood (Brisbane Lions)
    30' GOAL - Jesse Hogan (Melbourne)
    31' BEHIND - Jake Melksham (Melbourne)
    32' BEHIND - Bayley Fritsch (Melbourne)
    36' GOAL - Bayley Fritsch (Melbourne)
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    • 11:16am
      Kangajets said | 11:16am | ! Report

      Brisbane looked a decent team for parts of the game

    • Roar Guru

      Sarah Wildy said | 11:16pm | ! Report

      The Melbourne Demons have defeated the Brisbane Lions by 26 points on Saturday night at the Gabba.

      A spirited fight back from the Lions in the second half was stalled by late Melbourne goals to Jeff Garlett, Jesse Hogan and Bayley Fritsch.

      The Demons capitalised in the first half on some poor turnovers by Brisbane and moved the ball swiftly on transition.

      Early in the third quarter, Melbourne led by as much as 42 points, but Brisbane wrestled their way back into the game.

      The Lions’ kicked the final three goals of the third term and the first four goals of the fourth, to be even with the Demons at the ten-minute mark of the final quarter.

      Their run was stopped by two consecutive goals to Garlett, who finished with 17 disposals and 4 goals. The small-forward played an instrumental role in the Demons’ win.

      Hogan (22 disposals) was huge up forward for the Demons as well. He finished with a five goal haul.

      Just as Hogan’s presence and leading was impressive, so too were the measured kicks by his teammates to find him inside 50.

      Clayton Oliver (35 disposals, 8 tackles) worked hard in Melbourne’s midfield, as did Nathan Jones (28 disposals, 2 goals) and Christian Petracca (24 disposals).

      The ruck dual between Stefan Martin and Max Gawn was fascinating and the contrasting styles proved a great battle.

      In an incredible effort, both ruckman spent long periods of time on the ground, not resting on the bench in the second or third terms.

      Charlie Cameron kicked three goals in Brisbane’s second half turn-around, Dayne Zorko (20 disposals, 1 goal, 11 tackles) and Lewis Taylor (23 disposals, 5 tackles) played enormous second-halves in the midfield.

      Allen Christensen also hit the scoreboard with three goals in his 100th AFL game.

      It was an exhausting match with 147 turnovers but the Demons came out on top in the end.

      Next up the Brisbane Lions will travel to Adelaide Oval to take on Port in a Saturday afternoon game, while the Demons will host North Melbourne in a round 3 clash at the MCG.

    • Roar Guru

      Sarah Wildy said | 10:11pm | ! Report

      Demons take a 26 point win at the Gabba.

      Final stats

      Brisbane:Christensen 3, Cameron 3, Zorko, Bewick, Hipwood, Cox
      Melbourne: Hogan 5, Garlett 4, Fritsch 2, Jones 2, Neal-Bullen

      Brisbane: Witherden 24, Taylor 23, Bewick 20
      Melbourne: Oliver 34, Jones 28, Petracca 24

      Brisbane 74
      Melbourne 100

      Thanks for tuning in, I’ll post a match report soon.

    • Roar Guru

      Sarah Wildy said | 10:06pm | ! Report



      Shot on the siren for Fritsch and he guides it home.

      Good fight by Brisbane at the start of the fourth, but Melbourne swung the momentum back their way to finish strong.

      Demons win by 26.

      Brisbane 74
      Melbourne 100

      • 10:11pm
        Luke S said | 10:11pm | ! Report

        Once again, the Lions prove they are a great 3 quarters’ team.

        Shame that the game is 4 quarters long!

        Sick of the Lions having ‘noble losses’ (although I don’t know how 26 points is a ‘noble loss’!)

        • 11:17am
          Kangajets said | 11:17am | ! Report

          Brisbane looked very in good in patches

    • Roar Guru

      Sarah Wildy said | 10:03pm | ! Report


      Fritsch picks the ball up off hands and takes a snap at goal. Misses to the left.

      Brisbane 74
      Melbourne 94

    • Roar Guru

      Sarah Wildy said | 10:01pm | ! Report

      3 minutes left

      Demons up by 19 now.

      Brisbane 74
      Melbourne 92

    • Roar Guru

      Sarah Wildy said | 10:00pm | ! Report


      Another one for Jesse Hogan.

      A good kick over the top by Petracca, finds Hogan. He snaps for his 6th.

      Brisbane 74
      Melbourne 92

    • Roar Guru

      Sarah Wildy said | 9:59pm | ! Report


      Hipwood doesn’t hear the play on call until he is left to make a rushed shot at goal. Misses.

      Brisbane 74
      Melbourne 86

    • Roar Guru

      Sarah Wildy said | 9:58pm | ! Report


      McStay drops the mark and the turn over results in a set shot for Garlett.

      It’s only a minor score though.

      Brisbane 73
      Melbourne 86

    • Roar Guru

      Sarah Wildy said | 9:57pm | ! Report


      Hogan has 5!

      Garlett smothered the kick that would have had Brisbane out. He sends it inside in front of Hogan, who kicks his fifth.

      Brisbane 73
      Melbourne 85

    • Roar Guru

      Sarah Wildy said | 9:55pm | ! Report


      Hipwood gets his first for the night.

      Running into the Lion’s forward 50 he strikes the ball well from 40.

      6 points.

      Brisbane 73
      Melbourne 79

    • Roar Guru

      Sarah Wildy said | 9:54pm | ! Report


      A string of handballs finds Beams who had more time than he thought, but takes a rushed shot at goal and misses.

      Brisbane 66
      Melbourne 78

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