The Brisbane Lions have won a scrappy, arm-wrestle of a game at Metricon Stadium by 4 points, a game they came perilously close to losing.
Inaccuracy in front of goal at one stage during the third quarter looked like costing them the match, the Lions finishing with 28 scoring shots to the Suns’ 19.
Dayne Beams won his 3rd Ashcroft medal, he was one of many who stood up for Brisbane in the last quarter – but they would be frustrated with their own individual inconsistency.
For Brisbane, Stegan Martin struggled at the centre clearances but delivered a consistent effort, Beams had some ordinary kicking early on but fought back into the game, Dayne Zorko was well held by Touk Miller.
Luke Hodge was immense down back and was the point of difference throughout most of the first half. Eric Hipwood showed both his best and worst qualities as a footballer with some superb athleticism and some truly execrable kicking skills.
Mitch Robinson was brave, Zac Bailey was really exciting to watch.
For the Suns, Michael Barlow showed his class but looked well off the pace – one can see why he hasn’t been playing, he just can’t keep up anymore.
Steven May had his moments but struggled to impose himself on the game. Alex Sexton was brilliant, he’s a real talent. Brayden Crossley, Brad Scheer and Brayden Fiorini also had very good games.
Jack Bowes is a real talent too – reminds me a lot of Cam Rayner.
Ultimately, a very close game. A scrappy sort of game with lots of turnovers and contested possessions, hampered by wet conditions.
Not a standout contest but an entertaining one, which is more than you could hope for really – and Brisbane won.
Gold Coast Suns 11.8.74
Brisbane Lions 10.18.78