The GWS Giants have advanced to a preliminary final against Collingwood next with following a three-point win over the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba.
The Giants started much better in the first to kick four unanswered goals with their physical brand of footy. Though it was off the back of Dayne Zorko’s efforts that the Lions won the term, with five goals to four.
In the second, GWS picked up their game to carry themselves to a two-goal led into half-time. They recorded five for the term with considerable efforts from Toby Greene and Zac Williams. The Lions only managed the two goals.
In the third, Lions recorded just the two again but kept the Giants to one with six behinds as they pressed on their tails into the fourth.
They managed to come back late in the final term following a goal from Allen Christensen, but it was Brent Daniels who had the hero moment, winning the game with an on-the-run banana in his only goal for the game.
Toby Greene responded well to a controversial week in the media, kicking two goals to go with 30 disposals and five tackles.
Coleman Medalist, Jeremy Cameron, secured three goals for the game with 16 disposals and six marks, with Jeremy Finlayson also kicking two for the night.
For the Lions, Eric Hipwood and Charlie Cameron were important on goals – kicking three and two respectively.
Dayne Zorko also led his side well with 25 disposals, one goal, six clearances, five tackles and 10 inside 50s.
The Giants progress to their third Preliminary-final in four years next week, coming up against Collingwood for a chance at the Grand Final.
Only three short years ago, the Brisbane Lions had copped their second wooden spoon since the merger, which they followed with a disappointing 15th-placed finish in 2018 punctuated by seven losses within three goals and a percentage of 89.1 per cent.