#sports activities Dee-molished: Lions ruin Melbourne’s dream of back-to-back flags with a stunning comeback win
Dee-molished! Lions ruin Melbourne’s dream of back-to-back flags with a stunning comeback win as Brisbane lastly beat eight-year MCG hoodoo
- Brisbane have been badly outplayed within the first half, down 28 factors at one stage
- The Lions reeled off 11 targets to Melbourne’s 5 in an unbelievable second half
- It’s the aspect’s first win on the MCG for eight years; they face Geelong subsequent week
Eric Hipwood has kicked 4 targets to assist Brisbane bury their MCG hoodoo with a thrilling AFL semifinal comeback win over bogey aspect Melbourne.
The Lions rallied from 28 factors down late within the second quarter, kicking 11 targets to 5 after halftime to grab a 14.8 (92) to 11.13 (79) victory in entrance of 62,162 followers.
The see-sawing affair continued a bumper finals collection after a thrilling opening week.
It was Brisbane’s first win on the MCG since 2014, ending an 11-match shedding streak, and got here after 4 straight defeats to the Demons by a mean of 44 factors over the past two years.
The Lions are actually into a preliminary remaining towards minor premiers Geelong, whereas Melbourne’s dream of back-to-back flags is over.
Zac Bailey (centre) celebrates a objective as his aspect roared again from a 28-point deficit to stun the reigning premiers – and win on the MCG for the primary time since 2014
Tears of pleasure: It’s a protected wager this Lions fan wasn’t the one Brisbane diehard who was overcome with emotion after her aspect’s never-say-die effort
Brisbane have some concern over midfielder Jarrod Berry, who will come underneath scrutiny for placing his hand close to Clayton Oliver’s eyes in a third-quarter incident that sparked a fierce scrap between the pair.
The contributions of Hipwood and Charlie Cameron (three targets) in assault have been enormous because the Lions overcame the late withdrawal of key ahead Joe Daniher via private causes.
Brisbane champion Lachie Neale was additionally influential, overcoming a sluggish begin to end with 26 disposals, 18 contested possessions and 10 clearances.
Fill-in ruckman Darcy Fort, Hugh McCluggage and Dayne Zorko have been additionally essential.
Oliver fought laborious for the Demons with 21 disposals and 9 clearances regardless of shut checking all through the match from Deven Robertson and Berry.
Christian Petracca was Melbourne’s prime disposals winner with 27, disregarding considerations over a minor fracture in his fibia and corked calf.
But the Demons wasted probabilities in assault and have been flat after the primary break as Brisbane brought about a main boilover.
The contest was billed as a grudge match after the sledging saga that revolved round Dayne Zorko’s unsavoury feedback, which lowered Melbourne defender Harrison Petty to tears when the groups met final month.
Eric Hipwood was monumental for Brisbane, kicking 4 targets because the Lions slotted residence 11 majors to the Demons’ 5 after halftime
Kysaiah Pickett cannot consider it as Melbourne bow out of the finals with two straight losses
The Brisbane captain was jeered by the house crowd at any time when he went close to the ball and teammate Lincoln McCarthy made a ‘crying’ gesture to Petty throughout one heated second earlier than halftime.
Melbourne’s clearance dominance was telling early and a 22-point margin on the essential break would have been bigger if not for inaccuracy and a late Lions objective via Callum Ah Chee simply earlier than the siren.
The Demons doubled their opponents’ tally within the first half, kicking 6.8 to three.4.
But 5 consecutive targets drew Brisbane degree within the third time period earlier than fast replies via Bayley Fritsch and Alex Neal-Bullen wrested again momentum for the Demons.
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It swung once more and the Lions have been degree at three-quarter time, with Fort nailing a lengthy set shot and Hipwood pouncing to kick his fourth after Dan McStay caught Trent Rivers holding the ball.
McStay put the Lions in entrance for the primary time with the opening objective of the ultimate time period they usually led by 20 factors earlier than late targets to Petty and Ed Langdon made for some nervous moments within the remaining three minutes.
But a free kick and 50-metre penalty towards Demons defender Jake Lever gifted McStay the sealer on the objective line with one minute left.
The preliminary remaining can be Brisbane’s second underneath Chris Fagan, who has improved his finals report to 3-5.