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Lions survive early fright in AFLW victory

Lions survive early fright in AFLW victory

Brisbane possess absorbed an early West Flee surge to thump the Eagles by 45 points and hand over unbeaten in the AFLW.

The Lions led by one at half of-time, no topic the Eagles dominating inside 50s and incredibly winning the recreation’s first 13 clearances.

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But they made the guests pay for his or her ignored alternatives in entrance of goal, putting the foot down with a five-goal third timeframe to prevail 10.5 (65) to 2.8 (20) at Hickey Park in Monday’s rescheduled fixture.

It kept the Eagles winless in their 2d AFLW season and utter up a tasty conflict with unbeaten Melbourne subsequent Sunday after the Lions’ complete defeats of Richmond and Gold Flee to begin their marketing campaign kept their share above 500.

College teacher Lauren Arnell made essentially the most of her time out of the college room, collecting a recreation-high 18 disposals and a intelligent grubbered goal in a stand-out performance.

The competitors’s leading goal kicker Dakota Davidson managed two majors, including a utter shot from the tightest of angles in the pocket to ignite the Lions’ 2d half of.

That goal adopted some stern half of-time phrases from the Lions’ coaching workers and sparked them into action as their midfield became the tables and Alexandra Anderson, Jesse Wardlaw, Taylor Smith and Arnell all kicked third-timeframe majors.

“It is a must must examine ultimate groups to reach at you and we had been a shrimp bit bit flat early,” Lions coach Craig Starcevich mentioned.

“(We wanted) to include the truth that we had been in a contest. Closing week (against Gold Flee) we had been elated all of the plot through nonetheless it changed into once a distinct kettle of fish.

“We had been ultimate in a contest and it changed into once purposeful for later on in the 365 days to obtain some composure and examine out to find a technique to this.”

Their skill to bring the ball to flooring and convert every time entering their forward 50 changed into once a transparent difference, with the Eagles unable to switch their early field utter dominance into genuine scoring probabilities.

“I’ve been genuinely elated with their effort for periods of the recreation … nonetheless against ultimate groups it’s major to play for four quarters,” Eagles coach Daniel Pratt mentioned.

“Brisbane are at the tip of the table for a motive and in addition they made us pay … it will per chance had been a fully varied recreation (if West Flee kicked straight in the main timeframe).”

Aisling McCarthy had 17 touches and a goal for the Eagles while Andrea Gilmore kicked her first AFLW goal earlier than a head knock ended her night prematurely.

The Eagles will instantly hover dwelling to Perth on Monday night earlier than heading east again to face the Giants in Sydney on Sunday.

Lions survive early fright in AFLW victory