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Match Report

Match Report: Round 23 v Brisbane

By Michael Whiting (AFL.com.au) August 26, 2017 5:32 PM

Rd 23, 2017: Match highlights
PRESS PLAY above to watch the match highlights. All the match highlights from North Melbourne's 51-point defeat of Brisbane.

Power forward Ben Brown kicked a career high seven goals as North Melbourne avoided the wooden spoon with a 51-point hammering of a dreadfully disappointing Brisbane Lions at the Gabba.

After a tight first half, the Kangaroos put the foot down with an eight-goal third term on the way to a 19.16 (130) to 11.13 (79) victory.

North Melbourne kicked 18 goals to six after quarter-time and could finish as high as 15th depending on other results.

It is the Lions' first wooden spoon since 1998 and a poor way to finish a promising year.

The silver lining is they will now take the number one pick to November's national draft.

Brown was the star on a warm Saturday afternoon, beating his previous best of six goals kicked earlier this season against both Gold Coast and Essendon.

The 24-year-old got the best of impressive young Lions defender Harris Andrews, finishing with 14 disposals, nine marks and 7.2, kicking goals from strong marks and general play.

His 63 goals for the year moved him just one goal behind West Coast's Josh Kennedy in the Coleman Medal race, although Joe Daniher (60) and Lance Franklin (59) have matches to come.

"He’s had a fantastic year, just a great year," coach Brad Scott said

"Everyone’s seen the marking, the goals and all of that stuff, but the players in our team know just how important he is in other aspects too, he’s just become a very complete forward."

After a week of protesting how desperate his team was to win and avoid finishing last, Scott was delighted.

His team was hungrier from the outset, dominating the Lions around the clearances (47-30) and contested possessions (144-126).

"I thought the endeavour and the effort was really good," he said.

"It’s always difficult when theoretically there’s nothing to play for and no carrot for winning."

Shaun Higgins (29 disposals and two goals) was magnificent in the midfield, while Trent Dumont (26) found plenty of the ball and curbed the influence of Lions skipper Dayne Beams (18).

One sour note for the victors was debutant Ben McKay being stretchered off late in the third quarter after a head clash with teammate Sam Durdin.

The Lions were best served by Daniel Rich, who had 24 disposals and was desperate defensively, and Alex Witherden (27).

They were poor and off the pace from the outset though.

"We didn't play well today," Lions coach Chris Fagan said.

"They killed us at clearance, particularly at the centre bounce.

"We're really disappointed that we lost a really important game for us, in terms of not wanting the wooden spoon, by that margin and in that manner."

MEDICAL ROOM
Brisbane Lions: Ryan Lester copped a head knock in the final term and was helped off by trainers and did not return

North Melbourne: McKay fell to ground heavily in the third quarter when he clashed heads with teammate Sam Durdin as the pair attempted to spoil a marking contest. McKay was stretchered off and did not return. "He’s in a bit of a bad way," coach Brad Scott said post-match. "We think he’ll be OK but he’ll stay in hospital for observation." Durdin had his head bandaged and came back out in the final term.

NEXT UP
End of the line for both teams. That's eight straight years without finals action for the Lions and their first spoon since 1998, while the Kangaroos miss out for the first time since 2013 but avoid finishing last.

BRISBANE LIONS       5.0   5.5     8.9    11.13   (79)
NORTH MELBOURNE  1.8   5.9   13.12   19.16   (130) 

GOALS
Brisbane Lions: Rockliff 2, Zorko 2, D.Beams, Close, C.Beams, McCluggage, Rich, Witherden, Mathieson
North Melbourne: Brown 7, Thomas 3, Durdin, Hrovat, Higgins, Simpkin, Goldstein, Anderson, Higgins, Turner, Cunnington 

BEST
Brisbane Lions: Rich, Witherden, Zorko, Mathieson, C.Beams
North Melbourne: Brown, Higgins, Dumont, McDonald, Gibson, Clarke 

INJURIES
Brisbane Lions: Lester (head knock)
North Melbourne: McKay (head knock) 

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Foot, Geoffery, Wallace

Official crowd: 15,416 at the Gabba

Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Shaun Higgins
    Shaun Higgins
    29
  • Brisbane Lions
    Alex Witherden
    27
  • North Melbourne
    Luke McDonald
    27
  • North Melbourne
    Ryan Clarke
    27
  • Brisbane Lions
    Dayne Zorko
    26
Fantasy Leaders
  • Dayne Zorko
    Dayne Zorko
    116
  • North Melbourne
    Shaun Higgins
    114
  • North Melbourne
    Luke McDonald
    113
  • North Melbourne
    Ben Brown
    113
  • Brisbane Lions
    Daniel Rich
    106
Scoring Leaders
  • Ben Brown
    Ben Brown
    7.2
  • North Melbourne
    Lindsay Thomas
    3.1
  • Brisbane Lions
    Tom Rockliff
    2.2
  • North Melbourne
    Shaun Higgins
    2.2
  • Brisbane Lions
    Dayne Zorko
    2.1
Brisbane Lions

Match Stats

North Melbourne
  • 362 Disposals 400
  • 72.9 Disposal Eff 74.7
  • 125 Contested Pos 143
  • 105 Marks 123
  • 14 Free Kicks 20
  • 29 Clearances 47
  • 50 Inside 50s 65
  • 45 Rebound 50s 37
  • 52 Tackles 56
  • 42 Hit-outs 34
  • 83 Interchanges 90
Brisbane Lions

Breakdown

Brisbane Lions
  • 5.0 (30)
    1.8 (14)
  • 5.5 (35)
    5.9 (39)
  • 8.9 (57)
    13.12 (90)
  • 11.13 (79)
    19.16 (130)

Player Stats

Brisbane Lions

Brisbane Lions

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Dayne Zorko 16 10 26 4 0 2 1 6 2 1 116
2Daniel Rich 17 7 24 5 0 4 1 4 1 3 106
3Alex Witherden 20 7 27 5 0 0 0 1 1 0 99
4Stefan Martin 5 10 15 3 36 1 1 3 0 0 90
5Rhys Mathieson 11 12 23 7 0 0 1 2 1 0 89
6Darcy Gardiner 10 10 20 6 0 1 0 5 0 0 89
7Hugh McCluggage 11 6 17 8 0 0 1 2 1 1 81
8Tom Rockliff 8 9 17 5 0 0 2 3 2 2 77
9Dayne Beams 11 7 18 4 0 0 2 4 1 1 76
10Claye Beams 11 6 17 7 0 0 0 0 1 1 73
11Josh Walker 5 10 15 6 6 0 0 2 0 0 67
12Sam Mayes 5 10 15 2 0 0 0 5 0 0 61
13Jacob Allison 8 8 16 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 60
14Jake Barrett 5 10 15 7 0 0 3 3 0 1 60
15Michael Close 11 0 11 7 0 2 1 0 1 1 60
16Lewis Taylor 10 5 15 2 0 1 1 3 0 0 56
17Nick Robertson 8 8 16 5 0 2 2 1 0 0 55
18Daniel McStay 5 7 12 6 0 0 1 1 0 0 48
19Harris Andrews 3 6 9 5 0 0 1 3 0 0 45
20Ryan Bastinac 9 5 14 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 43
21Ryan Lester 6 3 9 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 34
22Cedric Cox 3 8 11 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 33
North Melbourne

North Melbourne

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Shaun Higgins 21 8 29 5 0 0 2 3 2 2 114
2Luke McDonald 21 6 27 9 0 2 0 2 0 1 113
3Ben Brown 13 1 14 9 0 1 0 0 7 2 113
4Ryan Clarke 16 11 27 9 0 1 1 2 0 1 104
5Trent Dumont 13 13 26 5 0 3 1 6 0 0 104
6Todd Goldstein 5 11 16 4 31 2 0 4 1 0 104
7Aaron Mullett 16 5 21 8 0 0 0 2 0 0 90
8Scott D. Thompson 15 4 19 7 0 3 1 3 0 0 86
9Sam Durdin 11 6 17 6 0 2 0 3 1 0 83
10Jed Anderson 11 2 13 3 0 0 0 7 1 2 82
11Ben Cunnington 10 11 21 4 0 0 0 2 1 2 80
12Robbie Tarrant 16 4 20 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 80
13Sam Gibson 13 8 21 7 0 1 1 1 0 1 79
14Nathan Hrovat 10 8 18 7 0 0 1 1 1 1 75
15Lachlan Hansen 11 7 18 10 0 1 2 0 0 0 72
16Andrew Swallow 13 9 22 4 0 1 1 1 0 0 71
17Lindsay Thomas 8 2 10 3 0 1 3 5 3 1 68
18Shaun Atley 12 4 16 5 0 0 1 2 0 1 65
19Jy Simpkin 9 8 17 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 61
20Kayne Turner 4 5 9 3 0 1 0 4 1 0 54
21Declan Mountford 5 5 10 2 0 1 0 5 0 0 52
22Ben McKay 2 7 9 1 3 0 0 3 0 0 38

Team Lineups

Brisbane Lions

B

  • Daniel McStay,
  • Harris Andrews,
  • Daniel Rich

HB

  • Darcy Gardiner,
  • Josh Walker,
  • Sam Mayes

C

  • Nick Robertson,
  • Dayne Zorko,
  • Ryan Bastinac

HF

  • Lewis Taylor,
  • Michael Close,
  • Jacob Allison

F

  • Rhys Mathieson,
  • Ryan Lester,
  • Jake Barrett

Fol

  • Stefan Martin,
  • Tom Rockliff,
  • Dayne Beams

I/C

  • Hugh McCluggage,
  • Claye Beams,
  • Cedric Cox,
  • Alex Witherden

No Late Change

In

  • Cedric Cox

Out

  • Eric Hipwood (Omitted)

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