Melbourne has sent an ominous warning to the rest of the AFL after thoroughly dismembering the Brisbane Lions in a clash at the top of the table.
Despite losing their last three games and captain Max Gawn absent, the reigning Premiers raged in the last three quarters to edge out winners at the MCG by 16-21 (117) to 7-11 (53). walk .
Gawn’s absence didn’t seem to affect the Demons too much at center, with the Premiers winning possession count 399 to 332, Inside 50s 62-43 and stop clearance 35-21 in a midfield mauling.
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Clayton Oliver reiterated his case for a first Brownlow medal with 35 disposals while being deftly assisted by Jack Viney (34), Christian Petracca (31) and Angus Brayshaw (29). The Demons quartet provided four of the game’s top five ball winners.
Brisbane came out strong from the gates and led by a goal at quarter time, but the game was turned upside down in a brutal second quarter which saw Melbourne score six goals to one.
“This is Brisbane’s worst result in five years in one half of football,” David King, the Big Kangaroo, told Fox Footy at the time.
“I haven’t seen a maling like this at the competition in years. It’s great to see if you’re a Melbourne fan because that was their area of strength, that’s why they stayed around despite losing the last three weeks.
“That was a mauling, that was borderline embarrassing.”
Nor was King the only AFL impressed by the outstanding performance of the incumbent Premiers.
“If they play like that, good luck to everyone,” Port Adelaide great Kane Cornes told SEN.
“That was the thought for most of us this year but the last three weeks have made it interesting.
“If you catch them on a bad day there’s an opportunity to beat them, but when they play like that, with that ferocity… and I was nervous early on, there were some red flags when Bayley Fritsch ran into an open goal and ignored it the Norm Smith medalist for Easiest Walk In Goal and is attacked from behind.
“They started slowly so it was really impressive to regroup after a shaky start.
“This Viney game was amazing. He is the fiercest competitor. Joel Selwood has been doing it for so long. Luke Hodge has been doing it for so long. He falls into that category, I think.”
The win put Melbourne back in the driver’s seat to claim the minor Premier League at the end of the home and away seasons.
Although Melbourne came into play behind the Lions on a percentage basis, Melbourne’s 64-point win took their percentage to 139.2, well ahead of their closest rivals, Fremantle (128.5) and Brisbane (124.9).
Brisbane faces a tough task next week when they host the Western Bulldogs at the Gabba, while Melbourne will travel to Adelaide to take on the Crows.
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