Melbourne have rediscovered their mojo in a 64-point hammering of Brisbane that has re-established the reigning premiers as this 12 months’s AFL flag favourites.
The Demons triumphed 16.21 (117) to 7.11 (53) on the MCG on Thursday night time, snapping a three-game shedding streak and displacing the Lions on the prime of the ladder within the course of.
Steven Might had blended outcomes on return from his club-imposed suspension when he blunted Brisbane spearhead Joe Daniher however made a number of pricey errors, particularly with ball in hand.
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Nearly the whole lot else went the Demons’ manner as they laid the victory platform with a damaging six-goals-to-one second time period, having trailed at quarter-time for simply the second time this season.
Melbourne gained contested possession in a landslide (170-133) – a repeat of final 12 months’s qualifying ultimate dominance over the Lions – and acquired on prime of their opponents within the clearance battle (46-35).
“Tonight, we re-established our method in how we want to look and that’s (being) a really contested side,” Demons coach Simon Goodwin mentioned.
“We knew what we were up against but we’ve worked incredibly hard the last three or four weeks on the training track and tonight it came out.
“Whether or not we have misplaced three in a row or gained 10 in a row, it would not actually matter. We simply go back to what works for us and tonight we did that.
“Our ability to execute role for a long period of time tonight was outstanding and it’s full credit to the players.”
Clayton Oliver (35 disposals, 12 clearances), Christian Petracca (31, eight) and Jack Viney (34, eight) gave the Demons management within the midfield, the place younger ruckman Luke Jackson stepped up instead of injured skipper Max Gawn.
James Harmes put the clamps on Lachie Neale, proscribing the Brisbane ball-magnet to eight disposals through the center two quarters, and Jake Lever starred in defence with 15 intercepts.
Bayley Fritsch kicked three objectives and 4 Demons – Toby Bedford, James Jordon, Kysaiah Pickett and Harmes – booted two every.
The Lions had no clear particular person winners of their heaviest lack of the season after three earlier defeats by a mixed 29 factors.
Hugh McCluggage, Daniel Wealthy, Harris Andrews and ruckman Oscar McInerney fought towards the tide, whereas Mitch Robinson and Eric Hipwood completed with two objectives every.
Andrews (shoulder) and Wealthy (shin) required therapy on accidents however performed out the match, whereas Jarryd Lyons (ribs) was finally substituted out after being crunched in a second-quarter marking contest with Fritsch.
The end result prolonged the Lions’ barren run on the MCG, the place they final gained in 2014 and have now misplaced 10 consecutive matches.
“This game was always going to hinge on who could win the territory battle, so therefore who wins the contest, and Melbourne won it hands down,” Brisbane coach Chris Fagan mentioned.
“We should’ve lost the game by a lot more than we did. We’re lucky they didn’t kick straight.
“That is as unhealthy as we have performed in a protracted, very long time.”