A week after being denied a winning free kick in the dying seconds, Zac Bailey punched a goal after the siren to break the Brisbane Lions“Start of the season without a win.
After Brisbane’s COVID-19 outbreak forced the Lions to stay in Melbourne, they came back from a 25-point deficit in the second quarter to win. 11. 7. (73) to 11. 6. (72) winners against Collingwood in front of a stunned crowd at Marvel Stadium.
After much of the night, the Lions made one final foray into midfield in the last minute with veteran defenseman Daniel Rich nailing a precision pass to an unmarked Bailey 45m straight ahead with 20 seconds left, before piercing the goal. after the mermaid.
Following his incredible winning kick, Bailey revealed he didn’t hear the siren.
“It’s an incredible feeling. A little bit unlucky last week with the finish, but to get a result like this today was incredible,” he told Seven.
“There was obviously a lot of pressure and I’m just glad I could take it.
“I didn’t hear the siren, it was quite loud with the Collingwood fans lobbying. It’s footy karma for you.”
Brisbane coach Chris Fagan was delighted with the victory, saying he was confident Bailey would pull off the winning kick due to the young pistol’s balanced demeanor.
“It will stay in folklore, I think,” Fagan told Seven.
“You wouldn’t be able to write a better screenplay, I’m sure he would have gone back and pitched it last week.
“I’m very proud of our players. It’s a serious group, they’ve been for five years now.”
It was a bitter loss for the Magpies, who led in every change and seemed to have the win in the bag when Joe Daniher missed a set shot from within 30 minutes with less than five minutes to go.
Playing in his first game at Marvel Stadium since his trade to Brisbane, Daniher was very lively up front, finishing with 3.3 to go with 18 assignments and eight marks.
With all upstream talk centered on reigning Brownlow medalist Lachie Neale being ruled out of the game, Brisbane’s other midfielders stood up.
Jarryd Lyons led the Lions with 29 assignments and eight points, while Hugh McCluggage finished with 28 assignments, including 11 in a scintillating final run.
Brisbane entered the match undermined in the ruck battle, and two-time Collingwood All-Australian Brodie Grundy fully capitalized, finishing with 28 assignments and 21 hits to the advantage, becoming the first man in history. of the AFL to reach such figures.
The Lions have one more game in Victoria, a fourth-round clash against the Western Bulldogs at Mars Stadium in Ballarat, before heading home. Collingwood will return to the MCG to host the GWS Giants in the fourth round next Saturday.