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Lions to play Port in AFL grand final

By Roger Vaughan 18/09/2004 10:34:00 PM Comments (0)

A battered Brisbane will go for history against Port Adelaide in next Saturday's AFL grand final after outlasting Geelong by nine points at the MCG.

The Cats manfully challenged the Lions throughout a preliminary final characterised by fearful intensity and woeful goalkicking, with Brisbane prevailing 12.12 (84) to 10.15 (75)

Brisbane will play for its fourth-straight premiership and will be the first side since Collingwood in 1927-30 to achieve the feat.

It will be the first non-Victorian grand final in AFL history.

But Craig McRae, who will retire at the end of the season, looks to have played his last AFL game after injuring his hamstring.

Shaun Hart (concussion and face), Jonathan Brown (knee) and Luke Power (heavy knock) were also hurt during the match.

Power was outstanding and was back on the ground before halftime after a heavy crunch from Steve Johnson in the second term.

Power also picked up several key possessions during the frenetic last term, while Brisbane key defender Mal Michael was best afield and forward Daniel Bradshaw kicked four goals.

Defenders Josh Hunt, Darren Milburn and Tom Harley were outstanding across half-back to be best for Geelong.

The Lions were well below their best, with turnovers a big problem.

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