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Fevola enjoys last laugh over Carlton

By Jim Morton 02/04/2010 04:53:55 PM Comments (0)

Victory over Carlton, a combined 18 goals with Jonathan Brown and a 2-0 start - no wonder Second-Fiddle Fev is loving life in Brisbane.

Used to being the main man in 187 AFL games wearing the Blues' No.25, Brendan Fevola must defer to what he describes as the "freakish" powers of Brown in his first season at the Gabba.

Already, Brown has teammates and supporters in raptures and rivals helpless after a sensational start to 2010 with a total 12 goals, 26 marks and 44 possessions to lift the Lions to wins over West Coast and Carlton.

In comparison, Fevola has six goals, 13 marks and 24 disposals as his inspirational skipper has been the main avenue to goal.

While two-time Coleman Medallist Fevola was inaccurate in his Lions debut against the Eagles, he had his kicking boots on early in the 19-point victory over Carlton with three first-half goals.

The opportunities were few and far between in the second half as Brown bombed home the last four of his seven goals after Carlton stormed to an 11-point lead in the third term.

But Fevola was a picture of contentment after the match, ending his media ban to admit it was a surreal occasion lining up against his old club on the ground where their 2009 season ended in heart-break.

"It was only three AFL games ago, losing that final last year to the Lions, and finding myself playing the next game for Brisbane against West Coast and then second game against my old team," Fevola said.

"It was a bit weird seeing a few 25s in the crowd, a few of the people still have the jumpers on.

"The atmosphere was amazing and playing against your old team, it was good to get one up.

"I'm loving it up here and we're two and zip and ready to go to Port Adelaide.

"I'm really settled ... it's really laid back, everyone's really good, and now the footy's started, all that other stuff has stopped and we can start playing footy now."

Fevola, who revealed he didn't speak to reporters in the lead-up to the Easter Thursday clash for fear of uttering something "stupid", said he had a rare attack of nerves before Brown helped allay them over a match-eve cappuccino.

Lions coach Michael Voss was delighted with Fevola's game.

"He still had six shots at goal, but he was superseded by the bloke in front of him," Voss said.

"It takes a rare leader to be able to drag the rest of the team with you, and (Brown) had a super performance."

Despite a pre-bounce wrestle with impressive defender Michael Jamison, Fevola was surprised by the Blues' civility.

"I didn't get any (sledging) at all," he said. "I was trying to give a little bit out, but that was when we were in front, I soon stopped when they were in front.

"It was real quiet which was good.

"I've got a lot of mates at the footy club and I don't think schoolyard banter is going to make us play any better or worse."

Vice-captain Jed Adcock will undergo scans after injuring his quad in the first half to be in doubt to play the Power in Adelaide on Saturday week.

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