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Voss hails hero Brown after winning goal

By Justin Chadwick 08/08/2010 01:46:08 PM Comments (0)

Brisbane coach Michael Voss hailed Jonathan Brown as the ultimate "big moment player" after the Lions skipper kicked the winning goal in Saturday night's five-point AFL win over West Coast at Subiaco Oval.

With less than 30 seconds remaining and Brisbane down by a point, Brown showed nerves of steel in converting his 35m set shot, lifting the Lions to a pulsating 10.10 (70) to 9.11 (65) triumph.

Brown, who finished with five goals, will notch his 200th game in Sunday's clash with Adelaide at the Gabba and Voss said he would always back the 28-year-old to kick truly in game-defining moments.

"I think so," Voss said.

"Just given the fact he's a big occasion player and he's a big moment player.

"He's probably one of the toughest, most resilient blokes that I've played with and had the pleasure to coach.

"His will is unbelievable and he leads his team so very well.

"In big moments he rises to the occasion."

But Voss wasn't thinking so kindly of Brown midway through the last quarter when the Lions spearhead fumbled Todd Banfield's goalward-bound kick over the line.

"That was polar opposites," Voss said with a laugh.

"He wasn't resilient then.

"But on that goal-line you've got to make choices, you don't know where you are sometimes and he went for it."

Brisbane's sixth win of the season all but consigned West Coast to their first ever wooden spoon.

The Lions had lost eight on the trot before Saturday's win and Voss hoped the victory would prove to be the turning point for his team.

"The players now know through tough times they can get through it and that gives them confidence in themselves that they can rally as a group and come through it," Voss said.

"We were so bad in the middle of the year and our focus had to be so much on getting those competitive instincts back.

"We had to turn around what we were putting in because it wasn't an acceptable standard.

"We were all embarrassed with how we were going so to turn that around makes our group a little bit stronger together because they know they can ride through the tough times."

West Coast and Brisbane managed just a goal each in an error-riddled final term as both sides struggled to land the killer blow.

"The biggest hurdle of all was almost that mental barrier of how do you actually win in the end, and maybe there were two teams out there ... that forgot how to do that on a consistent basis, so that's why it was a fight in the end," Voss said.

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