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Lions maul Magpies by 60

By Jim Morton 08/04/2004 11:13:59 PM Comments (0)

Last September it was by 50, the Brisbane Lions did it even easier.

Displaying the same dominance that won them the 2003 AFP Premiership, the Lions continued their three-year chokehold over Collingwood with a 60-point victory at the Gabba.

A capacity Brisbane crowd of 36,467 watched the 10-goal grand final rematch demolition which was a tough and willing contest before a seven-goal third-quarter by the three-time premiers.

Brisbane won 21.11 (137) to 12.5 (77) to continue the Magpies' pain after 2002 and 2003 grand final defeats.

The old firm was back at the Gabba with Jonathan Brown and Alastair Lynch starting their respective seasons in the same manner they finished last year to spearhead the Lions to their third straight flag.

Lynch, the oldest man in the AFL, kicked seven goals and Brown was the premiers' pivotal character, sparking a second-quarter revival.

The Pies, led by Scott Burns, had forged to a 15-point lead after quarter-time when the centre half-forward was resting on the bench. But when he returned to the fray it was all one way traffic.

Brown did it every way possible, marking, kicking and tackling to set up each major in a four-goal burst that gave the Lions a nine-point lead, 8.5 to 7.2, at halftime.

With grand final hero Jason Akermanis (27 possessions) also displaying his brilliance, the premiers turned the Gabba blockbuster into a cakewalk by kicking 17 of the last 22 goals.

While the Lions key forwards had a reunion to remember, it was a night to forget for the Magpie spearheads.

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