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Brown gives Lions winning bite

By Chris Herde 24/04/2004 10:07:01 PM Comments (0)

A dominating display by Jonathan Brown at centre half forward helped guide Brisbane to a 48-point win over Hawthorn in the AFL match at the Gabba.

The Lions set up a mouthwatering clash with unbeaten St Kilda next week by beating the Hawks 14.26 (110) to 9.8 (62).

Brown beat off three opponents to grab 17 marks and 19 kicks in a best-on-ground performance which was only let down by booting five points and a solitary goal.

The Lions won all over the ground and only inaccuracy in front of goal prevented them from winning by more over an undermanned Hawthorn.

While the loss was another blow to the coaching credentials of Hawks coach Peter Schwab, whose team has recorded one win for the season, the game also proved another case of the Gabba curse for the goal umpires.

In a repeat of the round three Collingwood match a goal umpire signalled a goal from Brown in the third quarter but was over-ruled by the field umpire after it was shown to be a behind.

Lacking tall forwards the Hawks tried a possession game but continually faltered in attack while the Lions rebounded through Chris Johnson, Darryl White and Justin Leppitsch.

The Lions forwards had plenty of opportunity with Alastair Lynch kicking four goals and Ash McGrath three.

Hawthorn's cause was not helped with the late withdrawal of defender Trent Croad because of illness.

As usual then Lions midfield through Simon Black, Michael Voss and Jason Akermanis won the hard ball while Hawks captain Shane Crawford was kept relatively quiet by Shaun Hart and Brad Scott.

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