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Blog log from R5 of 2024: Melbourne vs Brisbane

Blog log for Melbourne vs Brisbane, R5 of 2024

After eight consecutive stoppages to start the match, Gawn taps down to Petracca on the HFF, he gives to Neal-Bullen who checksides the opening goal from 40m. (Q1 3:02)
Rayner tumbles a clearance kick from the HFF to the hotspot where Hipwood has a step on Lever to mark on his chest, his set shot is dead straight. (Q1 5:52)
Fritsch gives away a contact free to Gardiner in the centre chasing a loose ball, pass to Daniher 35m out on a slight angle who misses a drop punt to the left. (Q1 10:29)
Daniher marks on the HFF and uses some guile to draw a 50m penalty on May to make an impossible set shot very easy from the square. (Q1 11:47)
Berry is outpositioned on a fast break around outer wing and gives away an arm chop free to Fritsch going for a Langdon pass 45m out on the flank. Fritta splits the middle. (Q1 15:32)
Another Rayner clearance from the HFF to the hotspot, again it’s Hipwood who leads out of the square in front of May to mark on the slide. Another goal to the Eel. (Q1 20:35)
Neale receives from Rayner and runs from a stoppage on outer wing to pass to the lead of Daniher 45m out on a slight angle, Brisbane now building a lead with that goal. (Q1 24:04)
Berry nicks the inside of the near right goalpost with a snap from the pocket 25m out after a ball up. (Q1 28:13)
Fletcher sails through another goal from a stoppage for Brisbane, this one from near true CHF. (Q2 1:35)
Langdon jinks past Zorko on members wing and passes to Viney near the boundary 45m out. Kick falls in the square, Gawn can’t mark and it’s rushed. (Q2 4:34)
McCluggage snaps high off the left from a stoppage 45m out on the flank, ball bounces high near one goalpost, lands near the other and comes off the body of Lohmann for a point. (Q2 9:08)
Oliver catches McCluggage high 35m out on the flank, Clug has a reputation for poor kicking at goal but this one is perfectly fine. (Q2 12:27)
Petracca roves a stoppage in the centre, runs away from Berry to 50m on a slight angle and blazes wide right. (Q2 14:25)
Brisbane’s game plan is usually run-and-gun but tonight they are trying some ball retention with slow and careful rebounds, and it’s working on the scoreboard. (Q2 17:08)
Most of the Lions’ scores have been from stoppages, they are playing more like Port Adelaide. (Q2 17:38)
Neale roves on the HFF and gives to Dunkley who roosts a long ball to the hotspot for Cameron to mark in front of McVee, he pops that one through. Lions in control at the MCG! (Q2 18:36)
Neale from the next bounce, ball clears the pack, Cameron roves and gives to Daniher who snaps into the post from 20m in the pocket. (Q2 20:08)
Chandler snaps across the face following a stoppage in the pocket. (Q2 24:20)
Howes hits the post with a snap from outside CHF. (Q2 26:01)
Fritsch fumbles a kick to grass by Petracca on the HFF but has time to butter up and pass to Chandler in the pocket 25m out, whose drop punt is a peach from the tight angle. (Q3 2:11)
Cameron receives from Rayner and snaps across the body from 40m in front, ball falls on the line where McDonald touches it through. (Q3 3:58)
Rayner is probably BOG at this stage and he underlines this fact with a nice pack mark in the pocket 20m out… but he shoots across the face. (Q3 5:43)
Rayner delivers a chaos ball from the HFF, May’s dive only produces a crumb for Lohmann who bundles through the goal from 15m. (Q3 6:58)
Andrews intercepts on outer wing and goes inboard quickly to Dunkley who spins in the centre and hits the lead of Cameron 45m out in the corridor. The kick is short and rushed. (Q3 10:29)
Series of stoppages deep in attack for Brisbane, McCluggage grubbers from 20m to the square, ball bounces off Howes back towards McCluggage who volleys another goal! (Q3 12:59)
Windsor receives from Chandler but hoofs it wide off the left from 35m on the flank. (Q3 14:57)
Windsor breaks lines with a scoot up the corridor, his pass goes short to Tholstrup just to the right of true CHF. The first-gamer misses to the left. (Q3 22:29)
The Lions rebound around outer wing coast to coast, McCarthy passes to Daniher 45m out on the flank who misses. (Q3 23:58)
Cameron sharks an Oliver handball at the top of the Lions goalsquare and puts the game to bed with a goal off the left from 20m. Country road, take me home! (Q3 24:59)
Brown and Payne one out in the square for a long ball by Woewodin, Brown can’t releases his arms and the ball pitches behind him and flies into the goalpost. (Q3 26:56)
Oliver sends a slow, high speculator up the guts to the hotspot, Brown makes it look good with a contested grab at the hotspot. He kicks straight. (Q4 1:58)
Bailey kicks a rather-too=easy goal from 20m in front after the Lions boss the centre clearance through McCluggage. (Q4 3:43)
Cameron marks a McCarthy pass 40m out on the flank and turns Lever to take a bounce and show plenty of cheek as he scoots into the open goal! (Q4 10:15)
That was a true beep-beep Road Runner play, arrogant but backed up with pure ability. (Q4 10:38)
Petty’s first possession of the evening is a mark 25m out on the flank, the Brisbane faithful hoot then cheer as he misses badly. (Q4 12:42)
Gawn marks on the lead 40m out near the boundary and curls in a nice set shot. (Q4 13:53)
van Rooyen starts up the booing by the Lions fans with a pack mark from a Neal-Bullen centre clearance to 45m on a slight angle. He converts. (Q4 15:57)
Rivers goes long to a pack 30m out after the next bounce, crumb falls for Petracca whose snap across the body is just wide right. (Q4 17:02)
Cameron plays on after marking a McCluggage pass 30m out in front, baulks and snaps goal number four. (Q4 20:24)
Ah but no, a review shows the middle finger of Steven May wobbling as the ball touches it on the way through. (Q4 20:54)
McCarthy rolls through a point from a snap 30m out on the boundary. (Q4 23:57)
Melbourne rebounds up the guts on that kick and go coast to coast with Fritsch over the back of Andrews 40m out on the flank. He kicks straight. (Q4 24:44)
Gardiner is pinged under the stand rule to gift Lever a goal from the square. (Q4 27:49)
van Rooyen marks in the pocket 20m out just before the final siren, he hits the near right post. (Q4 31:56)

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