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Lions take game over Blues

Brisbane notched their second win over Carlton on Saturday.

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BRISBANE LIONS 5.5  7.8  10.10  14.14 (98)
CARLTON
1.1  7.4  11.9  13.13 (91)
Goals: Brisbane Lions:
J Brown 3 D Merrett 2 D Zorko 2 J Green 2 C Beams J Paine J Redden M Paparone Z O’Brien. Carlton: J Garlett 3 L Henderson 3 A Everitt D Ellard J Waite M Murphy S Docherty T Menzel Z Tuohy.
BEST Brisbane Lions: Zorko, Redden, Patfull, Rockliff, Paparone, Brown. Carlton: Murphy, Simpson, Henderson, Warnock, Docherty.
Umpires: Chris Kamolins, Brett Rosebury, David Harris.
Venue: Gabba

Perhaps it was inevitable that it would end in a certain amount of controversy. Two youthful sides – one with its season on the line, the other’s finished almost before it had begun – and neither seemed to have the confidence or the competence to finish the game off.

Carlton’s Chris Yarran had ghosted over the pack from the side, and looked to have had enough of the ball to be awarded the mark. But it spilt on the way, Josh Green pounced, and with a few minutes to play, the  last-placed Lions were nine points to the good, and as good as home.

The Lion roars ... Dayne Zorko after a goal.

The Lion roars … Dayne Zorko after a goal. Photo: Getty Images

It was hard to guess why the umpires were booed from the field: two minutes earlier, Jarrad Waite, who’d endured a shocking game, unwisely pushed over Tom Rockliff in full view of the umpire after rookie debutant Zac O’Brien had just been awarded a free kick for high contact. The 50-metre penalty had gifted the Lions the lead.