Zac Bailey lived out the basic childhood dream, kicking a purpose after the siren at hand Brisbane a one-point AFL win over Collingwood and finish their week of adversity on a excessive notice.
The Lions had been 0-2 heading into Thursday’s conflict and trailed by 25 factors within the second quarter earlier than combating again to prevail 11.7 (73) to 11.6 (72).
Bailey had been on the dropping finish of a crunch second six days earlier when he was denied a late holding-the-ball free kick towards Geelong’s Mark Blicavs.
However when Daniel Wealthy speared the ball to a number one Bailey with 25 seconds to go on Thursday night time, the operating defender seized the second to kickstart Brisbane’s season.
“I could not look – and I reckon my mum would have been at house saying her Hail Marys that the ball went via,” coach Chris Fagan mentioned.
“However with Zac – with the ball in his fingers, he is really fairly a cool buyer, so I am not stunned that he kicked it via.
“An important second for him in his soccer life and a fantastic second for our footy membership, thankfully.”
The victory was a testomony to the Lions’ character after they needed to stay in Victoria following final Friday’s loss to Geelong amid a coronavirus outbreak in Brisbane.
It compelled the sport to be switched from the Gabba to Marvel Stadium.
The Lions will keep in Victoria for now and journey to Ballarat subsequent Wednesday forward of their spherical 4 conflict with the Western Bulldogs at Mars Stadium.
They will hope to regain Oscar McInerney (ankle) after Brodie Grundy (28 disposals and 54 hitouts) comfortably noticed off Tom Fullarton and Connor Ballenden within the ruck.
Brisbane’s Hugh McCluggage (28 touches) and Daniel Wealthy (29) have been wonderful whereas Lachie Neale (23) and Jarryd Lyons (29) supplied grunt on the stoppages.
Collingwood’s Isaac Quaynor (24 touches) largely had the higher of Brisbane gun Charlie Cameron, whereas Joe Daniher kicked three objectives in an entertaining match-up with Darcy Moore.
When Josh Daicos and Mason Cox snared back-to-back objectives to increase Collingwood’s result in 25 factors halfway via the second quarter, they appeared set to kick away.
However Brisbane discovered a foothold within the match and sparked to life late within the second time period when Cameron sidestepped Chris Mayne along with his again to the posts and snapped an excellent purpose.
Daniher and Cameron helped deliver Brisbane inside two factors within the third time period however Daicos’ second main late within the closing quarter appeared to have accomplished sufficient to maintain the Lions at bay – earlier than Bailey struck after the siren.
“Whenever you lose a sport on the loss of life, you are most likely not fairly as optimistic as you may be in any other case,” Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley mentioned.
“If that kick had missed or if we had been capable of ice the sport, there nonetheless would’ve been loads of areas of enchancment for us.”