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Brisbane Lions loss to Melbourne Demons, Dayne Zorko fake toughness, Jonathan Brown embarrassed to be a fan

Triple premiership Lion Jonathan Brown says he’s “ashamed” to be a Brisbane fan and has slammed his former club after their horror first-half display against Melbourne.

And St Kilda champion Nick Riewoldt hit out at the Lions’ “false intensity” and “terrible” performances from their key defenders.

On Friday night, Melbourne led the Lions by 66 points at the main break with a dominant performance at the Gabba in a scintillating statement for the remainder of the competition.

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Both teams had the same number of inside 50s in the first half (26) but Melbourne kicked 13 goals to Brisbane’s two. Incredibly, eight of Melbourne’s goals came from the defensive midfield – the AFL average is 30 points per game – which shows how easy it was for Simon Goodwin’s men to move the ball against a Lyons side that showed little defensive pressure.

“I’m embarrassed to be a Lions fan,” Brown told Fox Footy. “This is very disappointing.

“Unfortunately, Chris Fagan needs 22 couches in that locker room, because Melbourne are well and truly in the Lions’ heads.

“Well done to the demons, they were wonderful. But how bad are lions? “

Melbourne champion Gary Lyon said it was hard to tell whether the scoreboard was a result of the Demons’ “brilliantness” or how Brisbane were “terrible”.

Lyon said it was a “terrible scene” for the Lions, whose commitment to engage in an off-ball clash with the Demons backfired.

“It was terrifying to sit back and watch it happen,” he told Fox Footy.

“They never hosted the festival.

I firmly believe this: some teams can get in your head and think they have to show a strong presence from the build-up we’ve seen from Brisbane and the last three times, which they’ve neglected to do. And win the most difficult ball that was there. So at quarter time you’re down -10 in a contested possession but you’re ripping off opposition jumpers and getting in these little stupid dust-ups – it’s not working. That’s a shame.”

Riewoldt added: “They look like a side that doesn’t come into play off the ball. Finally with Dane Zorko – who carried it against St Kilda last week and carried it through this week. They’re distracted, I’m not sure what he’s trying to do in terms of leadership with that team, but it’s not working as they go along and the false intensity is distracting the team from what it needs to achieve. “

The Fox Footy pundits pointed out several passages of play where the Lions players, particularly in defence, gave sub-par efforts.

“Brisbane Lions defenders … you don’t want Chris Fagan driving that rivalry around,” Brown said.

“So if your life depended on it, would you go further? Could you keep your eye on the ball? And if they’re honest with themselves and their lives depend on it, they’ll say, ‘I wasn’t 100 percent.’

Brisbane Lions coach Chris Fagan. Picture: Albert PerezSource: Getty Images

“There’s a lot of caravanning with the Brisbane Lions players led by the forwards. Melbourne’s forward team believes Brisbane is ‘gotta score three goals, I’ve got to make a mark’ when compared to Brisbane’s reserve team, while Melbourne’s journey is ‘you know what? I rise above the competition. I support my midgets and then you know what? I’ll go back to 50 and key forward.’ This is a difference of opinion.

Riewoldt particularly resented the Lions’ long backs.

“They (the Demons) aren’t kicking inside 50 to (Jason) Dunstall, (Gary) Ablett … but they look like Brisbane’s key defenders have been aggressive,” Riewoldt said.

“David King endured some flak a few weeks ago when he went hard at Harris Andrews and came back the other way. He was perfectly on point. Tonight Harris Andrews is a liability in defense, we showed (Darcy) Gardiner. Their desire to compete and give up – it’s all on the ground, the ball goes through the corridor – but Melbourne have done it twice against Brisbane twice this year.

Triple premiership Lion Alastair Lynch said the Demons were “very strong, very hard around the ball”.

Dayne Zorko of the Lions. Picture: Albert PerezSource: Getty Images

“It’s very similar to Round 15 at the MCG,” he told Fox Footy. “Melbourne were out with a few players in that game, their captain was out – but they made a statement after quarter of an hour. This was the first throw.

“In the last three games the Brisbane Lions have been knocked out of the park by Melbourne and I think we’ve seen glimpses of that in recent weeks. The biggest threat is their opponents scoring and scoring early – and today they couldn’t move the ball at all.

“That’s one of the problems with the Brisbane Lions, especially in the forward line. They are very, very good, their best is very good, but there is a big difference between their best and their worst.

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