Brisbane Lions need to find happy medium

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Anthony Miles of the Tigers and Jack Redden of the Lions grapple during the round three AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Richmond Tigers at The Gabba on April 18, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images) Photo: Chris HydeTheir star-studded midfield was never going to be a concern but there is a big key-forward shaped shadow hanging over the Brisbane Lions.
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The Lions are 0-3 after a second straight big defeat, this time a 79-point loss to Richmond at the Gabba, and the question of who will kick their goals is still unanswered.

Daniel McStay and Brent Staker teamed up with debutant Harris Andrews in the forward line against the Tigers but with just six marks inside 50, their attack lacked potency once again.

Lions defender Jed Adcock said the team’s inability to find a happy medium between breakneck speed and slower movement of the ball was an issue.

“We’re not getting enough clean ball to enter correctly and then once it’s in there we haven’t been able to hold it in/take marks just to slow the game down,”he said.

“If we’re not moving slow we’re moving it really quick and then it’s pinging back just as quick.”

The absence of captain Tom Rockliff and Pearce Hanley, two of the side’s best midfielders, has hurt the Lions despite the strong performances of star recruit Dayne Beams and Adcock says he still believes they have the potential to compete with plenty of sides.

“We know we’ve got potential to raise it and be competitive against most teams it’s just too inconsistent at the moment,” he said.

The Lions’ winless start to the season has only reinforced the illusion that is pre-season form, with the side entering the year with the best February record.

Adcock said the key to improvement “wasn’t rocket science”, though, facing West Coast and a struggling Gold Coast side in the next fortnight.

“If you go from your pre-season form to season form, there are stark differences at the moment,” he said.

“We feel like we’ve got a couple of really winnable games and there’s obviously things that aren’t going our way but I think a lot of it’s (responsibility) just going to be on the players.”

Aspley junior Andrews made a promising debut playing in a rotating forward/ruck role and kicking a goal and winning 13 hit outs.

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