Lions snatch late victory from Giants
Patrick Karnezis of the Lions is tackled during the game against Greater Western Sydney. Photo: Getty Images
BRISBANE LIONS 1.2.2 1.5.7 1.9.12 1.12.19 (100) GWS 0.3.2 1.8.3 1.10.7 2.12.7 (97)
SUPER GOALS Bris Lions: Zorko. GWS: Smith, Cameron.
GOALS Bris Lions: Cornelius 5, Paparone 2, Zorko, Karnezis, Lester, Michael, Rockliff. GWS: Treloar 2, Giles 2, Frost 2, Miles, Ward, Cameron, Patton, Sumner, Greene.
UMPIRES Stewart, Mitchell, Hall.
CROWD 7068 at Robertson Oval.
The Brisbane Lions have come from behind to win by three points against a spirited Greater Western Sydney outfit to put themselves in the box seat for a pre-season cup grand final berth.
The topsy-turvy battle in front of a crowd of 7068 at Robertson Oval saw the lead change hands several times in the second half, with Brisbane eventually winning 1.2.19 (100) to 2.12.7 (97).
The Lions blew several golden opportunities late in the final quarter, before a composed Sam Michael kicked the winning goal.
Aaron Cornelius went a long way to nailing down a permanent spot in the Lions line-up, scoring five goals and providing a reliable target up front, despite the absence of co-captain Jonathan Brown.
Jed Adcock was solid as ever in his first game as captain for the Lions, but it was Patrick Karnezis (26 possessions) who impressed most for Brisbane.
Claye Beams (21 possessions) and Jack Redden (20 possessions) would have also given coach Michael Voss plenty to smile about.
Callan Ward and Lachie Whitfield were the best for the Giants. Adam Treloar, Sam Frost and Jonathan Giles led the goal scoring for the Lions with two goals apiece.
The Giants bounced back from a narrow deficit at quarter-time to lead by 14 points at the half-time break courtesy of a Jeremy Cameron super-goal.
But the Lions came back immediately, scoring three goals within five minutes after the break.
The Lions had a golden opportunity to snatch a the lead late in the match, but Josh Green shanked the ball from right in front of the sticks.
It was looking like it would cost Brisbane the match until Michael got a last-minute opportunity to redeem his side.
The Giants 2011 No.1 draft pick Jonathon Patton kicked his only goal of the match in the second minute of the game before hobbling off the field with a bad cork to the right leg midway through the second quarter.
There were no reported injuries for the Lions.
The Giants travel to Canberra's Manuka Oval next Friday for a pre season Cup clash against Essendon while the Lions travel to Etihad stadium to take on Collingwood on Saturday night.