Fremantle 3.5 6.8 8.14 13.16 (94)
Brisbane Lions 4.5 8.6 10.7 14.8 (92)
Fremantle: Mayne 2, Walters 2, Pitt, Mundy, Hill, Lower, Fyfe, Sandilands, Suban, Ballantyne, Bradley.
Brisbane Lions: Brown 3, Beams 2, Banfield 2, Rich 2, Polkinghorne, O’Brien, Bewick, Clark, Lester
Fremantle: Pavlich, Sandilands, Mundy, McPhee, Mayne, Fyfe
Brisbane Lions: Black, Leuenberger, Rich, Rockliff, Merrett, Brown, Hanley
Brisbane Lions: Power (back, replaced in selected side by Beams), Brown (nose), Staker (ankle)
Umpires: Donlon, Stewart, Kamolins
There was some first class effort by first-gamers and younger players who managed a few goals. Unfortunately, despite leading for most of the game, Fremantle was able to overcome the tired legs of the Brisbane Lions' players in the last few minutes to snatch victory in a close game.
Pictures by Getty Images (Chris Hyde)
Simon Black with a handball under pressure
Mitch Clark with a handball before being tackled
Ryan Lester's first game
Matthew Leuenberger with some great ruck work
Brent Staker with a chest mark
Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd attended the game (picture from Brisbane Lions, flanked by club CEO Malcolm Holmes at Mr Rudd's right, and club Chairman Angus Johnson at his right).