Essendon 3.2 6.6 10.10 15.12 (102)
Brisbane Lions 3.5 6.7 6.10 9.12 (66)
Essendon: Zaharakis 4, Crameri 3, Monfries 2, Watson 2, Hille 2, Reimers 2
Brisbane Lions: McGrath 2, Bewick, Clark, Stiller, Drummond, Rich, Adcock, Rockliff.
Essendon: Zaharakis, Hille, Monfries, Hooker, Myers
Brisbane Lions: Adcock, Rich, Merrett, Leuenberger, Hanley
Essendon: Michael Hurley replaced in selected side by Travis Colyer, Henry Slattery replaced in selected side by Michael Hibberd
Brisbane Lions: James Polkinghorne (concussion)
Umpires: Ritchie, Stevic, Kamolins
Official crowd: 24,921 at the Gabba
It started off as a close game until half-time, which I didn't mind are both of them are my teams. Essendon are on the way up and Brisbane Lions are still to have a win this season.
Still, there were some good signs from the Lions. Josh Drummond, having returned recently following knee surgery, still kicks with pinpoint accuracy and Daniel Merrett is a great defender.
I should have travelled to Brisbane for this game as there was also an NEAFL game on between Brisbane Lions reserves and Greater Western Sydney Giants, of which I am also a member.
David Zaharakis tackled by Sam Sheldon (photo: Chris Hyde/Getty)
Todd Banfield under pressure from Kyle Reimers (photo: Chris Hyde/Getty)
Rohan Bewick taking an awesome mark (screamer) over Dustin Fletcher (photo: Bradley Kanaris/Slattery Media)
Jobe Watson marks over Pearce Hanley (photo: Bradley Kanaris/Slattery Media)
David Hille and Joel Patfull (spoiling) contesting a mark (photo: Bradley Kanaris/Slattery Media)