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‘Charlie’s up there with Cyril’: Lions coach lauds Cameron

‘‘It’s good to sit back and watch him. I had the great pleasure of watching Cyril Rioli for a number of years at Hawthorn.

‘‘Charlie’s up there [with Cyril] in the sort of things that he can do. He doesn’t need many touches to influence a game, he’s a popular member and brings pressure.’’

Cameron now has 47 goals for the year, equal fifth with Jack Darling in the Coleman medal race.

Charlie’s up there [with Cyril Rioli] in the sort of things that he can do. He doesn’t need many touches to influence a game.

Chris Fagan, coach, Brisbane Lions

‘‘They are big numbers,’’ Fagan said. ‘‘Fifty goals is hard to get these days for any forward, the way the game is played and the way teams defend, so for him to do that is exceptional.’’

But it wasn’t a one-man show for the Lions, with Fagan saying it was as holistic a performance as his team had produced all year, albeit against struggling opposition.

‘‘I thought tonight was a really good four-quarter effort, I’d have to say that,’’ he said.

‘‘The most pleasing aspect was our pressure across the four quarters, we’ve finished the night with 82 tackles, I thought that was terrific.

‘‘The important part was not so much how much we won by, but the manner in which we played, and I thought you couldn’t ask much more from the players tonight than what they gave.’’

Fagan said his players were determined to finish the job before the final quarter, and pointed to the growing maturity of his side.

‘‘You can see the players growing before your eyes,’’ he said.

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‘‘There was a bit of chit-chat on the bench at three-quarter time that we haven’t actually won four quarters in a game this year; we’ve won three quarters plenty of times, but not four.

‘‘I had a conversation with them at three-quarter time and said, ‘what do you want to do in the last quarter?’ and that was clearly what they wanted to do, so they set themselves that goal to finish the game off.

‘‘They’ve been doing that all year. It’s something we’ve worked hard at to achieve with the group over the last two and a half years, and it’s really started to blossom with them.

‘‘But in six or seven days’ time we’ve got to go out and face a great club [Geelong] and it’ll be a great challenge for us, but we’ll look forward to it.

‘‘If we want to be a good team you’ve got to play in these sorts of games all the time, so get used to it.’’

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