Thanks for following along. Congrats Brisbane fans, a superb win over a relentless opponent.
“We gave away free kicks in the back end of that second quarter. The reality is that was the difference in the game. I think there was two 50m [penalty] goals and a couple of other goals we gave away through stoppage, discipline. It is disappointing. We control that.
“Got to be better in that part of the game. Every now and then it rears its ugly head, unfortunately on the big stage. Really disappointing.
“I think at the end of the day the game is umpired in a certain way, it’s a final. Let them play. It’s for the players to play [in reference to saying the umpires were ‘trigger happy’ at half time].”
He said the connection inside 50 was poor.
“Our connection inside 50 wasn’t that well drilled tonight. We obviously knew at various stages we had to go small up forward. The dew on the ground we thought would be a good look for us, but what they’re very good at, Brisbane, they’re very good at, Brisbane, they have great long spoils.
“So took our crumbers out of the equation. We tried to adjust a couple of things after half-time, but still didn’t come off as well as we would have liked. I thought they played very well tonight. They deserved to win, a better side on the night.”
Hardwick said next week’s semi final would be at Metricon Stadium.
“I thought the mental strength our group showed, their composure under pressure, their understanding that when you play in these big games, that you’ve got to win them several times, you don’t just win them once, I thought, you know, it was – I’m just really proud of what they did,” Fagan said of the win.
Of the straight sets exit last year he said: “I guess we just learned. I mean, you know, last year – Brisbane haven’t been in the finals for 10 years, you know. We front up to Richmond and the Giants who are red hot in the finals last year.
“We actually thought that we came out of that finals series, we felt pretty good about ourselves because we thought that we could actually compete.
“We didn’t win those games, but we knew we were in them. So that was a stepping stone to this year. I know a lot of people probably thought that we had a monkey on our back about finals. But I didn’t see it that way.
“We never talked about it that way. It was just like, ‘Righto, we want to get back, give ourselves another opportunity’, which our players did by performing well in the home and away. Tonight we’ve been able to go out and show what we’ve learnt.”
Dimma will be interesting tonight given his crack at the umpires at half time … stay tuned.
Two hoodoos broken. Richmond lose to the Lions for the first time in 15 games.
The Lions win their first final since 2009. They avenge their straight sets exit from 2019, the first loss of which was to Richmond.
Brisbane’s forward line tonight, it is worth mentioning, were really great in the way they didn’t let the Richmond defence dominate.
And here’s how quickly the Lions have risen:
2019: Straight sets exit
BRIS 10.9.69 df. RICH 8.6.5454
They’re into a prelim, they win their first final since 2009. An extraordinary performance to overcome the Tigers who never stopped, even when it looked like they were down and out. A classic game at the Gabba, one of the best displays of footy for the season, saved for a qualifying final.
What a performance, and look what it means to Chris Fagan!
He has been perhaps the most innacurate and wayward of all Brisbane players, or at least up there. But he gathers and snaps and kicks a goal. Just over two minutes left and the lead it 15 points.
Hugh McCluggage kicks the Lions into a preliminary final!!!!
Goal to Jack Riewoldt! There’s just over four minutes left, he marks, and he converts. Never out of it the Tigers. This is going to the wire. A classic.