Lions outlast Panthers

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Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault have continued their perfect start to the season, shaking off a tough Carey Park after half time to grab a 31-point win at Brunswick Oval on Sunday.

The Panthers took it up to the Lions early and made the home side pay for their inaccuracy on the scoreboard, but the Lions re-grouped after the main break to kick eight goals to just three in a 12.11 (83) to 8.4 (52) win.

Young star Dylan Heasman was outstanding for the Lions, using his athleticism to take a number of fantastic marks and was on the end of some good work from the midfield, finishing the day with three goals.

Carey Park ruckman Jayden Wilson was tasked with taking on Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault pair Tyson Wood and Cameron Pether in the centre of the ground and he held his own around the clearances, but Wood and Pether would constantly test Wilson’s two-way running and had an impact around the ground, taking numerous contested marks.

Things looked ominous early for the Panthers, when the Lions booted two quick goals inside the opening minutes.

But they settled and applied their trademark pressure, forcing a number of stoppages and containing the Lions’ runners who like to share the ball on the wings.

The Lions wasted their opportunities in the second term, booting seven behinds from eight shots as Carey Park again looked as if they would be taken out of the game.

But the likes of Ben Golowyn, Jordan Yarran and Tim Yarran (four goals) stood up in the midfield for the Panthers, while Brandon Yarran was outstanding in defence, taking a number of intercept marks throughout the day.

As it has been for the first two games, a lapse cost the Panthers dearly, as the Lions started the second half with five goals, ending the visitors’ hopes of a comeback.

Jack Quinn, Jordan Sell, Jake Bloomfield and Kristin Thornton (two goals) matched the Panthers’ strength around the contest and in the end it was only their superior footskills which got them over the line.

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