Lions within a whisker of top fourHarris Andrews took ten marks on Saturday evening. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)

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Brisbane warmed up for this Saturday’s QClash with the Gold Coast with a clinical 24-point disposal of Fremantle at the Gabba on Sunday night.

The match was originally set down for Perth’s Optus Stadium but was transferred to Brisbane due to COVID cases in WA.

But it would not have mattered where the teams played as the Lions controlled the contest and collected the premiership points in the businesslike manner you would expect from a seasoned side that is expected to contend for the flag.

Brisbane cruised to their fourth-straight win and their fifth victory from their last six starts to move to fifth on the ladder while the Dockers dropped back to a 4-4 record and the mid-table dogfight.

After a slow start to their 2021 campaign, the Lions are rumbling nicely now with the likes of Jarryd Lyons, Daniel Rich, Hugh McCluggage, Charlie Cameron, Dayne Zorko and Harris Andrews to the fore again.

But it was a classic team effort as the backline was stingy, the midfield got plenty of the Sherrin and the forward line shared the spoils.

David Mundy and Nat Fyfe battled manfully for the Dockers who were outclassed and out-muscled for much of the day as the final margin flattered the visitors who kicked some junk time goals.

Brisbane extended their advantage to 47 points midway through the third term after goals to Lyons and Dan McStay but Freo dragged back the margin to 32 points at the last break after goals to Fyfe, Mundy and Michael Walters.

The Lions roared to a 34-point cushion at halftime with Callum Ah Chee, Rhys Mathieson and Cameron all hitting the scoreboard while the only resistance from Fremantle came from a Matt Taberner major.

Fremantle’s Caleb Serong kicked the first goal of the match but it was all Brisbane after that in the first term with the twin towers of Eric Hipwood and Joe Daniher getting the ball rolling for the home side who took a 21-point buffer into the first change.

The Dockers had more inside 50 entries and more clearances but Brisbane were far more efficient with McCluggage, Linc McCarthy and Cameron all profiting from the Lions’ better ball use and superior defensive pressure with goals of their own.

The Dockers lost Michael Frederick in the first term with an ankle when Fremantle were forced to activate medical substitute Connor Blakely.

CAMERON IN FORM

After bouncing back to form in the win over Port Adelaide with four goals, Charlie Cameron was lively again. He looked very dangerous early with five marks inside 50 and four shots at goal in the first term. But it only yielded one goal and three behinds. He eventually cashed in with two more goals and a total of 14 disposals and 11 marks.

UNSUNG LION

Jarryd Lyons is an unsung workhorse in the Brisbane midfield. Others in the Lions on-ball division attract the headlines but Lyons quietly accumulates great numbers on a weekly basis. He does the dirty work that allows others to flourish. Lyons kicked a goal and had 30 disposals, six clearances, nine inside 50s, 11 scoring involvements and 11 contested possessions. How did both Adelaide and Gold Coast let him go?

FREO FLAT

To beat Brisbane in Brisbane, you need a lot to go right. Coming off a trouncing in the WA Derby, the Dockers had a disrupted week with the match being moved from Optus Stadium to the Gabba. Freo was flat early and showed little signs of life for most of the match as the Lions got on top and stayed there.

COME ONE COME ALL

The attendance of 15,403 was above expectations. Fremantle have never been – and never will be – great drawcards at the Gabba and the late switch in venues only allowed Brisbane a handful of days to market the game. Throw in the clash with Mother’s Day and the twilight timeslot on a ‘school night’ and it was a tough sell – even with free entry for all kids 15 and under.

Score:

LIONS: 5.4 8.7 12.9. 14.11 (95)

DOCKERS: 2.1. 3.3 6.6. 10.11 (71)

Goals:

LIONS: Cameron 3, Daniher 2, Hipwood, McCluggage, McCarthy, Ah Chee, Mathieson, Lyons, McStay, Prior. McInerney

DOCKERS: Taberner 2, Serong 2, Fyfe, Henry, Mundy, Walters, Lobb, Darcy

Greg Davis’ best:

LIONS: Lyons, Rich, Cameron, McCluggage, Zorko, Andrews, Robinson.

DOCKERS: Fyfe, Mundy, Aish, Colyer, Taberner, Henry

Injuries:

LIONS:

DOCKERS: Michael Frederick (ankle)

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Greg Davis’ votes:

3: Jarryd Lyons

2: Daniel Rich

1: Charlie Cameron

Crowd: 15,403

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