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Match Report – Brisbane Lions vs. Hawthorn

Luke Hodge and Charlie Cameron celebrate their first win as Brisbane players (AAP Image/Darren England).

BRISBANE have stormed home to thump Hawthorn by 56 points for their first AFL win this season, with former Hawk Luke Hodge instrumental in the upset.

Hodge’s young Lions looked like being blown off the park when Hawthorn kicked four easy goals in the first 10 minutes on Sunday.

But the Lions rallied in the Gabba shoot-out, sprinting clear in the third term and showing no nerves despite eight losses to start the year to thump the powerhouse club 20.9 (129) to 11.7 (73).

The Lions kicked four straight goals in a decisive third quarter, with Hugh McCluggage’s career game powering the hosts forward.

Eric Hipwood (four goals), Tom Cutler (three) and Charlie Cameron (two) were the major benefactors.

Cameron ran into an open goal after McCluggage (27 disposals) split the pack before captain Dayne Beams’ set shot moments later helped the Lions to a 27-point lead at the final break.

Hodge rebounded expertly and his teammates did the rest despite another 46-disposal hall from Hawks ball magnet Tom Mitchell and four goals to Jack Gunston.

The former Hawthorn premiership captain soaked up the occasion, twice interviewed by Channel 7 on the sideline during play in an AFL first.

The Hawks, fifth at the start of the round, fell to 5-4 this season.

The Lions had been close in six of their eight previous losses this season but there was no repeat this time, with 28-year-old rookie defender Matt Eagles capping a perfect night with his first AFL goal.

Former Adelaide Crow Cameron’s pressure was immense and he was rewarded with a snapping goal early as the 20,628-strong crowd started to believe.

The Hawks relied on long-range efforts from James Sicily and Isaac Smith to stay close in the second quarter.

But Beams finished a terrific sequence through the corridor to help his side to an 11-point half-time lead, both teams having kicked an accurate 7.1 at one point.

The efficient Lions defied the statistics in the first quarter, keeping within five points despite the Hawks notching more than double the amount of disposals and nearly double the tackles.

Gunston still ensured a fast start, kicking two and setting up another as the visitors kicked four in 10 minutes.

Cameron’s hanger in defence was a sign of things to come though, as Hipwood kicked a quick couple.

Then Dayne Zorko, who had 30 touches and 11 tackles, goaled to get the Lions rolling.

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BRISBANE LIONS 4.1 9.1 13.6 20.9 (129)

HAWTHORN 5.0 7.2 9.3 11.7 (73)

Goals: Brisbane Lions: E Hipwood 4 T Cutler 3 C Cameron 2 C Rayner 2 D Beams 2 A Christensen D Rich D Zorko L Taylor M Eagles M Robinson O McInerney.

Hawthorn: J Gunston 4 I Smith 2 J Roughead 2 J Sicily J Worpel T Mitchell.

Best: Brisbane Lions: D Zorko H McCluggage D Beams T Cutler C Cameron E Hipwood.

Hawthorn: T Mitchell L Shiels J Gunston I Smith J Roughead H Morrison.

Umpires: Chris Donlon, Curtis Deboy, Eleni Glouftsis.

Official Crowd: 20,628 at Gabba.

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