18/04/2024
Zimmorlei Farquharson

Zimmorlei Farquharson had a fantastic debut game for the Brisbane Lions. (Photo: Daniel Cohen)

Zimmorlei Farquharson tore the Blues apart in her debut as the Lions got their season back on track.

Zimmorlei Farquharson had a debut to remember as the Lions used pace and poise to dismantle a disappointing Blues outfit.

The Blues seemed to have no answer for the Lions speed down the wing, being picked apart with accurate weighted kicks and forward handballs. The Lions routinely used these to their advantage and scored plenty running into goal unopposed.

If the ball was locked inside, the Blues backline struggled to move it out of the area. Courtney Hodder had three tackles inside 50, showcasing the ruthlessness on display from the small forward and the forward line as a whole, which had 17 tackles inside 50 to only three from the Blues.

The inside 50 count was heavily favoured in the Lions’ direction, with 49 to the Blues’ 29.

In Round 1 the Lions only scored one goal in their loss to the Crows, which was completely flipped with Brisbane booting home nine goals, thanks to multiple goals from Greta Bodey and Jesse Wardlaw.

Bodey’s goal in the 4th quarter was fitting of the night’s play, dashing past the Blues defenders and running into goal from point blank range.

The Lions first two goals came through counter-attacking plays down the wing, one led by the electric Farquharson in a first quarter which included three inside 50’s, six disposals, two marks and a game leading 201 meters gained.

She finished with 12 disposals, 5 marks, 4 inside 50’s and 5 score involvements including a brilliant goal in the last quarter to seal the game in an incredible debut match that could land her a Rising Star nomination.

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“It was an amazing opportunity to run out with the girls after two years,” Farquharson said post game.

“The hard work pays off. The girls can see that, the coaches can see that and I’m just really proud of myself.”

Lions lead the uncontested possessions 83-69 at half-time, showcasing their ability to get out by themselves and run.

The Lions having not played last week seemed to outrun the Blues from the opening bounce, refusing to let up and using their free roaming midfielders and wingers to showcase their fitness.

The Blues managed to stem the tide slightly in the third quarter, restricting the Lions run and reducing the gap in uncontested possessions. They kept the Lions goalless but failed to score a goal themselves, kicking 0.3.

The Blues will be disappointed in their performance today after their victory against Geelomg last week. Carlton now sit 1-2 on the year.

Emily Bates was fantastic for the Lions, having 23 disposals, seven clearances, six inside 50s and a goal , being instrumental in the speed of the Lions play and arguably the best player on ground.

Orla O’Dwyer was fantastic off the wing and Shannon Campbell stood tall in defence, particularly in the first half where the Blues couldn’t seem to keep the ball in their half.

Ruby Svarc and Natalie Plane engage in a marking contest (PHOTO: Daniel Cohen)

For the Blues, it was Madison Prespakis who proved why she is one of the best midfielders in the league, having little to no help in the midfield but racking up 27 disposals including 16 contested and four clearances.

Courtney Jones took advantage of the limited times it came inside the forward 50, kicking three goals and leading all players on the ground in that department.

Unfortunately in the last quarter for the Lions, key forward Taylor Smith had to be helped off with a leg injury, the third key position injury the Lions have encountered just this season.

Taylor Smith was helped from the ground. Photo: Daniel Cohen

In Round 4 Brisbane take on Geelong while Carlton comes up against North Melbourne.

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