Bris­bane puts on sec­ond great fight

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - AN­DREW HAMIL­TON

JEFF Horn would have strug­gled to wipe the smile off Chris Fa­gan’s face yes­ter­day.

The Bris­bane Lions coach has said all year he sees huge po­ten­tial in his young side and stresses he can iden­tify im­prove­ments when he con­ducts his re­view ev­ery week.

Yes­ter­day the proof was there for all to see as the Lions mounted a stun­ning fight­back from 27 points down early in the fi­nal quar­ter to claim their first win in Mel­bourne for the year – by eight points over the Bombers.

“I’ve al­ways be­lieved in footy that wins on the road, par­tic­u­larly against the odds like it was to­day, builds great char­ac­ter and great be­lief,” Fa­gan said. “So we will milk it for all it is worth this week. It is a great day for our footy club.”

It was party time in the Lions’ Eti­had Sta­dium change rooms af­ter the 13.12 ( 90) to 11.16 ( 82) vic­tory in front of 41,246.

And when CEO Greg Swann spread the word that Horn was the new box­ing world champ a fresh round of cheer­ing broke out.

“He won the fight, he’s a Lions’ sup­porter, so it’s a great day for Queens­land sport,’’ Fa­gan said.

Fa­gan said his con­stant search for pos­i­tiv­ity wasn’t de­signed to cover over the losses, but to em­pha­sise to his play­ers they were on the right track.

The win was sig­nif­i­cant for the club as it demon­strated the play­ers grow­ing self- be­lief.

“One of the tough­est things to get with a young group is to get them to be­lieve,” he said. “And to the credit of our group they have stuck at it, they have em­braced the way we have coached them.”

Bris­bane Lions coach Chris Fa­gan.

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