Brisbane puts on second great fight
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.”