Beams’ hero­ics can’t save Lions

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - AN­DREW HAMIL­TON

DAYNE Beams ( pic­tured) pro­duced a su­perb cap­tain’s per­for­mance yes­ter­day but his heav­ily out­mus­cled Lions were still belted by 68 points.

West Coast bounced back from a shock loss to Colling­wood to trounce last- placed Bris­bane 17.11 ( 113) to 8.9 ( 45) in front of 32,652.

The Lions had their share of the footy and at times were able to open up the hosts with their ball use but turnovers hurt them and the Ea­gles were able to give their ram­pant for­wards too much sup­ply for the Lions to de­fend.

Josh Kennedy breathed new life into the Cole­man medal race, boot­ing 6.4 to be four goals shy of Bomber Joe Dani­her on 53 and two adrift of Lance Franklin and Ben Brown on 51.

Coach Chris Fa­gan paid trib­ute to his two most ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers, Beams and Daniel Rich, who were su­perb.

The cap­tain col­lected a game­high 41 dis­pos­als and won nine clear­ances to put his name along­side Ea­gle Dom Sheed, 29 touches and two goals, and Kennedy as the best play­ers on the ground.

In a well- beaten side Rich, who was play­ing across half­back and deal­ing with Ea­gles shut down player Mark Hutch­ings, was de­fend­ing with des­per­a­tion.

The West Aussie pro­duced his best game of the sea­son and in par­tic­u­lar used the ball to the level Bris­bane know he is ca­pa­ble of.

“Beamsy got up over 40 and Richie gave us heaps of re­bound out of de­fence and used the ball pretty well,” Fa­gan said.

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