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Sport No missing Linc in Lions' AFL form surge

05:32  04 may  2021
05:32  04 may  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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Australian Football League . All the latest AFL news, video, results and information. There is currently no recent form available for this match. Picture: AFL Photos. BRISBANE has surged into second spot on the ladder, overcoming injuries and a dogged Collingwood to win Following a season of wayward kicking, the Lions started poorly again, with three misses from long distance early on, but

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The absence of good mate Lachie Neale has only spurred on Lincoln McCarthy as the once injury-plagued forward's AFL rise continues at Brisbane.

Lincoln McCarthy holding a football ball: Brisbane Lions' Lincoln McCarthy has raised his output this AFL season. © Dave Hunt/AAP PHOTOS Brisbane Lions' Lincoln McCarthy has raised his output this AFL season.

Brought to the Lions just prior to Neale's arrival in 2019, after playing just five games across two seasons for Geelong, McCarthy has enjoyed a clean run of health to flourish among Brisbane's evolving forward line.

With Neale due to miss at least another five weeks with an ankle injury, the Lions (4-3) have called on their troops to lift a notch as they attempt to make up ground on the top four.

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Australian Football League . All the latest AFL news, video, results and information. There is currently no recent form available for this match. Despite the pre-match withdrawal of Dayne Zorko, the Lions ' midfield didn't miss a beat with Lachie Neale (32 Nic Nat exposes Lions ' weak link Brisbane was without No.1 big man Stef Martin and his absence was telling with West Coast talisman Nic Naitanui dominating the ruck.

Three consecutive wins, including a 49-point thumping of Port Adelaide on Saturday, have shown their depth and ability before Sunday's date with Fremantle.

McCarthy has been a big part of Brisbane's resurgence - averaging a goal and doubling his goal assists from last season, while managing nine contested possessions among 14.57 per game in comparison to 5.4 and 9.7 in 2020.

The 27-year-old's slick handling in wet conditions has also stood out with defensive star Harris Andrews among those able to admire McCarthy's influence.

"He's been sensational; he's so dangerous in the air and at ground level and is such a presence in the forward line, certainly goes under the radar I reckon but internally we're all about it," Andrew said.

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Australian Football League . All the latest AFL news, video, results and information. Lions ' roar getting louder as they take Power apart. Brisbane starting to find form after a After four rounds the Lions had one win - and that by a single point over Collingwood

Picture: AFL Photos. KEN Hinkley didn't have to look too deep into why Port Adelaide was smacked by Brisbane at the Gabba on Saturday night. It had nothing to do with playing on the road, he said, it had nothing to do with missing injured veteran Travis Boak, but it had everything to do with losing contest after contest after contest. LIONS v POWER Full match coverage and stats. Brisbane won a fourth straight match against Port, this time by 49 points, and dominated all three lines on the ground. It won the contested possession count 155-132 – a statistic Hinkley came back to repeatedly in his post-match press conference.

"We are going to miss him (Neale) big time for the next few weeks so there's a clear understanding we all need to lift a bit.

"Not do too much, just play your role and guys like Linc and those younger boys all just contributes."

Missing the help of fellow tall defender Darcy Gardiner (concussion), Andrews overcame a rare humbling against Carlton last week to put the clamps on a dangerous Port forward line.

"It was nice to get back to playing the footy I can play," he said.

"Guys are going to go out wit injury but the ability to fill in their roles but guys like Deven Robertson, Jaxon Prior and Jimmy Madden debuting can get the job done.

"It's important we build that tough and resilient reputation ... the fact guys can come in from the VFL and play a role is really encouraging."

AFL Round 8 power rankings .
Welcome to my power rankings for Round 8. The ladder is starting to come together with the majority of the top eight looking safe in their positions, while the bottom ten continue to appear fractious and inconsistent with massive swings in momentum during games let alone week to week. Read on for my power rankings. 18. North Melbourne (no change) They didn’t win against the Pies and they needed to. It was good to see them score a bunch of points but they still fell down at the last hurdle, and were unable to close out the match effectively. 17.

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