BRISBANE stars Lachie Neale and Charlie Cameron have powered the Lions to a thumping 63-point Friday night AFL win against Essendon.
The high-flying Lions were never troubled from the opening bounce at Metricon Stadium, booting 14.7 (91) to 3.10 (28) to canter to their seventh win of the season.
Their third-straight victory leaves Brisbane (7-2) a game-and-a-half clear, equal with Port Adelaide at the top of the ladder.
Prolific midfielder Neale and electric forward Cameron (four goals), whose four- year contract extension with the Lions was announced pre-game, ran riot as Brisbane recorded their highest score of the season.
With a 33-possession, two-goal display, Neale is likely to again poll three votes as he continues to charge towards his first Brownlow Medal.
Cameron set the game alight in the first quarter, booting two goals to propel the Lions to a 24-point lead at quarter-time.
His next goal, coming in the third quarter, was a goal-of-the-year contender with a dribbling effort from the pocket.
All-Australian Harris Andrews and Alex Witherden, who was recalled for his first game since round one, were tremendous down back to restrict the Bombers to their lowest score of 2020.
Brisbane piled three goals on the board before Essendon could even score.
The second quarter was a slog, with the Bombers kicking one goal to the Lions’ two behinds.
But the game opened up again after half time, with Brisbane kicking five goals in the third quarter to completely break Bombers’ spirits.
On a dark night for the Bombers, midfielder Andrew McGrath was by far Essendon’s best with 25 possessions.
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BRISBANE LIONS 5.3 5.5 10.6 14.7 (91)
ESSENDON 1.3 2.3 3.4 3.10 (28)
Goals: Brisbane Lions: C Cameron 4 L Neale 2 C Ballenden C Ellis-Yolmen C Rayner D Zorko E Hipwood J Lyons L McCarthy S Skinner. Essendon: D Smith 2 D Parish.
Umpires: Chris Donlon, Andrew Stephens, Brent Wallace.
Official Crowd: 4,860 at Metricon Stadium.