Hanley brave but Lions still fall to Hawthorn

MAYO’S Pearce Hanley was amongst Brisbane’s best again as the injury-plagued Lions put up a stout resistance against Hawthorn before falling away in the final quarter to lose 105-63 in round 16 of the AFL season on Saturday.

The former county starlet clocked up 20 possessions that included four marks, while also clocking up five rebound 50s (the statistic for the number of times a player finds a teammate with a disposal out of defence).

Niall McKeever was used almost exclusively in defence and got on the football more often than in any of his previous two outings. Most impressive was his accuracy of disposal, finding a teammate 92% of the time from his 12 disposals, although he tended to keep it simple with nine of those passes coming from hand-balls.

Also notable was the fact the Antrim man won seven of those possessions in contests, while he also got in a number of spoiling plays, registering six ‘one percenters’ — the statistic for extra efforts which make turnovers more likely.

Also on Saturday, Sydney trounced debut season team Gold Coast Suns 106-36. It was a comfortable day for the Swans defence which explained why Tadhg Kennelly only had 16 possessions, which is lower than the Kerryman’s average.

Portlaoise’s Zach Tuohy was dropped from the Carlton team this weekend and had to be content with a role in Northern Bullants’ 79-point victory over Sandringham in the VFL.

Sandringham — St Kilda’s reserves — managed just two goals through the entire game but both came from former young footballer of the year, Tommy Walsh, who showed what he could do despite minimal supply when posted at full-forward.

Setanta Ó hAilpín remains sidelined for Carlton due to a hand injury that has ruled him out for five weeks.

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