Cameron stars as Lions down Crows in AFL

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Brisbane livewire Charlie Cameron has torched his former AFL club Adelaide with four goals in a 36-point away victory for the Lions.

Brisbane came from 15 points down in the second quarter to overpower the Crows, winning 16.6 (102) to 9.12 (66) at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night.

Cameron, Brownlow medallist Lachie Neale (35 disposals, one goal, seven clearances) and Zac Bailey (three goals, 19 touches) were instrumental as the Lions took top spot on the ladder ahead of Sunday’s games.

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Captain Dayne Zorko (26 possessions, two goals), Hugh McCluggage (22 disposals), Jarryd Lyons (24, eight clearances) and Daniel Rich (26) were other standouts in the Lions’ eighth win from nine matches this season.

Adelaide forward Shane McAdam booted three goals and Ned McHenry kicked two.

Acting Crows captain Ben Keays (27 disposals, 10 clearances), Jordan Dawson (24 touches), Jackson Hately (27, one goal) and Rory Laird (32 possessions, 10 tackles) battled gamely.

But Adelaide remain in the mire in 14th spot with three wins after being flattened by a powerful Brisbane surge.

The Lions slipped 15 points down when McAdam slotted his third goal in the 23rd minute of the second stanza.

But Brisbane emphatically responded to the challenge, kicking the next eight goals of the game – and 11 of the next dozen.

“Our second half was fantastic, we controlled the ball a lot better,” Brisbane coach Chris Fagan said.

“We are a bit more of a mature group and they understand what is happening in the game and they can correct it … it’s a pleasing sign.”

After Adelaide’s Taylor Walker scored the game’s first major, the Lions went on a run of four consecutive goals including two from ex-Crow Cameron.

Brisbane held a 5.2 to 3.3 quarter-time lead before the tide turned Adelaide’s way in the second term.

The Crows kicked four unanswered goals – two each to McHenry and McAdam – to take a 15 point lead.

McHenry’s first came amid controversy: he snapped a goal after picking up a ball which had clearly gone out of bounds within metres of the boundary umpire, who inexplicably failed to whistle.

The Crows led by three points at halftime, 7.6 to 7.3, but were overwhelmed by a Brisbane blitz in the third quarter.

In a barnstorming 25 minutes, Brisbane booted six goals to none with Cameron, who left the Crows after the 2017 season, adding two more and missing another set shot.

Brisbane’s burst created a 28-point buffer at three quarter-time and the Lions then cruised to victory in a tame last term by adding three goals goals to one against the flagging Crows, who mustered just two majors in the entire second half.

“I loved our first half, that was some of the best footy we have played,” Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks said.

“But it showed where we’re at, at the moment, is not being able to put it together for four quarters.”

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