Jesse Hogan the hero for Demons in low-scoring victory
BRISBANE fans didn't need any more reminding. Calls for a strong marking forward have played like a broken record since Jonathan Brown's retirement.
The Lions were again found wanting in attack in their sole appearance at the MCG this season, while at the opposite end brilliant young power forward Jesse Hogan set up Melbourne's 24-point victory.
Though it was another dour, low-scoring affair on a beautiful sunny day, Hogan's three goals in the first term set up the 8.12 (60) to 4.12 (36) win. The 20-year-old finished with four majors and 11 marks, including six inside the forward-50m.
The Dees led 49-11 at half-time, and while they only managed one more goal in the second half, were never really headed, with the Lions failing to capitalise on their own chances.
The visitors upped their intensity in the second half, eventually going on to win the clearances (42-23) and tackles (88-72), but could only get within 20 points when Allen Christensen goaled just after the final change.
Minutes later, a strong mark in the goal square by Hogan, who kicked truly, snuffed out any chance the Lions had of stealing the points. Regular defender Tom McDonald (two goals) also provided a target in attack for Melbourne, while small men Lewis Taylor (32 disposals), Dayne Zorko (30) and Christensen (29) battled hard for the Lions.