AFL round 22 recap
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The Brisbane Lions defeated St Kilda 81-66 on Friday night.
Despite the challenge from the Saints, the Lions were still good enough to get over the line and make the Saints chances of finals very grim.
It was a hotly contested first quarter, both sides kicking three goals each with Brisbane leading 20-19 at quarter time. The Lions had a strong second quarter, kicking four goals to one and setting up a 48-26 half time lead and looked to be cruising towards victory.
With their season really on the line, the Saints put in a massive effort to turn the tables in the premiership quarter. They piled on five goals to one to take the lead into three quarter time at 61-56. But inaccuracy would cost the Saints in the last quarter, as they missed five scoring shots on goals for a 0.5 score, while the Lions kicked four goals to win in the end by 15-points. Keeping their place in the top four with one round to go.
Brisbane will host Melbourne in a massive clash on Friday night, if Brisbane win they will move into the top three. If either side looses, they could drop out of the top four depending on other results too as low as sixth. The Saints season comes down to their final game when they host the Sydney Swans at Marvel. But they need to win massively, which is unlikely, plus have results go completely their way. It is unlikely after this loss to the Lions that we will see the Saints in September action this year.
The Bulldogs survived a massive scare from GWS, to keep their finals hopes alive with a 62-57 victory on Saturday afternoon.
It was a massive premiership quarter, GWS kicking five goals to four in a really big challenge. After the Dogs kicked four in a row to lead by 15-points with under five remaining in the third, the Giants kicked three goals in quick succession, as