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Lions drive Demons out with 28 point win on the weekend

Mitch Golby of the Lions kicks during the round five AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Melbourne Demons at The Gabba on April 28, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.
Mitch Golby of the Lions kicks during the round five AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Melbourne Demons at The Gabba on April 28, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. Chris Hyde / Getty Images

BRISBANE Lions recruit Brett Maloney would have put a big red circle around Sunday's match-up against Melbourne the day the AFL released its draw last year.

The former Demons best-and-fairest winner wasn't wanted at the club under new coach Mark Neeld last season, happy to get another chance with the up-and-coming Lions.

And in his 150th senior game, Maloney showed Neeld what he had given up with a game-high 35 possessions (16 contested), continually finding teammates in better position as the Lions ran out 28 point winners, 17.20 (122) to 14.10 (94).

The 29-year-old had excellent support from fellow midfielders Tom Rockcliff (34) and Jack Redden (24).

Brisbane had six teenagers in the line-up, South Australian youngster Sam Mayes again impressive with 28 possessions.

Melbourne battled hard early, but the workrate fell away in the second half as the home side opened up a 50-point lead before late goals to Colin Sylvia, David Rodan, Cam Pederson and Jeremy Tapscott added a modicum of respectability to the scoreboard.

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