Photo by David Layden

The Dees started strong in Round 15 at Brighton Homes Arena. Schache set the tone early, opening the scoring. Jefferson quickly followed, making it two straight goals for Casey.

Despite this promising start, the Brisbane Lions dominated the clearances, a critical area that ultimately decided the match. Brisbane's 54 clearances to Casey's 25 allowed them to control the game from the midfield, translating their dominance into an impressive 18.15 (123) to 11.11 (77) victory.

Shane McAdam continued to impress with his aerial ability, contributing three goals and seven tackles. McAdam's high-flying marks and energetic play provided some of the few highlights for the Demons on a tough day. His relentless pressure and ability to find space in a crowded forward line demonstrated why he's a key player for Casey.

Matt Jefferson matched McAdam’s effort with three goals of his own. His accuracy and positioning were on display, making the most of his opportunities.

Jefferson’s ability to read the play and find gaps in Brisbane’s defence kept the Demons within striking distance, particularly in the first half.

Josh Schache had two goals, 17 disposals, and 12 marks. His strong presence up forward was complemented by his work rate around the ground, often drifting back to support the defence. Schache's versatility and marking ability were crucial in Casey's attempts to maintain possession and build attacks.

Marty Hore was a vital inclusion this week, leading the stats sheet for Casey with 26 disposals, 24 kicks, and ten marks. His ball use and decision-making out of the backline were exemplary, often setting up attacking plays with his precise kicking.

Hore’s performance was a beacon of consistency in an otherwise challenging game for the Demons.

Blake Howes was equally busy in defence, gathering 23 disposals, seven marks, and one clearance. Howes' ability to intercept and turn defence into attack was instrumental in Casey's efforts to counter Brisbane's relentless pressure. His composure under pressure and clean hands made him a standout in the backline.

Roan Steele fought hard throughout the match, amassing 21 disposals, four tackles, and two clearances. Steele’s determination and work rate in the midfield was evident, as he constantly applied pressure and looked to drive the ball forward.

Mitch White opened the second quarter with a hope-inspiring goal, showing his ability to step up in crucial moments. Although his goal wasn’t enough to turn the tide, White continued to battle hard, contributing 19 disposals and providing a steady presence in the midfield.

Kyah Farris-White had a relatively quiet afternoon, with ten hitouts and a goal. Despite this, his goal and efforts in the ruck contests showed his potential and willingness to compete.

Jack Billings was solid in the midfield for the Demons, kicking a goal and gathering 22 disposals, six tackles, and four clearances. Billings' ability to win the ball and his tackling pressure were highlights in his performance, underscoring his value to the team.

Despite the individual efforts, Brisbane's speed and ability to easily carry the ball from one end of the ground to the other were too much for Casey. The Lions' dominance in the midfield and efficiency in converting their opportunities were the keys to their victory.

Casey looks ahead to returning to their home ground at Casey Fields next Sunday, where they will face Essendon. The Demons will aim to regroup and leverage their home-ground advantage to bounce back from this defeat.


Brisbane Lions | 4.1 10.5 15.9 18.15 (123)

Casey Demons | 5.5 6.5 7.9 11.11 (77)


Goals | 3 McAdam, Jefferson, 2 Schache, 1 White, Farris-White, Billings

Key Players | 26 Hore, 23 Howes, 22 Billings, 21 Steele, 19 White

Next Game | V Essendon @ Casey Fields 1:05 PM Sunday 14 July 2024