Brisbane Lions breaking all the wrong records

DAVID SIMON

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Brisbane midfielder Mitch Robinson attempts a mark on Saturday night.Source: Fairfax

The Brisbane Lions record breaking season continued on Saturday night against the Adelaide Crows.

The only problem is, the boys from Brisbane are braking records for all the wrong reasons.

Four records tumbled at the Adelaide oval on Saturday as the Lions were hammered by 138-points by the third-placed Crows.

Here is a list of the records that were smashed on Saturday night:

  • The 138-point margin was the biggest for any AFL match at the Adelaide Oval;
  • It was the Brisbane Lions second largest losing margin ever;
  • Brisbane’s score was the second lowest at the Adelaide Oval in history; and
  • It was the second highest winning margin in the Adelaide Crows history.

To put the drubbing into perspective, the Essendon Bombers,who sit last on the table following their highly publicised player ban from ASADA, the governing body for anti-doping in sport in Australia, have conceded 372 points less than Brisbane.

That equates to an overwhelming 62 goals, which means Brisbane are conceding a tick over three more goals per game then the competitions worst team.

Essendon had 17 of their front line players banned for this season after ASADA, handed down their findings late last year.

The loss to the Crows was the biggest across the competition for 2016, and broke the record that Port Adelaide set against the Lions the previous week.

These huge losses are increasingly putting pressure on head coach, Justin Leppitsch, with club chairman, Bob Sharpless indicating in a statement to Channel 9 that Leppitsch’s contract would be reviewed at seasons end.

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Brisbane Lions coach Justin Leppitsch speaks to the media on Saturday night.Source: Brisbane Lions

 

“The club will stick to the path that it has outlined in recent weeks, which is that Justin is contracted until the end of 2017 and as such, he will coach the remaining three games before being reviewed once the season is over,” Sharpless said.

Leppitsch lamented the problems lie beneath, with the club’s facilities and ability to retain young talent at the forefront of the club’s issues.

“As a club we’re in debt, we’ve got average facilities and everyone knows that part of it,” Leppitsch said.

“We are trying to fix all the problems at once; retain young talent, build a facility and give hope for the future so our young fans can see something,” he said.

The Lions face Carlton at the Gabba on Saturday afternoon.

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