Demons roll Lions in MCG stroll

Melbourne double-act Jesse Hogan and Jeff Garlett have kicked the Demons to a 63-point dismissal of AFL easybeats Brisbane.

The tall-and-small duo shared seven goals in the 19.17 (131) to 9.14 (68) romp at the MCG on Sunday.

While at times the football was far from fluent, the win was Melbourne’s biggest home success in four years.

Hogan’s five goals were spread across all four quarters, while Gartlett nabbed two and assisted three others in the first half when the match was on the line.

James Harmes also bagged four goals, three in time-on in the fourth quarter as the Demons blew the margin out.

The Demons’ dominance was built in the second term, growing a buffer in the second quarter with four unanswered goals in seven minutes.

That included Viv Michie’s first goal of his career, which had Demons running from every corner of the ground in congratulations.

Tomas Bugg also impressed while young Dees Billy Stretch and Clayton Oliver showed signs of development.

Melbourne won both the disposal and the tackle count but for most of the afternoon, this was no Brisbane horror show.

The Lions took almost 45 minutes to hit the scoreboard in their heavy last-out loss to Collingwood, but did so within 45 seconds against the Demons.

Justin Leppitsch’s undermanned side were outclassed but showed an improved intent and had their moments.

Brisbane were on top during the third term but didn’t take their opportunities, kicking 1.5 to let the Demons off the hook.

Bernie Vince’s kick after a string of Melbourne handballs in the congestion was given Bronx cheers from the 26,892-strong crowd.

The Lions lowered their colours late, allowing Melbourne to kick nine of the last 12 goals to run out strong winners.

Melbourne improved their win-loss to 5-4 with the result, while Brisbane have now lost five straight.

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