BRENT Moloney was still buzzing after the Brisbane Lions’ historic come-from-behind win over Geelong at the Gabba on Sunday.
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The Lions came from 52 points down, 22 minutes into the third quarter, to roll over the top of the Cats, with Ash McGrath, in his 200th game, kicking the winner after the siren.

“You couldn’t write a better script [for McGrath] – for your 200th game, to mark the ball with seconds to go and kick a goal from outside 50 – it was an amazing feeling,” Moloney said. “I can’t believe we won the game, really.”

Moloney was a star in the victory, particularly in the frenetic last quarter. The strong-bodied midfielder picked up 11 possessions, doubling his three-quarter time tally as he willed himself from contest to contest.

“At three-quarter time I felt, personally, a bit of belief,” he said. “I thought we were playing all right – didn’t really think we’d probably win the game, but for the boys to come back, the way we played in that last quarter was exciting, and the crowd really got behind us.

“The way the boys fought, and kept playing the game, took the game on in the last quarter was fantastic.”

Moloney said the Lions had “pretty close to our best 22 in yesterday”, with Daniel Merrett and Jonathan Brown both returning to the side from suspension. It was also the first time Moloney, Simon Black, Daniel Rich and Pearce Hanley had played together.

But Moloney added that the Lions had to find greater consistency, having knocked off top four contenders Essendon and Geelong, only to put in less than competitive performances against Collingwood and Fremantle.

“We’ve got to bring that same energy every week, and we’re not looking too far ahead,” he said. “We’re looking at Hawthorn [in Launceston] this week; another top four side in great form.

“They’ve won 11 straight I think, so it’s going to be another challenge … But we’re up for it.”

Moloney said everyone at the club was happy for McGrath, who mostly shuns the limelight. “He’s probably one of the most liked guys at the footy club – everyone likes Boonji, everyone gets around him.

“It’s a bit surreal, really, what happened, but what a way to finish your 200th game.”

Moloney, who transferred from Melbourne at the end of last year as a free agent, resisted commenting on whether his old club should be helped with a priority pick in next’s year’s draft. “I’m not even focusing on that. All I’m focusing on is what’s happening at the Brisbane Lions. That’s all in the past now.”

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.

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