Lions V Cats: The kick that will be long remembered
ELLIOT Yeo had the best view in the house as Brisbane Lions teammate Ash McGrath lined up for goal after the siren in their clash with Geelong last Sunday.
The 19-year-old was standing directly behind the veteran as he took the kick that will be long remembered - a kick that would seal one of the most amazing comebacks in VFL/AFL history.
"It was fading a little bit right, you could see it coming back but I didn't think it would come back in time, and then swung real quick late and that was it," he recalled.
"I was the first one to get to him after he kicked it. I was stuck under the bottom of the pack there for a little bit."
With his side coming back from being 52 points down midway through the third quarter, the win was clearly the highlight of Yeo's short career - just 19 games - but he said the magnitude of the result was not lost on veteran Simon Black either.
"We were talking about it before. Blacky was saying in all of his 320-odd games, he's never had a home and away win like that," Yeo said.
The message from coaching staff and senior players during the week, Yeo said, was to enjoy the win, "but we've got to move on pretty quick".
Though they managed to get the better of the second-placed Cats at the Gabba, the Lions must now do battle with flag favourite Hawthorn tomorrow at Launceston's Aurora Stadium. The Hawks are on an 11-game winning streak.
Developing well, having played all but one game in his second season, and producing a 20-disposal game last week, Yeo will be part of a Brisbane defence that will be try to stifle the competition's most potent attack.
The West Australian says it was good to have big Dan Merrett return to full-back on a more permanent basis this year.
"He's been looking after all us young defenders, really helping us out," said Yeo, who also took a career-high eight marks against the Cats.
With Hawks such as Lance Franklin, Jarryd Roughead and Jack Gunston to try and curb, the Lions have brought back experienced defender Matt Maguire to help out Merrett and co. On the flip side, the Hawks' defence has been weakened by the loss of Grant Birchall (knee) and Brent Guerra (back).
Lions midfielder Daniel Rich, meanwhile, yesterday signed a new contract, tying him to the club until at least 2016.