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"It was a great sign of maturity for our group": McInerney proud of Lions


Brisbane Lions ruckman Oscar McInerney says his side's 24-point win over the Western Bulldogs at the Gabba was a sign of maturity from the team.

McInerney, who had 39 hitouts in the win, told AFL Nation post-match that the win was a credit to the growth of the Lions playing list.

“It was a great sign of maturity for our group," he said.

“We knew that they wanted to play that fast brand and slingshot from half back with all that speed.

“Being able to switch on from about the 10-minute mark of the first quarter was a huge credit and really led by the experienced boys like Grant Birchall."

The Lions conceded the first three goals of the match before taking control of the contest.

McInerney said the small gap from the loss against the Lions on Tuesday night to Saturday's match was beneficial for the group, who were determined to make amends.

“The boys dug in really deep, that’s the beauty of the four-day breaks, you can’t dwell on the past, you’ve just got to go out there and play footy," he said.

“There’s not too many team meetings or preparation it’s just go out and win the footy.

“I just love playing footy so whether its four days or eight days I’ll get in there and try and eat it up and worry about the body at the end of the year.

The 26-year old said the playing group was incredibly tightknit and that he's "blessed" to walk into the football club every day.

“I think the beauty of it is a lot of the boys aren’t born and bred in Queensland so when you come up to the club all you’ve got is each other," he said.

“It makes us an incredibly tight group and I hope it shows on the field."

The win moved the Lions to second place on the AFL ladder.

Brisbane travel to Metricon Stadium to face North Melbourne in their next match on Saturday afternoon.

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