Dixon bags five. By Peter Blucher.
Charlie Dixon gave the Brisbane Lions a close-up reminder of what might have been on Sunday when he bagged the biggest haul of goals by a Queenslander this year.
In his seventh game for Port Adelaide after being keenly pursued by the Lions over the summer, the former Gold Coast Suns power forward kicked five goals and had a season-high 16 possessions in his side’s 77-point Adelaide Oval win.
It was nothing new for the Lions to fall victims to a Dixon onslaught – he kicked six against them last year for win the Marcus Ashcroft Medal in Q-Clash 9.
He has now kicked more career goals against Brisbane than any other opposition – 14.
Dixon’s haul on Sunday topped the four-goal bags of Sydney’s Kurt Tippett (Round 2) and St.Kilda’s Nick Riewoldt (Round 5) and was the fourth biggest in his 72-game career behind two sixes and a seven.
He is now second on the Queensland AFL goal-kicking list this season with 17, behind only Riewoldt (18), and equal 11th on a competition goal-kicking list headed by Sydney’s Buddy Franklin (29), Gold Coast’s Tom Lynch (28), North Melbourne’s Jarrad Waite (23) and Adelaide’s Josh Jenkins (23).
In other Queensland highlights from Round 7 of the Toyota AFL premiership:-
- Brisbane’s Dayne Beams, playing his first game since Round 18 last year, slipped immediately into stride with 30 possessions against Port. It was the 43rd time in his career Beams has topped 30 and the third-highest single-game haul by a Queenslander this year behind David Armitage’s 35 for St.Kilda in Round 4 and Dayne Zorko’s 33 for Brisbane in Round 6.
- Melbourne’s Josh Wagner continued his fairytale AFL apprenticeship with a personal-best 25 possessions against Gold Coast Suns at Metricon Stadium Saturday evening. A large group of family and friends were on hand for his first game in his home state.
- Nick Riewoldt had 16 marks to go with 24 possessions and three goals for St.Kilda in the thriller against North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium on Sunday. Only three times in his 305-game career has the Saints skipper had more marks in a game – he had 18 in 2004, 2007 and 2008.