WINNER: Lions captain Emma Zielke was involved in the club's first ever win against Melbourne.
WINNER: Lions captain Emma Zielke was involved in the club's first ever win against Melbourne. Contributed

Zielke and the Lions start season in the perfect way

AUSSIE RULES: Bundaberg's Emma Zielke has praised her team-mates after their opening round win over Melbourne in the new AFL women's competition.

In wet and windy conditions at the Casey Fields, the side kicked two final quarter goals to seal an upset and historic 15-point win.

Set up by strong defence, the Lions stopped attack after attack from the Demons as they kept the side to just one goal for the contest.

Not even a lighting strike, which suspended the game for a period of time, could stop the Lions roaring to their maiden win.

Playing in midfield Zielke got nine disposals as she made three tackles and took two marks.

Talking to the official Lions site the captain said it was an amazing day for the club.

"To get the win was an unbelievable feeling,” she said.

"(I'm) so proud of the girls.”

Zielke said the girls handing of the conditions was what won them the game in the end.

"We stuck at it for so long and we knew it was going to be an arm wrestle with the conditions,” she said.

"We just wanted to get in there (to our forward line) and give ourselves a chance.

"We created opportunities that way.”

Technically a Melbourne side as well, with former Victorian side Fitzroy part of the Brisbane outfit, Zielke said they got great support.

"It sounded like it was a Lions home game with the fans cheering and chanting Lions,” she revealed.

"I can't believe we got the win for them.”

The Lions now move to fourth on the ladder with the win joining the Western Bulldogs, Adelaide and Carlton with one victory.

The side will travel to Perth this week to take on Fremantle on Sunday.



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