Brisbane Lions will need a miracle to play in the finals

THE Brisbane Lions will need a miracle to play finals football this season after yesterday's 9.17 (71) to 9.8 (62) loss to Port Adelaide.

The result left the Lions in 13th place with seven wins, needing to win all their remaining five matches and hoping other results go their way.

After trailing by 10 points at half-time, Brisbane gave itself a chance by booting five goals into the breeze in the third quarter, small forward Dayne Zorko leading the way with two goals.

Port's defence held firm in the final term, however, Chad Wingard booting the only goal of the quarter, and the first score, after 16 minutes to give the home side some breathing space.

Skipper Travis Boak again led from the front for the Power with 27 disposals, while young defenders Matthew Broadbent, Cameron O'Shea and Jasper Pittard all stood out.

The win helped Port stay in the top eight, with two wins from the remaining five games - against Adelaide (h), Geelong (a), Gold Coast (h), Fremantle (a) and Carlton (h) - needed to see some September action.

Brisbane faces St Kilda (h), Richmond (a), GWS (h), Western Bulldogs (h) and Geelong (a).