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Beginnings: On 4 July 1996 the Australian Football League (AFL) approved the first ever club merger in Victorian Football League (VFL) and AFL history. The Brisbane Bears and the Fitzroy Lions combined to form the Brisbane Lions. The merged entity was to play its home games at The Gabba.

Records:
  • * Highest score: 29.15 (189) v Adelaide (Gabba) Rd 17 2004
  • * Longest winning streak: 20 games Rd 10 2001 to Rd 4 2002
  • * Longest losing streak: 8 games Rd 21 1997 to Rd 5 1998
  • * Largest home attendance: 37,224 Lions v Collingwood Rd 15 2005
  • * Largest attendance: 91,817 Lions v Collingwood GF 2002 MCG
  • * Most Goals in a Game: 10 Jonathan Brown v Carlton Gabba Rd 16 2007
  • * Largest Winning Margin: 141 pts v Adelaide Gabba Rd 17 2004
  • * Largest Losing Margin: 139 pts v St Kilda TD Rd 22 2005
Full Ladder Team P W L D FOR AGNST % PTS
17 Brisbane Lions 22 3 19 0 1770 2872 61.6 12

Pike: Is it about money or success?

Former Brisbane Lions great Martin Pike was in a unique situation when he arrived in Brisbane in 2001. Unlike his soon to be teammates “Pikey” had tasted premiership success with North Melbourne in 1999. Coincidentally, he was also the last player to be awarded Fitzroy’s Best and Fairest in 1996 before the merger with the Lions.

Pike did come to Brisbane in strange circumstances. At 27 years old, at the end of the 2000 AFL season he was delisted by the Kangaroos.

Lions Senior Coach Leigh Matthews took a punt on him, which turned out to be well worth the gamble. Pike would be an integral part during the Lions’ era of premiership dominance.

Pike reflected on his fateful meeting with Matthews on Browny’s Premiership Reunion podcast, speaking with former teammate Jonathan Brown.

He had kept Matthews and then Football Manager Graeme Allan waiting for nearly an hour, after going to the...


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Pike: Is it about money or success?

Former Brisbane Lions great Martin Pike was in a unique situation when he arrived in Brisbane in 2001. Unlike his soon to be teammates “Pikey” had tasted premiership success with North Melbourne in 1999. Coincidentally, he was also the last player to be awarded Fitzroy’s Best and Fairest in 1996 before the merger with the Lions.

Pike did come to Brisbane in strange circumstances. At 27 years old, at the end of the 2000 AFL season he was delisted by the Kangaroos.

Lions Senior Coach Leigh Matthews took a punt on him, which turned out to be well worth the gamble. Pike would be an integral part during the Lions’ era of premiership dominance.

Pike reflected on his fateful meeting with Matthews on Browny’s Premiership Reunion podcast, speaking with former teammate Jonathan Brown.

He had kept Matthews and then Football Manager Graeme Allan waiting for nearly an hour, after going to the...


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Read more: Pike: Is it about money or success?

Pike: Is it about money or success?

Former Brisbane Lions great Martin Pike was in a unique situation when he arrived in Brisbane in 2001. Unlike his soon to be teammates “Pikey” had tasted premiership success with North Melbourne in 1999. Coincidentally, he was also the last player to be awarded Fitzroy’s Best and Fairest in 1996 before the merger with the Lions.

Pike did come to Brisbane in strange circumstances. At 27 years old, at the end of the 2000 AFL season he was delisted by the Kangaroos.

Lions Senior Coach Leigh Matthews took a punt on him, which turned out to be well worth the gamble. Pike would be an integral part during the Lions’ era of premiership dominance.

Pike reflected on his fateful meeting with Matthews on Browny’s Premiership Reunion podcast, speaking with former teammate Jonathan Brown.

He had kept Matthews and then Football Manager Graeme Allan waiting for nearly an hour, after going to the...


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Read more: Pike: Is it about money or success?

Pike: Is it about money or success?

Former Brisbane Lions great Martin Pike was in a unique situation when he arrived in Brisbane in 2001. Unlike his soon to be teammates “Pikey” had tasted premiership success with North Melbourne in 1999. Coincidentally, he was also the last player to be awarded Fitzroy’s Best and Fairest in 1996 before the merger with the Lions.

Pike did come to Brisbane in strange circumstances. At 27 years old, at the end of the 2000 AFL season he was delisted by the Kangaroos.

Lions Senior Coach Leigh Matthews took a punt on him, which turned out to be well worth the gamble. Pike would be an integral part during the Lions’ era of premiership dominance.

Pike reflected on his fateful meeting with Matthews on Browny’s Premiership Reunion podcast, speaking with former teammate Jonathan Brown.

He had kept Matthews and then Football Manager Graeme Allan waiting for nearly an hour, after going to the...


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Player Reviews: #1, 3, 4, 5

Player Review: Keays, Christensen, Bastinac & Robinson Ben Keays and Ryan Bastinac both had good seasons this year. Unfortunately for, Allen Christensen and Mitch Robinson, both suffered big injuries early this year to cut their seasons short.

#1. Ben Keays 

Young midfielder/forward Ben Keays enjoyed a solid season in 2017, splitting his time between the Brisbane Lions’ Senior and NEAFL sides.

Round 6 was Keays’ best performance of the year, when he collected 25 disposals against a rampant Port Adelaide outfit. Keays went on to average 15 disposals per game in the Seniors. 

Keays finished the season as an integral member of the Lions' premiership winning NEAFL side and was named best on ground in the grand final against the Sydney Swans after collecting a game-high 30 disposals and kicking two goals. 

The Lions academy graduate re-signed with the Lions midway through the year,...


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Player Reviews: #1, 3, 4, 5

Player Review: Keays, Christensen, Bastinac & Robinson Ben Keays and Ryan Bastinac both had good seasons this year. Unfortunately for, Allen Christensen and Mitch Robinson, both suffered big injuries early this year to cut their seasons short.

#1. Ben Keays 

Young midfielder/forward Ben Keays enjoyed a solid season in 2017, splitting his time between the Brisbane Lions’ Senior and NEAFL sides.

Round 6 was Keays’ best performance of the year, when he collected 25 disposals against a rampant Port Adelaide outfit. Keays went on to average 15 disposals per game in the Seniors. 

Keays finished the season as an integral member of the Lions' premiership winning NEAFL side and was named best on ground in the grand final against the Sydney Swans after collecting a game-high 30 disposals and kicking two goals. 

The Lions academy graduate re-signed with the Lions midway through the year,...


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Read more: Player Reviews: #1, 3, 4, 5

Player Reviews: #1, 3, 4, 5

Player Review: Keays, Christensen, Bastinac & Robinson Ben Keays and Ryan Bastinac both had good seasons this year. Unfortunately for, Allen Christensen and Mitch Robinson, both suffered big injuries early this year to cut their seasons short.

#1. Ben Keays 

Young midfielder/forward Ben Keays enjoyed a solid season in 2017, splitting his time between the Brisbane Lions’ Senior and NEAFL sides.

Round 6 was Keays’ best performance of the year, when he collected 25 disposals against a rampant Port Adelaide outfit. Keays went on to average 15 disposals per game in the Seniors. 

Keays finished the season as an integral member of the Lions' premiership winning NEAFL side and was named best on ground in the grand final against the Sydney Swans after collecting a game-high 30 disposals and kicking two goals. 

The Lions academy graduate re-signed with the Lions midway through the year,...


Read full article on AFL Brisbane AFLComAu


Read more: Player Reviews: #1, 3, 4, 5

Player Reviews: #1, 3, 4, 5

Player Review: Keays, Christensen, Bastinac & Robinson Ben Keays and Ryan Bastinac both had good seasons this year. Unfortunately for, Allen Christensen and Mitch Robinson, both suffered big injuries early this year to cut their seasons short.

#1. Ben Keays 

Young midfielder/forward Ben Keays enjoyed a solid season in 2017, splitting his time between the Brisbane Lions’ Senior and NEAFL sides.

Round 6 was Keays’ best performance of the year, when he collected 25 disposals against a rampant Port Adelaide outfit. Keays went on to average 15 disposals per game in the Seniors. 

Keays finished the season as an integral member of the Lions' premiership winning NEAFL side and was named best on ground in the grand final against the Sydney Swans after collecting a game-high 30 disposals and kicking two goals. 

The Lions academy graduate re-signed with the Lions midway through the year,...


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Read more: Player Reviews: #1, 3, 4, 5

Brownlow form guide

Brisbane Lions' Captain Dayne Beams is the Club's most likely contender for the 2017 Brownlow Medal, projected to receive 15 votes.

The AFL Media's Brownlow Predictor tallies reporters' vote projections for every game - below is each club's best hope, the player likely to be quickest out of the blocks, and those one-vote wonders that every Brownlow count delivers.

Check out the AFL.com.au Brownlow Predictor

Brisbane Lions

For a team that finished with the wooden spoon, the Lions should still have a few reasons to get excited on Brownlow night. The two Daynes – Beams and Zorko (although he's ineligible) - should poll well and keep the votes ticking along. We've got just six players polling votes, with Lewis Taylor the only other player aside from the two midfield aces projected to grab a three-voter. 

Best chance: Dayne Beams
After his 2016 was ruined with knee problems, Beams returned to near peak...


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Brownlow form guide

Brisbane Lions' Captain Dayne Beams is the Club's most likely contender for the 2017 Brownlow Medal, projected to receive 15 votes.

The AFL Media's Brownlow Predictor tallies reporters' vote projections for every game - below is each club's best hope, the player likely to be quickest out of the blocks, and those one-vote wonders that every Brownlow count delivers.

Check out the AFL.com.au Brownlow Predictor

Brisbane Lions

For a team that finished with the wooden spoon, the Lions should still have a few reasons to get excited on Brownlow night. The two Daynes – Beams and Zorko (although he's ineligible) - should poll well and keep the votes ticking along. We've got just six players polling votes, with Lewis Taylor the only other player aside from the two midfield aces projected to grab a three-voter. 

Best chance: Dayne Beams
After his 2016 was ruined with knee problems, Beams returned to near peak...


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Premiership Pride: Chris Johnson

Premiership Pride: Chris Johnson We all witnessed the incredible Lions victory in the 2001 Grand Final, but what happened once the team went back into the rooms? Chris Johnson takes us inside that special moment in this edition of Premiership Pride.

Three-time premiership player Chris Johnson revealed his favourite memory during the Lions era of dominance happened in the sheds after the 2001 Grand Final.

Brisbane defeated Essendon by 26 points to claim their first piece of silverware. After the game, the sheds were expectantly packed. Friends, family and supporters couldn’t wait to celebrate the victory with the premiership players.

AFL 2001 Grand Final - Essendon v Brisbane

“There was a lot of people in there. Leigh [Matthews] quickly ushered everyone into the meeting room, just the coaches, players and we sat down there,” Johnson told Lions TV as part of their Premiership Pride series.

In the meeting room, the group sat...


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Premiership Pride: Chris Johnson

Premiership Pride: Chris Johnson We all witnessed the incredible Lions victory in the 2001 Grand Final, but what happened once the team went back into the rooms? Chris Johnson takes us inside that special moment in this edition of Premiership Pride.

Three-time premiership player Chris Johnson revealed his favourite memory during the Lions era of dominance happened in the sheds after the 2001 Grand Final.

Brisbane defeated Essendon by 26 points to claim their first piece of silverware. After the game, the sheds were expectantly packed. Friends, family and supporters couldn’t wait to celebrate the victory with the premiership players.

AFL 2001 Grand Final - Essendon v Brisbane

“There was a lot of people in there. Leigh [Matthews] quickly ushered everyone into the meeting room, just the coaches, players and we sat down there,” Johnson told Lions TV as part of their Premiership Pride series.

In the meeting room, the group sat...


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Player Reviews: #6, 7, 8

Player Review: McCluggage, Bell & Bewick Hugh McCluggage had a good first year, Tom Bell was finding some form until his big injury while Rohan Bewick finished up a NEAFL premiership player.

 #6. Hugh McCluggage

Hugh McCluggage became a major part of Brisbane Lions’ blueprint for success following his selection as third pick during the 2016 AFL draft.

McCluggage had an outstanding first AFL season in 2017, debuting in Round 3 against St Kilda with fellow Ballarat boy, Jarrod Berry. 

The 19-year-old played his best AFL game yet in Round 14 and secured an AFL Rising Star nomination.

McCluggage was impressive during the Round 14 match, gathering 19 possessions and laying two tackles against the GWS Giants.

Our second Rising Star nomination of the year - congratulations Hugh!

Hear his thoughts on the nomination - https://t.co/Wt4wYPXoye pic.twitter.com/IdW3nim54E

— Brisbane Lions...

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Player Reviews: #6, 7, 8

Player Review: McCluggage, Bell & Bewick Hugh McCluggage had a good first year, Tom Bell was finding some form until his big injury while Rohan Bewick finished up a NEAFL premiership player.

 #6. Hugh McCluggage

Hugh McCluggage became a major part of Brisbane Lions’ blueprint for success following his selection as third pick during the 2016 AFL draft.

McCluggage had an outstanding first AFL season in 2017, debuting in Round 3 against St Kilda with fellow Ballarat boy, Jarrod Berry. 

The 19-year-old played his best AFL game yet in Round 14 and secured an AFL Rising Star nomination.

McCluggage was impressive during the Round 14 match, gathering 19 possessions and laying two tackles against the GWS Giants.

Our second Rising Star nomination of the year - congratulations Hugh!

Hear his thoughts on the nomination - https://t.co/Wt4wYPXoye pic.twitter.com/IdW3nim54E

— Brisbane Lions...

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Read more: Player Reviews: #6, 7, 8

Premiership Pride: 2001 Grand Final

The 2001 Grand Final put the wheels in motion for four years of Brisbane Lions dominance, where they reached consecutive grand finals.

It was a warm day on September 29, 2001 when the Lions, in their maiden Grand Final since the 1996 merger, met the Essendon Bombers.

“The excitement of the first one is something you’ll never match. It’s a childhood dream come true,” Lions veteran Jonathan Brown told LionsTV as part of their Premiership Pride series.  

The Bombers were aiming for back-to-back premierships that afternoon. While the Lions were on a roll, having not dropped one single game in four months.

Former players say their run to the Grand Final started when they met Essendon in Round 10 at the Gabba. Until that fateful Saturday in Brisbane, the Bombers were deemed untouchable, having only dropped one game in 18 months.

“I remember they were invincible. In Round 10 we got told...


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Premiership Pride: 2001 Grand Final

The 2001 Grand Final put the wheels in motion for four years of Brisbane Lions dominance, where they reached consecutive grand finals.

It was a warm day on September 29, 2001 when the Lions, in their maiden Grand Final since the 1996 merger, met the Essendon Bombers.

“The excitement of the first one is something you’ll never match. It’s a childhood dream come true,” Lions veteran Jonathan Brown told LionsTV as part of their Premiership Pride series.  

The Bombers were aiming for back-to-back premierships that afternoon. While the Lions were on a roll, having not dropped one single game in four months.

Former players say their run to the Grand Final started when they met Essendon in Round 10 at the Gabba. Until that fateful Saturday in Brisbane, the Bombers were deemed untouchable, having only dropped one game in 18 months.

“I remember they were invincible. In Round 10 we got told...


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McCarthy named QWAFL's best

Kate McCarthy initially thought her Brisbane Lions AFLW teammate Samantha Virgo was joking when she informed her she’d won QWAFL’s Best and Fairest award.

The Yeronga Devils midfielder/half forward, with 15 votes, topped the leader board at AFL Queensland’s Grogan Medal Awards last night.

It’s the first time in her AFL career McCarthy has been crowned with such an honour.

“I was really shocked when I got a text from Sam [Virgo] telling me I’d won,” she says.

“I didn’t believe her until I looked at AFL Queensland’s twitter page.”

McCarthy was disappointed she could not receive the award in person. She was unable to attend the awards night due to a pre-planned holiday in Sydney.

The achievement was icing on the cake after an incredible year for the 24-year-old.

“This year in football has been massive for me,” she says.

McCarthy was an integral part of the Lions AFLW inaugural side, who...


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A year to remember

In 2016 The Brisbane Lions NEAFL side collected just three wins. Twelve months later they were crowned 2017 Champions.

Mitch Hahn was appointed coach of the NEAFL side at the start of the season, after previously working as a backline and defensive coach for the Lions Senior side.

Many would have thought Hahn had inherited a basket-case but he disagrees.

“Their general attitude was really optimistic,” he explains.

A new Coach and a new Senior Coach in Chris Fagan encouraged fresh ideas, which allowed the players to start again. 

“Players are really energised, rejuvenated from that process and they’re all trying to find their feet and I suppose please their new coaches.”

The gods seemed to be working against them just as the season was due to kick off. Their Round 1 NEAFL game was moved from Brisbane to Sydney’s Blacktown due to Cyclone Debbie’s after affects in South-East...


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Why we need 'The Reserve'

Earlier this year the Brisbane Lions revealed plans to build a new training and administration facility that would cater to the demands of our two teams.

“The Reserve” at Springfield would be progressive and a first of its kind in Australian sport. It would provide equal facilities for both the men’s and women’s teams and a home ground for the Lions’ AFLW side, which is desperately needed.

The Lions currently train at the Gabba, amongst other venues, but in the AFL off-season compete with cricket and events. The Club has rapidly expanded since the introduction of the AFLW team and it’s difficult to find a space that can cater to all needs.

Jake Anson, Brisbane Lions Project Manager, explained to ABC Breakfast’s Craig Zonca this morning, that The Reserve is reliant on financial backing from Queensland’s State Government to get up off the ground.

“I think some people may not realise...


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Nigel Lappin: Hard-working hero

Nigel Lappin, a butcher’s son from regional Victoria became one of the most prolific midfielders the game has seen and achieved three premierships with the Brisbane Lions.

Lappin reflected with former Geelong great Jimmy Bartel on Channel 7’s Talking Footy podcast on his glittering career and the journey it took to being inducted into AFL’s Hall of Fame in 2016.

Known for being a no-nonsense ‘tough-nut’ in the middle, he credits this to his days of watching his uncles play ‘bush footy’ in his hometown of Chiltern. 

“My first memory growing up as a Lappin was going to watch a Grand Final side with eleven Lappins playing,” Lappin said.  

“I idolised my uncles in particular and grew up watching them play footy, they were all really good players.”

At 15 years old he started playing Senior football in his hometown.

“I was sort of fortunate enough that my Mum and Dad didn’t hold me back...


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