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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

The Breakfast Program

The Brisbane Lions have continued their support of The Breakfast Program at the Watson Road State School. 

Staff and members of the Lions AFLW team visited the school on Wednesday morning to serve the students breakfast and talk to them about a range of topics. 

The Lions currently provide funding for 129 Watson Road State School Students to receive a nutritious, healthy breakfast three mornings a week.

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Battling it out for big issues

Lions support Big Issue Brisbane Lions players Nat Exon, Bella Ayre, Lewis Taylor and Matt Eagles help sell The Big Issue in the Brisbane city to help raise funds for the homeless.

The Big Issue put our two Brisbane Lions sides to the test: who could sell the most magazines and calendars in 30 minutes in the CBD.

The Big Issue is an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and creating work opportunities for homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people.

They are most famous for The Big Issue magazines, where vendors keep a cut for every issue sold.

On Monday morning, AFLW players Bella Ayre and Nat Exon, with the help of regular Big Issue vendor Janine, were put to the test.

The pair hit Queen St, determined to sell as many magazines as possible and set a high target for the boys the next day. But just minutes into the challenge, they realised how...


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The Roar Deal: New Draftees

After their first and very surreal week at their new Club, Brandon Starcevich and Zac Bailey sat down with Dom Fay and Michael Whiting on The Roar Deal podcast.

The 2017 Draftees have been easing their way into training since arriving, taking part in some pre-season training both on the oval and in the gym.

“They’ve been really good with transitioning us into the intensity the main boys are training at,” Bailey said.

“We’ve done probably just over half the intensity of the other boys training.

“We pull out for most of the game play and just do a bit of running on the side.”

Although fresh faces at the Lions, the duo were quick to mention they had already developed positive perceptions about the Club before being drafted.

“What I did know is there was a really good, young group of players,” Starcevich said.

Brandon’s uncle and AFLW Lions Senior Coach, Craig Starcevich, had shared...


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2018 Community Camp

The Brisbane Lions will once again hit the road for the AFL Community Camp in 2018.  

Over two days on February 19 and 20, the Lions will visit Toowoomba, Bundaberg, Fraser Coast and the Ipswich/Springfield region. 

With all 18 AFL Clubs participating, the AFL Community Camps see over 750 players each spending two days meeting fans and developing stronger links between Australian Football and the community. 

During the 2017 AFL Community camps, 120,363 school students had visits from AFL players with 742 schools being visited. 6,070 children participated in AFL super clinics, 2,668 people were visited in aged care/hospitals and funds were raised through official functions to assist local junior community football programs.

The AFL Community Camps started in 2003 and so far, have reached a total of 1,238,641 students across 6,615 school visits since the program’s...


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Ruck: How the position has evolved

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Never before has so much been expected of your No.1 ruckman. 

Extensive statistical analysis on the ruck revolution began in 2002 and several key categories peaked or troughed this past season. 

The best big men now absorb 76 percent of the ruck duties and play 83 percent of game time. 

Those figures have steeply risen from 61 and 71 percent, respectively, a decade ago, when Dean Cox and Brendon Lade were the knights of the centre circle. 

AFL clubs selected more than one specialist ruckman just 57 times in the 2017 season, a startling drop from the recorded high of 267 only nine years ago. 

Interestingly, the number of ruckmen drafted has not been impacted in the past five years, hovering between nine and 11 in that period.

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Pre-season impressing Fagan

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INC pre-season update: Chris Fagan Chris Fagan with the latest news from INC pre-season.

Chris Fagan admitted at training last week he was impressed by the condition that the team has returned to pre-season in.

Last week the Lions were put through their passes as they took on the 3-kilometre time trial in an attempt to set new personal bests and gauge their fitness levels ahead of next season.

According to Fagan there was plenty to be happy about, as 14 players came away with personal best times.

“We had 14 guys do personal bests, which is a pretty significant number,” Fagan said.

“The collective result of that time trial from a team perspective is really encouraging.”

After being sidelined by injury for much of last season, Fagan said Tom Bell left a strong impact on the training track, finishing the time trial in second place.

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Guernsey numbers

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The Brisbane Lions' six new draftees have received their guernsey numbers for 2018. 

Cam Rayner: 16

Pick No. 1 in the 2017 AFL Draft, Cam Rayner will wear the famed number 16 jumper in 2018. Lions legend Johnathan Brown made the number 16 jumper his own in 256 games and 594 goals for the Club.

Zac Bailey: 33

Speedy midfielder Zac Bailey will wear the number 33 jumper in 2018, which was previously worn by Darryl White in 268 games for the Lions and Alan Gale in 213 games for Fitzroy. 

Toby Wooller: 34

Key forward Toby Wooller takes up jumper number 34 for 2018. The versatile Grant Lawrie played 107 games for Fitzroy in the number 34 jumper. 

Brandon Starcevich: 37

Brandon Starcevich will don the number 37 jumper in 2018 after Jacob Allison moved from 37 to 19 during the off season.  

Connor Ballenden: 38

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Skinner running again

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The Brisbane Lions' six new draftees have received their guernsey numbers for 2018. 

Cam Rayner: 16

Pick No. 1 in the 2017 AFL Draft, Cam Rayner will wear the famed number 16 jumper in 2018. Lions legend Johnathan Brown made the number 16 jumper his own in 256 games and 594 goals for the Club.

Zac Bailey: 33

Speedy midfielder Zac Bailey will wear the number 33 jumper in 2018, which was previously worn by Darryl White in 268 games for the Lions and Alan Gale in 213 games for Fitzroy. 

Toby Wooller: 34

Key forward Toby Wooller takes up jumper number 34 for 2018. The versatile Grant Lawrie played 107 games for Fitzroy in the number 34 jumper. 

Brandon Starcevich: 37

Brandon Starcevich will don the number 37 jumper in 2018 after Jacob Allison moved from 37 to 19 during the off season.  

Connor Ballenden: 38

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Skinner's first run back Sam Skinner runs for the first time after his 3rd ACL injury.

Sam Skinner achieved a huge milestone in his recovery from a third ACL reconstruction at training this morning.

The 20-year-old ran for the first time since his knee surgery 13 weeks ago.

“Sam’s a big part of the Club so the boys are rapt that he’s back out on the field and starting to run again,” Rehabilitation Coach Selwyn Griffith said.

After months of no running, the sensation initially felt strange for Skinner but one step at a time he is gaining confidence.

“It feels pretty strong which is good,” Skinner said.

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A lot has changed for Sophie Conway in the past 12 months.

She gave up a sport in which she'd been selected for Australia, she got picked up by the Brisbane Lions in the NAB AFL Women’s Draft, and most significantly and tragically, she lost her mother to cancer.

In many ways, Conway has been forced to grow up, but the 18-year-old is certainly mature beyond her years.

She was a state and national hockey representative, but with football in her family, she took the sport up two years ago and excelled.

The past year has been particularly challenging, though.

"Mum got diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 and then she went through chemotherapy and radiation and came out on the good side and went through remission," Conway told AFL Media.

"But then in December last year she got re-diagnosed with brain cancer and it was just a matter of time.

"She did everything right and fought for a very...

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With the 2017 Draft done and dusted, Club lists have been finalised for next season.

AFL Media has come up with their best 22s for the Lions in 2018, choosing on the basis of every player on the list being fit and well.

It's the best first-choice side that AFL Media think our team can muster. 

What's your thoughts on this team? Join the discussion on Facebook and have your say!

B: Darcy Gardiner, Harris Andrews, Alex Witherden
HB: Daniel Rich, Dan McStay, Luke Hodge
C: Hugh McCluggage, Dayne Zorko, Sam Mayes
HF: Charlie Cameron, Josh Walker, Lewy Taylor
F: Cam Rayner, Eric Hipwood, Mitch Robinson
Foll: Stefan Martin, Dayne Beams, Jarrod Berry
I/C: Ryan Lester, Nick Robertson, Allen Christensen, Ryan Bastinac 

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General defenders: Claye Beams, Tom Cutler, Liam Dawson, Cian Hanley, Mitch Hinge, Marco Paparone
Key defenders: Matt Eagles, Jack Frost, Jack Payne, Sam Skinner
Midfielders:...

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With the 2017 Draft done and dusted, Club lists have been finalised for next season.

AFL Media has come up with their best 22s for the Lions in 2018, choosing on the basis of every player on the list being fit and well.

It's the best first-choice side that AFL Media think our team can muster. 

What's your thoughts on this team? Join the discussion on Facebook and have your say!

B: Darcy Gardiner, Harris Andrews, Alex Witherden
HB: Daniel Rich, Dan McStay, Luke Hodge
C: Hugh McCluggage, Dayne Zorko, Sam Mayes
HF: Charlie Cameron, Josh Walker, Lewy Taylor
F: Cam Rayner, Eric Hipwood, Mitch Robinson
Foll: Stefan Martin, Dayne Beams, Jarrod Berry
I/C: Ryan Lester, Nick Robertson, Allen Christensen, Ryan Bastinac 

DEPTH

General defenders: Claye Beams, Tom Cutler, Liam Dawson, Cian Hanley, Mitch Hinge, Marco Paparone
Key defenders: Matt Eagles, Jack Frost, Jack Payne, Sam Skinner
Midfielders:...

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Conway's choice makes tough year better

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A lot has changed for Sophie Conway in the past 12 months.

She gave up a sport in which she'd been selected for Australia, she got picked up by the Brisbane Lions in the NAB AFL Women’s Draft, and most significantly and tragically, she lost her mother to cancer.

In many ways, Conway has been forced to grow up, but the 18-year-old is certainly mature beyond her years.

She was a state and national hockey representative, but with football in her family, she took the sport up two years ago and excelled.

The past year has been particularly challenging, though.

"Mum got diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 and then she went through chemotherapy and radiation and came out on the good side and went through remission," Conway told AFL Media.

"But then in December last year she got re-diagnosed with brain cancer and it was just a matter of time.

"She did everything right and fought for a very...

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Best 22 in 2018

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With the 2017 Draft done and dusted, Club lists have been finalised for next season.

AFL Media has come up with their best 22s for the Lions in 2018, choosing on the basis of every player on the list being fit and well.

It's the best first-choice side that AFL Media think our team can muster. 

What's your thoughts on this team? Join the discussion on Facebook and have your say!

B: Darcy Gardiner, Harris Andrews, Alex Witherden
HB: Daniel Rich, Dan McStay, Luke Hodge
C: Hugh McCluggage, Dayne Zorko, Sam Mayes
HF: Charlie Cameron, Josh Walker, Lewy Taylor
F: Cam Rayner, Eric Hipwood, Mitch Robinson
Foll: Stefan Martin, Dayne Beams, Jarrod Berry
I/C: Ryan Lester, Nick Robertson, Allen Christensen, Ryan Bastinac 

DEPTH

General defenders: Claye Beams, Tom Cutler, Liam Dawson, Cian Hanley, Mitch Hinge, Marco Paparone
Key defenders: Matt Eagles, Jack Frost, Jack Payne, Sam Skinner
Midfielders:...

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With the 2017 Draft done and dusted, Club lists have been finalised for next season.

AFL Media has come up with their best 22s for the Lions in 2018, choosing on the basis of every player on the list being fit and well.

It's the best first-choice side that AFL Media think our team can muster. 

What's your thoughts on this team? Join the discussion on Facebook and have your say!

B: Darcy Gardiner, Harris Andrews, Alex Witherden
HB: Daniel Rich, Dan McStay, Luke Hodge
C: Hugh McCluggage, Dayne Zorko, Sam Mayes
HF: Charlie Cameron, Josh Walker, Lewy Taylor
F: Cam Rayner, Eric Hipwood, Mitch Robinson
Foll: Stefan Martin, Dayne Beams, Jarrod Berry
I/C: Ryan Lester, Nick Robertson, Allen Christensen, Ryan Bastinac 

DEPTH

General defenders: Claye Beams, Tom Cutler, Liam Dawson, Cian Hanley, Mitch Hinge, Marco Paparone
Key defenders: Matt Eagles, Jack Frost, Jack Payne, Sam Skinner
Midfielders:...

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With the 2017 Draft done and dusted, Club lists have been finalised for next season.

AFL Media has come up with their best 22s for the Lions in 2018, choosing on the basis of every player on the list being fit and well.

It's the best first-choice side that AFL Media think our team can muster. 

What's your thoughts on this team? Join the discussion on Facebook and have your say!

B: Darcy Gardiner, Harris Andrews, Alex Witherden
HB: Daniel Rich, Dan McStay, Luke Hodge
C: Hugh McCluggage, Dayne Zorko, Sam Mayes
HF: Charlie Cameron, Josh Walker, Lewy Taylor
F: Cam Rayner, Eric Hipwood, Mitch Robinson
Foll: Stefan Martin, Dayne Beams, Jarrod Berry
I/C: Ryan Lester, Nick Robertson, Allen Christensen, Ryan Bastinac 

DEPTH

General defenders: Claye Beams, Tom Cutler, Liam Dawson, Cian Hanley, Mitch Hinge, Marco Paparone
Key defenders: Matt Eagles, Jack Frost, Jack Payne, Sam Skinner
Midfielders:...

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2018 NEAFL fixture

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Brisbane Lions NEAFL side will kick start their premiership defence in the Northern Territory against the NT Thunder at TIO Stadium on April 7th.

Round 2 marks the side’s first home game of the season, at Burpengary, with a grand final rematch against the Sydney Swans.

The first curtain raiser at the Gabba is Round 8’s clash against the Swans, before the Lions’ Seniors also take on Sydney in Round 10 of the AFL Premiership season.

All up the NEAFL side will play four times at the Gabba, with three of those appearances curtain raisers before the Senior side.

The team will also play AFL curtain raisers at GWS GIANTS’ Spotless Stadium in Round 4; Metricon Stadium against the Gold Coast Suns on July 28 and Round 18’s clash against the Sydney Swans at the SCG.

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Brisbane Lions NEAFL side will kick start their premiership defence in the Northern Territory against the NT Thunder at TIO Stadium on April 7th.

Round 2 marks the side’s first home game of the season, at Burpengary, with a grand final rematch against the Sydney Swans.

The first curtain raiser at the Gabba is Round 8’s clash against the Swans, before the Lions’ Seniors also take on Sydney in Round 10 of the AFL Premiership season.

All up the NEAFL side will play four times at the Gabba, with three of those appearances curtain raisers before the Senior side.

The team will also play AFL curtain raisers at GWS GIANTS’ Spotless Stadium in Round 4; Metricon Stadium against the Gold Coast Suns on July 28 and Round 18’s clash against the Sydney Swans at the SCG.

AFL State League and International Manager, Simon Laughton said, “We are confident the 2018 fixture will allow for a competitive...


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4324383 2018-neafl-fixture

Brisbane Lions NEAFL side will kick start their premiership defence in the Northern Territory against the NT Thunder at TIO Stadium on April 7th.

Round 2 marks the side’s first home game of the season, at Burpengary, with a grand final rematch against the Sydney Swans.

The first curtain raiser at the Gabba is Round 8’s clash against the Swans, before the Lions’ Seniors also take on Sydney in Round 10 of the AFL Premiership season.

All up the NEAFL side will play four times at the Gabba, with three of those appearances curtain raisers before the Senior side.

The team will also play AFL curtain raisers at GWS GIANTS’ Spotless Stadium in Round 4; Metricon Stadium against the Gold Coast Suns on July 28 and Round 18’s clash against the Sydney Swans at the SCG.

AFL State League and International Manager, Simon Laughton said, “We are confident the 2018 fixture will allow for a competitive...


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2018 NEAFL fixture

4324387 2018-neafl-fixture

Brisbane Lions NEAFL side will kick start their premiership defence in the Northern Territory against the NT Thunder at TIO Stadium on April 7th.

Round 2 marks the side’s first home game of the season, at Burpengary, with a grand final rematch against the Sydney Swans.

The first curtain raiser at the Gabba is Round 8’s clash against the Swans, before the Lions’ Seniors also take on Sydney in Round 10 of the AFL Premiership season.

All up the NEAFL side will play four times at the Gabba, with three of those appearances curtain raisers before the Senior side.

The team will also play AFL curtain raisers at GWS GIANTS’ Spotless Stadium in Round 4; Metricon Stadium against the Gold Coast Suns on July 28 and Round 18’s clash against the Sydney Swans at the SCG.

AFL State League and International Manager, Simon Laughton said, “We are confident the 2018 fixture will allow for a competitive...


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2018 NEAFL fixture

4324383 2018-neafl-fixture

Brisbane Lions NEAFL side will kick start their premiership defence in the Northern Territory against the NT Thunder at TIO Stadium on April 7th.

Round 2 marks the side’s first home game of the season, at Burpengary, with a grand final rematch against the Sydney Swans.

The first curtain raiser at the Gabba is Round 8’s clash against the Swans, before the Lions’ Seniors also take on Sydney in Round 10 of the AFL Premiership season.

All up the NEAFL side will play four times at the Gabba, with three of those appearances curtain raisers before the Senior side.

The team will also play AFL curtain raisers at GWS GIANTS’ Spotless Stadium in Round 4; Metricon Stadium against the Gold Coast Suns on July 28 and Round 18’s clash against the Sydney Swans at the SCG.

AFL State League and International Manager, Simon Laughton said, “We are confident the 2018 fixture will allow for a competitive...


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AFLW inspire record numbers

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THE AFL has announced record participation of Australian Football across all levels, with more than 1.5 million people playing the game.

A total of 1,547,915 participated in 2017, a 10 percent increase on the previous year. 

Females made up 30 percent of that number after the introduction of the NAB AFL Women's competition this year. 

As a point of comparison, cricket had 1.4 million participants, of which 27 percent were women.

AFL game development manager Andrew Dillon told reporters at Maribyrnong Secondary College on Thursday the aim was to have males and females playing football in equal numbers.

"It is a goal. I think it's a couple of years away but I know anecdotally, I was in Byron Bay for the diversity championships earlier this year and the Byron Bay Magpies will have more girls than boys playing next year," Dillon said.  

"It is happening, but it will happen slowly."

The...


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4324391 aflw-inspire-record-numbers

THE AFL has announced record participation of Australian Football across all levels, with more than 1.5 million people playing the game.

A total of 1,547,915 participated in 2017, a 10 percent increase on the previous year. 

Females made up 30 percent of that number after the introduction of the NAB AFL Women's competition this year. 

As a point of comparison, cricket had 1.4 million participants, of which 27 percent were women.

AFL game development manager Andrew Dillon told reporters at Maribyrnong Secondary College on Thursday the aim was to have males and females playing football in equal numbers.

"It is a goal. I think it's a couple of years away but I know anecdotally, I was in Byron Bay for the diversity championships earlier this year and the Byron Bay Magpies will have more girls than boys playing next year," Dillon said.  

"It is happening, but it will happen slowly."

The...


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4324393 aflw-inspire-record-numbers

THE AFL has announced record participation of Australian Football across all levels, with more than 1.5 million people playing the game.

A total of 1,547,915 participated in 2017, a 10 percent increase on the previous year. 

Females made up 30 percent of that number after the introduction of the NAB AFL Women's competition this year. 

As a point of comparison, cricket had 1.4 million participants, of which 27 percent were women.

AFL game development manager Andrew Dillon told reporters at Maribyrnong Secondary College on Thursday the aim was to have males and females playing football in equal numbers.

"It is a goal. I think it's a couple of years away but I know anecdotally, I was in Byron Bay for the diversity championships earlier this year and the Byron Bay Magpies will have more girls than boys playing next year," Dillon said.  

"It is happening, but it will happen slowly."

The...


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AFLW inspire record numbers

4324391 aflw-inspire-record-numbers

THE AFL has announced record participation of Australian Football across all levels, with more than 1.5 million people playing the game.

A total of 1,547,915 participated in 2017, a 10 percent increase on the previous year. 

Females made up 30 percent of that number after the introduction of the NAB AFL Women's competition this year. 

As a point of comparison, cricket had 1.4 million participants, of which 27 percent were women.

AFL game development manager Andrew Dillon told reporters at Maribyrnong Secondary College on Thursday the aim was to have males and females playing football in equal numbers.

"It is a goal. I think it's a couple of years away but I know anecdotally, I was in Byron Bay for the diversity championships earlier this year and the Byron Bay Magpies will have more girls than boys playing next year," Dillon said.  

"It is happening, but it will happen slowly."

The...


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AFLW inspire record numbers

4324393 aflw-inspire-record-numbers

THE AFL has announced record participation of Australian Football across all levels, with more than 1.5 million people playing the game.

A total of 1,547,915 participated in 2017, a 10 percent increase on the previous year. 

Females made up 30 percent of that number after the introduction of the NAB AFL Women's competition this year. 

As a point of comparison, cricket had 1.4 million participants, of which 27 percent were women.

AFL game development manager Andrew Dillon told reporters at Maribyrnong Secondary College on Thursday the aim was to have males and females playing football in equal numbers.

"It is a goal. I think it's a couple of years away but I know anecdotally, I was in Byron Bay for the diversity championships earlier this year and the Byron Bay Magpies will have more girls than boys playing next year," Dillon said.  

"It is happening, but it will happen slowly."

The...


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Lester's advice for Draftees

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Lester excited by draftees potential Ryan Lester excited about the draftees and encourages them to ask questions.

Brisbane Lions veteran Ryan Lester’s advice to the Club’s six new Draftees is to ‘ask as many questions as you can.’

Watching the new recruits being introduced to the team this week brought back fond memories for the 25-year-old.

“They’re born in 1999, which sounds ridiculous, but in saying that it feels like yesterday that I was one of them,” Lester said.

“It’s really exciting to have some new faces around the Club.”

Cameron Rayner, the Club’s first pick at the recent 2017 AFL Draft, along with Toby Wooller, Zac Bailey, Brandon Starcevich, Connor Ballenden and Jack Payne trained with the group for the first time this week.

“The potential for those guys is limitless really. You never know what sort of players they’re going to be. Hopefully for the Club they’re going to...


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Lester excited by draftees potential Ryan Lester excited about the draftees and encourages them to ask questions.

Brisbane Lions veteran Ryan Lester’s advice to the Club’s six new Draftees is to ‘ask as many questions as you can.’

Watching the new recruits being introduced to the team this week brought back fond memories for the 25-year-old.

“They’re born in 1999, which sounds ridiculous, but in saying that it feels like yesterday that I was one of them,” Lester said.

“It’s really exciting to have some new faces around the Club.”

Cameron Rayner, the Club’s first pick at the recent 2017 AFL Draft, along with Toby Wooller, Zac Bailey, Brandon Starcevich, Connor Ballenden and Jack Payne trained with the group for the first time this week.

“The potential for those guys is limitless really. You never know what sort of players they’re going to be. Hopefully for the Club they’re going to...


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Lester excited by draftees potential Ryan Lester excited about the draftees and encourages them to ask questions.

Brisbane Lions veteran Ryan Lester’s advice to the Club’s six new Draftees is to ‘ask as many questions as you can.’

Watching the new recruits being introduced to the team this week brought back fond memories for the 25-year-old.

“They’re born in 1999, which sounds ridiculous, but in saying that it feels like yesterday that I was one of them,” Lester said.

“It’s really exciting to have some new faces around the Club.”

Cameron Rayner, the Club’s first pick at the recent 2017 AFL Draft, along with Toby Wooller, Zac Bailey, Brandon Starcevich, Connor Ballenden and Jack Payne trained with the group for the first time this week.

“The potential for those guys is limitless really. You never know what sort of players they’re going to be. Hopefully for the Club they’re going to...


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Lester's advice for Draftees

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Lester excited by draftees potential Ryan Lester excited about the draftees and encourages them to ask questions.

Brisbane Lions veteran Ryan Lester’s advice to the Club’s six new Draftees is to ‘ask as many questions as you can.’

Watching the new recruits being introduced to the team this week brought back fond memories for the 25-year-old.

“They’re born in 1999, which sounds ridiculous, but in saying that it feels like yesterday that I was one of them,” Lester said.

“It’s really exciting to have some new faces around the Club.”

Cameron Rayner, the Club’s first pick at the recent 2017 AFL Draft, along with Toby Wooller, Zac Bailey, Brandon Starcevich, Connor Ballenden and Jack Payne trained with the group for the first time this week.

“The potential for those guys is limitless really. You never know what sort of players they’re going to be. Hopefully for the Club they’re going to...


Read full article...


Read more: Lester's advice for Draftees
Tags: draftees,advice,lester

Lester's advice for Draftees

4324399 lester-s-advice-for-draftees

Lester excited by draftees potential Ryan Lester excited about the draftees and encourages them to ask questions.

Brisbane Lions veteran Ryan Lester’s advice to the Club’s six new Draftees is to ‘ask as many questions as you can.’

Watching the new recruits being introduced to the team this week brought back fond memories for the 25-year-old.

“They’re born in 1999, which sounds ridiculous, but in saying that it feels like yesterday that I was one of them,” Lester said.

“It’s really exciting to have some new faces around the Club.”

Cameron Rayner, the Club’s first pick at the recent 2017 AFL Draft, along with Toby Wooller, Zac Bailey, Brandon Starcevich, Connor Ballenden and Jack Payne trained with the group for the first time this week.

“The potential for those guys is limitless really. You never know what sort of players they’re going to be. Hopefully for the Club they’re going to...


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Read more: Lester's advice for Draftees
Tags: draftees,advice,lester


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