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Brisbane Lions
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Names
Full nameBrisbane Bears-Fitzroy Football Club Limited, trading as Brisbane Lions Australian Football Club[1]
Nickname(s)Lions
2020 season
After finals4th (Preliminary Final)
Home-and-away season2nd
Leading goalkickerCharlie Cameron (26)
Merrett–Murray MedalLachie Neale
Club details
Founded1996
Colours  Maroon   Blue   Gold
CompetitionAFL: Senior men
AFLW: Senior women
NEAFL: Reserves men
ChairmanAndrew Wellington[2]
CEOGreg Swann
CoachAFL: Chris Fagan
AFLW: Craig Starcevich
NEAFL: Mitch Hahn
Captain(s)AFL: Dayne Zorko
AFLW: Emma Zielke
NEAFL Ryan Bastinac
PremiershipsAFL (3)Reserves/NEAFL (5)
Ground(s)AFL: The Gabba (42,000)
AFLW: Hickey Park (5,000)
NEAFL: SP Sports Complex (3,000)
Training ground(s)The Gabba (1997–present)
Uniforms
The Brisbane Lions is a professional Australian rules football club who play in the Australian Football League (AFL). The club is based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The club was formed in late 1996 from the merger of the then Fitzroy Lions’ football operations and the Brisbane Bears.[3] The Lions are one of the most successful AFL clubs of the 21st century, having appeared in four consecutive AFL Grand Finals from 2001 to 2004 and winning three premierships (2001, 2002, 2003).

The club plays home matches in the AFL at the Gabba and is captained by Dayne Zorko and coached by Chris Fagan. The Lions were a foundation team in the AFL Women's competition in 2017 and have featured in two grand finals in that time, finishing runners-up on both occasions.

The Brisbane Lions are the second south-east Queensland team formed in the region. The club plays its home games at the Gabba.

History

Pre-Merger

In 1996, the ten-year-old Brisbane Bears had enjoyed their best season to date, losing a preliminary final to the eventual premiers, North Melbourne. However, the club was on extremely shaky financial ground and did not have many opportunities to generate revenue.

In contrast, the Fitzroy Lions, a foundation club of the VFL/AFL, had been among the bottom teams of the league for the better part of the last four decades. They had finished in last place for two successive seasons, although they contained a number of promising young players. The club was in serious trouble off the field as well. It had not had a permanent home since 1966 and had been on the verge of folding as early as 1986.

By the start of the 1996 season, Fitzroy was almost at the end of its financial tether. The club's directors agreed in principle to merge with the 1996 premiers, North Melbourne, as the "North-Fitzroy Kangaroos". However, that proposal was rejected 15–1 by the AFL Commission, reportedly out of concern that an all-Victorian merge would be too powerful. Instead, Fitzroy was placed into administration, and its administrator accepted an offer to merge its football operations with Brisbane. The merged team would be based in Brisbane, and Bears coach John Northey would become coach of the merged club. However, it adopted a logo and guernsey based largely on those of Fitzroy.

The Brisbane Lions were officially launched on 1 November 1996, joining the national competition in 1997.

Beginnings: 1997–2000

In their first year as a combined club the Lions made the finals, finishing in eighth position after being defeated by the St Kilda Football Club in a qualifying final. The following year, however, they finished in last position, despite boasting a talented playing list. Accordingly, Northey was sacked as coach with eight rounds remaining in the season. During the off-season the club hired Leigh Matthews, who in 1990 had delivered Collingwood its first premiership since 1958.

Matthews, who was voted "Player of the Century" in 2000, played his entire career with Hawthorn and brought many of the Hawthorn disciplines to the Lions. Within a season the Lions rose from the bottom of the ladder to fourth, before losing to the eventual premiers, the Kangaroos, in a preliminary final. The Lions played finals again in 2000, but would bow out in the second week after losing to Carlton by 82 points.

Triple premiership success: 2001–2003

Michael Voss captained Brisbane to three successive premierships

As the Brisbane Lions, the club won its first AFL premiership in the 2001 AFL Grand Final, defeating Essendon 15.18 (108) to 12.10 (82).[4] Lions utility player Shaun Hart won the Norm Smith Medal as best on ground in the Grand Final.[5]:521

In 2002, the Lions won back-to-back premierships when they defeated Collingwood 9.12 (66) to 10.15 (75) in the 2002 AFL Grand Final in cold and wet conditions at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Early in the contest, the Lions lost both ruckman Beau McDonald and utility player Martin Pike to injury and had to complete the match with a limited bench.

In 2003, the Lions would win their 3rd premiership in a row. With a number of players under an injury cloud – and having lost to Collingwood in a qualifying final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground three weeks previously – the Lions went into the game as underdogs. However, they sealed their place in history as an AFL dynasty by thrashing the Magpies in cool but sunny conditions. At one stage in the final quarter, the Lions led by almost 80 points before relaxing when the match was well and truly won, allowing Collingwood to score the last four goals. The final score of 20.14 (134) to 12.12 (84)The club plays home matches in the AFL at the Gabba and is captained by Dayne Zorko and coached by Chris Fagan. The Lions were a foundation team in the AFL Women's competition in 2017 and have featured in two grand finals in that time, finishing runners-up on both occasions.

The Brisbane Lions are the second south-east Queensland team formed in the region. The club plays its home games at the Gabba.

In 1996, the ten-year-old Brisbane Bears had enjoyed their best season to date, losing a preliminary final to the eventual premiers, North Melbourne. However, the club was on extremely shaky financial ground and did not have many opportunities to generate revenue.

In contrast, the Fitzroy Lions, a foundation club of the VFL/AFL, had been among the bottom teams of the league for the better part of the last four decades. They had finished in last place for two successive seasons, although they contained a number of promising young players. The club was in serious trouble off the field as well. It had not had a permanent home since 1966 and had been on the verge of folding as early as 1986.

By the start of the 1996 season, Fitzroy was almost at the end of its financial tether. The club's directors agreed in principle to merge with the 1996 premiers, North Melbourne, as the "North-Fitzroy Kangaroos". However, that proposal was rejected 15–1 by the AFL Commission, reportedly out of concern that an all-Victorian merge would be too powerful. Instead, Fitzroy was placed into administration, and its administrator accepted an offer to merge its football operations with Brisbane. The merged team would be based in Brisbane, and Bears coach John Northey would become coach of the merged club. However, it adopted a logo and guernsey based largely on those of Fitzroy.

The Brisbane Lions were officially launched on 1 November 1996, joining the national competition in 1997.

Beginnings: 1997–2000

In their first year as a combined club the Lions made the finals, finishing in eighth position after being defeated by the St Kilda Football Club in a qualifying final. The following year, however, they finished in last position, despite boasting a talented playing list. Accordingly, Northey was sacked as coach with eight rounds remaining in the season. During the off-season the club hired Leigh Matthews, who in 1990 had delivered Collingwood its first premiership since 1958.

Matthews, who was voted "Player of the Century" in 2000, played his entire career with Hawthorn and brought many of the Hawthorn disciplines to the Lions. Within a season the Lions rose from the bottom of the ladder to fourth, before losing to the eventual premiers, the Kangaroos, in a preliminary final. The Lions played finals again in 2000, but would bow out in the second week after losing to Carlton by 82 points.

Triple premiership success: 2001–2003

Michael Voss captained Brisbane to three successive premierships

As the Brisbane Lions, the club won its first AFL premiership in the 2001 AFL Grand Final, defeating Essendon 15.18 (108) to 12.10 (82).[4] Lions utility player Shaun Hart won the Norm Smith Medal as best on ground in the Grand Final.[5]:521

In 2002, the Lions won back-to-back premierships when they defeated Collingwood 9.12 (66) to 10.15 (75) in the 2002 AFL Grand Final in cold and wet conditions at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Early in the contest, the Lions lost both ruckman Beau McDonald and utility player Martin Pike to injury and had to complete the match with a limited bench.

In 2003, the Lions would win their 3rd premiership in a row. With a number of players under an injury cloud – and having lost to Collingwood in a qualifying final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground three weeks previously – the Lions went into the game as underdogs. However, they sealed their place in history as an AFL dynasty by thrashing the Magpies in cool but sunny conditions. At one stage in the final quarter, the Lions led by almost 80 points before relaxing when the match was well and truly won, allowing Collingwood to score the last four goals. The final score of 20.14 (134) to 12.12 (84)[5]:860 saw the club become only the fourth in VFL/AFL history to win three consecutive premierships and the first since the creation of the AFL. Simon Black claimed the Norm Smith Medal with a dominant 39 possession match, the most possessions ever gathered by a player in a grand final.[6]

The 2004 season saw Brisbane remain in the top portion of the ladder for most of the season. Reaching the finals in second position, Brisbane controversially had to travel to Melbourne to play against Geelong in the preliminary final, due to a contract between the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and the Australian Football League (AFL) that required one preliminary final to be played each year at the MCG.[7] Port Adelaide had finished on top of the ladder and hosted the other preliminary final in Adelaide. Despite this setback, Brisbane beat Geelong and reached the AFL Grand Final for the fourth consecutive year. Their opponents, Port Adelaide, playing in their first ever grand final, were too good on the day and recorded a 40-point win.[8]

Rebuild & Michael Voss: 2005–2013

Name Position
Greg Swann Chief Executive Officer
Andrew Wellington Chairman
Sarah Kelly Deputy chairman
Cyril Jinks Directors
Leigh Matthews
Peter McGregor
Mick Power
Ross Thornton
David Noble General Manager of Football
Dom Ambrogio List Manager
Andrew Crowell Personal Excellence and Wellbeing Manager
Damien Austin High Performance Manager
Stephen Conole Senior Recruiting Manager
Leon Harris Recruitment Consultant

Relationship with Fitzroy FC

Fitzroy FC Ltd improved its relationship with the Brisbane Lions in the ten years from 1999–2009. In that time Brisbane acknowledged the two parent clubs for the merger with the letters BBFFC printed below the back of the neck of the club's guernseys from 2002. The Fitzroy Reds played the curtain-raiser at the MCG when the Brisbane Lions met the Collingwood Magpies in the AFL Heritage Round of 2003. Brisbane also now wears a version of Fitzroy's AFL guernsey with red instead of maroon in most matches played in Victoria, consistent with Fitzroy's most recent colours.

Relationships between Fitzroy and Brisbane were strained in late 2009, when Brisbane announced that it was adopting a new logo for season 2010 and beyond, which Fitzroy Football Club believed contravened Section 7.2 c) of the merger agreement. The new logo, a lion's head facing forward, replaced the former Fitzroy logo of a passant lion with a football. On 22 December 2009, Fitzroy lodged a Statement of Claim with the Supreme Court of Victoria, seeking an order that the Brisbane Lions be restrained from using as its logo, the new logo or any other logo other than 'the Fitzroy lion logo'. On 15 July 2010, the two clubs reached a settlement, agreeing that the Fitzroy logo symbolically represents the historic merger between the Bears and Fitzroy and the first 13 years of the Brisbane Lions competing in the AFL, and that Brisbane would use both the old and new logos alongside each other in an official capacity (e.g. on letterheads, marketing, etc.), with the old logo to be phased out altogether after 2014. Brisbane returned to using the old logo on its playing guernseys from 2015, but the new logo will remain for corporate purposes.

The Lions also keep strong ties with the Fitzroy Football Club in the VAFA and the Fitzroy junior football club, and the support of Fitzroy greats such as Kevin Murray have ensured the Brisbane Lions are considered a direct continuation of Fitzroy in the AFL.

Club identity

Emblem

In 1997, the club unveiled its new merger emblem, consisting of the golden Fitzroy Lion on a badge of Maroon and Blue. The club used this emblem from 1997 until the end of 2001. In 2002, the club would unveil a new emblem in the shape of a football, emblazoned with the words "Brisbane Lions" and with the Fitzroy Lion located within the o of Lions. This emblem was used until 2010, when the emblem was again changed, this time in favour of a forward-facing Lion head.

Guernseys

Home Guernsey (worn since 2015): Predominantly maroon guernsey with a blue yoke featuring a golden Fitzroy Lion, with a gold collar and cuffs. XL Express is the current sponsor on the front whilst Ned's is the current sponsor on the back. For shorts, maroon home shorts are worn in home games and white away shorts are worn in away games not played in Victoria. This guernsey was also worn between 1997 and 2009.

Away Guernsey (worn since 2015): Predominantly red guernsey with a blue yoke featuring a golden Fitzroy lion, with a blue collar and cuffs. Ned's is the current sponsor on the front and XL Express is the current sponsor on the back. White away shorts are worn when this guernsey is used. This guernsey was also worn in 2008 and 2009.

Clash Guernsey (worn since 2020): This predominantly white guernsey features a golden Fitzroy lion on a maroon v (the v reminiscent of the Bears’ final guernsey), with a maroon collar and cuffs. Ned's is the sponsor on the front and XL Express is the sponsor on the back. The same shorts as the Away Guernsey are worn.

Mascot

Bernie "Gabba" Vegas

The Lion's Mascot Manor representative and club mascot is Bernie "Gabba" Vegas, a caricature of a lion dressed in Brisbane Lions jumper, sunglasses, wide lapels, and flares, designed to resemble Elvis Presley.

Song

The club's team song, "The Pride of Brisbane Town", is a combonation of Fitzroy and Brisbane Bears club songs, and is sung to the music of "La Marseillaise", the French national anthem.[34]

Training base

The club trains out of the Gabba. The club's administrative facilities are located in the stadium. Due to the cricket season in the summer, the club has been required to train out of alternate locations, such as Coorparoo and Burpengary. In 2021, the club will move into The Reserve, Springfield, a 10,000-capacity high-class facility in Ipswich that will ensure the club can base itself in the single location and play reserve-grade and AFLW matches at the one location.[35]

Rivalries

Collingwood

Angst between supporters of Collingwood and Brisbane had been caused by plenty of history between the two clubs, despite the Brisbane Lions having a relatively short existence as a merged club. Pre-merger Fitzroy was a neighbouring suburb to Collingwood, with the boundary being based on Smith Street, along with the fact that Fitzroy and Collingwood topped the VFL/AFL premiership tally during the early existence of what was then the VFL competition. There was also animosity between the Brisbane Bears and the Magpies after the Bears' number one draft pick Nathan Buckley famously defected to Collingwood after one season on the Bears list.[36] The Bears also lost their final regular season match in their final season (1996) to the Magpies, costing the Bears the minor premiership that season. However, the rivalry between the Lions and the Magpies was properly ignited post-merger, beginning in late 1999 when Collingwood played their last ever VFL/AFL game at their spiritual home ground, Victoria Park. The Lions emerged 42 point victors that day and consigned the Magpies to their second wooden spoon in their VFL/AFL history. The rivalry between the two clubs peaked in the early 2000's, as the clubs played off in two consecutive Grand Finals in 2002 and 2003, with the Lions emerging victors on both occasions.[36][citation needed]

Gold Coast

The Brisbane Lions have a rivalry with fellow Queensland AFL team the Gold Coast Suns. The two teams contest the QClash twice each season. The first QClash was held in 2011, with Gold Coast winning by 8 points; the game established the highest pay TV audience ever for an AFL game, with a total of 354,745 viewers watching the game.[37]

The medal for the player adjudged best on ground is known as the Marcus Ashcroft Medal. It is named after former footballer Marcus Ashcroft, who played junior football on the Gold Coast for Southport and 318 VFL/AFL games for the Brisbane Bears/Lions between 1989 and 2003. He later joined Gold Coast's coaching staff and was the first Queenslander to play 300 VFL/AFL games.[38] Lion Dayne Beams has won the medal three times, the most by any player.

The trophy awarded to the winner of the game is currently known as the "QClash Trophy". The trophy is a "traditional style" looking silver cup with a wooden base and a plaque. The plaque's inscription reads from left to right, "Brisbane Lions AFC", "QCLASH", "Gold Coast Suns FC".[39]

Port Adelaide

This rivalry dates back to 1997, the inaugural season of Port Adelaide and the newly merged Brisbane Lions. In their early days, the two clubs couldn’t be separated and had multiple close encounters, with a draw in two of their first three meetings.[40] In the early 2000's, the rivalry reached its peak as the two clubs would be the most dominant of the era, meeting in consecutive finals series between from 2001 to 2004 and consistently finishing at the top of the Ladder.[41] The most notable meeting between the two sides is the 2004 AFL Grand Final, where Port Adelaide ended Brisbane's chances of a fourth consecutive premiership. In recent years, the rivalry has died down.[citation needed]

Honours

Club honours

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Fitzroy FC Ltd improved its relationship with the Brisbane Lions in the ten years from 1999–2009. In that time Brisbane acknowledged the two parent clubs for the merger with the letters BBFFC printed below the back of the neck of the club's guernseys from 2002. The Fitzroy Reds played the curtain-raiser at the MCG when the Brisbane Lions met the Collingwood Magpies in the AFL Heritage Round of 2003. Brisbane also now wears a version of Fitzroy's AFL guernsey with red instead of maroon in most matches played in Victoria, consistent with Fitzroy's most recent colours.

Relationships between Fitzroy and Brisbane were strained in late 2009, when Brisbane announced that it was adopting a new logo for season 2010 and beyond, which Fitzroy Football Club believed contravened Section 7.2 c) of the merger agreement. The new logo, a lion's head facing forward, replaced the former Fitzroy logo of a passant lion with a football. On 22 December 2009, Fitzroy lodged a Statement of Claim with the Supreme Court of Victoria, seeking an order that the Brisbane Lions be restrained from using as its logo, the new logo or any other logo other than 'the Fitzroy lion logo'. On 15 July 2010, the two clubs reached a settlement, agreeing that the Fitzroy logo symbolically represents the historic merger between the Bears and Fitzroy and the first 13 years of the Brisbane Lions competing in the AFL, and that Brisbane would use both the old and new logos alongside each other in an official capacity (e.g. on letterheads, marketing, etc.), with the old logo to be phased out altogether after 2014. Brisbane returned to using the old logo on its playing guernseys from 2015, but the new logo will remain for corporate purposes.

The Lions also keep strong ties with the Fitzroy Football Club in the VAFA and the Fitzroy junior football club, and the support of Fitzroy greats such as Kevin Murray have ensured the Brisbane Lions are considered a direct continuation of Fitzroy in the AFL.

Club identity

Emblem

In 1997, the club unveiled its new merger emblem, consisting of the golden Fitzroy Lion on a badge of Maroon and Blue. The club used this emblem from 1997 until the end of 2001. In 2002, the club would unveil a new emblem in the shape of a football, emblazoned with the words "Brisbane Lions" and with the Fitzroy Lion located within the o of Lions. This emblem was used until 2010, when the emblem was again changed, this time in favour of a forward-facing Lion head.

Guernseys

Home Guernsey (worn since 2015): Predominantly maroon guernsey with a blue yoke featuring a golden Fitzroy Lion, with a gold collar and cuffs. XL Express is the current sponsor on the front whilst Ned's is the current sponsor on the back. For shorts, maroon home shorts are worn in home games and white away shorts are worn in away games not played in Victoria. This guernsey was also worn between 1997 and 2009.

Away Guernsey (worn since 2015): Predominantly red guernsey with a blue yoke featuring a golden Fitzroy lion, with a blue collar and cuffs. Ned's is the current sponsor on the front and XL Express is the current sponsor on the back. White a

Relationships between Fitzroy and Brisbane were strained in late 2009, when Brisbane announced that it was adopting a new logo for season 2010 and beyond, which Fitzroy Football Club believed contravened Section 7.2 c) of the merger agreement. The new logo, a lion's head facing forward, replaced the former Fitzroy logo of a passant lion with a football. On 22 December 2009, Fitzroy lodged a Statement of Claim with the Supreme Court of Victoria, seeking an order that the Brisbane Lions be restrained from using as its logo, the new logo or any other logo other than 'the Fitzroy lion logo'. On 15 July 2010, the two clubs reached a settlement, agreeing that the Fitzroy logo symbolically represents the historic merger between the Bears and Fitzroy and the first 13 years of the Brisbane Lions competing in the AFL, and that Brisbane would use both the old and new logos alongside each other in an official capacity (e.g. on letterheads, marketing, etc.), with the old logo to be phased out altogether after 2014. Brisbane returned to using the old logo on its playing guernseys from 2015, but the new logo will remain for corporate purposes.

The Lions also keep strong ties with the Fitzroy Football Club in the VAFA and the Fitzroy junior football club, and the support of Fitzroy greats such as Kevin Murray have ensured the Brisbane Lions are considered a direct continuation of Fitzroy in the AFL.

In 1997, the club unveiled its new merger emblem, consisting of the golden Fitzroy Lion on a badge of Maroon and Blue. The club used this emblem from 1997 until the end of 2001. In 2002, the club would unveil a new emblem in the shape of a football, emblazoned with the words "Brisbane Lions" and with the Fitzroy Lion located within the o of Lions. This emblem was used until 2010, when the emblem was again changed, this time in favour of a forward-facing Lion head.

Guernseys

Home Guernsey (worn since 2015): Predominantly maroon guernsey with a blue yoke featuring a golden Fitzroy Lion, with a gold collar and cuffs. XL Express is the current sponsor on the front whilst Ned's is the current sponsor on

Home Guernsey (worn since 2015): Predominantly maroon guernsey with a blue yoke featuring a golden Fitzroy Lion, with a gold collar and cuffs. XL Express is the current sponsor on the front whilst Ned's is the current sponsor on the back. For shorts, maroon home shorts are worn in home games and white away shorts are worn in away games not played in Victoria. This guernsey was also worn between 1997 and 2009.

Away Guernsey (worn since 2015): Predominantly red guernsey with a blue yoke featuring a golden Fitzroy lion, with a blue collar and cuffs. Ned's is the current sponsor on the front and XL Express is the current sponsor on the back. White away shorts are worn when this guernsey is used. This guerns

Away Guernsey (worn since 2015): Predominantly red guernsey with a blue yoke featuring a golden Fitzroy lion, with a blue collar and cuffs. Ned's is the current sponsor on the front and XL Express is the current sponsor on the back. White away shorts are worn when this guernsey is used. This guernsey was also worn in 2008 and 2009.

Clash Guernsey (worn since 2020): This predominantly white guernsey features a golden Fitzroy lion on a maroon v (the v reminiscent of the Bears’ final guernsey), with a maroon collar and cuffs. Ned's is the sponsor on the front and XL Express is the sponsor on the back. The same shorts as the Away Guernsey are worn.

The Lion's Mascot Manor representative and club mascot is Bernie "Gabba" Vegas, a caricature of a lion dressed in Brisbane Lions jumper, sunglasses, wide lapels, and flares, designed to resemble Elvis Presley.

Song

The club's team song, "The Pride of Brisbane Town", is a combonation of Fitzroy and Brisbane Bears club songs, and is sung to the music of "La Marseillaise", the French national anthem.[34]

Training base

The cl

The club's team song, "The Pride of Brisbane Town", is a combonation of Fitzroy and Brisbane Bears club songs, and is sung to the music of "La Marseillaise", the French national anthem.[34]

Training base

Angst between supporters of Collingwood and Brisbane had been caused by plenty of history between the two clubs, despite the Brisbane Lions having a relatively short existence as a merged club. Pre-merger Fitzroy was a neighbouring suburb to Collingwood, with the boundary being based on Smith Street, along with the fact that Fitzroy and Collingwood topped the VFL/AFL premiership tally during the early existence of what was then the VFL competition. There was also animosity between the Brisbane Bears and the Magpies after the Bears' number one draft pick Nathan Buckley famously defected to Collingwood after one season on the Bears list.[36] The Bears also lost their final regular season match in their final season (1996) to the Magpies, costing the Bears the minor premiership that season. However, the rivalry between the Lions and the Magpies was properly ignited post-merger, beginning in late 1999 when Collingwood played their last ever VFL/AFL game at their spiritual home ground, Victoria Park. The Lions emerged 42 point victors that day and consigned the Magpies to their second wooden spoon in their VFL/AFL history. The rivalry between the two clubs peaked in the early 2000's, as the clubs played off in two consecutive Grand Finals in 2002 and 2003, with the Lions emerging victors on both occasions.[36][citation needed]

Gold Coast

The Brisbane Lions have a rivalry with fellow Queensland AFL team the Gold Coast Suns. The two teams contest the QCla

The Brisbane Lions have a rivalry with fellow Queensland AFL team the Gold Coast Suns. The two teams contest the QClash twice each season. The first QClash was held in 2011, with Gold Coast winning by 8 points; the game established the highest pay TV audience ever for an AFL game, with a total of 354,745 viewers watching the game.[37]

The medal for the player adjudged best on ground is known as the Marcus Ashcroft Medal. It is named after former footballer Marcus Ashcroft, who played junior football on the Gold Coast for The medal for the player adjudged best on ground is known as the Marcus Ashcroft Medal. It is named after former footballer Marcus Ashcroft, who played junior football on the Gold Coast for Southport and 318 VFL/AFL games for the Brisbane Bears/Lions between 1989 and 2003. He later joined Gold Coast's coaching staff and was the first Queenslander to play 300 VFL/AFL games.[38] Lion Dayne Beams has won the medal three times, the most by any player.

The trophy awarded to the winner of the game is currently known as the "QClash Trophy". The trophy is a "traditional style" looking silver cup with a wooden base and a plaque. The plaque's inscription reads from left to right, "Brisbane Lions AFC", "QCLASH", "Gold Coast Suns FC".[39]

This rivalry dates back to 1997, the inaugural season of Port Adelaide and the newly merged Brisbane Lions. In their early days, the two clubs couldn’t be separated and had multiple close encounters, with a draw in two of their first three meetings.[40] In the early 2000's, the rivalry reached its peak as the two clubs would be the most dominant of the era, meeting in consecutive finals series between from 2001 to 2004 and consistently finishing at the top of the Ladder.[41] The most notable meeting between the two sides is the 2004 AFL Grand Final, where Port Adelaide ended Brisbane's chances of a fourth consecutive premiership. In recent years, the rivalry has died down.[citation needed]

Honours

Coaches (women's)

Premierships
Competition Team Wins Years Won
Australian Football League Seniors 3 2001, 2002, 2003
Queensland Australian Football League (1998–2010) Reserves 1 2001
North East Australian Football League (2011–2019) 4 2012, 2013, 2017, 2019
Victorian Football League (2021–) 0 Nil
Other titles and honours
AFL Preseason competition
No. Coach P W L D W% Years
1 Craig Starcevich 25 14 10 1 56.00 2017—
2 Daniel Merrett 1 0 0 1 0.00 2020

Captains (men's)

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Legend: Premiers, Wooden spoon

Captain Image Season(s) Achievements
Alastair Lynch Colour photograph of Alastair Lynch in 2018 19972000 (co-captain)
Michael Voss Colour photograph of Michael Voss in 2008 19972000 (co-captain)
20012006 (sole captain)
Simon Black Colour photograph of Simon Black in 2008 20072008 (co-captain)
Jonathan Brown Colour photograph of Jonathan Brown in 2012 20072008 (co-captain)
20092012 (sole captain)
2013 (co-captain)
Chris Johnson Colour photograph of Chris Johnson 2007 (co-captain)
Finishing Position Year (Finals in Bold) Tally
Premiers 2001, 2002, 2003 3
Runner-up 2004 1
3rd nil 0
4th 1999, 2020 2
5th 2000, 2019 2
6th 2009 1
7th nil 0
8th 1997 1
9th nil 0
10th 2007, 2008 2
11th 2005 1
12th 2013 1
13th 2006, 2010, 2012 3
14th nil 0
15th 2011, 2014, 2018 3
16th 1998 1
17th 2015, 2016 2
18th 2017 1

Players

Current squad

Brisbane Lions
Senior list Rookie list Coaching staff

Head coach

Assistant coaches

  • Danny Daly (strategy)
  • Murray Davis (backline)
  • Dale Tapping (midfield)
  • Ben Hudson (ruck/midfield)
  • Jed Adcock (forwards)
  • Scott Borlace (head of development)
  • Mitch Hahn (NEAFL head coach)
  • Paul Henriksen (development)
  • Zane Littlejohn (development)

Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)
  • (B) Category B rookie
  • italics - Inactive player list
  • Cruz Roja.svg Long-term injury
  • (ret.) Retired

Updated: 6 November 2020
Source(s): Players, Coaches

Reserves team

The Brisbane Lions have entered a reserves team in the North East Australian Football League (NEAFL) competition since 2011. The club had previously entered a reserves team in the local Queensland Australian Football League in 1998, known initially as the Lion Cubs before later becoming known as the Suncoast Lions Football Club in 2004 and basing themselves from the Sunshine Coast. They would win their first premiership in 2001 when they defeated the Southport Sharks in the QAFL Grand Final. A stand-alone Brisbane Lions reserves team was created in 2011, participating in the Northern Conference of the North East Australian Football League. In 2012, the Lions won both the Northern Conference and overall NEAFL premiership, a feat which was repeated in 2013. The Lions reserves play home games at the South Pine Sports Complex in Brendale, a facility opened in 2016.

Premierships

Head coach

Assistant coaches

  • Danny Daly (strategy)
  • Murray Davis (backline)
  • Dale Tapping (midfield)
  • Ben Hudson (ruck/midfield)
  • Jed Adcock (forwards)
  • Scott Borlace (head of development)
  • Mitch Hahn (NEAFL head coach)
  • Paul Henriksen (development)
  • Zane Littlejohn (development)

Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)
  • (B) Category B rookie
  • italics - Inactive player list
  • Cruz Roja.svg Long-term injury
  • (ret.) Retired

Updated: 6 November 2020
Source(s): Players, Coaches

Premierships (5)
Year Competition Opponent Score Venue
2001 QAFL Southport Sharks 13.20 (98) – 13.8 (86) Giffin Park
2012 NEAFL Queanbeyan Tigers 22.12 (144) – 11.9 (75) Manuka Oval
2013 NEAFL Sydney Swans 12.9 (81) – 10.13 (73) Graham Road Oval
2017 NEAFL Sydney Swans 12.13 (85) – 10.22 (82) Sydney Cricket Ground
2019 NEAFL Southport Sharks 20.15 (135) – 8.11 (59) Fankhauser Reserve

Reserves team

The Brisbane Lions have entered a reserves team in the North East Australian Football League (NEAFL) competition since 2011. The club had previously entered a reserves team in the local Queensland Australian Football League in 1998, known initially as the Lion Cubs before later becoming known as the Suncoast Lions Football Club in 2004 and basing themselves from the Sunshine Coast. They would win their first premiership in 2001 when they defeated the Southport Sharks in the QAFL Grand Final. A stand-alone Brisbane Lions reserves team was created in 2011, participating in the Northern Conference of the North East Australian Football League. In 2012, the Lions won both the Northern Conference and overall NEAFL premiership, a feat which was repeated in 2013. The Lions reserves play home games at the South Pine Sports Complex in Brendale, a facility opened in 2016.

Premierships

Premierships (5)
Year Competition Opponent Score Venue
2001 QAFL Southport Sharks 13.20 (98) – 13.8 (86) Giffin Park
2012 NEAFL Queanbeyan Tigers 22.12 (144) – 11.9 (75) Manuka Oval
2013 NEAFL Sydney Swans 12.9 (81) – 10.13 (73) Graham Road Oval
2017 NEAFL Sydney Swans 12.13 (85) – 10.22 (82) Sydney Cricket Ground
2019 NEAFL Southport Sharks 20.15 (135) – 8.11 (59) Fankhauser Reserve

Season summaries

Season Competition W–L–D Ladder position Finals result/Wooden spoon? Coach
1998 QAFL Unknown Unknown Unknown[a] Roger Merrett
1999 Unknown
2000
2001 Premiers Craig Brittain
2002 Unknown[a]
2003
2004
2005
2006 John Blakey/Daryn Cresswell
2007 Craig Brittain
Justin Leppitsch (caretaker)
2008 Paul Hudson
Justin Leppitsch (caretaker)
2009 Craig Brittain
2010 6–12–0 8th N/A Craig McRae
2011 NEAFL
(Northern Conference)
4–13–1 10th Wooden spoon Nathan Clarke
2012 14–4–0 2nd Premiers (conference and combined)
2013 16–2–0 1st (minor premiers) Premiers (conference and combined) Leigh Harding
2014 NEAFL 6–12–0 9th N/A
2015 2–16–0 10th Shane Woewodin[42]
2016 3–15–0 10th Wooden spoon
2017 15–3–0 2nd Premiers Mitch Hahn
2018 10–7–1 5th Elimination finalists
2019 18–0–0 1st (minor premiers) Premiers

Statistics highlighted in bold denote the best known season for Brisbane in that category
Statistics highlighted in italic denote the worst known season for Brisbane in that category

  1. ^ a b Assistant coaches

    • Danny Daly (strategy)
    • Murray Davis (backline)
      Updated: 6 November 2020
      Source(s): Players, Coaches

Reserves team

The Brisbane Lions have entered a reserves team in the North East Australian Football League (NEAFL) competition since 2011. The club had previously entered a reserves team in the local Queensland Australian Football League in 1998, known initially as the Lion Cubs before later becoming known as the Suncoast Lions Football Club in 2004 and basing themselves from the Sunshine Coast. They would win their first premiership in 2001 when they defeated the Southport Sharks in

The Brisbane Lions have entered a reserves team in the North East Australian Football League (NEAFL) competition since 2011. The club had previously entered a reserves team in the local Queensland Australian Football League in 1998, known initially as the Lion Cubs before later becoming known as the Suncoast Lions Football Club in 2004 and basing themselves from the Sunshine Coast. They would win their first premiership in 2001 when they defeated the Southport Sharks in the QAFL Grand Final. A stand-alone Brisbane Lions reserves team was created in 2011, participating in the Northern Conference of the North East Australian Football League. In 2012, the Lions won both the Northern Conference and overall NEAFL premiership, a feat which was repeated in 2013. The Lions reserves play home games at the South Pine Sports Complex in Brendale, a facility opened in 2016.

Premierships

Premierships (5)
Year Competition Opponent Score Venue
  1. ^ a b Whilst the finals result is unknown, it is known the team was neither premiers nor runners-up.

AFL Women's team

In May 2016, the club launched a bid to enter a team in the inaugural AFL Women's season in 2017.[43] The Brisbane Lions were granted a license on 15 June 2016, becoming one of eight teams to compete in the league's first season.[44] Former AFL Queensland employee Breeanna Brock was appointed to the position of Women's CEO the following day.[44]

Tayla Harris and Sabrina Frederick-Traub were the club's first signings, unveiled along with the league's other 14 marquee players on 27 July 2016.[45] A further 23 senior players and two rookie players were added to the club's inaugural list in the league's drafting and signing period. Emma Zielke will captain the team for their inaugural season.[46]

Former Collingwood and Brisbane Bears player and AFL Queensland coach Craig Starcevich was appointed the team's inaugural head coach in June 2016.[47] The rest of the coaching team was announced on 8 November 2016 as David Lake as the midfield coach, Daniel Merrett as the backline coach and Brent Staker as the forward coach.[48]

Existing club sponsor Hyundai, along with Epic Pharmacy, will sponsor the team in 2017.[49]

The team plays its home games at the South Pine Sports Complex in Brendale.

Current squad

Brisbane Lions (AFL Women's)
Senior list Rookie list Coaching staff

Non-playing/coaching staff

Name Position
Breeanna Brock Chief Executive Officer
Jess Blechnyden Football Analyst
Lana McLoughan Sports Psychologist
Michael Swann Wellbeing Mentor
Matt Green High Performance Manager
Tiernan Gamble Strength and Condition Coordinator
Miranda O'Hara Head of Medical
Tara Long Physio
Jeremy Schoenmaker Head Trainer
Kieran Miles Doctor

Season summaries

Brisbane AFLW honour roll
Season Final position Coach Captain Best and fairest Leading goal kicker
2017 Runners-up Craig Starcevich Emma Zielke Emily Bates Kate McCarthy (9)
2018 Runners-up Craig Starcevich Emma Zielke Kate Lutkins Jess Wuetschner (13)
2019 9th ^ Craig Starcevich Leah Kaslar Ally Anderson Jess Wuetschner (8)
2020 7th ^ Craig Starcevich
(rounds 1–2, round 4–semi-final)
Daniel Merrett
(round 3)
Emma Zielke Emily Bates Jesse Wardlaw (9)

^ Denotes the ladder was split into two or more conferences. Figure refers to the club's overall finishing position that season.

See also

Non-playing/coaching staff

Name Position
Breeanna Brock Chief Executive Officer
Jess Blechnyden Football Analyst
Lana McLoughan Sports Psychologist
Michael Swann Wellbeing Mentor
Matt Green High Performance Manager
Tiernan Gamble Strength and Condition Coordinator
Miranda O'Hara Head of Medical
Tara Long Physio
Jeremy Schoenmaker Head Trainer
Kieran Miles Doctor

Season summaries

See also

References

  1. ^ "Current details for ABN 43 054 263 473". ABN Lookup. Australian Business Register. Retrieved 4 August 2020.