The Brisbane Bears Club Champion was an award given to the Brisbane Bears player determined to have been the "best and fairest" throughout an AFL season, from 1987 to 1996.
The Brisbane Football Club, nicknamed the Bears was an Australian rules football club and the first Queensland-based club in the Victorian Football League (VFL). The club played its first match in 1987, but struggled on and off the field until it made the finals for the first time in 1995. The Bears only narrowly missed out on a position in the grand final the following year when they were defeated by eventual premiers North Melbourne at the MCG in the preliminary finals. They merged with the Fitzroy Football Club at the completion of the season to form the Brisbane Lions.
In Australian sport, the best and fairest, or fairest and best in some competitions e.g. West Australian Football League, recognises the player(s) adjudged to have had the best performance in a game or over a season for a given sporting club or competition. The awards are sometimes dependent on not receiving a suspension for misconduct or breaching the rules during that season.
The Australian Football League (AFL) is the pre-eminent professional competition of Australian rules football. Through the AFL Commission, the AFL also serves as the sport's governing body, and is responsible for controlling the laws of the game. The league was founded as the Victorian Football League (VFL) as a breakaway from the previous Victorian Football Association (VFA), with its inaugural season commencing in 1897. Originally comprising only teams based in the Australian state of Victoria, the competition's name was changed to the Australian Football League for the 1990 season, after expanding to other states throughout the 1980s.
|+||Player won Brownlow Medal in same season|
|1992||John Gastev (2)|
|1993||Michael McLean (2)|
|1996||Michael Voss + (2)|
|John Gastev||2||1989, 1992|
|Michael McLean||2||1991, 1993|
|Michael Voss||2||1995, 1996|
The Brisbane Lions are 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 Fitzroy Lions and the Brisbane Bears. 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.
Alastair Graeme Lynch is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played in the Australian Football League (AFL). He is best known as a three-time premiership full-forward for the Brisbane Lions.
Jason Dean Akermanis is a former Australian rules football player. He is a Brownlow Medallist and triple premiership player who played for the Brisbane Bears, Brisbane Lions and Western Bulldogs.
Michael Voss is a former coach and player for the Brisbane Lions in the Australian Football League (AFL). He is currently serving as the midfield coach of the Port Adelaide Football Club.
Nigel Lappin is a former professional Australian rules footballer. Lappin is currently serving as an assistant coach with the Geelong Football Club.
Roger Merrett is a former Australian rules footballer who played in two Victorian Football League premiership sides with the Essendon Football Club in the mid-1980s before moving to the fledgling Brisbane Bears, later captaining the new club for seven seasons. Well known for his fierce, hard attack on the ball and his dashing moustache, he struck fear into the hearts of opposition players over a long career. He is considered by many as the greatest Brisbane Bear in the club's short history.
Marcus Ashcroft is a former professional Australian rules footballer, who played 318 games for the Brisbane Bears and the Brisbane Lions. He is currently on the coaching panel of the Gold Coast Football Club. The Marcus Ashcroft Medal, awarded to the player judged best on ground in the QClash football match played between the Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast Football Club, is named after him.
Australian rules football in Queensland has a history which dates back to the mid-1860s. By the early 1880s it was the most prominent football code in the colony, but was progressively overtaken by the Rugby code, resulting in the local game disbanding in the early 1890s. The sport was revived in the early 1900s and continued to be played throughout the twentieth century, despite the majority of the state being considered for much of the century to be well behind the Barassi Line.
The Morningside Australian Football Club, also known as the Morningside Panthers, is an Australian rules football club based at Jack Esplen Oval in the suburb of Hawthorne in Brisbane. The club consists of Masters, Amateurs, Women's, Junior and Senior football sections. Its senior team competed in the North East Australian Football League (NEAFL) competition in 2011–14 and now is a member club of the Queensland Australian Football League. Its junior sides compete in the AFL Brisbane Juniors (AFLBJ) competition. The club also caters for young girls and boys by running Auskick skills clinics, which are held at the beginning of the season and do not involve competitive games.
Richard Champion is a former Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League (AFL) and South Australian National Football Leagues (SANFL).
The 1996 Australian Football League season was the 100th season of the elite Australian rules football competition and the 7th under the name 'Australian Football League', having switched from 'Victorian Football League' after 1989.
Danny Dickfos is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Brisbane Bears and Brisbane Lions in the Australian Football League.
The 1993 Australian Football League season was the 97th season of the elite Australian rules football competition and the 4th under the name 'Australian Football League', having switched from 'Victorian Football League' after 1989.
Craig Lambert is a former Australian rules football player who played in the VFL/AFL between 1988 and 1993 for the Richmond Football Club and then from 1994 until 2000 for the Brisbane Bears then the Brisbane Lions Football Clubs. He is currently employed by the Brisbane Lions Football Club in a player retention and development capacity.
Martin Leslie is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the Brisbane Bears in the Australian Football League (AFL) and Port Adelaide Football Club in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL).
Scott McIvor is a former Australian rules footballer who played mainly with the Brisbane Bears but also had stints with Fitzroy and when both clubs merged, the Brisbane Lions.
Mount Gravatt Australian Football Club, is a Brisbane based club which competed in the North East Australian Football League competition from 2011-2013 and as of 2014 is a member club of the Queensland Australian Football League., formed in 1964.
Tristan Lynch is a former Australian rules footballer who played with the Brisbane Bears, Brisbane Lions and Geelong in the Australian Football League (AFL).
Surfers Paradise Australian Football Club is a Gold Coast based club competing in the AFL Queensland QAFL Australian rules football competition.