|Full name||Brisbane Bears-Fitzroy Football Club Limited, trading as Brisbane Lions Australian Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||Lions, Brissie, The Roys|
|After finals||4th (Preliminary Final)|
|Leading goalkicker||Charlie Cameron (26)|
|Merrett–Murray Medal||Lachie Neale|
|Colours||Maroon Blue Gold|
|Competition|| AFL: Senior men|
AFLW: Senior women
VFL: Reserves men
|Coach||AFL: Chris Fagan |
AFLW: Craig Starcevich
|Captain(s)||AFL: Dayne Zorko |
AFLW: Emma Zielke
|Ground(s)||AFL: The Gabba (42,000)|
AFLW: Hickey Park (5,000)
VFL: SP Sports Complex (3,000)
|Training ground(s)||The Gabba (1997–present)|
The Brisbane Lions is a professional Australian rules football club based in Brisbane, Queensland, that plays in the Australian Football League (AFL).
The club was formed in late 1996 via a merger of the Fitzroy Football Club's football operations and the Brisbane Bears.The club's colours of maroon, gold and blue are drawn from both entities. The Lions were the most successful AFL club of the 2000s, appearing in four consecutive Grand Finals from 2001 to 2004 and winning three premierships (2001, 2002, 2003). They play home matches at the Gabba and have their offices and indoor training facilities located within the stadium.
The Lions also field teams in two other competitions. They were a foundation team in the AFL Women's competition in 2017 and have featured in three grand finals in that time, winning the premiership in 2021 and finishing runners-up on the other occasions. They have also fielded a reserve men's team in several leagues over the years, and as of 2021 the reserves team competes in the Victorian Football League.
The Fitzroy Football Club started in 1883 and won a total of eight VFL premierships, of which seven (1898, 1899, 1904, 1905, 1913, 1916 and 1922) were won whilst they were nicknamed the Maroons and one (1944) as the Gorillas. The club also boasted 6 brownlow medal winners who were Haydn Bunton Sr., Wilfred Smallhorn, Dinny Ryan, Alan Ruthven, kevin Murray, and Bernie Quinlan. The decision of the club to change its nickname to the Lions in 1957 coincided with what history now records as the beginning of decades of poor on-field performance and financial losses. By the start of the 1996 season, they were almost at the end of their financial tether. With no home ground, back to back wooden spoons, and their future under a cloud, Fitzroy started exploring merger options.
The Brisbane Bears were born in 1987 and initially played home matches at Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast. The Bears experimented with playing matches at the Gabba in Brisbane in 1991, before moving all home matches to the venue ahead of the 1993 season. On the field the club enjoyed limited success, only qualifying for the finals series in 1995 and 1996, following years of lower-ranked placings and two wooden spoons in 1990 and 1991. The closest the club came to a Grand Final was in 1996, its last year in the competition, when it lost to North Melbourne by 38 points in the preliminary final. On extremely shaky financial ground, the Bears struggled to generate many revenue opportunities in their ten year existence.
Fitzroy's directors had 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, song, and guernsey based on those of Fitzroy, would take eight Fitzroy players in the draft, three Fitzroy representatives would serve on the board, and the Lions would keep an office in Melbourne.
The Brisbane Lions were officially launched on 1 November 1996, joining the national competition in 1997.
In their first year as a combined club the Lions made the finals, finishing in eighth position before being defeated by the St Kilda Football Club in a qualifying final.
Despite a talented playing list, the disruption of the merger and injuries to key players Michael Voss and Brad Boyd took their toll. The Lions would go onto finish in last position at the end of the 1998 season. 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. Importantly he forced the Lions to embrace and acknowledge their Fitzroy heritage with murals and records being erected at the Gabba, and past players names being placed on lockers. Within a season the Lions rose from the bottom of the ladder to fourth, before losing to the eventual premiers, the Kangaroos, in the 1999 preliminary final. The Lions played finals again in 2000, but would bow out in the second week after losing to Carlton by 82 points.
After an inconsistent start to the 2001 season, the Lions took on the reigning premiers Essendon in round 10. Brisbane finished as 28-point victors and head coach Leigh Matthews famously used the Predator quote, "if it bleeds, we can kill it", to inspire his team for the game. The Lions would then win 16 games straight, finishing the year undefeated, and booking their place in the 2001 AFL Grand Final to play Essendon.
Going in as underdogs, Brisbane started the game well, scoring the first goal of the match from a free kick awarded to Alastair Lynch for holding against Dustin Fletcher. Essendon fought back late in the first quarter then took control of the game in the second term. The Lions poor kicking for goal almost put them out of the game in the second quarter as Essendon blew their lead out to 20 points late in the term.
However, The Lions managed to overrun Essendon in the third term kicking six goals to one and turning a 14-point deficit into a 16-point lead. Brisbane's pace in the midfield and the tiring legs of most of the Essendon players played a pivotal role in them taking full control of the game in the second half. The Lions won their first premiership as a merged club comfortably, with a final score of 15.18 (108) to 12.10 (82).
The win was topped off with Lions utility player Shaun Hart winning the Norm Smith Medal as best on ground in the Grand Final. 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 won 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) 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.:
During their premiership years, the club took the premiership cups to the Brunswick Street Oval in Fitzroy, the original home of the Fitzroy Football Club. It was an important way of connecting with Melbourne-based Lions fans, many of whom had previously supported Fitzroy, and of winning over disaffected Fitzroy fans who had not started supporting the Brisbane Lions post-merger by honouring the history of the club.
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.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.
The 2005 season saw the end of domination by the Lions. At the finish of the home and away season they were not placed in the final eight, finishing 11th.
The Lions began the 2006 season optimistically, but injuries again plagued the club, whose players recorded an AFL record total of 200 matches lost to injury for the season.
The Brisbane Lions started the 2007 season promisingly, finishing runner up in the 2007 NAB Cup. However, the Lions would fail to make the finals for a third successive year. Despite this, the Lions made history by becoming the first team in the history of the AFL to have five co-captains.
The team struggled during the 2008 season and missed out on the finals with a 10–12 record, losing 3 games despite having at least 5 more scoring shots in each of those games. Following the season, Coach Leigh Matthews resigned after 10 seasons and 3 premierships with the club. The Lions appointed former player and Captain Michael Voss as the coach ahead of 2009.
Brisbane's 2009 season was promising for the club. After only winning 2 games from the first 5 played, the club won 9 of the next 12 to sit in 6th on the Ladder, where they would finish the season. They would also record a strong victory over eventual premiers Geelong during this timeframe by 43 points. The club beat Carlton in their Elimination Final, coming from 30 points behind in the final quarter to win by 7 points, before losing to the Western Bulldogs in a Semi Final.
The 2009/2010 off-season was dominated by the arrival of Brendan Fevola from Carlton, with a belief in the club that Fevola could help them capitalise and improve upon their strong 2009 season. Indeed, the Lions won their first four matches of the 2010 season to be top of the ladder after four rounds, but they would only win three more games after that to finish 13th by the end of the season.
The Lions' 2010/2011 off-season was disrupted by the sacking of Fevola after just one season at the Lions, following repeated off-field indiscretions which included getting drunk in the Brisbane streets during New Year's Eve celebrations. On the field, the Lions won only four games for the year and finished 15th overall. Despite their worst season since 1998, coach Michael Voss was granted a contract extension after the board recommended that Voss was the best man to take the club forward into the future. Leading into season 2012, only two players from the triple-premiership winning team of 2001–2003 remained: Simon Black and Jonathan Brown.
The 2013 season started well for Brisbane, defeating Carlton in the final of the NAB Cup, with Daniel Rich winning the Michael Tuck Medal for best on ground. However, the club began its 2013 season with back-to-back losses to the Western Bulldogs and Adelaide. Injuries took a toll on the team, with young players Claye Beams and Jared Polec suffering severe injuries.In Round 13, Brisbane defeated second-placed Geelong, coming from 52 points down late in the third quarter to win by 5 points due to an Ash McGrath goal after the siren in his 200th match, in what would become known as the Miracle on Grass.
On 13 August 2013, coach Michael Voss was told that his contract would not be renewed.
On 18 October 2013, Brisbane Lions legend Simon Black announced his retirement.
On 25 August 2013, former premiership player for the Lions, Justin Leppitsch, was confirmed to be the senior coach of the Lions for the next three seasons.
During Round 13, 2014 Lions captain Jonathan Brown was the victim of a facial injury in a clash between the Lions and the Greater Western Sydney Giants. He collided with Tomas Bugg's knee and was taken off the ground. He suffered a concussion, and subsequently retired from football. His retirement, alongside the retirement of Ash McGrath, meant there were no players from the triple-premiership era remaining at the club.
On 29 August 2016, Leppitsch was sacked as coach of the Lions after multiple disappointing seasons.
On 4 October 2016, Hawthorn football manager Chris Fagan was announced as Brisbane's senior coach from the 2017 season onwards.
The Lions claimed the 2017 wooden spoon, despite winning 5 games for the season, 2 more than the previous season. Their percentage of 74.3 was the worst in the league, behind Fremantle with a percentage of 74.4. The 2018 season was very similar, recording 5 wins to finish in 15th place.
The Lions had a magnificent 2019 season, making the finals for the first time since 2009 and finishing second on the AFL ladder with 16 wins, behind minor premiers Geelong on percentage. However, Brisbane were bundled out of the finals in straight sets at the Gabba, losing to eventual premiers Richmond by 47 points in their qualifying final and then to eventual runners-up Greater Western Sydney by three points in their semi-final due to a late Brett Daniels goal. The Lions would become the first team since Geelong in 1997 to finish second on the ladder and not progress to a preliminary final.
Brisbane repeated their form displayed in 2019 the following year, once again finishing in second position on percentage at the conclusion of the Home and Away season. They won 14 games in a shortened 17-game season. During their qualifying final, they defeated Richmond for the first time since 2009 and qualified for a preliminary final berth, but would go onto be beaten by a more experienced Geelong side in that match.
Crowds and memberships for the Brisbane Lions grew dramatically during the four seasons in which they made the AFL Grand Final.
The club still maintains healthy Victorian support due to their Fitzroy origins, and The Royal Derby Hotel in Fitzroy is the official social venue for Victorian Lions fans, showing all televised games, and displaying a mural of club greats Kevin Murray and Jonathan Brown on its Alexandra Parade side.
To add to this presence in Melbourne, the Lions Historical Society is based at Etihad stadium, containing exhibits of club history stretching from Fitzroy, to the Bears, and the Brisbane Lions.
|Year||Members||Change from previous season||Finishing position||Finals result/Wooden spoon||Average home crowd||Profit (loss)||Kit manufacturer||Major sponsor/s||Shorts Sponsor|
|1997||16,769||N/A||8th||Qualifying finalists||19,550||Unknown||Puma||Carlton & United Breweries||Spam|
|1999||16,931||823||3rd||Preliminary finalists||21,890||Devine Homes|
|2001||18,330||1,965||2nd||Premiers||27,638||($845,000)||Russell Athletic||Bio Organics Vitamins|
|2010||26,779||1,906||13th||N/A||29,933||($2,713,848)||Bank of Queensland, Conergy|
|2013||24,130||3,368||12th||21,083||($1,574,762)||National Storage, Vero Insurance|
|2016||23,286||2,122||17th||17,074||($1,783,506)||Camperdown Dairy International, Vero Insurance||N/A|
|2018||24,867||3,505||15th||N/A||18,405||($230,641)||Oaks Hotels & Resorts, Vero Insurance|
|2019||28,821||3,954||2nd||Semi-finalists||24,741||$648,618||Neds, Oaks Hotels & Resorts||The Coffee Club|
|2020||29,277||456||2nd||Preliminary finalists||10,648||N/A||Classic||Neds, XL Express|
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
|Greg Swann||Chief Executive Officer|
|Sarah Kelly||Deputy chairman|
|Danny Daly||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|
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 keep strong ties with the Fitzroy Football Club in the VAFA and the Fitzroy junior football club, sponsoring a male and female player per year from Fitzroy, and on many occasions inviting the Fitzroy juniors to form a guard of honour at Melbourne games.
This along with the support of Fitzroy greats such as Kevin Murray, Bernie Quinlan, and Garry Wilson, have ensured that 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.
Home Guernsey (worn 1997-2009 and 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.
Away Guernsey (worn 2008-2009 and since 2015): Predominantly red guernsey with a blue yoke featuring a golden Fitzroy lion, with a blue collar and cuffs, and based on Fitzroy's final colours in the AFL. 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.
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 was Bernie "Gabba" Vegas, a caricature of a lion dressed in Brisbane Lions jumper, sunglasses, wide lapels, and flares, designed to resemble Elvis Presley. In 2016 Roy the Lion (named Roy after the nickname for Fitzroy fans) replaced Bernie "Gabba" Vegas as club mascot.
The club's team song, "The Pride of Brisbane Town", is based on the Fitzroy club song, and is sung to the music of "La Marseillaise", the French national anthem.
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 at alternative 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.
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. 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 2000s, as the clubs played off in two consecutive Grand Finals in 2002 and 2003, with the Lions emerging victors on both occasions.
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.
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.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".
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. [ citation needed ]In the early 2000s, 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. 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.
|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||Seniors||1||2013|
|Australian Football League|| Minor premiership |
|Wooden spoons||2||1998, 2017|
|AFL Women's||Minor premiership||1||2017|
|Grand Finalist||2||2017, 2018|
|Alastair Lynch||1997–2000 (co-captain)|
|Michael Voss|| 1997–2000 (co-captain)|
2001–2006 (sole captain)
|Simon Black||2007–2008 (co-captain)|
|Jonathan Brown|| 2007–2008 (co-captain)|
2009–2012 (sole captain)
|Chris Johnson||2007 (co-captain)|
|Nigel Lappin||2007–2008 (co-captain)|
|Luke Power||2007–2008 (co-captain)|
|Jed Adcock|| 2013 (co-captain)|
2014 (sole captain)
|Emma Zielke||2017–2018, 2020|
|Rank||Crowd||Round, Season||Result||Opponent||Brisbane Lions||Opposition||Margin||Venue||Day/Night/Twilight|
|1||37,478||QF2, 2019||Loss||Richmond||8.17 (65)||18.4 (112)||−47||The Gabba||Night|
|2||37,224||15, 2005||Win||Collingwood||19.19 (133)||7.13 (55)||+78||The Gabba||Night|
|3||37,032||PF2, 2001||Win||Richmond||20.16 (136)||10.8 (68)||+68||The Gabba||Night|
|4||36,803||4, 2003||Win||Collingwood||14.11 (95)||11.15 (81)||+14||The Gabba||Night|
|5||36,780||2, 2010||Win||Carlton||16.11 (107)||12.16 (88)||+19||The Gabba||Night|
|6||36,467||3, 2004||Win||Collingwood||21.11 (137)||12.5 (77)||+60||The Gabba||Night|
|7||36,197||1, 2003||Win||Essendon||14.20 (104)||8.13 (61)||+43||The Gabba||Night|
|8||36,149||10, 2001||Win||Essendon||15.12 (102)||10.14 (74)||+28||The Gabba||Night|
|9||36,077||17, 2005||Win||Essendon||17.12 (114)||14.17 (101)||+13||The Gabba||Night|
|10||35,898||3, 2002||Win||Essendon||17.15 (117)||9.13 (67)||+50||The Gabba||Night|
Legend:Premiers, Wooden spoon
|Finishing Position||Year (Finals in Bold)||Tally|
|Premiers||2001, 2002, 2003||3|
|13th||2006, 2010, 2012||3|
|15th||2011, 2014, 2018||3|
|Senior list||Rookie list||Coaching staff|
Updated: 9 June 2021
The Brisbane Lions have fielded reserves teams in various competitions since 1998. In its inaugural year (1997) the club affiliated with the Queensland Australian Football League (QAFL), allowing players not selected for the AFL team to be drafted to individual clubs.Between 1998 and 2010 the club's reserves team participated in the QAFL, where it was initially known as the "Lion Cubs", until 2004 when it became the Suncoast Lions. In 2011 the team, whose name was now formally the "Brisbane Lions reserves", moved to the multi-state North East Australian Football League (NEAFL). The Lions won their first reserve-grade premiership in 2001 when they defeated the Southport Sharks in the QAFL Grand Final, and went on to claim four NEAFL premierships in 2012/13 and 2017/19. Following the NEAFL's dissolvement after the 2019 season, the Lions reserves moved to the Victorian Football League (VFL), and commenced playing in the competition in 2021. The Lions currently play reserves matches at South Pine Sports Complex in Brendale, a facility opened in 2016.
|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||Competition||W–L–D||Ladder position||Finals result/Wooden spoon?||Coach|
|2006||John Blakey/Daryn Cresswell|
|Justin Leppitsch (caretaker)|
|Justin Leppitsch (caretaker)|
|2011|| NEAFL |
|4–13–1||10th||Wooden spoon||Nathan Clarke|
|2012||14–4–0||2nd||Northern Conference Premiers|
|2013||16–2–0||1st (minor premiers)||Northern Conference Premiers|
|2019||18–0–0||1st (minor premiers)||Premiers|
|2020||Season cancelled due to COVID-19|
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
In May 2016, the club launched a bid to enter a team in the inaugural AFL Women's season in 2017.The Brisbane Lions were granted a licence on 15 June 2016, becoming one of eight teams to compete in the league's first season. Former AFL Queensland employee Breeanna Brock was appointed to the position of Women's CEO the following day.
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.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 captained the team for their inaugural season.
Former Collingwood and Brisbane Bears player and AFL Queensland coach Craig Starcevich was appointed the team's inaugural head coach in June 2016.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. Car company Hyundai, along with Epic Pharmacy, sponsored the team in 2017.
The Lions have been a successful team in the AFLW reaching the finals in 4 of the first 5 seasons. They narrowly lost grand finals in 2017 and 2018, before missing out on finals in 2019. In a shortened 2020 season, the Lions played a Qualifying Final against Carlton before the season was prematurely ended due to COVID border restrictions. No premiership was awarded in 2020. In 2021 the team won their first premiership by defeating Adelaide in the grand final.
The team plays its home games at Hickey Park in Brisbane.
|Senior list||Rookie list||Coaching staff|
Updated: 9 June 2021
|Breeanna Brock||Chief Executive Officer|
|Jess Blechnyden||Football Analyst|
|Lana McLoughan||Sports Psychologist|
|Michael Swann||Wellbeing Mentor|
|Matt Green||High Performance Manager|
|Miranda O'Hara||Head of Medical|
|Jeremy Schoenmaker||Head Trainer|
|Brisbane AFLW honour roll|
|Season||Ladder||W–L–D||Finals||Coach||Captain(s)||Best and fairest||Leading goal kicker|
|2017||1st||6–0–1||Runners-up||Craig Starcevich||Emma Zielke||Emily Bates||Kate McCarthy (9)|
|2018||2nd||4–3–0||Runners-up||Craig Starcevich||Emma Zielke||Kate Lutkins||Jess Wuetschner (13)|
|2019||9th ^||2–5–0||DNQ||Craig Starcevich||Leah Kaslar||Ally Anderson||Jess Wuetschner (8)|
|2020||7th ^||3–2–1||Qualifying final||Craig Starcevich [a]||Emma Zielke||Emily Bates||Jesse Wardlaw (9)|
|2021||2nd||7–2–0||Premiers||Craig Starcevich||Emma Zielke||Ally Anderson||Dakota Davidson (16)|
^ Denotes the ladder was split into two conferences. Figure refers to the club's overall finishing position in the home-and-away season.
a Daniel Merrett was coach for round 3, and Starcevich was coach for all other matches.
The Collingwood Football Club, nicknamed the Magpies or colloquially the Pies, is a professional Australian rules football club based in Melbourne, that was formed in 1892 in the suburb of Collingwood. The club played in the Victorian Football Association (VFA) before joining seven other teams in 1896 to found the breakaway Victorian Football League, today known as the Australian Football League (AFL). Originally based at Victoria Park, Collingwood now plays its home games at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and has its training and administrative headquarters at Olympic Park Oval and the Holden Centre.
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...the Magpies poached Nathan Buckley, the contempt continued. The Lions got their own back with a couple of grand final wins over Collingwood in '02 and '03.
Remarkably, the first three encounters between the two sides had resulted in two draws and a two-point thriller
Brisbane v Port Adelaide. During the early 2000s it was one of the biggest rivalries in football.
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