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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

Rayner completes 2km time trial

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Potential No.1 pick Cameron Rayner has returned to running by completing a 2km time trial in front of recruiters on Friday after a knee injury ruled him out of last month's NAB AFL Draft Combine.

Rayner was one of four draft prospects to do the test at Etihad Stadium on Friday, with the Western Jets gun finishing in about 7:57 minutes.

The 18-year-old's aerobic base is considered his main query as the Brisbane Lions strongly consider him for their prized top pick at next week's draft.

To put Rayner's effort in context, the winner of the time trial at last month's national combine, Dylan Moore, completed it in 6:09 while perhaps Rayner's main challenger for the No.1 spot, Andrew Brayshaw, ran it in 6:14 at the combine.

Rayner hasn't played in nearly three months after the Jets' TAC Cup season ended and he nursed a knee injury, so there weren't high expectations among scouts for him to...


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Observations from INC pre-season

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Week 2 of the 2018 INC pre-season is complete and the first to fourth-year players now have a couple of days to recover before the 3km time trial on Monday!   

There have been some impressive performances during the first couple of weeks of training and Lions.com.au have compiled some of our observations about the start of pre-season below.

Duo smashing it

Rhys Mathieson and Nick Robertson were inseparable during the off-season travelling and training together and have returned for pre-season in incredible form.

The duo are flying through fitness sessions and lifting some impressive numbers in the gym.

The departure of Tom Rockliff opens the door for Mathieson to take up a greater role in the midfield in 2018, and he looks determined to seize that opportunity.

Robbo has always been a fitness freak at the Club and looms as one of the favourites to take out the 3km time trial. 

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Phantom Form Guide: November

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After all those games, all that athletic testing and all of the club interviews, we are finally a week away from the 2017 AFL Draft.

It is crunch time for recruiters to finalise their lists of prospects, and the same applies to us at AFL Media as we reveal our final Phantom Form Guide for 2017. 

This is our rating of the best 30 players in this year's pool. It is not a mock draft or necessarily an indication of where the players will get selected or where bids may come for father-son or academy players.

1 Cameron Rayner

POS: Half-forward/midfielder, Ht 187cm, Wt 88kg, DOB 21/10/1999
From Western Jets/Vic Metro
October ranking: 1

Rayner is the most exciting, game-changing prospect in the pool and for that reason is the No.1 player in the Phantom Form Guide. It was rare for Rayner to play a game this year without showing at least a couple of his tricks – whether it be an explosive burst from a stoppage,...


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One year one: Witherden

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ONE YEAR ON: Alex Witherden Alex reflects on his journey to the 2016 AFL Draft.

Alex Witherden’s draft year was one of the toughest and most frustrating in his young life.

Ahead of the 2016 AFL Draft, Witherden was earmarked as a potential top 10 draft prospect.

Throughout his junior football career he had starred for the Geelong Falcons in the TAC Cup and was captain of football at the prestigious Geelong College.

But his aspirations for the year were cruelly dashed when he broke his leg early in the season.

“It was extremely difficult dealing with a broken leg and the challenges that came with not being able to play throughout the draft year,” Witherden told lions.com.au.

“I think the most challenging thing is not being able to play footy. We love playing footy. So not being able to be out there and enjoy the game was probably one of the most difficult parts.

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The Roar Deal: Jarrod Berry

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Jarrod Berry has likened the final interactions with Clubs leading up to Draft night as something similar to speed dating.

“We got a fair bit of exposure with the Clubs in the form of ‘speed dating’, I think they called it,” Berry said.

“You would spend ten minutes with a Club then ten minutes with the next.”

Berry sat down with hosts Michael Whiting and Dom Fay on the Brisbane Lions’ podcast The Roar Deal, to reflect upon his journey that began this time last year.

Drafted at pick No. 17, Berry joined the Lions alongside his best mate Hugh McCluggage.

McCluggage was selected by the Lions at pick No. 3, while Berry anxiously waited to hear his name called a number of picks later.

“When it got to about that [pick] 10, 11, 12 mark the butterflies started to form a bit, I was very nervous,” Berry said.

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Prospects undergo final tests

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Players compete in the 2km time trial during the AFL Draft Combine at Etihad Stadium on October 6, 2017.

At least five Draft prospects are set to run the 2km time trial this Friday after injury restricted their ability to participate in last month’s Draft Combine.

A number of hopefuls are also expected to undergo extra medical testing with Club doctors.

Leading candidate Cam Rayner is amongst the small number of prospects who have a final opportunity to stake their claims in front of Clubs at Etihad Stadium.

Rayner's explosive streak, his goalkicking prowess and strong overhead marking have made him the most exciting player in this year's Draft pool, but clubs have held some concerns over his endurance base and ability to play in the midfield at AFL level.

However, after sitting out the combine with a knee complaint, a strong run in the time trial on Friday could be the final tick...


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Schools program launched

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The Brisbane Lions are proud to support AFL Queensland's launch of an innovative new school program that incorporates Australian football as a tool for teaching students the value of diversity and inclusion.

Everyone Matters is a year 4 curriculum program designed by teachers, for teachers, and aligns with the Australian Curriculum. 

Culture and family are important to a child’s sense of belonging and identity. The Everyone Matters program promotes inclusion and celebrates multiculturalism, with students learning about diversity, empathy and respect.

The program comprises lesson plans, activity resources and assessment tools and is conducted over eight sessions:

  • 4 x Health lessons (delivered by classroom teachers)
  • 4 x Movement lessons – including Indigenous games. (co-delivered by HPE teachers and AFL Queensland staff)

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One year on: McCluggage

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ONE YEAR ON: Hugh McCluggage Hugh McCluggage reflects on his journey to the AFL Draft and being picked to join the Brisbane Lions

Will I get drafted? Where will I go? Will I have to move? These are questions that would be racing through potential draftees heads, with the 2017 AFL Draft just over a week away.

Brisbane Lions’ Hugh McCluggage can identify, as he was in their shoes this time last year.

“You don’t really know where you’re going to go. It’s a pretty nerve-wracking time,” he told lions.com.au.

McCluggage, a dairy famer’s son from Warrnambool, country Victoria, always dreamed of playing AFL.

“You always go to the games and stuff and watch the players and look up to them,” McCluggage said.

“But I guess as you figure out how hard it actually is, coming up through the TAC Cup and that sort of thing, it might dwindle a little bit and you might second guess yourself.”

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Number one picks of decade

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The 2017 AFL Draft is almost here and the Brisbane Lions have a big decision to make on who they take with the number one pick. 

A midfielder looks likely, but nothing is certain until the first name is read out on Friday, November 24. 

A look back at the past decade of number one picks reveals a mix of current stars and a few players who didn’t, or haven’t yet, quite reached the heights of expectation placed on them.

With the benefit of hindsight, we’ve analysed the last ten top picks and decided whether or not they were the right selections.

2007

Matthew Kreuzer – Carlton
Career games: 161

Kreuzer has developed into one of the premier big men in the AFL and enjoyed the best season of his career in 2017 with the Blues.

The 2007 draft class was loaded with talent including the likes of Trent Cotchin, Patrick Dangerfield, Alex Rance and Cyril Rioli.

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Robertson leads the charge

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Robertson on the right track Nick Robertson smashed this mornings INC Pre-Season boxing session and says the group is sparking up and really enjoying training.

Week two of the 2018 INC pre-season saw the first to fourth year players slog it out on the training track and in the gym with an intense boxing session.  

Leading the charge was Nick Robertson who is regarded as one of the fittest and most dedicated at the Club.

Boxing is something that Robertson used throughout the offseason to keep fit.

“A few of us did quite a bit of it during the offseason – we reckon it is really beneficial,” Robertson said.

“We did a lot of bag work [today]. Lots of different intervals. The shoulders get pretty heavy but I really enjoy it.

“I’ve got some work to do but there’s a long way to Round 1 so there’s plenty of time.”

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Mathieson in fine form

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Mathieson in best shape yet Rhys Mathieson attributes his pre-season form to Nick Robertson pushing him over the off-season.

Brisbane Lions midfielder Rhys Mathieson says he’s returned to training in his best shape yet and has fellow teammate Nick Robertson to thank.

Mathieson did not return home to Victoria in his off season, instead choosing to remain Queensland.

“Most of my off season I spent up in Brisbane. I didn’t go home. I was running with one of the Club’s best runners, Nick Robbo [Robertson]. I was trying to sit on the back of him all off season.” Mathieson told lions.com.au.

Robertson, a regular 3km time trial winner at the Club, pushed Mathieson to his limits and it’s paid off. The 20-year old’s running has improved but he has also bulked up.

“This is definitely the best I’ve been moving,” Mathieson said.

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Fagan on INC Pre-Season

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Fagan pleased with effort Chris Fagan is please with how the 1-4 year players have showed up to the first week of INC Pre-Season training.

There was hardly an “off season” for Brisbane Lions Senior Coach Chris Fagan.

Over the last few two months Fagan has convinced Luke Hodge to become a Lion and held meetings with a variety of elite professionals from different codes.

“We expect our players to keep growing as players. Us as coaches and me as a Senior Coach need to keep growing as well,” Fagan told lions.com.au at pre-season training this morning.

“New ideas, innovation, someone’s always trying something new. You can always learn from somebody else. Good to have those conversations.”

While in Victoria, he met with the Melbourne Storm’s Player Development Manager Brian Phelan.

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The Roar Deal: Draft Chat

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Potential draft prospects Luke Davies-Uniacke (left) and Cameron Rayner chat during the AFL Draft Combine.

The Roar Deal podcast hosts Michael Whiting and Dom Fay believe if there’s ever been a time to be excited for an AFL Draft as a Brisbane Lion, it’s now.

“I genuinely think this is the most exciting season ahead that I’ve had in my time in the job,” said AFL Media journalist Whiting.

“If you want to start at the bottom of a journey and take the ride to the top, now’s probably the time.”

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With the 2017 Draft soon approaching, Draft guru Callum Twomey joined The Roar Deal to talk about what could be possible for the Lions with an abundance of early round draft picks.

Twomey is confident that the Brisbane Lions will be considering popular prospect Cameron Rayner as they head into the much-anticipated Draft night.

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Lions AFLW need a home

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Ahead of the second AFLW season, the Brisbane Lions are anxious to secure Queensland State Funding before the November 25th election, so their women’s team are not left behind.

The Lions AFLW team are without a home ground ahead of the 2018 season. They will play three times at two different venues.

Brisbane Lions CEO Greg Swann spoke to 4BC Afternoons with Ben Davis yesterday explaining how urgently the $15 million funding is needed from the State Government.  

“Since the Grand Final, we’ve been talking to both sides of government actually, both sides of potentially government, but primarily obviously the Palaszczuk government about a facility primarily for women’s football but also a community hub where we can develop the game,” Swann said. 

The Reserve at Springfield would house state of the art equal facilities for both the men’s and women’s Lions’ teams and would hold a boutique...


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Lions Academy 2018 lists

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Lions Academy graduate Connor Ballenden at the 2017 AFL Draft Combine.

The Brisbane Lions Academy today announced their under 18 squad for 2018 with training set to begin on Monday the 13th of November.

“It’s always exciting when you put the under 18 squad together for the summer and next season,” said Brisbane Lions Academy Manager Luke Curran.

“There’s obviously some excitement and nerves and expectation for them.”

It’s the first step for many of these players, as they start their pre-season with the goal of preparing themselves in the best way possible to enter their draft year.

“We try and sort of bring as much of the AFL pre-season program back to the under 18 program,” he said.

“A lot of them are still studying, or boys that are in their 18th year next year might be finishing school and going to university, or getting part time jobs, so we have to balance that with what we can...


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High performance update

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Lions Academy graduate Connor Ballenden at the 2017 AFL Draft Combine.

The Brisbane Lions Academy today announced their under 18 squad for 2018 with training set to begin on Monday the 13th of November.

“It’s always exciting when you put the under 18 squad together for the summer and next season,” said Brisbane Lions Academy Manager Luke Curran.

“There’s obviously some excitement and nerves and expectation for them.”

It’s the first step for many of these players, as they start their pre-season with the goal of preparing themselves in the best way possible to enter their draft year.

“We try and sort of bring as much of the AFL pre-season program back to the under 18 program,” he said.

“A lot of them are still studying, or boys that are in their 18th year next year might be finishing school and going to university, or getting part time jobs, so we have to balance that with what we can...

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INC High performance update High performance manager Damien Austin gives us a quick update on how the Lions are traveling.

Brisbane Lions High Performance Manager Damien Austin has been pleased with the first few days of pre-season training. 

First to fourth year players started back on Monday and will have two weeks of training under their belts before the more senior members of the squad return on November 20.

"They’re in very good shape. They left in good shape, so they’re really keen to get back into football and training. They’ve really looked after themselves while they’ve been away,” Austin said on the players who have returned so far. 

“They’ve hit the ground running pretty quickly."

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Brisbane Lions Chairman Bob Sharpless has officially announced his intention to step down from his position at the upcoming AGM after previously advising the board of his intentions in May.

Sharpless has been the Club’s Chairman for the past four years.

“When I first became Chairman, the Club had a number of issues, where we had a lot of unhappiness within the football club,” he said.

“For me the last four years have been about trying to resolve those issues, appointing the right people for positions and campaigning for a new training and administration base, which the Club most desperately needs.”

During Sharpless’ tenure as Chairman, Greg Swann was appointed CEO of the Club, David Noble as General Manager of Football and Chris Fagan as Senior Coach.

Sharpless feels the Club is in good stead and that the timing was right for him to move on.

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New Brisbane Lions signings Luke Hodge and Charlie Cameron have chosen their guernsey numbers for 2018.

Having worn the number 15 guernsey in his 16 seasons at Hawthorn, Hodge will switch to the number two guernsey in 2018, previously worn by Ryan Harwood. 

Chris Johnson made the number two guernsey famous in his illustrious 274-game career with the Lions.

The legendary Kevin ‘Bulldog’ Murray also wore the number two guernsey in his first stint with Fitzroy.

Cameron will keep the number 23 guernsey he wore for the majority of his four seasons at the Adelaide Crows, with the jumper made available after Josh Schache's departure. 

The number 23 guernsey has been worn previously by triple-premiership Lions player Justin Leppitsch and Fitzroy greats Norm Brown and Bob Henderson.

Second-year player Jacob Allison has opted to switch numbers, moving from the 37 jumper to 19, which previously...

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Sharpless: The timing was right

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Brisbane Lions Chairman Bob Sharpless has officially announced his intention to step down from his position at the upcoming AGM after previously advising the board of his intentions in May.

Sharpless has been the Club’s Chairman for the past four years.

“When I first became Chairman, the Club had a number of issues, where we had a lot of unhappiness within the football club,” he said.

“For me the last four years have been about trying to resolve those issues, appointing the right people for positions and campaigning for a new training and administration base, which the Club most desperately needs.”

During Sharpless’ tenure as Chairman, Greg Swann was appointed CEO of the Club, David Noble as General Manager of Football and Chris Fagan as Senior Coach.

Sharpless feels the Club is in good stead and that the timing was right for him to move on.

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Jumper numbers

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New Brisbane Lions signings Luke Hodge and Charlie Cameron have chosen their guernsey numbers for 2018.

Having worn the number 15 guernsey in his 16 seasons at Hawthorn, Hodge will switch to the number two guernsey in 2018, previously worn by Ryan Harwood. 

Chris Johnson made the number two guernsey famous in his illustrious 274-game career with the Lions.

The legendary Kevin ‘Bulldog’ Murray also wore the number two guernsey in his first stint with Fitzroy.

Cameron will keep the number 23 guernsey he wore for the majority of his four seasons at the Adelaide Crows, with the jumper made available after Josh Schache's departure. 

The number 23 guernsey has been worn previously by triple-premiership Lions player Justin Leppitsch and Fitzroy greats Norm Brown and Bob Henderson.

Second-year player Jacob Allison has opted to switch numbers, moving from the 37 jumper to 19, which previously...

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Help us get to The Reserve

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The Brisbane Lions are anxious to secure state election funding commitments from both the Australian Labor Party and the Liberal National Party toward the development of their AFL Women’s community arena at Springfield, The Reserve.

The Club has $40 million in funding already confirmed by Ipswich City Council, Springfield Land Corporation and the AFL for the project.

A $15 million commitment from the Queensland Government is still needed towards the $70 million project. A matching $15 million contribution has been asked of the Federal Government, but that contribution is understood to be contingent upon securing State Government support.

Brisbane Lions CEO Greg Swann says the timeline for construction could be affected if funding is not secured during the election campaign. Queenslanders head to the polls on November 25th.

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Decision came down to family

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Hodge excited about young talent Luke and Leo Hodge sit down for a chat with Matt Thompson

Luke Hodge’s decision to come out of retirement and play for the Brisbane Lions rested solely on his family’s reaction on relocating to Queensland.

His former Hawthorn colleague and now Brisbane Senior Coach, Chris Fagan, had earlier planted the seed of perhaps playing on for another two years.

“Fages [Chris Fagan] has been a mentor of mine for a number of years,” Hodge told AFL Media.

“I guess he always knew deep down that I love football. I’ll probably want to still play football when I’m 50.”

Hodge was keen to explore the Brisbane opportunity, but would first need to convince wife Lauren and sons Cooper, Chase and Leo on a move to the Sunshine State.

“I think people were more shocked because it was out of the blue,” he explained.

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