The Brisbane Lions are a professional football team that plays in the Australian Football League (AFL). The franchise was officially launched in November 1996 and joined the national competition in 1997. They have since won two NRL premierships and four AFL grand finals. The club has played in the finals in each of the last three seasons, with the only losses coming to the Melbourne Storm and Sydney Roosters.
AFL journalists Mike Sheahan and Adam Simpson have released their latest ranking of the teams in the AFL this weekend. Their latest rolling seeds rank every player from last to first in terms of importance. In the Lions vs. Crows matchup, the Lions have dropped five players in favour of newcomer Chris Fagan. Their teammate Adam Simpson has also dropped five players after receiving a stern warning from the AFL regarding head-to-head contact.
Despite having a good record in the AFL this season, the Brisbane Lions are missing a key player. Forward Marcus Adams will miss the match against Hawthorn due to a Covid-19 virus. Adams avoided the virus during pre-season and was expected to be replaced by Ryan Lester in the Lions’ 22. Ryan Lester, meanwhile, was named to the extended 26-man squad on Thursday.
The Brisbane Lions will unveil a new training facility in September. The facility will cost an estimated $80 million and is located in Springfield, 30 minutes from Brisbane. The new stadium will also house the AFLW side, which has been playing at six different venues since 2017.
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In addition to playing in the AFL, the Brisbane Lions also field teams in two other competitions. They were the foundation team in the AFL Women’s competition and have been to three grand finals. The Brisbane Lions won the premiership in 2021, and they have finished as runner-up in the competition on several occasions. Aside from AFL, the club also fielded a reserve men’s team in various leagues. They also compete in the Victorian Football League. The club has produced three Brownlow Medal winners and two club best and fairest awards.
After the merger, the Brisbane Lions unveiled their new logo in 1997. It featured a golden Fitzroy Lion on a maroon and blue badge. This logo was used until the end of 2001. Then, the team used the new logo in official capacities. The new logo replaced the old one and was phased out after 2014. The team returned to using the old logo on its playing guernseys in 2015, and the old one will continue to be used for corporate purposes.
Despite losing the first two matches of the season, the Lions have already won their third and fourth semi-finals. In Round 13, they fought back from a 52-point deficit to beat second-placed Geelong by 5 points. They were able to do so thanks to Ash McGrath’s goal after the siren. And with that, they secured a spot in the top four.
Lachie Neale has been the X-factor for the Brisbane Lions this season. The two players are expected to win the Brownlow Medal next year, but injuries to Brad Boyd and Michael Voss hampered the Lions’ season. Brisbane finished fourth in 1998, and Northey was sacked after eight rounds. Leigh Matthews was appointed as the new coach of the Lions after leading Collingwood to the 1990 premiership.