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. The club was officially launched on 1 November 1996 and joined the national competition in 1997. The Brisbane Lions finished runner up in the 2007 NAB Cup and then went on to create history by being the first team in the history of the AFL to have five co-captains. The club plays its home games at the Gabba. However, the club began its 2013 season with back-to-back losses to the Western Bulldogs and Adelaide. The merged team would be based in Brisbane, and Bears coach John Northey would become coach of the merged club. 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. :508 On 18 October 2013, Brisbane Lions legend Simon Black announced his retirement. On the field, the Lions won only four games for the year, but only one against any Victorian team, and that was North Melbourne, in Round 9. Crowds and memberships for the Brisbane Lions grew dramatically during the four seasons in which they made the AFL Grand Final. The 22-man Brisbane Lions squad had collectively played 3,740 senior career games, and had collectively scored 3,399 senior career goals. 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. Their rise from 15th in 2018 to second (pre-finals) was the equal-largest ever recorded in VFL/AFL history, matching their own rise from 16th in 1998 to 3rd in 1999. The Brisbane Lions were granted a license on 15 June 2016, becoming one of eight teams to compete in the league's first season.  The Brisbane players were later cleared of any wrongdoing, although making unnecessary contact to an injured player would become illegal in the years to come.. When able to field its strongest line-up, the Lions produced some strong performance reminiscent of its triple Premiership days. The Brisbane Lions were officially launched on 1 November 1996, joining the national competition in 1997. But with less than four minutes remaining, Brett Kirk thought he'd won the game for Sydney only for Jonathan Brown to kick a 55-metre goal just before the full-time siren to secure a 9.9 (63) to 8.15 (63) draw. The Lions played finals again in 2000, but would bow out in the second week after losing to Carlton by 82 points. 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, it adopted a logo and guernsey based largely on those of Fitzroy. They would also win only five games in 2018 but would show promise during the second half of the season, winning three matches in a row and beating finals-bound Hawthorn twice. Rhan Hooper received a three match ban for striking Hawthorn's Rick Ladson, Joel Macdonald and Troy Selwood missed the must-win clash against Sydney. At three-quarter time, the Lions were down by 28 points and 40 points a few minutes early into the final term before they fought back to level the scores at 105-all courtesy of a Jonathan Brown goal from a free kick. Following the season, Coach Leigh Matthews resigned after 10 seasons and 3 premierships with the club. 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. Fitzroy FC Ltd improved its relationship with the Brisbane Lions in the ten years from 1999–2009.  Port Adelaide had finished on top of the ladder and hosted the other preliminary final in Adelaide. May 16, 2012 - Explore Brisbane Lions's board "Lions History", followed by 149 people on Pinterest. The 2005 season saw the end of domination by the Lions. Figure refers to the club's overall finishing position that season. The club used this emblem from 1997 until the end of 2001. Coach Leigh Matthews was forced to debut an unprecedented number of youngsters and rookies and due to this, the club experienced inconsistent results. The Brisbane Lions are an Australian rules football club, founded in 1996 with the merger of Fitzroy and the Brisbane Bears. Despite not scoring a goal in the first quarter, the undermanned Lions overcame a spirited Collingwood in the closest grand final in 15 years. The Lions didn't kick a goal in the match until the 20-minute mark of the third quarter.  Former AFL Queensland employee Breeanna Brock was appointed to the position of Women's CEO the following day. In 1997, the club unveiled its new merger emblem, consisting of the golden Fitzroy Lion on a badge of Maroon and Blue. The Lions lost to Collingwood by 33 points at the Gabba in Round 9 and drew with Richmond at Docklands Stadium with the final scores 10.13 (73) apiece.  Against Jason Akermanis's new side, the Western Bulldogs, in Round 11, the Lions yet again began confidently, kicking the first two goals of the game before being overrun. 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. In 2003, the Lions would win their 3rd premiership in a row. During the off-season the club hired Leigh Matthews, who in 1990 had delivered Collingwood its first premiership since 1958. For shorts, maroon home shorts are worn in home games and white away shorts are worn in away games not played in Victoria. 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. On 12 May 2007, the Lions marked Leigh Matthews' 200th game in charge of the team against the Crows. The Brisbane Lions team of the decade fullback Mal Michael announced his retirement from football on 5 October 2006 due to lack of motivation and desire to pursue other non-football related activities. (69) to 6.8. Leading into season 2012, only two players from the triple-premiership winning team of 2001–2003 remained: Simon Black and Jonathan Brown.  The voting procedure was changed for subsequent grand finals. Injuries took a toll on the team, with young players Claye Beams and Jared Polec suffering severe injuries. This culminated in a record 139-point defeat by St Kilda in the final round. Away Guernsey (worn since 2015): Predominantly red guernsey with a blue yoke featuring a golden Fitzroy lion, with a blue collar and cuffs. 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.  Lion Dayne Beams has won the medal three times, the most by any player. , The 2004 season saw Brisbane remain in the top portion of the ladder for most of the season. Home Guernsey (worn since 2015): Predominantly maroon guernsey with a blue yoke featuring a golden Fitzroy Lion, with a gold collar and cuffs. The Brisbane Lions started the 2007 season promisingly, finishing runner up in the 2007 NAB Cup. 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. Despite this setback, Brisbane beat Geelong and reached the AFL Grand Final for the fourth consecutive year. Brisbane kicked 8.5–0.3 in the last quarter, the final margin being 117 points, Brisbane's biggest ever win over Carlton, bettering their 103-point loss to Carlton in Round 10, 1987. FITZ Michael COATES 29 FITZ Keith A. THOMAS 28 LIONS Albert PROUD 27 FITZ Jock CORDNER 24 FITZ Shadrach JAMES 18 LIONS Ryan Harwood 16* FITZ Percy ROBERTS 16 FITZ Carl DILENA 15 On the field, the Lions won only four games for the year and finished 15th overall. In May 2016, the club launched a bid to enter a team in the inaugural AFL Women's season in 2017. 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). On 30 June 2007, Brisbane faced Port Adelaide and led by seven points at quarter time before being overrun in the second, the Power kicking seven goals to two to lead by 19 points at half-time. 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. One of those wins however, was against eventual premiers Collingwood. Rebuild of the Lions' second generation: 2005–2008, Playing under Justin Leppitsch: 2014–2016, "Round 21, 2004: Brisbane Lions vs St Kilda", "Fairer finals clause comes back to bite AFL", "Lions duo cleared over 'Riewoldt incident, "St Kilda's Leigh Montagna accepts one-week ban for 'weak' bump on Carlton's Ed Curnow", "Voss, Black and Gehrig face court – AFL – Sport – brisbanetimes.com.au", Brisbane Lions' Ash McGrath Retiring From AFL, "Brisbane Lions unveil Chris Fagan as new coach", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=History_of_the_Brisbane_Lions&oldid=986129206, All Wikipedia articles written in Australian English, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 29 October 2020, at 23:48. The Brisbane Lions is a professional Australian rules football club who play in the Australian Football League (AFL). The Brisbane Lions are the second south-east Queensland team formed in the region. This guernsey was also worn between 1997 and 2009. Justin Leppitsch and Brad Scott announced their retirements during the season. However, they sealed their place in history as an AFL dynasty by thrashing the Magpies in cool but sunny conditions. 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 and Aaron Cornelius showing some good form. Leading into season 2012, only two players from the triple-premiership winning team of 2001–2003 will remain: Simon Black and Jonathan Brown. 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.
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