12:00pm Sep 29, 2016
11:33am Sep 29, 2016
12:00pm Sep 28, 2016
In part two of our photo series, we take a look at the photos which highlight the ups and downs of the season, from Rounds 9 - 16.
10:28am Sep 29, 2016
THE SELECTION order for next month’s AFL Women’s draft will be confirmed on Thursday.
3:47pm Sep 28, 2016
We take a look at the 2016 season through photos which highlight the ups and downs of the season, beginning with Rounds 1 - 8.
1:37pm Sep 28, 2016
The Brisbane Lions were formed on 4 July, 1996, when the AFL approved a merger between the Brisbane Bears and the Fitzroy Lions. The club was officially launched on 1 November 1996 and joined the national competition in 1997.
It was the first union of two clubs in VFL/AFL history - the perfect combination of an emerging force, full of youthful enthusiasm and energy, with a proud foundation club, overloaded with history and tradition.
There was the Brisbane Bears, a vibrant newcomer to the national scene. Young and ambitious, they were just starting to find their feet in the ‘big time’ after a troubled 10-year infancy split between the Gold Coast and Brisbane but without the long-term backing to mount a serious challenge.
And there was Fitzroy, a traditional club of more than 100 years’ standing. They had fought the odds more often than most and won yet now, as financial pressures threatened to engulf them once and for all, they accepted a merger in preference to the extinction offered by a takeover elsewhere.
Individually the Bears and the Lions might both have struggled. But together they would grow to become a formidable force within the toughest sporting competition in Australia; a legitimate two-city team, with vibrant supporter bases in Brisbane and Melbourne that would rejoice in unison when the king of the jungle roared longest and loudest at the MCG on that one day in September.