As the cliche goes, it was the highest of highs and lowest of lows in 2021. 

There was footballs greatest reward as our AFLW side tasted premiership success, while our mens side suffered a heartbreaking one-point semi-final loss at the hands of the Bulldogs. 

But in a year as unpredictable as this one, there were still plenty of highlights that brought Lions fans to their feet. 

#10 | Harris Has a Wardrobe Malfunction

In a practice match against the Gold Coast, our two-time All-Australian had his guernsey ripped off in a tackle, unveiling the hard work he'd been putting into his off-season program. 

Punters had to stay envious in the stands for a good 5 minutes as he continued through the play jumper-less before eventually making his way to the bench for a wardrobe swap.

#9 | Loz Cements Her Place in History


In what would be her last game, it was poetic for AFLW veteran Lauren Arnell to kick a goal in the Grand Final. 

After frantic forward pressure from Jess Wuetschner and a desperate dive to feed the ball out from Emily Bates, Cathy Svarc collected the rolling footy to launch inside 50.

As the ball tumbled towards the goal square, Arnell was able to get her boot to the ball and push the lead out to 16-points late in the third quarter.

At the Lions supporter end at an otherwise hostile ground, it was a stand-out moment in a historic day for the club.

#8 | Eric Sets the Tone At the Gabba


In one of the best games of the year, the Lions brought their A-game to the Gabba in Round 15 as they got redemption over Geelong.

Following the controversial last minute against the Cats in Round 2, Brisbane brought the heat from the opening bounce.

Joe Daniher had a day out with four majors, as did Charlie Cameron with three of his own, but it was Eric Hipwood's snag from the left boundary that ignited the home crowd.

While it initially looked ugly off the boot, the kick was never missing as Hipwood celebrated and turned to the enigmatic crowd.

The Lions would go on to win by 44-points.

#7 | Pandemonium at the Gabba


In one of the most dramatic finishes of the 2021 season, the Lions were a win and percentage away from making a shock Top Four finish. 

Described by many as the tensest 38-point win ever, the Lions needed just a single point in the dying minutes of the game to secure a double chance. 

It was chaos footy as Lincoln McCarthy found space and snapped the needed behind, receiving a deafening roar from the Lions faithful. 

But it was Charlie Cameron's intercept mark from the kick-out that sparked the real chaos at the Gabba. 

As the speedy forward lined up for a set shot, the siren sparked pandemonium as the packed crowd rose to their feet in elation. 

While Cameron's goal and celebration was great, Chris Fagan's celebration was the highlight as he tossed his headset into the air, much to the delight of the bench.


#6 | In Fages We Trust

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#5 | As Tough As They Come

Round 6's clash against Carlton would go down as a game full of carnage for the Lions. 

But it was this photo snapped of Mitch Robinson that caught the AFL worlds attention. 

Following a courageous contest which saw Robbo run back with the flight and colliding with Carlton key forward, Harry McKay, the brave winger showed just why footy fans love him.

With blood gushing from his face, it wasn't long before Robinson was taped up and back out on the field, helping his team to an 18-point win in a tough encounter. 

#4 | The Luck of the Irish

In just his second game, many would expect a clash against the reigning premiers to be a daunting task, especially for someone who didn't grow up in Australia.

But James Madden rose to the occasion, collecting 13 disposals and silencing the Richmond small forwards. 

The highlight came when the speedy Irishmen grabbed a bouncing footy on the 50m arc, burning his defender with his blistering pace and kicking his first goal in the process. 

#3 | Goosebumps in Sir Doug Nicholls Round

Round 11 saw the return of one of the most special rounds of the year.

In a beautiful moment in Sir Doug Nicholls Round, Charlie Cameron, Cal Ah Chee, Keidean Coleman led the team out and performed a traditional dance, surrounded by participants of The Long Walk.

#2 | Bailey Gets His Revenge


Cometh the moment, cometh the man.

After being robbed of a holding the ball call the week prior, Round 3 was Zac Bailey's time to be the hero Brisbane needed. 

You couldn't have scripted the moment any better, as Bailey marked the ball with just seconds left as he went back and got the Lions their first win of the season.


Special Mentions:

#1 | Premiers At Last


It couldn't be anything else really, could it? 

Having fallen just short in 2017 and 2018, the Lions finally tasted premiership glory this year as they overcame arch rivals Adelaide.

In one of the most hostile environments in the AFL landscape, the young Lions overcame the odds and proved their doubters wrong.

With storylines everywhere you looked, it was a victory that Brisbane fans will remember for years to come.

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