While his Uncle Craig tries to guide Brisbane's AFLW team into a second successive Grand Final at the MCG on Saturday, Brandon Starcevich will reach his own milestone at the Gabba later that night. 

Following a slow start to his career, the Lions' defensive stopper has quickly become a mainstay of their team and will notch 50 games against North Melbourne. 

Injuries slowed him down after being taken with the 18th pick in the 2017 NAB AFL Draft, but since Chris Fagan gave him a chance in defence in 2020, Starcevich hasn't looked back.

"For me it was finding some consistency with my footy early on," Starcevich said on Thursday.

"I was battling a few niggles, but I always had the backing of Fages and the other coaches. They always put a lot of belief in me and trust in me. 

"I knew if I got a decent run at it, I'd go alright." 


Starcevich has missed just one game since the start of 2020 and was rarely beaten last season when assigned the opposition's best small forward.

With Harris Andrews, Marcus Adams and Darcy Gardiner taking the taller opponents, the quietly spoken 22-year-old defended everyone from Dustin Martin to Tom Papley.

"The fans might not want to see it, it's not the most glamorous role, but I take a lot of pride in my role and shutting down the best forwards," he said. 

"I'm a pretty competitive guy. That's what I've built my game off, loving the contest and going from there. I love the one-on-one stuff.

"I try and stay out of the limelight. I'll leave that to Charlie (Cameron) and Mitch (Robinson), those guys can lap it up all they want. 

"I'm pretty happy to fly under the radar."