Cathy Svarc and Belle Dawes careers have ascended side by side and together have formed a formidable partnership in the Brisbane Lions midfield.

Both debuted in Round 1, 2020 as they joined forces for the first time in the Lions 13-point win over the Adelaide Crows.

Fast forward three years and the pair will once again run out together, this time to celebrate their 50th appearance as Lions players.

Svarc and Dawes have played every single game of their AFLW careers together, a rare feat in sport let alone AFLW.

Reminiscing on her time as a footballer, Svarc acknowledge the footballing bond between her and Dawes.

“Belle and I have played every game together which is incredible,” Svarc said.

“I played my first game of footy ever with Belle at Wilston Grange and I’ll never forget that.

“We are very excited to be playing 50 games and together is amazing.”


16mins: Hear the girls chat about their 50 game milestone.

Both key cogs to the Lions success in the last few years but each provide Lions AFLW Head Coach Craig Starcevich with a different set of skills.

Dawes is a ball of energy, zipping around from contest to contest, with clean hands and an ability to win contested footy.

She has taken on a bigger role in 2023 and her performance on-field has grown with the added responsibility of joining the leadership group.

Svarc is best known for her aerobic capacity, the ability to run from opening bounce to final siren.

Her speed and tackling pressure have made Svarc one of the premier defensive midfielders of the competition.


Speaking on the Club’s podcast - Between the Lions, AFLW premiership captain and former Lions teammate Emma Zielke was full of admiration for the pair.

“To play 50 games is a great achievement because some people never get to the level that Cathy and Belle have and perform at the level which they have,” she said.

“They should both be very proud and I feel privileged to be a small part of your journey, we are premiership teammates it is really nice to see you achieve this milestone.”

The pair will celebrate their milestone at Heritage Bank Stadium on Saturday as the Lions travel down the road to take on the Gold Coast SUNS from 4:05pm EAST.