The product of a merger between the Fitzroy Lions and the Brisbane Bears, the Brisbane Lions entered the AFL under that name for the first time in 1997. They are best known for the triple-premiership era that saw them record back-to-back-to-back flags in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Since that era however they have appeared in the AFL finals just twice.
2016 was horrible season for the Brisbane Lions. The club missed finals for the seventh straight season, winning just three matches and only avoiding the wooden spoon after finishing less than one percentage point above an ASADA suspension-ravaged Essendon.
Senior coach: Chris Fagan
Captain: Tom Rockliff
2016 finish: 17th
2016 best and fairest: Dayne Zorko
2016 leading goalkicker: Dayne Zorko & Josh Walker (23)
Premierships: 2001, 2002, 2003
2017 Team List
Ben Keays, Ryan Harwood, Allen Christensen, Ryan Bastinac, Mitch Robinson, Hugh McCluggage, Tom Bell, Rohan Bewick, Dayne Beams, Daniel Rich, Cian Hanley, Stefan Martin, Jarrod Berry, Josh Walker, Dayne Zorko, Jarrad Jensen, Claye Beams, Nick Robertson, Josh Clayton, Cedric Cox, Sam Skinner, Marco Paparone, Josh Schache, Liam Dawson, Daniel McStay, Tom Cutler, Darcy Gardiner, Lewis Taylor, Alex Witherden, Eric Hipwood, Harris Andrews, Sam Mayes, Michael Close, Jonathan Freeman, Ryan Lester, Rhys Mathieson, Tom Rockliff, Corey Lyons, Matthew Hammelmann, Matthew Eagles, Mitchell Hinge, Jake Barrett, Archie Smith, Jack Fost, Oscar McInerney Reuben William, Blakre Grewar