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I was at the game too and I agree with your above assessment. They were just playing well enough to stay in touching distance of Collingwood for most of the day. In relation to individual performances, I didn’t think many of the Lions players had “great” games, just a fair few solid contributors. Although Brisbane ended up on the wrong end of the scoreboard, it was undoubtedly one of the greatest grand finals ever. Hopefully this has put some fire in the belly to get back there (and go one better) in season 2024.

The Brisbane Lions 2023 season review: Advantage

In relation to their Grand Final performance, the Lions were clearly below their best however I still thought they matched it with Collingwood for large portions of the game (slightly obvious thing to say when the final margin was only three points). The red-time goals conceded were an absolute killer.

Once he has fully recuperated from the ACL injury and has built up the required match fitness at VFL level, I dare say Doedee will replace either Lester or Gardiner in the AFL side (assuming one of those two still has the third tall defender spot at that stage of the season). Ideally, they’d like to get some games into Doedee towards the back end of the H&A season so he can build some synergy with the back six prior to finals. That’s just my two cents worth anyway.

The Brisbane Lions 2023 season review: Advantage

Just calling it how I see it – he will go down as arguably Australia’s greatest ever three-format player. I guess the 160 odd he made in the Perth test also removed any doubt in the selectors’ minds about whether he would finish up on his own accord in Sydney.

The main contenders (and a dark horse) for David Warner's soon-to-be-vacant Test opening spot

Both of your comments are valid. My main reasoning for excluding this trade was because Judd was still somewhat prolific during his time at the Blues – so I personally believe it subsidised some of the benefit the Eagles received from the trade in acquiring Josh Kennedy. (e.g. could be deemed as a win-win for both clubs).

Your club's best trade of the 21st century: Part 5 - West Coast and Western Bulldogs

Houli was technically ‘delisted’ by the Bombers – the two clubs (Essendon and Richmond) couldn’t reach an agreement on a trade, so Bachar essentially walked out on Essendon and hedged his bets by nominating for the national draft that year. It worked in his favour as Richmond selected him with their first pick.

Your club's best trade of the 21st century: Part 4 - Port Adelaide, Richmond, St Kilda and Sydney

I can appreciate that. I did originally have the big ‘Nank’ in there (and probably could have stuck with him in hindsight).

In relation to Brett Deledio, the future first and third-round draft picks the Tigers received from this deal were on-traded to other clubs. On another note, I did feel sorry for Deledio that Richmond would win the premiership the year after his departure.

Your club's best trade of the 21st century: Part 4 - Port Adelaide, Richmond, St Kilda and Sydney

Defines the term underrated. I always knew he was a deadeye in front of goal but his actual statistics surprised me even further.

Your club's best trade of the 21st century: Part 4 - Port Adelaide, Richmond, St Kilda and Sydney

Thanks, appreciate that! Once I have completed this series, I might delve into each club’s worst trades too.

Your club's best trade of the 21st century: Part 4 - Port Adelaide, Richmond, St Kilda and Sydney

Every club has had their fair share of howlers during trade week. Some more so than others.

Every club's best trade of the 21st century: Part 2 - Essendon, Fremantle, Geelong and Gold Coast

Vivid memories of Dustin Fletcher launching 70 metre bombs (e.g. the goal against St Kilda at Telstra Dome – as it was known back then) or saving the day with those inspector gadget arms.

Every club's best trade of the 21st century: Part 2 - Essendon, Fremantle, Geelong and Gold Coast

Geelong had to give up a fair bit to get J Cameron down to Kardinia Park, although if he keeps producing performances like last Saturday Night it might be justified sooner rather than later.

Every club's best trade of the 21st century: Part 2 - Essendon, Fremantle, Geelong and Gold Coast

I agree Charlie. Althought I thought Schulz and Westhoff were a good combination and complimented each other well during that period.

Every club's best trade of the 21st century: Part 2 - Essendon, Fremantle, Geelong and Gold Coast

You might want to stay tuned for Part 4 which includes Port’s best trade then… I get the feeling you might enjoy the selection.

Every club's best trade of the 21st century: Part 2 - Essendon, Fremantle, Geelong and Gold Coast

I agree with this – the Brayshaw trade may have been incorrectly omitted by my own admission. Although Weller has been a decent player for the Suns, I’ve got no doubt Andrew Brayshaw will be a future A grader (he’s getting pretty close to that category as it stands) and probably the next captain of the football club.

Every club's best trade of the 21st century: Part 2 - Essendon, Fremantle, Geelong and Gold Coast

Yeah this was another part of the reason Saad got the nod over other candidates. I can appreciate that 3 years of service to the club might not seem sufficient, however, his overall trade provided further benefit to the Dons by enabling them to convert a second-round selection down to Pick 10.

Every club's best trade of the 21st century: Part 2 - Essendon, Fremantle, Geelong and Gold Coast

I couldn’t agree more – I’m sure if I was to re-do these a couple of years down the track, Stringer would have almost certainly surpassed Saad. Personally, I just feel that Saad has provided greater trade value than the ‘Package’ as it stands today. For the purpose of this exercise, I haven’t been classifying free agents as ‘trades’, hence why Goddard was never a consideration.

Every club's best trade of the 21st century: Part 2 - Essendon, Fremantle, Geelong and Gold Coast

I couldn’t agree more with this comment. This was literally next in line and extremely unlucky to miss. I was in attendance also on that hot Saturday afternoon and if the Gabba had a roof, it would’ve been blown off when McCarthy took that screamer in the dying stages.

The four greatest home-and-away wins in Brisbane Lions history

I thought the headline was pretty clear and concise. Most of these victories had great significance in their own right and didn’t need to involve premiership success in that season.

The four greatest home-and-away wins in Brisbane Lions history

Very valid point here. I remember when they were floundering big time in the first quarter against the defending premiers my first thought was “here we go again” – referring to their previous campaigns. It was good to be proven wrong on this occasion.

The four greatest home-and-away wins in Brisbane Lions history

Miracle on grass would also be my number 1 just to clarify (FYI the above isn’t in any particular order).

The four greatest home-and-away wins in Brisbane Lions history

Thanks mate, took some deep thought and tinkering throughout the process. There were a couple of very stiff omissions which may cause some debate/conjecture amongst fans.

The four greatest home-and-away wins in Brisbane Lions history

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