Coach – Chris Fagan
Points For – 11th
Points Against – 15th
Top 5 Best and Fairest
- Dayne Zorko
- Dayne Beams
- Stef Martin
- Darcy Gardiner
- Harris Andrews
2018 Rising Star Noms
Alex Witherden (Round 9)
Cam Rayner (Round 15)
Ins – Marcus Adams, Lincoln McCarthy, Lachie Neale, Ely Smith, Tom Berry, Tom Joyce, Noah Answeth, Connor McFadyen
Outs – Jake Barrett, Claye Beams, Dayne Beams, Tom Bell, Rohan Bewick, Jack Frost, Liam Dawson, Dian Hanley, Sam mayes, Marco Paparone
A lot of hype around the Lions and the way they look to have turned themselves around on the field. Losing Beams was a massive blow but bringing in Lachie Neale more than balances that out. I am not a hundred percent their list and results match the hype coming out of Brisbane. They are the current poster child for how to change the culture of your club and despite the fact it seems to be working, I am a little sceptical.
Adams is a good pick up for their backline. I rate him as a player, not to mention one of the best sets of guns in the AFL. He hold a player pretty well and seemed to be becoming more confident in leaving them when he needed to. Andrews is a star and they get good run and ball use from Witherden and Rich. Hodge is in the back pocket, pointing and directing, leading and teaching whilst probably being a defensive liability. I suspect the aim is to ease him out during the year and for them to now need him anymore. All in all, the back line should improve this year.
They are still lacking a little depth in the midfield but they have some genuine A grade talent running around whilst they wait for the rest to happen. Zorko is one of my favourite players to watch unless he is being tagged in which case he is of little use. Neale will partner with Zorko and their work inside will free up the runners. McCluggage looked the part last year and expect natural improvement to bring him towards the elite and then you have Berry on top as a pretty good top four midfielders. After that, it gets a little rough and I think Neale for Beams is a loss this year and a win every year after. A solid midfield.
I have left Rayner on the half forward line but would expect he starts to run through the middle a little more this year. He showed his talent last year and despite not winning the Rising Star, you can see he is probably the player you would want from last year’s draft pool. Hipwood also continues to improve and can see why they look to be building their forward line around him. McStay is the player they hoped Schache would replace but gives them a goal a game and they get a good amount of goals from their runners with Zorko and Taylor chipping in. Charlie Cameron is a freak and a full season from him next year would go a long way to improving the team.
The rucks are an injury away from some sort of disaster with Stef Martin being very close to being their most important player. They have tried to bring McInerny along for the ride but he is still raw. Josh Walker is a bak up ruck but finally seemed to find his niche in the backline last year and looked a player. They need Martin to stay fit. I don’t know if Fagan can coach, he seems to be a team manager who surrounds himself with the right people. I think that is the way we are heading anyway and it is working.
Brisbane should improve this year. They have a lot of things they still need to improve on but I think they should win 7-8 games next year. They certainly don’t look like a top eight team yet but are tracking towards becoming one over the next couple of years. I think this year, a finish of around 11th to 13th is around the mark.