Coach – Chris Fagan
Points For – 2nd
Points Against –10th
Top 5 Best and Fairest
- Lachie Neale
- Hugh McCluggage
- Brandon Starcevich
- Harris Andrews
- Charlie Cameron
2022 Rising Star Noms
Ins – Josh Dunkley, Jack Gunston, Will Ashcroft, Jaspa Fletcher, Conor McKenna
Outs – Mitch Robinson, Dan McStay, Ely Smith, Mitch Cox, Deividas Uosis, Thomas Berry, Connor McFadyen
Brisbane would have been disappointed with last season. For a team that has thrown everything at winning a premiership to have finished sixth would have been massively disappointing although they did manage to finally win a final and break some Richmond hearts so it wasn’t all bad.
The backline did not perform last year and it looks like they are already off to a poor start with not adding to a backline that lost Marcus Adams for the year. I am sure they are sniffing around at bolstering it now but before the draft they had jab-dodger Liam Jones right under their nose. Harris Andrews is the prototype for tall backmen and they have Starcevich who is a good small stopper. Then you add in Rich, Mckenna and Coleman for run and it looks just ok, it will be a concern and I wonder if Gunston may spend some time down back.
The midfield adds in Ashcroft and Dunkley to what was already a pretty strong area. They will be the toughest midfield in the competition and probably the best. Dunkley, Berry, Lyons, Neale and Zorko give you plenty of ball winning ability with McCluggage and Bailey or Ashcroft getting the job done around the field. They will be very hard to stop.
The forward line is very good. Daniher and Hipwood still haven’t shown they can work together and seem to lack chemistry with both looking to be the person who goes missing in finals. Their smalls are probably as good as anyone in the competition, Cameron and Rayner both bring something different but are both brilliant and both find the goals.
The ruck area is pretty weak. I don’t rate McInerny particularly highly but I guess you don’t need to be a great ruck when you have the midfield that they have. If he can come close to breaking even they will go ok. Fagan is an interesting coach, yet to achieve anything in the finals, the pressure may come this year if he fails again, it may also come if it is proven that he was a racist tool at Hawthorn. We will have to wait and see.
The Lions have placed their list for a real run at a premiership, they have recruited well and bat deep. The only real concern will be their backline which needs to stand up. They will be the ultimate test of defence winning premierships because theirs is barely worthy or the top 8. I think in the regular season it wont be a problem though and they will push into the top four. I don’t think they can win the flag though with the backline in its current state. 3-4 for mine.