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AFL: How Brisbane need to set themselves for the future

Tom Rockliff v Adelaide (photo: Getty Images)
Tom Rockliff v Adelaide (photo: Getty Images)

The battle at the MCG on Saturday night between Collingwood and the Brisbane Lions, in some aspects, is a game-changer.

On the back of a 105 point belting at the hands of the Adelaide Crows, the young Lions brigade received a rude shock.  They cannot make finals, but they can ruffle the Magpies feathers if they bring an A-Game performance. Continue reading AFL: How Brisbane need to set themselves for the future

EFL: Croydon with all the momentum in Division 2

Brendan Weinert dodges three Doncaster players (photo: Davis Harrigan)
Brendan Weinert dodges three Doncaster players (photo: Davis Harrigan)

Having had the bye this week, Croydon are not only playing hard, they’re playing to win.

The benchmark has undoubtedly been set by Croydon.  Sitting 6-0 with the bye this weekend, every other side in Division Two is simply playing catch-up. Continue reading EFL: Croydon with all the momentum in Division 2

AFL: 1-5 for the Lions in rebuilding stage

Billings & Raines collide in a tough contest on ANZAC Day (photo: AFL Media)
Billings & Raines collide in a tough contest on ANZAC Day (photo: AFL Media)

It has been a while since I took some sort of “point out a problem” stand on Beyond Realisation.  This time around, the target is the Brisbane Lions.

However, rather than call the Lions a target, it is instead a topic that got me very excited on ANZAC Day.  The Lions mustered their first win – albeit a very, very nervous one – by three points against a determined St. Kilda outfit in Wellington. Continue reading AFL: 1-5 for the Lions in rebuilding stage

AFL: Leppitsch at the Lions helm is a positive for 2014

Leppitsch at Lions Training (photo: News Ltd/Steve Pohlner
Leppitsch at Lions Training (photo: News Ltd/Steve Pohlner

(from the mouth of a Lions fan)

In sport, experience matters when it comes to leading a list of players.  Each AFL team has around 40 of them; that’s a handful.

For the Brisbane Lions, a new approach with Justin Leppitsch may just be the kickstart needed after two years on the fringe, coupled with some disappointing results. Continue reading AFL: Leppitsch at the Lions helm is a positive for 2014

AFL: 5 magical moments of season 2013, from the Beyond Realisation desk

Jeremy Howe of Melbourne flies high over Heath Grundy (photo: Triple M)
Jeremy Howe of Melbourne flies high over Heath Grundy (photo: Triple M)

Where to begin?  The season is still going through finals, but AFL fans have seen some spectacular moments that will be embedded in the history books of 2013.

From the screamers to the howlers, the bombs to the flops, and the fabulous dashes across the field, there is no doubting the league has seen a plethora of highlights amidst controversies.

Not every amazing moment from the season will make this list, but here are five occasions where the AFL world stopped, and stared. Continue reading AFL: 5 magical moments of season 2013, from the Beyond Realisation desk

AFL: Lions coach Voss will finish at season’s end

Brisbane Lions coach Michael Voss (sourced from AFL.com.au)
Brisbane Lions coach Michael Voss (sourced from AFL.com.au)

The Brisbane Lions today announced that coach Michael Voss will not have his contract renewed come seasons end.

Voss took over the coaching reins from Leigh Matthews at the end of the 2008 season, and took the Lions to finals in the 2009 season.  It is reported the club offered Voss the opportunity to coach out the year, but he is believed to have declined. Continue reading AFL: Lions coach Voss will finish at season’s end

AFL: Brisbane Lions v Gold Coast Suns: Round 15 Preview

Brisbane Lions logo
Brisbane Lions logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In March, not many people would have foreseen this game to be much entertainment.  The Gold Coast Suns, entering their third year in the competition, have now exceeded all expectations, and have taken the long handle to the likes of powerhouse teams Hawthorn and Essendon.  Against another struggling team in the Brisbane Lions, the Suns shape up as a real contender at the Gabba. Continue reading AFL: Brisbane Lions v Gold Coast Suns: Round 15 Preview

AFL: Brisbane Lions: Players in Focus: Brent Staker and Rohan Bewick

The past few years have seen a plethora of talent signed up to the Brisbane Lions.  Perhaps the results have not gone entirely the way of the maroon, blue, and gold, but in Brent Staker and Rohan Bewick, there are two gems who are critical to the next generation of the Lions.

Brent Staker v Essendon, May 18, 2013 (photo mine)
Brent Staker v Essendon, May 18, 2013 (photo mine)

Staker

The former West Coast Eagle has been at the Lions for almost four years, but a series of long injuries have curbed both his impact and playing time at the club. Continue reading AFL: Brisbane Lions: Players in Focus: Brent Staker and Rohan Bewick

AFL: Essendon v Brisbane Lions: Round 8 Preview

Essendon Football Club
Essendon Football Club (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Overview

Essendon and the Lions are sitting at polar opposite positions on the ladder.  The Bombers have found a rejuvenated strength and belief in 2013, culminating in six victories in the first seven rounds, losing only to powerhouse team Geelong.  The Lions just have not found the gear that they shifted into during the pre-season, and it has proved costly.

Running the ball down the ground, and an incredibly solid backline have been key assets to the Bombers roaring start to the season.  By finding space and not giving their opponents a chance, there is a huge belief in the red and black army.

Have a look at the Lions, and recent weeks have had “danger” written all over them.  There is huge potential on the list, but not being able to stay with opponents for a full game and being caught in defence has caused Michael Voss‘ tenure to become somewhat fragile.
Continue reading AFL: Essendon v Brisbane Lions: Round 8 Preview

AFL: Where to now – Brisbane Lions

Matthew Kruezer battles it out at Etihad with his opponent, June 2011 (photo mine)
Matthew Kruezer battles it out at Etihad with his opponent, June 2011 (photo mine)

Pressure has come down on the Brisbane Lions like a building would on a footpath.

After their excellent NAB Cup campaign (which ended in the Lions winning the silverware), the season proper has seen a turnaround and letdown on expectations.

The strong side that displayed courage and intensity has been lacking in the first five rounds, and it has certainly put coach Michael Voss under the knife. Continue reading AFL: Where to now – Brisbane Lions