Brisbane Lions

The Brisbane Lions are Queensland’s only Aussie Rules football club, located in the state’s capital city of Brisbane. The first joint venture club, they play in the Australian Football League (AFL) competition against 15 other teams and are the most successful AFL club of the past decade.

Brisbane Lions Information

Established: 1996 (First season 1997)

Home Ground: The Gabba

Colours: Maroon, Gold & Blue

Mascot: Bernie “Gabba” Vegas

Number of Premierships Won: 3 (2001, 2002, 2003)

Number of Minor Premierships Won: 0


The most successful and celebrated AFL club of the past decade, the Brisbane Lions were founded in 1996 and have gone from strength to strength since their inaugural season in 1997.

The club was the first merger club in the history of the AFL and came into existence when the Brisbane Bears and the Fitzroy Lions combined into one club.

Making the finals in their first year, the Brisbane Lions got off to a great start but their glory was short lived in the early years as the following season they finished last on the ladder and were awarded the Wooden Spoon.

After a change of coach and attitude the club fought back in 1999 and finished fourth on the ladder making the preliminary finals.

The Brisbane Lions enjoyed their first AFL Premiership win in 2001 when they defeated Essendon 15.18.103 to 12.10.82 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

They made it back-to-back Premiership successes the following year when they rose to beat Collingwood 9.12.66 to 10.15.75 in the 2003 Grand Final in some pretty miserable conditions, giving fans the thrill of watching the closest Grand Final in 15 years.

With a record-breaking three Brownlow Medallists in their squad with Michael Voss, Jason Akermanis and Simon Black, the Brisbane Lions made the Grand Final for a third consecutive year in 2003.

The club entered the history books that season as the dominant team of the decade when after starting as the underdogs, they coasted to a stunning 20.14.134 to 12.12.84 victory over the Collingwood Magpies once again at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. It was the first time since Melbourne in 1957 that an Aussie Rules club had won three consecutive Premierships.

Despite a dominant season that saw them appear in their fourth straight Grand Final, the Brisbane Lions lost in the premiership decider in 2004 to Port Adelaide.

In 2005 the Brisbane Lions had one of their worst seasons in history finishing out of finals contention for just the second time since their inception. This was the start of a dismal period for the team who had seen such great early success, as they finished outside the top eight every year from 2005 – 2008 before they made the semi finals in 2009.

Emblem, Colours & Guernseys

The current Brisbane Lions emblem features a fierce lion’s head with a large mane, in two of the club’s primary colours – maroon and gold.

When playing at home the club colours for the Lions are maroon, gold and blue. The only variation with their away game colours is the inclusion of red instead of maroon to represent Fitzroy Football Club.

The team has three different guernseys, all the designs of which were introduced for the 2010 season. The Brisbane Lions current home guernsey is blue on top and maroon on the bottom, with a gold band around the neck and arms and a large lion in the centre with his paw atop an AFL ball.

Their away Guernsey features the same design but has red where there is maroon on the home one. And their clash guernseys have white on top with blue bands, maroon on the bottom and the yellow lion in the centre.

Football Club

The Brisbane Lions home ground is at The Gabba in Woolloongabba, Brisbane, which was one of the conditions when this merger club was founded as the Brisbane Bears had been playing there since 1993. The Gabba holds a large capacity crowd of 42,000 spectators.

Because the Brisbane Lions are a merger club, they enjoy a large fan base of both Brisbane and Melbourne-based supporters. During their golden era when they made the Grand Final four years running, the Lions had a huge membership. Since then, however, membership numbers have been dropping and the club needs your support!

There is no better way to get behind this Brisbane-based AFL club and ensure their continued presence in the competition than to become a member and enjoy the great benefits of special seating and exclusive offers.

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The Brisbane Lions mascot is Bernie “Gabba” Vegas. Bernie is an eccentric lion who looks suspiciously like Elvis! But Mr. Vegas is no ordinary lion, he dresses up in the club jumper, flared pants and sunnies!

Best Bet to Make

The Brisbane Lions have been unable to reach the heights that their 1999 – 2004 seasons gave them, and aside from making the semi finals in 2009 have finished 10th or worse on the ladder in recent years. This tells punters that bets to make the AFL finals through usually aren’t the best option for the Lions, and instead looking at match-by-match odds is a better betting option.

For the 2010 season the average winning margin for the Brisbane Lions sits at around 21 – 22 points, so when facing competitors you think they can beat check out winning margin markets for a great exotic bet option!

Check out our Bet on AFL page for details on where to go for the best AFL odds.