Voss – Part 2: The pantheon awaits

The impression Michael Voss made on Shane Reid in 1997 went a long way toward bridging the old Fitzroy with the new Lions in Shane’s heart…he supposes if anyone can become another Matthews or Barassi, why not Voss?

Almanac Footy Writing: Carpe Diem Fages…A Teacher’s Teacher

Chris Fagan coaches his one hundredth game today (June 19). Teacher-writer Shane Reid pays tribute to the warm-hearted teacher-coach, and argues that Fagan’s a natural teacher who wants the best for other people, especially his players and everyone at the Lions. [Super anecdote demonstrates the point – Ed]

Almanac Life – Callignee: A Love Song

Shane Reid rolls back the years to remember out-of-the-way Callignee and the special place it held in his father’s heart. (A beautiful reminiscence – Ed.)

AFLW Grand Final – Adelaide v Brisbane: We are Lions, hear us roar – a Premiership too big to ignore

Shane Reid reports on Brisbane’s victory over Adelaide to take out the 2021 AFLW Premiership, while also considering women’s footy in Australian culture.

Round 4 – Western Bulldogs v Brisbane: The Real Meaning of FitzRoy and the Princely Bulldogs of Ballarat

Shane Reid had all things royal and regal on his mind when he penned this report of the Doggies-Lions joust in Ballarat.

Almanac Literary: The shifty shadow of a lifetime with ‘Cloudstreet’

Tim Winton’s ‘Cloudstreet’ is a classic of Australian literature and has been a part of Shane Reid’s life for many years as he explains.

Finals Week 3 – Brisbane v Geelong: Small mercies

After a year of superb Brisbane coverage, Shane Reid used last night’s preliminary final loss to reflect on better games and premiership moments.

Finals Week 1 – Brisbane v Richmond: Welcome back Prince Harris Andrews, the Jason Donovan of our premiership hopes

It was a nervous time for the Lions, but Shane Reid was left passionately barracking on Brisbane as they pushed Lions to the brink in their qualifying final match-up.

Round 18 – Brisbane v Carlton: Remembering tales of yore and beating the Blues

After counselling his pupils on the magic of Quinlan and the old Lions, high-school teacher Shane Reid watched his modern-age Brisbane temporarily rise to top spot following a strong win over the Blues.

Round 17 – Sydney v Brisbane: Dr Terence Elliot and a Fitzroy Lost Boy in the shadow of the Tigers

Torrid conditions in FNQ saw the Lions best a spirited Swans outfit and lock in a top 2 finish, though Shane Reid has been wondering (tongue in cheek) if it’s all just palaver leading up to an inevitable crushing by Richmond?

Round 16 – Brisbane v Gold Coast: The First September Q-Clash (shame about the pandemic asterix)

Shane Reid is happy that his Brisbane Lions finally nailed the first quarter of a game to set them on their way against the Suns.

Round 15 – Brisbane v Collingwood: Everything’s coming up Milhouse, just

Shane Reid is hopeful about Brisbane’s chances – what’s not to love about a home Grand Final and a tight win over the Pies? But constant behinds and scrubby quarters still linger in the back of his mind.

Round 13 – Brisbane v St Kilda: ‘O Captain! My Captain…’ a barbaric yawp from the virtual classroom to the coaches’ box

Year 12 English (Lit) teacher Shane Reid finds a message for his students in goal-kicking, while recognising that the likes of Leigh Matthews and Chris Fagan are fine teachers (and psychologists).

Round 12 – North Melbourne v Brisbane: A shinboner by any other name is still noble in defeat

North Melbourne may not be the same as the shinboners of old, but their fighting spirit yesterday was enough to give Brisbane a shake. Shane Reid casts his eye over a tight game characterised by points and frustration.

Round 11 – Brisbane v Western Bulldogs: The Fitzroy Bulldogs and a 1.21 gigawatt win

A time of film education and reminiscing led Shane Reid to the Lions v Bulldogs clash on Saturday night. When Brisbane shone to rise up to second place, Shane began to wonder what the time ahead held for his young side.

Round 10 – Richmond v Brisbane: Vitas Gerulaitis and The Reality of Richmond

Looking for positives after another loss to the Tigers, Shane Reid invokes an immortal line from Vitas Gerulaitis. (His daughter is more focused on Charlie Cameron – Ed)

Round 9 – Essendon v Brisbane: ‘The Principal’ Skinner and the sliding door Gods of footy karma.

Always nice to beat Essendon reflects Shane Reid as he remembers games past against the Bombers. He’s happy after Brisbane’s complete domination of the Bombers last night.

Round 8 – Melbourne v Brisbane: Just a good ordinary miracle – the Lions win

Remembering the days when any win felt like a miracle, Shane Reid is happy to take any “good ordinary win” in his stride.

Round 7 – GWS v Brisbane: One week at a time in lady liberty’s new heartland

Is the AFL like the Black Night from ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ asks Lions fan Shane Reid (in an amusing take on the certainty of the AFL competition continuing)? And then describes the fine win of Brisbane over rivals GWS. [Entertaining match report and comment – Ed]

Round 6 – Geelong v Brisbane: Cats in the cradle and the SCG…

The excitement of Brisbane 2020 looked set to continue thought Shane Reid until the Cats decided to show who was boss.