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.

Round 5 – Brisbane v Port Adelaide: The paranoia of premiership favouritism

Something of a superstitious ritual is unfolding for Shane Reid as his Lions are yet to drop a game since he first wrote an Almanac match report. The Brothers Berry and co. made Port look second rate at The Gabba, prompting him to fire up the keyboard again this week.

Round 5 – Brisbane v Port Adelaide (a sort of preview): And so it goes

Shane Reid considers local footy in Gippsland, carries out a holiday ritual, and prepares for the top-of-the-ladder clash between his Lions and Port Adelaide. [Excellent pic of Won Wron footy ground – JTH]

Round 4 – Brisbane v Adelaide: Line up, step right this way for the AFL’s ‘Salvation Show’

It may not be Shane Reid’s ideal season, but he’ll take what he can get, especially when his Lions are winning ugly.

Round 3 – Brisbane v West Coast: Winning when we “should”, the ultimate challenge – just ask Ivan Drago…

Shane Reid has intimidating memories of the Eagles always trumping his Lions. In a round three match-up the home side were expected to win, he rode Brisbane home in a tight encounter.

Round 2 – Brisbane v Fremantle: And the future is now

English and Music teacher Shane Reid takes his inspiration from the pandemic and other dystopia for this report of the clash between the Lions and the Dockers.

Almanac Book Review – ‘The Death of Fitzroy Football Club’: Hands have been clenched into fists too long

Shane Reid gets a real buzz reading Russell Holmesby’s book which is not only about the last year’s of Fitzroy but about the Fitzroy of his early life. It’s not just a book of death. [Terrific personal review essay – Ed]