Almanac Footy: The Lions, The Cats, The Gabba and The Divine

Brisbane v Geelong in a Preliminary Final at the Gabba is massive for John Harms. He explains why.

Finals Week 3 – Brisbane v Geelong: Put to the Sword

Some thoughts from Sasha Lennon as the Lions were overpowered by the Cats in the preliminary final.

Finals Week 3 – Brisbane v Geelong: Prelude to a Jig

Jamie Simmons gets to the Preliminary Final at the Gabba where he is left contemplating football expressions, football experience and football expectations.

Finals Week 1 – Brisbane v Richmond: Captain’s call

John Green went into Richmond’s first final confident. After avidly following the glittering career of skipper Trent Cotchin, John was let down by Richmond’s loss to the Lions.

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 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 13 – Brisbane v St Kilda: It’s a LOT

There’s a game of footy which Yvette Wroby watches via the Fan Zone, but there’s so much more. The Robert Muir story. An interview with ChicksTalkingFooty on JoyFM, a St Kilda AFLW Best and Fairest to look forward…there’s a LOT.

Round 13 – Brisbane v St Kilda: Losses & the past don’t change anything; we have to see positive

It wasn’t the result Yoshi wanted and there are things he wishes his Saints would do better, but he still thinks finals are on the horizon. Like many other St Kilda fans, the story of Robert Muir affected Yoshi deeply too.

Round 13 – Brisbane v St. Kilda: The Sir Doug Nicholls Round: Here’s to you Robert Muir, St. Kilda’s number 32

There was already a sense of significance to this game between two of the best teams going around, both which feature Indigenous players in key roles; Russell Jackson’s article on former Saint Robert Muir made it moreso for Braham Dabscheck.

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 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 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 Lions: A Bespoke Football Experience

William Westerman was one of the lucky few who got to travel up to Giants’ Stadium and watch his Lions take on GWS. With more space and room to cheer, William watched his Lions give an improved performance.

Round 7 – GWS v Brisbane: Lockdown

Derrinalphil was an obsessive Roys supporter and morphed into a Brisbane Lions supporter. He’s impressed witht heir form.

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: I much prefer footy on a Sunday

There were a few signs that this might have been a good night for Sam Evans and his Lions, but there was no Miracle on Grass 3 as the Cats steamrolled their opponents in Sydney…and work still beckoned the next day.

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 2 – Brisbane v Fremantle: Behind the pub’s velvet rope

What do you do when the footy’s back on but the pub is fully booked? Jarrod Landells and Shirl (“QUEENSLANDER!!”) come up trumps.

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.