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AFL: Brisbane Lions profile

Brisbane Lions have won three AFL premierships, but it is 20 years since they won the last one, and they will be out to end the drought against Collingwood on Saturday.

The Lions pulled off an historic three-peat, winning the grand final in 2001, 2002 and 2003, and two of those victories were against Saturday’s opponents, Collingwood.

Brisbane have been there or thereabouts in recent seasons, but now they are back at the MCG for the big one, and will feel they have a great chance of adding premiership number four to the trophy cabinet.

Let’s take a closer look at the Lions as the build up to the grand final continues to hot up.

WhatCollingwood v Brisbane 
WhereMCG, Melbourne 
When14:30 (AEST) Saturday 30th September, 2023 
How to watchChannel 9, Foxtel, Kayo
OddsCollingwood 1.75, Brisbane 2.10

Route to the grand final

The Lions had a superb regular season, winning 17 games and losing just six, to finish second on the AFL ladder.

They managed to pip Port Adelaide to second spot, which turned out to be crucial in their run to the grand final.

It meant two home finals for them and they took full advantage of playing at the Gabba when seeing off Port Adelaide and Carlton.

The Lions jumped straight to the preliminary final with a 123-75 win over Port, and then overcame Carlton 79-63 to set up their date with Collingwood in the big one.

Brisbane have beaten Collingwood in Melbourne already this season, but it was at Marvel Stadium rather than the MCG.

They won by 24 points on that occasion and can be backed at 6.50 to win by 13-24 in the grand final.

Play-off history

The Lions pulled off an historic three-peat, winning the grand final in 2001, 2002 and 2003, and two of those victories were against Saturday’s opponents, Collingwood.

They also appeared in the 2004 grand final, but on this occasion they lost out to Port Adelaide.

In recent seasons they have made finals on a regular basis but, until now, failed to make the grand final.

In both 2019 and 2021 they went out in the semi-finals and in 2020 and 2022 they were defeated in the preliminary finals.

It is the first time they have been back in the grand final since 2004 and will be confident off adding to their three premierships.

Key players for Brisbane

The Lions go into the grand final with the newly crowned Brownlow Medallist Lachie Neale, who picked up the award for the second time on Monday night.

Neale has averaged almost 27 disposals and 14 contested possessions a game this season.

He will be key in the Lions midfield and he is priced at 7.00 to add the Norm Smith Medal for best on ground, to the Brownlow Medal.

Key forward Joe Daniher has booted 58 goals so far this season and is priced at 9.50 to boot the first goal of the grand final, while fellow forward Charlie Cameron is 10.00.

Harris Andrews will also be crucial in defence, while the Lions will also need a big game from Josh Dunkley in midfield.

Dunkley has averaged seven tackles a game and the Lions could do with something similar against the Pies.

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