It may be a sign of better things to come, or it could be damming with faint praise, but the Brisbane Lions seem to be in a good position to turn the wooden spoon over to another side, as they can look down and see the Gold Coast Suns and the Carlton Blues beneath them.
They do face some challenges in the closing weeks of the Toyota 2018 AFL Premiership competition, but with two consecutive wins in Rounds 15 and 16 by nice margins, albeit agasint Fremantle and Carlton, the question arises of whether or not they can influence finals and capture a big scalp in the waning weeks of the season.
The one that might matter the most is the Round 23 match that concludes the home-and-away season with the West Coast Eagles, at least in terms of going into the off-season with something upon which to build.
They could really disrupt the proceedings if they can surprise the Collingwood Magpies in Round 21 and the Pies could be depleted after consecutive weeks of top competition in the form of the Richmond Tigers and the Sydney Swans.
Dayne Beams is Brisbane’s top contender for the Brownlow Medal and he is doing a credible job of chasing Shaun Higgins, Patrick Cripps, Dustin Martin and he is hot on the boots of the predicted winner, favourite Tom Mitchell.
It may be the Lions’ turn to take the Charlie. Simon Black was the most recent from the club to win the AFL’s most significant individual award in 2002. The honour went to Lions’ player Jason Akermanis the year prior. The Lions were the Bears, Oh My! the time Michael Voss tied with James Hird of the Essendon Bombers in 1996.
We chose to take the optimistic approach and maintain that if Australian Rules football has a future in Queensland, that future now is in the hands of the Brisbane Lions, but only time will tell how far out that future is.