The diabolical situation which the once mighty Brisbane Broncos find themselves, is in stark contrast compared with the Brisbane Lions, who will again challenge for the AFL premiership in 2020.
It has been reported that fans booed the Broncos off the park at halftime during their round six flogging by the lowly Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium.
Broncos fans are disgruntled, embarrassed and starved for success. But if they want success, their best chance is to jump ship to the other footy code, because the Lions are the team in Brisbane who are on the path to premiership glory.
The Lions finished second in 2019 and are currently third on the ladder after four rounds. Assuming the AFL can successfully work through the COVID-19 issues, the Lions will be on track for another top four finish and they will be keen to make up for last year’s finals failure, where they were knocked out in straight-sets.
It’s hard not to like what coach Chris Fagan has built since taking the reins in 2017, turning the club from cellar dwellers to premiership contenders, whereas Broncos coach Anthony Seibold has overseen a club who many had in their NRL top four, but currently sit second last after seven rounds.
The Lions roster has the perfect balance of youth and experience. They have their x-factors and their workhorses. It’s a far cry from what the Broncos have done with their roster – top heavily with forwards and lacking experience.
The Lions are expanding their brand to include the western regions of Brisbane – one of the fastest growing regions in Australia – by setting up base in Springfield with a shiny new mini-stadium (The Reserve) under construction which is where the team will train and will be the home ground for the women’s AFLW side.
They have run community programs in rugby league heartland areas including Ipswich and Toowoomba, with the intention of converting thousands of kids who aspire to play NRL, to aspiring to become a Brisbane Lion.Embed from Getty Images
Not since the triple premiership days of 2001 to 2003 have the Lions delivered this much excitement to football fans in Brisbane. The Broncos have been Brisbane’s only hope of premiership success since the 2004 AFL grand final, but those tables have well and truly turned.
It might take a few years for the Broncos to rebuild, but the premiership window is wide open for the Lions, who will be looking to achieve sustained success for several years to come.
With the NRL looking to expand with a second Brisbane NRL club, a Lions premiership will definitely hold them in good stead against two NRL clubs in regards to fan and corporate support.
But until that happens, there always has, and always will be enough room for both the Lions and Broncos in Brisbane, and Broncos fans don’t need to feel a sense of betrayal or question their own loyalty if they choose to follow the Lions on their journey to grand final day in October.
Broncos fans have always expected success throughout the clubs history. Anything less than being title contenders was not acceptable. But it is looking unlikely they will experience any form of success, at least not for the next couple of years.
The Lions want to share their success with everyone in Brisbane.
The Broncos will forever be Queensland’s flagship sporting club and it is inevitable they will bounce back. But in the meantime, while the club is at its lowest ebb, there is plenty of room on the Lions bandwagon if you need an endorphins boost from supporting a team that is winning.
Jump on board and hear the mighty Lions roar!