Brisbane Lions

Bulldogs lose Suckling in win over Lions

Matt Suckling is helped from the ground by trainers after injuring his knee.

The Western Bulldogs will be without another important running defender for Friday night's top-of-the-ladder clash against North Melbourne, with Matt Suckling injured in the win over Brisbane on Saturday night.

Lambert, Leppitsch and a turning point for the Lions

Craig Lambert and Melissa Lambert in Brisbane this week.

"Leppa," said Craig Lambert to his close friend Justin Leppitsch, "you have such a great heart. When will these players see the heart that I know?" It was that observation last October, according to Lambert, which was one turning point in this the latest phase of the relationship between the two men which began when they became teammates more than two decades ago.

Martin in line to play after big hit

Stefan Martin could play this weekend after being knocked out by Steven May.

Brisbane Lions coach Justin Leppitsch said he was satisfied with the tribunal's decision to suspend Gold Coast Suns defender Steven May for five matches on Tuesday night, after his heavy hit on Lions ruckman Stefan Martin.

Football should count its blessings after Q-clash crunch

The bump that landed Steven May in hot water.

The two luckiest men in the AFL are Brisbane's Stefan Martin and Gold Coast's Steven May. May is lucky because he is facing just five weeks on the sidelines. Martin is lucky not only because he's passed concussion tests and looks like he'll be fit to take on the Bulldogs this weekend. He's lucky to be available again, period.

Rockliff eyeing better times ahead

Brisbane Lions player Tom Rockliff has stepped up to the challenge of being captain.

Tom Rockliff's impassioned plea during one of the Lions' more meaningful and raw player sessions towards the end of 2015, Brisbane's annus horribilis, saw the rookie captain urge his teammates to trust him enough to confide in him.

Leppitsch treads carefully on shirtfront incident

Stefan Martin of the Lions and Steven May of the Suns collide.

Justin Leppitsch tried to choose his words carefully. "I'm not here to hang anyone," the Brisbane Lions coach said. He was speaking of Steven May, the Gold Coast Suns defender who had brutally ironed out his ruckman, Stefan Martin, close to half-time.

Brisbane Lions take QClash by 13 points

Callum Ah Chee of the Suns is tackled by Claye Beams of the Lions.

The AFL loves local rivalries. Sometimes the animus is real, between both clubs and fans, and goes back decades or even a century. More recently, as the game has expanded, rivalries between new teams are softer, and need a little geeing-up.

May knocks out Martin

The moments before impact at the Gabba last Saturday.

Gold Coast defender Steven May could be facing weeks on the sidelines after a brutally old-fashioned shirtfront that left Brisbane Lions ruckman Stefan Martin out cold.