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Giants land knockout blows on flailing Lions

Toby Greene (left) celebrates a goal for the Giants.

As encouraging as the Brisbane Lions' performances have been of late – despite having just two wins to their name after 13 rounds, and during a season filled with results that have defied tipsters – surely only the most optimistic football observers would have thought the Lions might get close to Greater Western Sydney.

Beams off early after shoulder injury

Dayne Beams leaves the field injured early in the match against GWS.

The luckless Brisbane Lions have suffered a massive blow with their brilliant captain Dayne Beams suffering what appeared to be a serious shoulder injury against Greater Western Sydney at the Gabba on Saturday.

Nathan Buckley and the search for a beautiful mind

Nathan Buckley

Like a lot of people forged in football, Nathan Buckley refers to his life as being inside "the footy world". It's an acknowledgment that another world exists, where winning and losing is not the only metric of a man.

Kicking goals in a crisis-free season

All of a sudden, in this ridiculously even AFL season, Nathan Buckley's coaching future at Collingwood doesn't look so ...

There’s a lot for which to be thankful this AFL season. A tight competition, close finishes, plenty of unpredictability. And, thankfully, an absence of a perpetual air of crisis.

Fagan and his Lions smiling after massive win

The Lions' Ryan Bastinac celebrates a goal with teammates in the big win over Fremantle.

Brisbane Lions coach Chris Fagan couldn't wipe the smile off his face. "It wasn't so much the fact that we won, it was the manner that we played tonight," he said after his team's second win of the season, a 57-point thrashing of Fremantle.

Schache won't play if he opts out: Fagan

Josh Schache of the Lions controls the ball during the round eight AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Brisbane ...

Brisbane coach Chris Fagan remains optimistic Josh Schache will sign a new deal with the Lions but the young Victorian shouldn't expect to play AFL footy again this year if he opts out.

Brisbane Lions mid-season report card

Very little was expected of the young Lions in 2017.

Very little was expected of the young Lions in the lead-up to the 2017 home-and-away season. They were a popular tip, along with Carlton, to exit the season with the club's first wooden spoon since 1998.

Bad kicking costs Magpies percentage

Jamie Elliott kicks for goal.

Inaccurate goal kicking had cost Collingwood several wins and up to 15 percentage points this year, coach Nathan Buckley said, after the familiar problem plagued them again against Brisbane. This time, it only cost them percentage, not premiership points.