Essendon and the Lions are sitting at polar opposite positions on the ladder. The Bombers have found a rejuvenated strength and belief in 2013, culminating in six victories in the first seven rounds, losing only to powerhouse team Geelong. The Lions just have not found the gear that they shifted into during the pre-season, and it has proved costly.
Running the ball down the ground, and an incredibly solid backline have been key assets to the Bombers roaring start to the season. By finding space and not giving their opponents a chance, there is a huge belief in the red and black army.
Some timely performances from the Lions youth brigade and a string of wins saw the struggling 2001-2003 premiers find some late form to finish 13th in 2012.
Considered to be something of a pretender team for several years now, Lions fans started to claw their way back out of their hiding holes, as a plethora of injuries saw many key players out for large chunks of last season. The shining light for the club was the way in which the likes of Dayne Zorko, Tom Rockliff and Daniel Rich in the midfield stepped up a gear to support the veterans and new players. Continue reading AFL: Brisbane Lions 2013 season preview→