- May 3, 2007
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
- Man City, Valencia, Lazio, Panthers
Brisbane Since that 2004 Grand final had made finals in 2009, then went through a decade of not making finals now is making finals in 2019 and 2020. Not making finals from 2010-18 has hurt the crowd attendances to the point only the rusted on and Hardcore fans rocked up. Overall, having both Brisbane and Gold coast not making finals from 2011-18 hurt the state of Queensland footy.Overall, I agree with your comment.
I would say Brisbane/SEQ is at least equal to Sydney, certainly when you factor grass roots participation and relative population.
The main two advantages the swans have over the lions are:
-much better on-field performance for most of the last 15 years
-a geographic concentration of support
And I'm not sure of the second (in terms of whether there is similar in brisbane or whether the geographic concentration would mean much if there was a decade of terrible on field performance)
On the other hand, Both GWS and Swans making finals in 2016-18 helped the health of Aussie Rules in NSW. Hell, GWS memberships have risen to 30,000. We have had both NSW sides face each other in finals as well. Swans since 2004 has won 2 flags in 2015 and 2012. they Also lost 3 grand finals in 2006, 2014 and 2016. Sydney has had some good onfield success in the last 10-20 years. I think the swans can have another 2-3 years of bottom 6 finishes and bounce back up to make finals again while still having repectable crowds in the rebuild years.
The only thing that Queensland has got going that is better compared to NSW in Australian rules footy is they have a half decent state league in the QAFL. Theres always going to be some Queensland talent that gets drafted into AFL teams.