Ah, Brisbane!

Our faith has been destroyed in the capital of Queensland after two successive losses on home ground in the 2019 AFL finals.

The second of these was compounded by it being a club from Sydney that did the interstate raiding, as the GWS Giants squeezed by the Lions 93 – 80 at the Gabba.

After finishing 15th last season, the rise to conclude number two for the home-and-away season of the Toyota 2019 AFL Premiership competition supplied the sort of underdog redemption story all of us love.

Rather than seeing it through to become the rightful wearer of the glass slipper, however, Brisbane earned the dubious distinction of becoming the first club to finish in the top two and lose two home finals since the current finals structure came into being in 2000.

When Brisbane and GWS met earlier in the season, the Lions won by 20 points in Round 16 in a game played in Sydney. The Lions were undefeated following their Round 13 bye, save for losing their final home-and-away game to Richmond.

While it is true that they beat nothing other than Geelong over the second half of the season, the fixture was not their fault, as the league shows mercy toward the bottom dwellers.

As recently as Round 22, the Giants were losing to Western Bulldogs, not narrowly, but by 61 points, yet here they are, one win away from a Grand Final berth.

We like to remain objective when it comes to the AFL, but the last thing we wanted was a straight set exit by the Lions.

The win by GWS came near the death, but it could not have been had Brisbane taken care of business earlier in the game and come into the lees of the game with a comfortable margin.

The Giants were behind only three going into the final three minutes of the game when Brent Daniels gained possession of a loose ball, and then ran down unimpeded to point-blank range and kicked a runner through from 25 metres.

The game, while a thriller, was also a bit sloppy, as the free kicks were over 50, 31 of those going to the Giants and 23 to the Lions.

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