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Updated: 07/10/2009

First Premiership

The Lions travelled to Melbourne to meet the reigning premiers, the Essendon Bombers. The trip started with a fairytale Grand Final Parade through the streets of Melbourne on the Friday, with the large majority of the supporters barracking for the Lions. Conspicuous in the crowd were the scarves, jumpers and flags of the pre merger Fitzroy Lions. On Grand Final Day the weather was hot with an expected maximum of 27 degrees, more like Brisbane weather. The Lions dominated the game early but were very inaccurate in front of goal. By half time the Bombers had a 14 point lead. It was thought that the Lions superior fitness would prevail in the second half and this proved to be the case with the Brisbane team winning by 26 points. The final score was 15.18.108 to 12.10.82.

A celebratory dinner was held at the Palladium at the Crown Casino after the players had been presented to the fans at the National Tennis Centre.

The next day the Lions took the Premiership cup to the Brunswick Street Oval, the traditional home of the Fitzroy Lions, to a crowd of 7-8,000 persons, some with Lion's memorabilia dating back to pre-war days and the Lion's last flag in 1944. It was then back to Brisbane for a celebration at the Gabba. This was latter in the week followed by a parade through the streets of Brisbane and the presentation of the Keys of the City by the Lord Mayor. Latter their was a civic reception by the premier.

First Class Collectables issued the following commemorative cover and a cover showing the Norm Smith Medalist, Shaun Hart.

Premiership Captain Michael Voss

A Set of 22 Souvenir Covers for the Brisbane Lions win in the AFL Premiership was released by "Covers Please". All covers were postmarked The Gabba 1 October 2001 (the Monday after the victory). 18 of the covers have the player Personalised-stamp while the other four players (Notting, Michael, Copeland & Chris Scott) did not appear on the Lions P-stamp sheet and are on covers with an ordinary stamp.

The team line up for the Grand Final was

Below is one of two covers produced by "Lobo8" to commemorate the Lions Premiership win. Cover 2  shows Jason Akermanis with the Cup.

2001 Premiership and Alistair Lynch

The 0K and 1K Art Council Booklets were overprinted with "Congratulations Brisbane AFL winners 2001"

Arts Council Booklet Overprint