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Updated: 07/10/2009

Jason Akermanis

Akermanis or "Aka" as he is universally known, was drafted by the Bears in 1995. He was unique in that he attended Brisbane Elite Rugby School, Nudgee, on an athletics scholarship. He played junior football for the Mayne Tigers.

He readily admits he was the wild one, but his world started to fall apart with the death of his mother, and  the responsibility of a younger brother thrust upon him. The steading influence was the arrival at the Lions of coach "Lethal" Leigh Matthews. Aka had a great year in 1999 making the All Australian Team and winning the Best and Fairest for Australia in the International Series against Ireland. He also won the Best and Fairest for the LIons with Justin Leppitsch. He also started with his trademark Hand stand and kissing the Gabba turf after a win in a salute to the fans.

The cover below was released by First Class Collectables to commemorate Akermanis' win.

Brownlow Medalist

2001 saw the Lions start slowly but then they strung together a record number of wins and stormed into the Grand Final. Grand Final week traditionally starts with the Brownlow Medal Count on the Monday. The Lions did not travel to Melbourne due to the "Ansett Collapse" but had their own function at the Gabba. Michael Voss was second favourite to Adelaide's McLeod but Aka prevailed to become Brisbane's second medalist after Voss.

More success was to come with the Lions travelling to Melbourne to meet reigning premiers, the Essendon Bombers. The Lions dominated 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 a 27 degree sunny day 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.

Below is one of two covers produced by "Lobo8" to commemorate the Lions Premiership win.

2001 Premiership and Brownlow Medalist

Although not winning the Brownlow in 2002, Aka still won the goal of the year, All Australian selection and kicked the winning goal in the 2002 Premiership after brilliant coaching by Leigh Matthews.

First Class Collectables released covers showing  Jason Akermanis and his famous Akers Handstand as well as in action during the game, Lobo8 released a cover showing  "Back to bacb" cachet with Aka and the Lions Stamp. Coversplease also released a cover of Jason Akermanis.

After relatively poor games in the 2001 and 2002 Grand Finals, in 2003 Aka played to expectations kicking five goals. First Class Collectables released a Cover and Coversplease also released a Cover.

First Class Collectables issued covers  to commemorate the Best and Fairest winners in 2005 including Jason Akermanis for Brisbane,

2006 saw the trading of Aka to the Western Bulldogs after flare ups with coach Leigh Matthew.