In 2004, the Brisbane Lions were chasing a historic fourth consecutive flag. LINDA PEARCE talks to Leigh Matthews and Jason Akermanis about a prelim round schedule that has them aggrieved to this day.
Ask Leigh Matthews how long it took him to swallow his rage over the contentious scheduling of the most recent Brisbane-Geelong preliminary final played at the MCG and the reply from one of football’s most legendary figures, 18 seasons on, is typically direct.
Right. Good to know.
“Not that anything changes, but it doesn’t mean you can’t feel aggrieved for the rest of your life, basically.’’
OK. Roger that.
In that fateful year, 2004, the Lions were seeking a historic fourth consecutive premiership to equal a feat achieved only by Collingwood in 1927-30. Via what, if it was played now, would be a twilight game at the Gabba.
Instead, under the contractual…