Brisbane coach Chris Fagan believes the painful lessons from AFL finals series gone by have paved the way for the Lions’ stunning September surge.
The Lions are through to a preliminary final against minor premiers Geelong after a famous upset of their bogey team Melbourne on Friday night.
Brisbane turned around their dismal recent form against the Demons, recording a 13-point victory at the MCG – 14.8 (92) to 11.13 (79) – at a venue where they had lost their last 11 matches since 2014.
After entering this year’s finals series with a 1-5 post-season record, blighted by two straight-sets exits under Fagan, the Lions have now triumphed in two straight sudden-death thrillers.
Fagan hailed his team’s resilience for backing up last week’s classic victory over Richmond with another come-from-behind win, arguably the Lions’ finest since their last grand final win in 2003.