BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 10: Charlie Cameron of the Lions celebrates a goal during the round 21 AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Gold Coast Suns at The Gabba on August 10, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

1. 2020 Recap

The Lions had a once in a lifetime opportunity at a home grand final last year and they blew it. They did the hard work by beating Richmond in the qualifying final to set up a home preliminary final but could reach the final hurdle.

It was already a step-up from the previous season, but they went out with barely a whimper against the Cats in the preliminary final. It would've been heartbreaking for Lions fans as they missed the chance at a grand final at the Gabba.

AFL Rd 2 - Brisbane v Fremantle
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 13: Lachie Neale of the Lions takes a mark during the round 2 AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Fremantle Dockers at The Gabba on June 13, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Brisbane were superb in the home and away season, rightly earning their double chance yet again. They and seemed to have learned from 2019's straight sets exit from the finals and used that during a compromised 2020 season, but it was an opportunity lost, no doubt.

Their season was highlighted by Lachie Neale's Brownlow Medal win as he ran away with the award, he was terrific all year and was able to make the leap into the game's truest elite.