Brisbane season guide: All you need to know

Club: Brisbane

Coach: Craig Starcevich

2020 captain: Emma Zielke

2020 best and fairest: Emily Bates

2020 in a nutshell: Started like a house on fire with three wins and a draw in the first month. Things went downhill from there though, with big losses against Fremantle and Collingwood forcing the Lions into an away semi-final against Carlton, which they lost heavily after a spirited first three quarters. Still, a solid season for a very young team.

AFLW Match Highlights: Gold Coast v Brisbane

06:16 Feb 22. 2020. 7:15 PM

The Suns and the Lions clash in Round 3 of the ALFW

New players: Taylor Smith (Gold Coast), Courtney Hodder, Zimmorlei Farquharson, Ruby Svarc, Indy Tahau, Beth Pinchin

YOUR CLUB'S DRAFT All you need to know about the 57 new faces

Notable departures: Arianna Clarke (retired)

Inactive players: Gabby Collingwood (injured), Sharni Webb (pregnant)

2021 opponents: Richmond (a), Geelong (h), GWS (a), Melbourne (h), Gold Coast (a), Adelaide (h), Fremantle (h), Collingwood (h), West Coast (a)

2021 FIXTURE Blues, Magpies return to kick off new-look season

Circle it: The Lions will play at the Gabba for the first time in history in round eight when they host the Magpies.

Player to watch: Courtney Hodder was a junior sensation in Western Australia before successfully switching to rugby. She's back with footy now and is lightning quick with great evasion and should add real spark to Brisbane's forward half.

Best Rising Star chance: Isabel Dawes

2021 prediction: Still very young in most parts of the ground, the Lions have finally got some continuity with their smallest list turnover since the AFLW started. They've added speed, which should help, but will be keen to unearth some more proven midfielders. They'll be around the finals mark again.