An explosive utility player who became Queensland’s second Brownlow Medalist in 2001, Jason Akermanis was a key member of the Brisbane Lions triple premiership sides of 2001, 2002, and 2003 and was named first rover in the Queensland Team of the Century.
Born in Mildura but a product of Mayne (QAFL), Akermanis was an All-Australian Teal Cup selection in 1994, making his AFL debut the following year. He was a ‘good ordinary’ player prior to 1998, but was transformed into a ‘great’ player when new coach Leigh Matthews switched him to the back pocket in 1999. He won All-Australian selection in 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2004, was awarded the Jim Stynes Medal in the International Rules competition in 1993, and claimed the Lions Best & Fairest award in 1999 and 2005, on top of his 2001 Brownlow Medal.
Blessed with extraordinary kicking skills and wonderful finishing capabilities, he was used through the midfield and as a goal-kicking forward (often scoring ‘impossible’ goals from deep on the flanks) throughout the Lions halcyon days, forming an outstanding mid-field combination with Simon Black and Michael Voss, among others.