2001 Premiers: The Lions

The Lions traveled to Melbourne to meet the reigning premiers, the Essendon Bombers. The trip started with a fairytale Grand Final Parade through the streets of Melbourne on the Friday, with the large majority of the supporters barracking for the Lions. Conspicuous in the crowd were the scarves, jumpers and flags of the pre merger Fitzroy Lions. On Grand Final Day the weather was hot with an expected maximum of 27 degrees, more like Brisbane weather. The Lions dominated the game early but were very inaccurate in front of goal. By half time the Bombers had a 14 point lead. It was thought that the Lions superior fitness would prevail in the second half and this proved to be the case with the Brisbane team winning by 26 points. The final score was 15.18.108 to 12.10.82.

A celebratory dinner was held at the Palladium at the Crown Casino after the players had been presented to the fans at the National Tennis Centre.

The next day the Lions took the Premiership cup to the Brunswick Street Oval, the traditional home of the Fitzroy Lions, to a crowd of 7-8,000 persons, some with Lion’s memorabilia dating back to pre-war days and the Lion’s last flag in 1944. It was then back to Brisbane for a celebration at the Gabba. This was latter in the week followed by a parade through the streets of Brisbane and the presentation of the Keys of the City by the Lord Mayor. Latter their was a civic reception by the premier.

First Class Collectables issued the commemorative cover on the banner and a cover showing the Norm Smith Medalist, Shaun Hart. Lobo8 released two covers.

A Set of 22 Souvenir Covers for the Brisbane Lions win in the AFL Premiership was released by “Covers Please”. All covers were postmarked The Gabba 1 October 2001 (the Monday after the victory). 18 of the covers have the player Personalised stamp while the other four players (Notting, Michael, Copeland & Chris Scott) did not appear on the Lions P-stamp sheet and are on covers with an ordinary stamp.

The 0K and 1K Art Council Booklets were overprinted with “Congratulations Brisbane AFL winners 2001” The K stands for Koala.

During 1989 Australia Post decided to identify reprints by adding a koala symbol to the selvedge of sheets. The symbol was applied on each alternate row starting from the top of the sheet in both the right and left selvedge adjacent to the corner of the stamp. In 1993 a decision was made to print the symbol on each row at both the left and right of the sheet. Successive reprints up to and including the fourth reprint will carry additional koalas. A kangaroo is shown for the fifth reprint and is positioned in the same way as the koalas. Additional reprints up to the eighth reprint will show the kangaroo with the appropriate number of koalas.