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Irwin Family Partners With Brisbane
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by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Just ahead of the AFL preseason launch, the Brisbane Lions announced that the Irwin family - Terri, Bindi and Robert - would be ambassadors for the club. Terri is the widow of the late wildlife conservationist Steve, who died tragically after a fatal encounter with a stingray. Of course, Irwin was most famous as the Crocodile Hunter. Terri and her two children were on hand at the Gabba for the announcement and brought with them several residents of their Australian Zoo, including a pair of Sumatran tiger cubs.

Round 20 Milestones
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Round 20 milestones include:

250 games: Gary Ablett (GC)
200 games: Ted Richards (SYD), Brent Stanton (ESS)
150 games: Bryce Gibbs (CARL), Daniel Merrett (BRIS)
100 games: Dennis Armfield (CARL), Chris Mayne (FRE), Tyson Goldsack (COL)
50 games: Phil Davis (GWS), Jack Gunston (HAW)
50 club games: Danny Stanley (GC)

High Flying Nic In Finals Form
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Rick Browner reporting for AFANA from Patersons Stadium, Perth

Nic Naitanui played the best game of his career to lead the West Coast Eagles to a demolition of the Brisbane Lions at Patersons Stadium in Round 18. The Eagles needed a win to keep in touch with the Top Four with six rounds to play. Brisbane had beaten West Coast against the odds last time they played and held a winning record in the last six out of eight encounters. The Lions had every reason to go into the game with their tails up.

Dockers Declaw Lions
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Two weeks ago at Patersons Stadium, the Fremantle Dockers played their first game against Geelong as if they were Grand Final material. In Round 3 against the Brisbane Lions they looked second rate. First blood went to the Lions with Todd Banfield awarded a free kick after Stephen Hill bamboozled himself and ran too far with the football. Brisbane was all over the more fancied home side which was hesitant in its disposals and not kicking truly when in possession of the ball. Both teams had a full court press on with their zones and the game resembled a chess match as each side tried to move the ball forward. Unfortunately it was not a Boris Spassky-Bobby Fisher level game but more like their unprepared understudies stepping into the spotlight.

Three Club Winners
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Brisbane midfielder Michael Rischitelli is the 2010 club best and fairest, despite his earlier announcement that he would be joining the Gold Coast.

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