Simon Black

East Fremantle
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Simon Black is a former AFL footballer who played as a midfielder for the Brisbane Lions between 1998 and 2013. He played 322 games and was a triple Premiership player with the Brisbane Lions. Black is one of the most decorated players for the club, winning 3 premierships, earning the 2002 Brownlow Medal, the 2003 Norm Smith Medal and is a three time All Australian and Lions best & fairest winner. He was also the Brisbane Lions captain from 2007 to 2008.

Born in the rugged mining town of Mount Isa, Queensland, Simon Black’s path to AFL stardom was forged through sheer grit and determination. From his early days on the local footy fields to his eventual rise as a Brisbane Lions icon, Black exemplified the relentless spirit that defines the sport. He wasn’t the flashiest player, but his uncanny knack for winning the contested ball and his tireless work ethic made him an indispensable force in the midfield.

A lion cub

The midfielder impressed in his first season playing 9 games and taking out the clubs Best First Year Player award in 1998. He continued his rise the next year, playing 22 games including earning a Rising Star nomination for his round 9 performance against Geelong which saw him collect 20 disposals and kick 2 goals.

As the new millennium dawned, Simon Black continued to elevate his game, establishing himself as a linchpin in the Brisbane Lions’ midfield. His exceptional ball-winning ability and astute decision-making made him a crucial component of the team’s tactical setup. Black’s performances in the 2000 season hinted at the greatness that lay ahead, foreshadowing his pivotal role in the Lions’ rise to dominance in the years to come.

The 2001 season marked a turning point in Simon Black’s career, as he played an instrumental role in guiding the Brisbane Lions to their first premiership since 1996. His performances in the midfield were nothing short of outstanding, earning him widespread acclaim and recognition as one of the league’s premier midfielders. Black’s ability to thrive under pressure and deliver in crucial moments played a pivotal role in the Lions’ premiership triumph, laying the foundation for their dynasty in the years that followed. He earned his first All Australian selection and won his first club best and fairest award, the Merrett–Murray Medal.