REIGNING AFL Women's premier Brisbane appears certain to continue its nomadic lifestyle in 2022, with Maroochydore firming as a favourite to host Lions' home games.
Brisbane has played the past two seasons at Wilston Grange's Hickey Park – in the city's inner north – but is now looking for a new venue.
Burpengary's Moreton Bay Sports Complex, 40 minutes north of Brisbane, is also being considered.
After winning its first premiership in April, Brisbane sits comfortably among the most successful clubs in the AFLW's short history, but has never had a genuine home.
It has played host at Brendale's South Pine Sports Complex, Burpengary, Wilston Grange and most famously had to play the inaugural 2017 Grand Final against Adelaide at Metricon Stadium because of the Gabba's unavailability.
They managed to squeeze two games at the Gabba in 2021 – their first two ever - following cricket season, including a memorable preliminary final triumph over Collingwood.
But the Lions are almost certain to move again.
With the season start pushed back to January, after originally being brought forward to December, the Lions have had to consider their options.
Using local Brisbane grounds like Hickey Park cuts into that club's season.
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One advantage of Maroochydore, a 90-minute drive north of Brisbane, is that it has four fields, ensuring the Lions get access to a quality venue while not disrupting the club's own schedule of training and playing.
The Sunshine Coast is part of Brisbane's Academy zone, and the Fishermans Rd venue contains in excess of 600 car parks for spectators.
Brisbane has played just 18 of its 41 matches at five different 'home' grounds.
This is the last season the premiers will be in limbo, with the Lions' $70 million training and administration base at Springfield, which includes Brighton Homes Arena, set for completion next September.