Lions eye 106-year AFL achievement

Brisbane's remarkable AFL resurgence can reach historic heights on Sunday, when a win over Richmond would ensure the merged club's first minor premiership since Fitzroy finished on top in 1913.

Not even the Lions' great triple-premiership sides of 2001-2003 managed the feat, a fact captain Dayne Zorko is well aware of.

Securing it will require another historic achievement given the Tigers have beaten Brisbane in their last 12 clashes, while the Lions haven't won at the MCG since 2014.

While excited by the challenge, the skipper hasn't let it distract his men during a season that has already produced a string of drought-breaking moments.

"It (minor premiership) is not something we'll be solely focused on, but what an exciting achievement if we're able to get the win," said Zorko on Tuesday.

"It's another great opportunity and no bigger task; we've broken hoodoos all year and set out to do the same this weekend."

Wooden spooners in 2017 and 15th last season with just five wins, Brisbane have won their last nine games and 16 overall in 2019 to emerge as ladder leaders and the form side heading toward the finals.

Zorko, in his first full year of captaincy, said the maturity of a young group to avoid complacency and distractions along the way had impressed him.

Fun initiatives like dress up Fridays and regular golf competitions have been embraced by players and staff this year, with Zorko sure their close bond off the field had contributed to their success on it.

"(Guys aged) 20, 21, 22, the normal people (that age) would be going out having fun so we need to implement ways of not going out but make the environment as fun as possible," Zorko said.

"Whether we've been complacent or happy with that (big wins in the past) .. this time it's a real mature 'get back to work' attitude."

The club is hopeful Allen Christensen will be available for finals after picking up a hamstring injury in Saturday's defeat of Geelong.

The in-form small forward was put through some running and agility drills away from the main group at Tuesday's session but is understood to be out of contention for the MCG clash.

HOODOOS BROKEN

* Will be first finals campaign since 2009

* Beat Sydney for the first time since 2009

* Beat West Coast and Adelaide for the first time since 2012

* Beat Geelong and GWS for first time since 2013

* Beat North Melbourne for the first time since 2014

HOODOOS TO BREAK

* No minor premiership since Fitzroy in 1913

* Haven't won at the MCG since 2014

* Have lost 12 straight games to Richmond

* Longest winning streak (nine) since a 10-game run in 1999