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Gold Coast Suns
Gold Coast Suns
|C. A. Chee||20:53|
|9.14 (68)||Third Quarter [+]||9.8 (62)|
|C. A. Chee||17:10|
|4.9 (33)||Second Quarter [+]||9.6 (60)|
|2.4 (16)||First Quarter [+]||3.3 (21)|
It’s QClash time in the sunshine state as the Brisbane Lions battle the Gold Coast Suns badly needing a ship-steadying win. Follow along with the action here on The Roar with live scores from 3:10pm (AEST).
Equal premiership favourites just a fortnight ago, the Lions’ chances have been dealt a series of blows since then. Consecutive losses to St Kilda and Brisbane, plus a season-ending knee injury to key forward Eric Hipwood, has suddenly seen Chris Fagan’s team slide to fifth, with plenty of work to do to wrestle their way back into the top four.
Young midfielder Jarrod Berry returns to the team, as does lockdown defender Callum Ah Chee. Fringe youngsters Keidean Coleman and Jaxon Prior have been dropped.
They’ve had the wood over the Suns in recent times, though, with their last QClash defeat coming back in 2018, and will be confident of continuing that streak.
The Suns might also have lost in Round 18, but lost no admirers with a gutsy performance against the second-placed Western Bulldogs. Before that, consecutive upset wins over Richmond and GWS suggested Stuart Dew’s team might finally be on track after far too long in the wilderness. They do, however, lose wingman Brandon Ellis to a hamstring strain and goalsneak Nick Holman with a likely season-ending internal injury; running backman Oleg Markov returns to the team.
Central to the Suns’ surge has been star midfielder Touk Miller, whose work rate and outstanding dedication have him bumping shoulders with the AFL’s elite. The Lions will have to find a way to curb his influence, or he could lead the Suns to a third victory in four outings.
B: 42 James Madden, 31 Harris Andrews, 37 Brandon Starcevich
HB: 10 Daniel Rich, 35 Ryan Lester, 14 Grant Birchall
C: 7 Jarrod Berry, 33 Zac Bailey, 6 Hugh McCluggage
HF: 15 Dayne Zorko (c), 25 Daniel McStay, 11 Lincoln McCarthy
F: 4 Callum Ah Chee, 3 Joe Daniher, 23 Charlie Cameron
FOL: 46 Oscar McInerney, 17 Jarryd Lyons, 9 Lachie Neale
I/C: 2 Deven Robertson, 5 Mitch Robinson, 21 Tom Fullarton, 40 Jack Payne
EMG: 12 Nakia Cockatoo, 13 Tom Berry, 20 Jaxon Prior, 38 Connor Ballenden
IN: Jarrod Berry, Callum Ah Chee
OUT: Jaxon Prior, Keidean Coleman
Gold Coast Suns
B: 27 Wil Powell, 25 Sam Collins, 23 Sean Lemmens
HB: 13 Jack Lukosius, 10 Charlie Ballard, 3 Jack Bowes
C: 2 Rory Atkins, 11 Touk Miller, 37 Jeremy Sharp
HF: 6 Alex Sexton, 29 Chris Burgess, 19 Josh Corbett
F: 22 Izak Rankine, 34 Ben King, 9 Ben Ainsworth
FOL: 46 Caleb Graham, 15 Noah Anderson, 24 David Swallow (c)
I/C: 8 Brayden Fiorini, 17 Oleg Markov, 18 Matt Rowell, 26 Sam Flanders
EMG: 7 Will Brodie, 30 Alex Davies, 32 Zac Smith, 40 Joel Jeffrey
IN: Oleg Markov, Rory Atkins (R18 medical sub)
OUT: Brandon Ellis, Nick Holman