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Gold Coast Suns
Gold Coast Suns
|17.10 (112)||Third Quarter [+]||4.5 (29)|
|10.5 (65)||Second Quarter [+]||4.4 (28)|
|4.3 (27)||First Quarter [+]||2.2 (14)|
Brisbane have boosted their hopes of a top-two season finish by thumping Gold Coast by 91 points in their AFL derby at the Gabba on Saturday night.
Brisbane 22.11 (144)
Gold Coast 8.5 (53)
Saturday’s twilight game takes us to the Gabba, where the finals-bound Brisbane Lions host wooden spooners-elect the Gold Coast Suns. Join The Roar for live commentary and scores from 4:35pm AEST.
If you were to compare the seasons of the competition’s two Queensland teams, you’d get very different results. Brisbane has shot from a finals hopeful to a legitimate premiership contender, while the Gold Coast Suns have fallen to the bottom after reasonably encouraging start to the season.
The difference between the duo is even more stark headed into this round: Brisbane’s won their past seven, the Suns have dropped their past fifteen.
Last weekend’s clashes were further illustrative of the teams positionings. Brisbane held off an admirable Bulldogs effort to secure their fourteenth win of the year, Gold Coast being thrashed by the Pies down in Victoria by around 70 points.
This week you’d be really looking at the Suns to provide some effort heading into the clash they’re absolute underdogs in – all Brisbane have to do is not tune out and drop a game that is almost a certainty. Brisbane will also be hoping for a bit of a percentage boost, too, you’d think.
Teams wise, it’s only the Suns who have made selection changes headed into this afternoon’s clash. They’ve omitted two key players – Peter Wright and Jack Martin – while including Jacob Heron and debutant Caleb Graham.
Brisbane’s made no changes, including skipper Dayne Zorko after his hamstring scare last weekend.
This will, in all likelihood, be a shellacking. Brisbane’s just far too strong for the fatigued Suns, and with a top two spot – or perhaps even the minor premiership – within grasp, the Lions won’t be taking any chances with this one. They’ll win by eight goals, plus.
Brisbane Lions by 53 points
When: 4:35pm AEST
TV: Channel 7 (Queensland), Fox Footy, Kayo
Betting: Brisbane $1.03, Gold Coast $12.00
B Luke Hodge, Harris Andrews, Marcus Adams
HB Alex Witherden, Darcy Gardiner, Daniel Rich
C Lincoln McCarthy, Dayne Zorko, Mitch Robinson
HF Charles Cameron, Eric Hipwood, Hugh McCluggage
F Oscar McInerney, Daniel McStay, Jarrod Berry
FOL Stefan Martin, Lachie Neale, Jarryd Lyons
I/C Allen Christensen, Cam Rayner, Zac Bailey, Noah Answerth
Gold Coast Suns
B Jack Lukosius, Caleb Graham, Jarrod Harbrow
HB Charlie Ballard, Chris Burgess, Lachie Weller
C Pearce Hanley, Anthony Miles, Brayden Fiorini
HF Alex Sexton, Sam Day, Touk Miller
F Sean Lemmens, Ben King, Jacob Heron
FOL Jarrod Witts, David Swallow, Darcy MacPherson
I/C Ben Ainsworth, Jack Bowes, Jacob Dawson, Michael Rischitelli