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Gold Coast Suns
Gold Coast Suns
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The Gold Coast Suns and Brisbane Lions meet in Round 6 AFL action. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 1:45pm (AEST).
Not for some time has the ‘QClash’ held so much interest, with northern football not having looked particularly competitive in recent times.
Brisbane began the season like the proverbial house on fire before crashing back to earth with a humbling belting at the hands of the Pies last weekend.
The Suns too, enjoyed a promising start before being similarly derailed in Round 5 when Adelaide finally found some form and their second win of the season.
Both sides now sit at three wins and two losses and on the fringe of the eight when percentages are taken into consideration.
Having both strung together three wins on the trot early in the 2019 season, there is enough evidence to suggest that Chris Fagan and Stuart Dew have their perspective teams in tip-top physical shape and playing with new found confidence.
With more matches now into some of the youth in both squads, the Suns and Lions look to be on the dawn of new areas and that is an exciting thing for all footy fans to be watching.
Despite a lack of household names in their squad, the Suns have done the Gold Coast proud so far, with Jarrod Witts, David Swallow and Alex Sexton playing the aces in the pack with some stand out performances to start the season.
The Lions have been well served by star recruit Lachie Neale and Touk Miller has finally begun to fulfill his much-touted promise.
Despite always having fire and passion, the ‘QClash’ has not had top eight ramifications… well, ever. That makes this match such a different experience for all AFL fans, with the winner moving into the eight and looking very realistic finals contenders.
In what I am predicting may be a high scoring and somewhat chaotic game, the Luke Hodge factor may prove the difference.
The veterans’ influence on the Lions’ back half cannot be underestimated and his young defenders just keep improving under him.
That greater sense of poise and composure at the back could prove the difference in a match where young players will no doubt make many errors.
The team that stays disciplined at half-back and measures their attacking paths forward will prevail today. For me, that looks likely to be the Lions.
Brisbane by three goals.
Where: Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast
When: Saturday 27th April 2019, 1:45pm (AEST)
TV: Fox Footy, Kayo Sports
Betting: Gold Coast $2.75 Brisbane $1.42
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B: Harbrow, Collins, Ballard
HB: Murdoch, Hombsch, Hanley
C: Ainsworth, Bowes, Horlin-Smith
HF: Sexton, Wright, Holman
F: MacPherson, Corbett, Martin
FOLL: Witts, Miller, Swallow
I/C: Brodie, Fiorini, Joyce, Lukosius
EMG: Day, Heron, Miles, Young
B: Hodge, Walker, Rich
HB: Witherden, Gardiner, Robinson
C: Berry, Neale, McCluggage
HF: Rayner, Hipwood, McCarthy
F: Cameron, McStay, McInerney
FOLL: Martin, Zorko, Lyons
I/C: Cutler, Taylor, Lester, Answerth
EMG: Bastinac, Robertson, Ballenden, Smith