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A brief history of the QClash, with a twist

Michael Gosman  August 10, 2017 4:49 PM

QClash #1, Round 7, 2011
Gold Coast SUNS 18.16 (124) defeated Brisbane Lions 17.14 (116) at the Gabba

This isn't how the first QClash was meant to play out...

Scores were level with six minutes left before a Nathan Krakouer goal edged the SUNS ahead. Daniel Rich, Simon Black and Ash McGrath had huge games for the Lions, but they weren't enough to stop the SUNS claiming the first Queensland derby.  

QClash #2, Round 21, 2011
Brisbane Lions 18.15 (123) defeated Gold Coast SUNS 8.13 (61) at the Gabba

That's more like it!

Revenge was sweet for the Lions in a dominant victory over the SUNS, squaring the QClash ledger at one apiece. Simon Black took home the Marcus Ashcroft Medal. 

QClash #3, Round 4, 2012
Brisbane Lions 17.9 (111) defeated Gold Coast SUNS 6.10 (46) at the Gabba

In his first QClash, Johnathan Brown booted three majors and surged past 500 career goals as the Lions cruised to largest QClash victory on record.


QClash #4, Round 17, 2012
Brisbane Lions 8.11 (59) defeated Gold Coast SUNS 5.18 (48) at Metricon Stadium

The first QClash played at the SUNS home ground went the way of the away side, with the Lions prevailing by 11 points in a gritty contest. 

The SUNS definitely had their chances to win the game, but their atrocious kicking came back to hurt them. 

QClash #5, Round 3, 2013
Brisbane Lions 13.16 (94) defeated Gold Coast SUNS 13.14 (92) at Metricon Stadium

In an encounter reminiscent of Round 1 this year, the Lions staved off a strong comeback by the SUNS to hold on for a thrilling two-point victory. Browny kicked five and took home the Marcus Ashcroft Medal. 


QClash #6, Round 15, 2013
Brisbane Lions 17.14 (116) defeated Gold Coast SUNS 12.11 (83) at the Gabba

Five in a row feels good! 

In front of the largest QClash crowd to date, 27,170, the Lions kicked six of the last eight goals to scoot away with the four points in a feisty clash. 

QClash #7, Round 3, 2014
Gold Coast SUNS 17.12 (114) defeated Brisbane Lions 9.7 (61) at Metricon Stadium

Well, the winning streak had to end at some point... 

Gary Ablett was sublime for the SUNS, with the home side kicking eight unanswered goals late in the match to snatch their first QClash victory since the inaugural encounter. 


QClash #8, Round 18, 2014
Brisbane Lions 16.14 (110) defeated Gold Coast SUNS 8.8 (56) at the Gabba

The Lions returned to the QClash winning circle with a resounding 54-point victory over the SUNS. A seven goal opening quarter by the Lions blew the SUNS off the park and they were never able to recover. 

Former Lion Pearce Hanley claimed his first Marcus Ashcroft Medal after collecting a ridiculous 45 disposals, nine clearances, two goals and three goal assists. 

QClash #9, Round 5, 2015
Gold Coast SUNS 18.10 (118) defeated Brisbane Lions 7.12 (54) at Metricon Stadium

The SUNS' largest QClash victory...enough said. 

QClash #10, Round 19, 2015
Gold Coast SUNS 17.12 (114) defeated Brisbane Lions 14.16 (110) at the Gabba

Two derbies in a row for the SUNS after a tight four-point victory at the Gabba. 

The lead changed hands 13 times and the Lions dominated the disposal and inside 50 count, but just couldn't make it count on the scoreboard. 

QClash #11, Round 4, 2016
Brisbane Lions 14.23 (107) defeated Gold Coast SUNS 14.10 (94) at the Gabba

Winning a spiteful clash is always a good feeling, even more so when it's against your arch rival. 

Steven May won't be the most popular man in Brisbane for quite some time after a nasty hit on Stef Martin.

The Lions were wasteful in front of the sticks - kicking 4.15 in the first half - but were able to land the finishing blow when it mattered. 

QClash #12, Round 16, 2016
Gold Coast SUNS 22.7 (139) defeated Brisbane Lions 17.11 (113) at Metricon Stadium

Attack at all costs was the Lions motto for this clash, and the brave game plan almost worked. 

The SUNS held a commanding 51-point lead in the third quarter before the Lions charged back to within just a few kicks. 

The home side was able to hold on for victory but a host of young stars showed plenty of future promise for the Lions.

QClash #13, Round 1, 2017
Brisbane Lions 15.8 (98) defeated Gold Coast SUNS 14.12 (96) at Metricon Stadium

Under new Senior Coach Chris Fagan, the Lions made a blinding start to their season, piling on seven unanswered goals in the first quarter to charge out to a hefty lead.

The SUNS fought their way back into the contest, but a Lewy Taylor goal late in the match sealed a thrilling victory for the young Lions.

In his first match as Captain, Dayne Beams claimed the Marcus Ashcroft Medal. 


QClash #14, Round 21, 2017

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