Bragging rights will be at stake according to Lions Coach Craig Starcevich ahead of Saturday’s inaugural AFL Women’s QClash on the Gold Coast.
Starcevich was joined by senior player Lauren Arnell as well as the SUNS’ Sam Virgo and Coach David Lake, who were both at the Lions in the Club’s first three years.
“Everyone was worried about expansion taking away the quality of the comp... the quality has been outstanding,” Starcevich said.
“At the end of the day it’s the first time we’ve played each other, so whoever wins will have bragging rights…it’s about the footy.”
Arnell cannot wait to play against her former teammates at the SUNS, with many whom she considers close mates.
“There’s a huge amount of respect for these playing groups,” Arnell said.
The Lions will be aiming for a third straight victory this weekend after defeating Adelaide and Geelong. The SUNS are also flying high after a strong win over Richmond in Round 2, their first home game.
“Both teams will be aiming to win this weekend and maintain their reputation in the competition,” Arnell said.
Earlier this morning second year player Jesse Wardlaw was awarded a Rising Star nomination for her Round 2 performance against Geelong where she booted three goals.
Starcevich said the tall forward has improved remarkably since her debut season.
“I’m ecstatic actually,” he said.
“She played all the games last year when we had a rough year.... she’s getting better and better... she’s got a thirst for improvement and knowledge of the game.”
The Lions will meet the SUNS at 4:10pm on Saturday 22 February at Metricon Stadium. Lions AFLW Members will have FREE entry.