Coach Craig Starcevich has stuck with a winning formula and named an unchanged side ahead of the AFLW’s first QClash game against the Gold Coast SUNS on Saturday.
The same 21-women team who emphatically defeated Geelong in Round 2, will make history when they run onto Metricon Stadium for the first women’s Queensland derby.
Fourteen of the Lions players are proud Queenslanders from all over the state; reaching as far and wide as Magnetic Island, Bundaberg, Gympie, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.
Starcevich said this game will highlight the talent on offer in the state.
“The fact that we’re in Round 3 and we’ve got three wins between us is great for female footy in Queensland,” he said.
“It’s a great weekend coming up.”
“We’re both trying to build a season, so it’s either a step forward or a step back.”
Jesse Wardlaw has been named in the forward line, after her three-goal performance against the Cats, which earned her a Rising Star nomination.
“She’s someone that just keeps improving,” Starcevich said.
“She’s got a thirst for improvement and want of knowledge of the game.
“It’s the tip of the iceberg for her really.”
Bounce is at 4:10pm at Metricon Stadium on Saturday. Entry is free for Lions AFLW members.