Q Clash Bragging Rights On The Line

Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP
Jonathan Brown kicked five goals against the Suns earlier this season. Image courtesy of Dave Hunt/AAP
Last Five Matches

Round 3, 2013 – Brisbane Lions 94 d Gold Coast 92 at Metricon Stadium
Round 17, 2012 – Brisbane Lions 59 d Gold Coast 48 at Metricon Stadium
Round 4, 2012 – Brisbane Lions 111 d Gold Coast 46 at Gabba
Round 21, 2011 – Brisbane Lions 123 d Gold Coast 61 at Gabba
Round 7, 2011 – Gold Coast 124 d Brisbane Lions 116 at Gabba


Form

     Rd 10       Rd 11       Rd 12       Rd 13       Rd 14   
Brisbane Lions   L  B  L  W  L
Gold Coast Suns    L  W  L  B  L

The finals hopes of the Suns were probably snuffed out by Adelaide last weekend, but Gold Coast still sits one spot and one win ahead of local rival Brisbane in the race to be the best-placed Queensland team at the end of the premiership season. The Suns couldn’t get their hands on the footy against the Crows, but managed to stay in the game until the visitors ran away with it in the final term to win by 28 points.

After the Lions’ stunning comeback victory over Geelong, Hawthorn well and truly brought them back to earth last weekend in Launceston. Skill errors absolutely killed Brisbane, and it was probably more down to the Hawks errant kicking in front of goal that the Lions were only down by 18 midway through the third quarter. In the end, though, Hawthorn predictably charged home to get up by 58 points .

Brisbane ability to control the stoppages has taken a blog with veteran Simon Black ruled out with a groin injury. The Lions do get back key defender Daniel Merrett. After missing a significant period of time with a hamstring injury, Harley Bennell comes back in to the Suns’ line-up.


Key Men

(Lions) Jonathan Brown – Despite being in the twilight of his career, Jonathan Brown is still one of the hardest working forwards around. He bagged four against Brian Lake and the Hawks at the weekend, and in the Lions’ two-point win earlier this season at Metricon Stadium, his five goals probably proved the difference.

(Suns) Dion Prestia – Gary Ablett Jnr , Jaeger O’Meara and Harley Bennell are probably the three most talented players on the Suns’ roster, but Dion Prestia usurped the first two last Saturday with a stunning individual performance on Saturday. Despite having the job on Adelaide star Scott Thompson, Prestia outplayed his more fancied opponent finishing with 42 disposals in his team’s defeat. The fact Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson said it was just about the best performance by a player of that age (20) that he has seen gives an indication of how good it really was.


Prediction

Even though they only won by two points , the Lions always seemed to hold the upper hand when these teams met earlier this season. The Suns’ backline has really come on in leaps and bounds since then, so if they can keep Jonathan Brown quiet this time, they’ll be in with a big show. Gary Ablett Jnr hasn’t been as dominant against Brisbane as he has other teams, thanks mainly to the close checking provided by Andrew Raines. Unless he breaks loose, Brisbane might just have enough of its weapons firing to get home. Brisbane by 12 points .

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