QClash

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QClash
First contested 7 May 2011
Number of meetings 8
Most recent meeting 26 July 2014
Next meeting 2015
All-time series  (regular-season only) Brisbane Lions 6 wins
Gold Coast 2 wins
Largest victory Brisbane Lions – 65 points (21 April 2012)
Gold Coast – 53 points (5 April 2014)

The QClash is the name given to the Australian rules football rivalry match between the Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast Suns, who both participate in the Australian Football League (AFL). The first QClash was held in 2011, with Gold Coast winning by 8 points. The game established for the highest pay TV audience ever for an AFL game, with a total of 354,745 viewers watching the game.[1]

Background[edit]

The QClash was promoted by the league, the clubs and the football media as a name for the game,[2] in similar terms to the other local derbies that exist in the AFL, such as the Western Derby and Showdown.[3]

"We wanted a name that embodied Queensland, one that was unique and simple. We also wanted to reflect the big scale of the matches. Speaking to the coaches and players, there is no doubt that both teams want to win whenever we come together, and the QClash will be a real battle for state pride." - Brisbane Lions CEO Malcolm Holmes.[4]

The medal for the player adjudged best on ground will be known as the Marcus Ashcroft Medal, named after Marcus Ashcroft, who played 318 games for the Brisbane Bears and Brisbane Lions between 1989 and 2003, and is currently a member of Gold Coast's coaching staff. He was the first Queenslander to play 300 AFL games.[5]

The trophy awarded to the winner of the game is currently known as the "QClash Trophy".[6]

QClash Results[edit]

Date Season Rd Home Team G B Pts Away Team G B Pts Ground Crowd Winner Margin Marcus Ashcroft Medalist
1 7 May 2011 7 Gold Coast 18 16 124 Brisbane Lions 17 14 116 Brisbane Cricket Ground[note 1] 25,501 Gold Coast 8 Points[7] Jared Brennan (Gold Coast)
2 13 August 2011 21 Brisbane Lions 18 15 123 Gold Coast 8 13 61 Brisbane Cricket Ground 23,565 Brisbane 62 Points [8] Simon Black (Brisbane Lions)
3 21 April 2012 4 Brisbane Lions 17 9 111 Gold Coast 6 10 46 Brisbane Cricket Ground 21,980 Brisbane 65 Points [9] Tom Rockliff (Brisbane Lions)
4 21 July 2012 17 Gold Coast 5 18 48 Brisbane Lions 8 11 59 Metricon Stadium 16,550 Brisbane 11 Points [10] Gary Ablett (Gold Coast)
5 13 April 2013 3 Gold Coast 13 14 92 Brisbane Lions 13 16 94 Metricon Stadium 12,961 Brisbane 2 Points Jonathan Brown (Brisbane Lions)
6 6 July 2013 15 Brisbane Lions 17 14 116 Gold Coast 12 11 83 Brisbane Cricket Ground 27,170 Brisbane 33 Points Matthew Leuenberger (Brisbane Lions)
7 5 April 2014 3 Gold Coast 17 12 114 Brisbane Lions 9 7 61 Metricon Stadium 16,593 Gold Coast 53 Points Gary Ablett, Jr. (Gold Coast)
8 26 July 2014 18 Brisbane Lions 16 14 110 Gold Coast 8 8 56 Brisbane Cricket Ground 27,167 Brisbane 54 Points Pearce Hanley (Brisbane Lions)

Pre-season matches[edit]

Date Season Rd Home Team SG G B Pts Away Team SG G B Pts Ground Crowd Winner Score Report
1 13 March 2011 NAB Challenge Gold Coast N/A 7 12 54 Brisbane Lions N/A 17 19 121 Fankhauser Reserve 4,053 Brisbane 67 Points [8]
2 25 February 2012 NAB Cup Gold Coast 0 2 4 16 Brisbane Lions 0 2 6 18 Metricon Stadium 5,051 Brisbane 2 Points [11][note 2]
3 23 February 2013 NAB Cup Gold Coast 0 3 6 24 Brisbane Lions 2 6 3 57 Metricon Stadium 7,847 Brisbane 33 Points [12][note 3]
4 23 February 2014 NAB Challenge Brisbane Lions 1 14 13 106 Gold Coast 0 8 11 59 Tony Ireland Stadium 6,426 Brisbane 47 Points

Most QClash Goals[edit]

Player Club Games Goals Behinds
Jonathan Brown Brisbane Lions 4 12 2
Harley Bennell Gold Coast 6 10 4
Ash McGrath Brisbane Lions 5 8 2
Daniel Rich Brisbane Lions 4 7 5
Brent Staker Brisbane Lions 2 5 3
Nathan Krakouer Gold Coast 2 5 1
Aaron Cornelius Brisbane Lions 3 5 5
Todd Banfield Brisbane Lions 4 5 8
James Polkinghorne Brisbane Lions 4 5 1
Jared Brennan Gold Coast 6 5 6

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Played at the Gabba in Brisbane due to Gold Coast's home ground (Metricon Stadium) not being completed (Saturday, 28 May 2011).
  2. ^ Game was played in two 20-minute halves
  3. ^ Game was played in two 20-minute halves

References[edit]

  1. ^ QClash sets TV record - afl.com.au. Published 9 May 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2011.
  2. ^ Stafford, Andrew (7 May 2011). "Jumping the Q". The Age. p. 11. 
  3. ^ Dampney, James (26 June 2012). "Rivals search for a name". 
  4. ^ Lions and Suns launch QClash
  5. ^ QClash 1: Marcus Ashcroft Medal announced (1 May 2011)
  6. ^ Greg Davis and Andrew Hamilton (21 April 2012). "Lions star Jonathan Brown issues rallying cry ahead of QClash". The Courier-Mail. 
  7. ^ Whiting, Michael (7 May 2011). "Hot Suns fry Lions". 
  8. ^ a b Whiting, Michael (13 March 2011). "First blood to Lions in QClash debut". 
  9. ^ Whiting, Michael (21 April 2012). "Ablett hurt in Suns dark night". AAP. 
  10. ^ Whiting, Michael (21 July 2012). "Lions scrape home in QClash". 
  11. ^ Dampney, James (25 Feb 2012). "Effort pays off for Lions". 
  12. ^ Bowen, Nick (23 Feb 2013). "Lion cubs looking the goods". 

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