QClash

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QClash
First contested 7 May 2011
Most recent meeting 26 July 2014
Next meeting 2 May 2015
Statistics
Number of meetings 8
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 is 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 Report
1 7 May 2011 7 Gold Coast 18 16 124 Brisbane Lions 17 14 116 Brisbane Cricket Ground[note 1] 25,501  Gold Coast Suns  8 Points[7] Jared Brennan
(Gold Coast)
Report
2 13 Aug. 21 Brisbane Lions 18 15 123 Gold Coast 8 13 61 Brisbane Cricket Ground 23,565  Brisbane Lions  62 Points [8] Simon Black
(Brisbane Lions)
Report
3 21 Apr. 2012 4 Brisbane Lions 17 9 111 Gold Coast 6 10 46 Brisbane Cricket Ground 21,980  Brisbane Lions  65 Points [9] Tom Rockliff
(Brisbane Lions)
4 21 Jul. 17 Gold Coast 5 18 48 Brisbane Lions 8 11 59 Metricon Stadium 16,550  Brisbane Lions  11 Points [10] Gary Ablett, Jr.
(Gold Coast)
5 13 Apr. 2013 3 Gold Coast 13 14 92 Brisbane Lions 13 16 94 Metricon Stadium 12,961  Brisbane Lions  2 Points Jonathan Brown
(Brisbane Lions)
Report
6 6 Jul. 15 Brisbane Lions 17 14 116 Gold Coast 12 11 83 Brisbane Cricket Ground 27,170  Brisbane Lions  33 Points Matthew Leuenberger
(Brisbane Lions)
Report
7 5 Apr. 2014 3 Gold Coast 17 12 114 Brisbane Lions 9 7 61 Metricon Stadium 16,593  Gold Coast Suns  53 Points Gary Ablett, Jr.
(Gold Coast)
Report
8 26 Jul. 18 Brisbane Lions 16 14 110 Gold Coast 8 8 56 Brisbane Cricket Ground 27,167  Brisbane Lions  54 Points Pearce Hanley
(Brisbane Lions)
Report
9 2 May 2015 5 Gold Coast Brisbane Lions Metricon Stadium
10 8 Aug. 19 Brisbane Lions Gold Coast Brisbane Cricket Ground

Pre-season matches[edit]

Date Season Rd Home Team SG G B Pts Away Team SG G B Pts Ground Crowd Winner Margin Report
1 13 Mar. 2011 W.3 Gold Coast N/A 7 12 54 Brisbane Lions N/A 17 19 121 Fankhauser Reserve 4,053  Brisbane Lions  67 Points Report
2 25 Feb. 2012 1 Gold Coast 0 2 4 16 Brisbane Lions 0 2 6 18 Metricon Stadium 5,051  Brisbane Lions  2 Points Report [note 2]
3 23 Feb.  2013  1 Gold Coast 0 3 6 24 Brisbane Lions 2 6 3 57 Metricon Stadium 7,847  Brisbane Lions  33 Points Report [note 3]
4 23 Feb. 2014 N/A Brisbane Lions 1 14 13 106 Gold Coast 0 8 11 59 Tony Ireland Stadium 6,426  Brisbane Lions  47 Points Report
5 20 Mar. 2015 N/A Gold Coast 0 8 15 63 Brisbane Lions 1 7 12 63 Metricon Stadium 5,581 Draw 0 Points Report

NEAFL QClash Results[edit]

Date Season Rd Home Team G B Pts Away Team G B Pts Ground Winner Margin Report
1 14 May 2011 6 Gold Coast 17 18 120 Brisbane Lions 9 9 63 Fankhauser Reserve  Gold Coast Suns  57 Points Report
2 23 Jul. 17 Gold Coast 18 10 118 Brisbane Lions 7 13 55 Metricon Stadium  Gold Coast Suns  63 Points Report
3 13 Aug. 20 Brisbane Lions 11 17 83 Gold Coast 12 7 79 Coorparoo Oval  Brisbane Lions  4 Points Report
4 21 Apr.  2012  5 Brisbane Lions 11 11 77 Gold Coast 14 9 93 Leyshon Park  Gold Coast Suns  16 Points Report
5 16 Jun. 12 Gold Coast 7 8 50 Brisbane Lions 10 12 72 H & A Oval  Brisbane Lions  22 Points Report
6 21 Jul. 17 Gold Coast 15 13 103 Brisbane Lions 14 11 95 Metricon Stadium  Gold Coast Suns  8 Points Report
7 14 Apr.  2013  4 Gold Coast 10 10 77 Brisbane Lions 28 12 180 Metricon Stadium  Brisbane Lions  110 Points Report
8 25 Apr. 6 Gold Coast 12 7 79 Brisbane Lions 17 9 111 Harrup Park  Brisbane Lions  32 Points Report
9 1 Jun. 11 Brisbane Lions 10 10 70 Gold Coast 17 15 117 Coorparoo Oval  Gold Coast Suns  47 Points Report
10 6 Jul. 16 Brisbane Lions 15 17 107 Gold Coast 13 7 85 Coorparoo Oval  Brisbane Lions  22 Points Report
11 5 Apr. 2014 2 Gold Coast 7 8 50 Brisbane Lions 20 19 139 Metricon Stadium  Brisbane Lions  89 Points Report
12 31 May 10 Brisbane Lions 20 19 139 Gold Coast 12 6 78 Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex  Brisbane Lions  61 Points Report
13 26 Jul. 17 Brisbane Lions 13 11 89 Gold Coast 11 11 77 Coorparoo Oval  Brisbane Lions  12 Points Report
14 16 Aug. 20 Gold Coast 5 6 36 Brisbane Lions 14 11 95 Metricon Stadium  Brisbane Lions  59 Points Report
15 2 May 2015 4 Gold Coast Brisbane Lions Metricon Stadium Report
15 27 Jun. 12 Brisbane Lions Gold Coast Coorparoo Oval Report
16 8 Aug. 18 Brisbane Lions Gold Coast Coorparoo Oval Report

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

See also[edit]

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. ^ 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". 

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