QClash

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QClash
First meeting 7 May 2011
Latest meeting 8 August 2015
Statistics
Meetings total 10
All-time series (regular-season only) Brisbane Lions 6 wins
Gold Coast 4 wins
Largest victory Brisbane Lions – 65 points (21 April 2012)
Gold Coast – 64 points (2 May 2015)

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]

Year Date Rd Home Team Score Away Team Score Ground Crowd Winner H2H Link
1 2011 7 May 7 AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 18.16 (124) AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 17.14 (116) Brisbane Cricket Ground[note 1] 25,501 Gold Coast by 8 +1 [1]
2 13 August 21 AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 18.15 (123) AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 8.13 (61) Brisbane Cricket Ground 23,565  Brisbane by 62  [2]
3 2012 21 April 4 AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 17.9 (111) AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 6.10 (46) Brisbane Cricket Ground 21,980  Brisbane by 65   +1  [3]
4 21 August 17 AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 5.18 (48) AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 8.11 (59) Carrara Stadium 16,550  Brisbane by 11   +2  [4]
5 2013 13 April 3 AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 13.14 (92) AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 13.16 (94) Carrara Stadium 12,961  Brisbane by 2   +3  [5]
6 6 July 17 AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 17.14 (116) AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 12.11 (83) Brisbane Cricket Ground 27,170  Brisbane by 33   +4  [6]
7 2014 5 April 3 AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 17.12 (114) AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 9.7 (61) Carrara Stadium 16,593 Gold Coast by 53  +3  [7]
8 26 July 18 AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 16.14 (110) AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 8.8 (56) Brisbane Cricket Ground 27,167  Brisbane by 54   +4  [8]
9 2015 2 May 5 AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 18.10 (118) AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 7.12 (54) Carrara Stadium 12,464 Gold Coast by 64  +3  [9]
10 8 August 19 AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 14.16 (100) AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 17.12 (114) Brisbane Cricket Ground 20,025 Gold Coast by 14  +2  [10]
  1. ^ Played at the Gabba in Brisbane due to Gold Coast's home ground (Carrara Stadium) not being completed (Saturday, 28 May 2011).

Marcus Ashcroft Medal[edit]

No. Marcus Ashcroft Medal
1 AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Jared Brennan
2 AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Simon Black
3 AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Tom Rockliff
4 AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gary Ablett, Jr.
5 AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Jonathan Brown
6 AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Matthew Leuenberger
7 AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gary Ablett, Jr. (2)
8 AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Pearce Hanley
9 AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Charlie Dixon
10 AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Tom Lynch

Statistics[edit]

Up to date at the completion of QClash 10

Most Goals in One Game[edit]

Player Date Round Club Goals Behinds Points
Charlie Dixon 2015 Round 5 AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast Football Club 6 2 38
Tom Lynch 2015 Round 19 AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast Football Club 5 2 32
Jonathan Brown 2013 Round 3 AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane Lions Football Club 5 1 31
Nathan Krakouer 2011 Round 7 AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast Football Club 5 1 31

Most Career Goals[edit]

Player Club Goals Behinds Games
Harley Bennell AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast Football Club 13 5 8
Tom Lynch AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast Football Club 12 7 8
Jonathan Brown AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane Lions Football Club 12 2 5
Charlie Dixon AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast Football Club 9 2 6
Brandon Matera AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast Football Club 8 8 7
Dayne Zorko AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane Lions Football Club 8 7 7
Daniel Rich AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane Lions Football Club 8 6 7
Ashley McGrath AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane Lions Football Club 8 2 6

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. 

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