QClash

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QClash
First meeting 7 May 2011
Latest meeting 9 July 2016
Next meeting TBA
Statistics
Meetings total 12
All-time series (regular-season only) Brisbane Lions 7 wins
Gold Coast 5 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. It is named after former footballer 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] Gold Coast's Gary Ablett has currently won the medal twice, the most by any player.

The trophy awarded to the winner of the game is currently known as the "QClash Trophy". The trophy is a "traditional style" looking silver cup with a wooden base and a plaque. The plaque's inscription reads from left to right, "Brisbane Lions AFC", "QCLASH", "Gold Coast Suns FC".[6]

Venues[edit]

Notable QClashes[edit]

QClash 1 - Inaugural Queensland Clash[edit]

The first edition of the QClash took place on 7 May 2011 at The Gabba. The Suns were required to host the inaugural meeting between the two teams at The Gabba as their home ground, Carrara Stadium, was unavailable until later that year. Despite the Lions not having won a game for the season leading into the game, they were considered strong favourites to defeat their Gold Coast neighbours. The Suns had recorded their first ever AFL win two weeks prior to the clash while Brisbane was winless leading into the first ever Queensland derby.[7] Brisbane's triple premiership player Simon Black labeled former Lions Jared Brennan and Michael Rischitelli "mercenaries" in the lead up to the game because they had joined the Suns in the off season.[8] The Suns got off to a hot start in the first quarter and led the clash by 19 points at first exchange of ends. The Gold Coast held that lead through the first three quarters and the tension rose early in the third term when Gold Coast's David Swallow unintentionally knocked Brisbane's Andrew Raines unconscious, who was taken off with concussion. Trailing by 19 points at the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Lions mounted a comeback off the back of six second half goals from Ashley McGrath, who was swung forward at half time. A Todd Banfield goal at the 15-minute mark in the fourth term equaled the scores late in the game but a spectacular pack mark taken by Gold Coast forward Nathan Krakouer a minute later stemmed the tide as he kicked truly for his fifth goal to give the Suns a one goal lead. McGrath's sixth goal just seconds later again equaled the scores once again. The Gold Coast were awarded a controversial free kick for a high tackle a minute later which allowed small forward Brandon Matera to play on and kick the Suns to a seven-point lead that they wouldn't relinquish. The Suns claim the inaugural QClash 18.16 (124) to 17.14 (116).[9] Former Lion and then-Sun Jared Brennan was awarded the inaugural Marcus Ashcroft Medal for his best on ground performance that included 30 disposals and 14 clearances.

QClash 11 - The bump[edit]

QClash 11 took place on 16 April 2016 at The Gabba. The Suns had compiled an undefeated 3-0 record leading into the game and were sitting equal top of the ladder while the Lions were winless sitting on the bottom of the ladder. The two teams traded goals for much of the first half as the Suns led by 2 points at the end of the first term and 8 points at half time. The biggest talking point of the night took place a minute before half time when Gold Coast defender Steven May elected to bump Brisbane ruckman Stefan Martin under his chin. Martin was knocked unconscious and was motionless for several minutes after the incident. May was a repeat offender as he had bumped Lion Tom Rockliff unconscious in QClash 9.[10] Seemingly spurred on by what had occurred just prior to half time, the Lions gained the lead in the third quarter and eventually ran out 13-point winners at full time. The Marcus Ashcroft Medal was awarded to Irishman Pearce Hanley for his sublime 28-disposal, 2-goal performance.[11] In the week following the match, May was referred straight to the tribunal where he later received a five-match suspension.[12]

QClash results[edit]

Year Date Rd Home Team Score Away Team Score Ground Crowd Winner H2H Report
1 2011 7 May 7 AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 18.16 (124) AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 17.14 (116) The Gabba[note 1] 25,501 Gold Coast by 8 +1 [8]
2 13 August 21 AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 18.15 (123) AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 8.13 (61) The Gabba 23,565  Brisbane by 62  [9]
3 2012 21 April 4 AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 17.9 (111) AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 6.10 (46) The Gabba 21,980  Brisbane by 65   +1  [10]
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  [11]
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  [12]
6 6 July 15 AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 17.14 (116) AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 12.11 (83) The Gabba 27,170  Brisbane by 33   +4  [13]
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  [14]
8 26 July 18 AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 16.14 (110) AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 8.8 (56) The Gabba 27,167  Brisbane by 54   +4  [15]
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  [16]
10 8 August 19 AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 14.16 (100) AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 17.12 (114) The Gabba 20,025 Gold Coast by 14  +2  [17]
11 2016 16 April 4 AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 14.23 (107) AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 14.10 (94) The Gabba 20,041  Brisbane by 13   +3  [18]
12 9 July 16 AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 22.7 (139) AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 17.11 (113) Carrara Stadium 13,528 Gold Coast by 26  +2  [19]
  1. ^ Played at the Gabba in Brisbane due to Gold Coast's home ground (Carrara Stadium) not being completed (Saturday, 28 May 2011).

Timeline of results[edit]

GC
 BL 
GC
 BL 
GC
 BL 
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017

Marcus Ashcroft Medal[edit]

WThe Marcus Ashcroft Medal is awarded to the player adjudged best on field during the QClash. It is named after triple Brisbane Lions AFL premiership player Marcus Ashcroft who played as a junior for the Southport Sharks.

Year Round Player Team
2011 7 Jarred Brennan Gold Coast
21 Simon Black Brisbane
2012 4 Tom Rockliff Brisbane
17 Gary Ablett, Jr. Gold Coast
2013 3 Jonathan Brown Brisbane
15 Matthew Leuenberger Brisbane
2014 3 Gary Ablett, Jr. (2) Gold Coast
18 Pearce Hanley Brisbane
2015 4 Charlie Dixon Gold Coast
19 Tom Lynch Gold Coast
2016 4 Pearce Hanley (2) Brisbane
16 Touk Miller Gold Coast

Statistics[edit]

Up to date at the completion of QClash 12

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
Tom Lynch 2016 Round 4 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
Peter Wright 2016 Round 16 AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast Football Club 5 1 31
Tom Lynch 2016 Round 16 AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast Football Club 5 0 30

Most career goals[edit]

Player Club Goals Behinds Games
Tom Lynch AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast Football Club 22 9 10
Harley Bennell AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast Football Club 13 5 8
Jonathan Brown AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane Lions Football Club 12 2 5
Brandon Matera AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast Football Club 11 8 8
Daniel Rich AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane Lions Football Club 10 8 9
Dayne Zorko AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane Lions Football Club 10 8 9

Most career games[edit]

Player Club QClashes
Jarrod Harbrow AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast Football Club 12
Tom Rockliff AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane Lions Football Club 11
Matt Shaw AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast Football Club 11
Pearce Hanley AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane Lions Football Club 11

Most career Brownlow Medal votes[edit]

Player Club Votes
Tom Rockliff AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane Lions Football Club 7
Gary Ablett AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast Football Club 6
Simon Black AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane Lions Football Club 6
Matthew Leuenberger AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane Lions Football Club 5
Pearce Hanley AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane Lions Football Club 5

Other QClashes[edit]

AFL Pre-Season results[edit]

Like both the "Western Derby" and the "Showdown" pre-season matches do not count towards the overall QClash results and statistics. However, The first ever match between the Brisbane Lions and the Gold Coast Suns occurred during the 2011 pre-season. To date three of the six fixtures have been held in either suburban or regional venues, as part of the restructured pre-season competition to see more matches being held in more non-traditional venues.

Year Date Wk Home Team Score Away Team Score Ground Crowd Winner H2H Report
1 2011 13 March 5 AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 0.7.12 (54) AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 0.17.10 (122) Fankhauser Reserve [note 1] [note 2] 4,053  Brisbane by 68   +1 
2 2012 25 February 2 AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 0.2.6 (18) AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 0.2.4 (16) Carrara Stadium [note 3] 5,150  Brisbane by 2   +2 
3 2013 23 February 2 AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 0.3.6 (24) AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 2.6.3 (33) Carrara Stadium [note 4] 7,847  Brisbane by 33   +3 
4 2014 23 February 2 AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 1.14.13 (106) AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 0.8.11 (59) Tony Ireland Stadium 6,426  Brisbane by 47   +4 
5 2015 20 March 4 AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 0.8.15 (63) AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 1.7.12 (63) Carrara Stadium 5,581 Draw  +4 
6 2016 21 February 1 AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 0.6.7 (43) AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 0.9.14 (68) Moreton Bay Sports Complex 3,807 Gold Coast by 25  +3 
  1. ^ Played at the Southport Shark's on the Gold Coast due to Gold Coast's home ground (Carrara Stadium) not being completed (Saturday, 28 May 2011).
  2. ^ This match was played without the "Supergoal Rule" being enforced.
  3. ^ This match was played under "Lightning Format" rules as part as the round-robin pool matches.
  4. ^ This match was played under "Lightning Format" rules as part as the round-robin pool matches.

NEAFL Season results[edit]

Since 2011 both the Brisbane Lions and the Gold Coast Suns have fielded reserve teams in the North East Australian Football League. The number of fixtures has changed with each season.

Year Date Rd Home Team Score Away Team Score Ground Winner H2H Report
1 2011 7 May 6 AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 14.19 (104) AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 9.9 (63) Fankhauser Reserve Gold Coast by 41 +1 [13]
2 23 July 17 AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 18.10 (118) AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 7.13 (55) Carrara Stadium Gold Coast by 63 +2 [14]
3 13 August 20 AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 11.17 (83) AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 12.7 (79) Coorparoo Oval  Brisbane by 4  +1 [15]
4 2012 21 April 5 AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 11.11 (77) AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 14.9 (93) Leyshon Park Gold Coast by 16 +2 [16]
5 16 June 12 AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 7.8 (50) AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 10.12 (72) H & A Oval  Brisbane by 22  +1 [17]
6 21 July 17 AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 15.13 (103) AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 14.11 (95) Carrara Stadium Gold Coast by 8 +2 [18]
7 2013 14 April 4 AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 10.10 (70) AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 28.12 (180) Carrara Stadium  Brisbane by 110  +1
8 25 April 6 AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 12.9 (79) AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 17.9 (111) Harrup Park  Brisbane by 32 
9 1 June 11 AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 10.10 (70) AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 17.15 (117) Giffin Park Gold Coast by 47 +1
10 6 July 16 AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 15.17 (107) AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 13.7 (85) Giffin Park  Brisbane by 22 
11 2014 5 April 2 AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 7.8 (50) AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 20.19 (139) Carrara Stadium (C-R)  Brisbane by 89   +1 
12 31 May 10 AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 20.19 (139) AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 12.6 (78) Moreton Bay Sports Complex  Brisbane by 59   +2 
13 26 July 17 AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 13.11 (89) AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 11.11 (77) Giffin Park  Brisbane by 12   +3 
14 16 August 20 AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 5.5 (35) AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 14.11 (95) Carrara Stadium  Brisbane by 60   +4 
15 2015 2 May 4 AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 10.14 (74) AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 6.13 (49) Carrara Stadium (C-R) Gold Coast by 25  +3 
16 27 June 12 AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 14.10 (94) AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 18.10 (118) Giffin Park Gold Coast by 24  +2 
17 8 August 18 AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 9.7 (61) AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 23.12 (150) Giffin Park Gold Coast by 89  +1 
18 2016 16 April 3 AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 3.12 (30) AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 21.12 (138) Leyshon Park Gold Coast by 108 [19]
19 28 May 9 AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 22.18 (150) AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 5.8 (38) The Gabba  Brisbane by 112   +1 
20 9 July 15 AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast 14.15 (99) AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane 15.7 (97) Carrara Stadium (C-R) Gold Coast by 2

AFL Women's League results[edit]

In preparation for the 2017 launch of the AFL women's league the AFL held 10 Exhibition Series matches during the 2016 Season. The only match held in Queensland featured both a Women's side from the Brisbane Lions & the Gold Coast Suns, played right after the completion of the Men's QClash 11.[20]

Year Date Gm Home Team Score Away Team Score Ground Winner H2H Report
1 2016 16 April 6 AFL Brisbane Icon.jpg Brisbane [21] 5.8 (38) AFL Gold Coast Icon.jpg Gold Coast [22] 3.6 (24) The Gabba (D/H)  Brisbane by 14   +1  [20] [21]

In June of 2016 the Brisbane Lionesses were awarded the license as the sole representative from Queensland in the AFL women's league for the 2017 season.[23]

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