QClash

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QClash
First contested 7 May 2011
Most recent meeting 2 May 2015
Next meeting 8 August 2015
Statistics
Number of meetings 9
All-time series (regular-season only) Brisbane Lions 6 wins
Gold Coast 3 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]

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 54 Points Pearce Hanley
(Brisbane Lions)
Report
9 2 May 2015 5 Gold Coast 18 10 118 Brisbane Lions 7 12 54 Metricon Stadium 12,464 Gold Coast 64 Points Charlie Dixon
(Gold Coast)
Report
10 8 Aug. 19 Brisbane Lions Gold Coast Brisbane Cricket Ground

Most QClash Goals[edit]

Up to date at the completion of QClash 9

Player Club Games Goals Behinds
Harley Bennell Gold Coast 7 12 5
Jonathan Brown Brisbane Lions 5 12 2
Daniel Rich Brisbane Lions 6 8 5
Ashley McGrath Brisbane Lions 6 8 2
Brandon Matera Gold Coast 6 7 7
Dayne Zorko Brisbane Lions 6 7 7
Tom Lynch Gold Coast 7 7 5

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).

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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