Sunshine State sides Brisbane and Gold Coast contested the 20th QClash on Saturday night, but the game was hardly the hotly contested grudge match it is billed as.
It should have been the Suns’ chance to test their strength against a premiership heavyweight. Instead, Stuart Dew’s men squandered countless opportunities inside 50, ensuring the QClash was decided by a margin of more than seven goals for the fourth consecutive occasion.
After the sides traded blows in the first term, the Lions hit their stride in the second, courtesy of a double from Daniel McStay and majors to Joe Daniher and Lincoln McCarthy.
Ben King was the Suns’ lone goalscorer in the second term, before the Lions ran in 11 unanswered goals to stretch their lead to a whopping 78 points at three-quarter time.
The Suns failed to bring the heat beyond quarter time and eventually succumbed to a 73-point shellacking.
The result could’ve been much worse had the Suns not saved face by slotting four goals to Brisbane’s three in the final term.
The defeat left fans to unload on the Suns and the derby, which was termed “the worst rivalry in sport” and “QTrash” on social media.
Is the Q-clash the worst rivalry in all sport? #AFLSunsLions
Q Trash #AFLSunsLions
Have loved the spirit of the Suns under Stewart Dew but this is the most one sided quarter of footy I’ve seen this season. Just non competitive. #AFLsunslions
This is very disappointing from the Gold Coast. #AFLSunsLions
Genuine question: at what point does the AFL cut its losses with the Gold Coast Suns? #AFLSunsLions
100+ point thrashing coming right up #AFLSunsLions
This could be the single worst Suns game I’ve seen since Gaz left. #AFLSunsLions
The Suns have now lost seven of the last eight QClashes, only defeating their Brisbanian cousins once in the past four years.
They’ll hope to get their season back on track against Geelong next week.
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