Rarely has QClash meant so much to both the Brisbane Lions and the Gold Coast Suns.
Ahead of Saturday’s latest battle between the two AFL Queensland clubs at Gabba Stadium, the Suns are desperate to win to keep their hopes of playing in a football final for the first time.
And while the Lions are on track to reach their fourth consecutive Finals Series, a double-chance top-four finish has been threatened by recent inconsistent form.
Having won eight of their first nine matches, the Lions have gone unchallenged in their last eight matches, of which they have lost four.
“We must remain desperate,” said Brisbane striker Link McCarthy.
“The last (eight) weeks… we haven’t been able to get another win after a good win so this weekend and this week we are really determined to keep that feeling of desperation going to make sure we every little thing we do is every little thing that brings you victory.”
The Lions, who finished in third place, are one of three teams with 48 points and are one win behind the top two teams, Geelong and Melbourne.
“We’ve had a lot of guys who just contributed and played their part, and that’s the side we’re trying to be, rather than relying on outstanding performances to get the job done,” McCarthy said.
“We just really want to contribute. This is how we want to play our soccer game. We just have to be really consistent about it.”
The Suns go into Saturday’s battle in losing form after a poor weekend game against Essendon, who thrashed the Gold Coast by 48 points.
With Richmond suffering a shock loss to North Melbourne, the Suns missed out on a chance to equal the eighth-place Tigers on points.
Instead, the Gold Coast have slipped to 12th in the table and can hardly afford another defeat on Saturday.
“QClash is a really good battle. No matter where we all are in the rankings, it’s usually a solid game,” said McCarthy, whose club has won the last seven games against the Suns.
“We’ve been really lucky lately but I feel like the Gold Coast, they’re really moving forward in their football at the moment and it’s going to be a really good competition so we have to bring our best and see how we go.”
Originally published as Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast Suns have something to play for in latest QClash