Venue: Metricon Stadium, Saturday, March 25, 7.05pm AEST
Last Time They Met: R16, 2016, Gold Coast 22.7 (139) d Brisbane Lions 17.11 (113) at Metricon Stadium, R4, 2016, Brisbane Lions 14.23 (107) d Gold Coast 14.10 (94) at the Gabba
Game notes: It’s taken a while, but this Queensland rivalry finally has a bit of genuine bad blood. It came to a head last year with Steven May’s crude bump on Stefan Martin, but the QClash has slowly earned a reputation as a fiery matchup. Both clubs have been through plenty of off-season changes on and off the field, and despite it just being the opening round, this is a must-win for the Suns. They have genuine aspirations of making the top-eight and can’t be dropping matches like these. Under new coach Chris Fagan, the Lions have been structured and competitive during the pre-season and have an excellent midfield, but in new leaders Tom Lynch, May and former skipper Gary Ablett, the Suns should have too much polish.
Father Dougal’s Tip: Gold Coast by 10.
Father Ted’s Tip: Sunwolves by 3.
Father Jack’s Tip: Drink!
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