The Lions proved too strong on Sunday afternoon, with Zac Bailey leading Brisbane to a 52-point QClash win over Gold Coast.

The teams were well matched in most areas, but it was the visitors' class inside forward 50 that proved the difference in the 21.6 (132) to 11.14 (80) triumph.

Brisbane has now won seven straight times against its Queensland rivals.

Bailey won his first Marcus Ashcroft Medal for his outing, after his six goal haul. 

The Lions were simply too classy, able to overcome an inside 50 deficit of 57-53, and were rarely troubled in the slippery conditions, extending their lead at every change to remain in the competition's top four.

Gold Coast battled hard for most of the match, but the class gap was vast. Noah Anderson and Matt Rowell held their own in the midfield battle, while Sam Collins and Ben Ainsworth can also hold their heads high.

Collins the Joe Conqueror
The battle between Joe Daniher and Sam Collins loomed as a mouth-watering one. Daniher had been one of the competition's best forwards through the first five rounds and Collins one of the best defenders. Big Joe kicked a goal inside the first minute of the match, but for the next three quarters the SUNS’ vice-captain had his measure, racking up 12 intercepts and winning most of their one-on-one battles. Daniher kicked a couple of goals in the final term to finish with three for the day.


GOLD COAST    2.4    4.10    7.12     11.14 (80)
BRISBANE         5.1     9.3     14.4     21.6 (132)

Gold Coast: Casboult 3, Holman 3, Ainsworth, Chol, Markov, Miller, Swallow
Brisbane: Bailey 6, Cameron 4, Daniher 3, Berry, Fort, Lyons, McCarthy, McStay, Neale, Prior, Fort

Gold Coast: Collins, Rowell, Ainsworth, Swallow, Holman
Brisbane: Bailey, Lyons, Starcevich, McCluggage, Andrews

Gold Coast: Nil
Brisbane: Lohmann (ankle)


Gold Coast: Malcolm Rosas Jnr (calf) and Jy Farrar (illness) replaced in selected side by Alex Davies and Chris Burgess
Brisbane: Nil

Gold Coast: Jeremy Sharp (unused)
Brisbane: Jaxon Prior (replaced Lohmann in second quarter)

Marcus Ashcroft Medal Vote Count: 

A. Lynch

3 votes: Zac Bailey
2 votes: Jarryd Lyons
1 vote: Charlie Cameron 

M. Whiting
3 votes: Zac Bailey
2 votes: Jarryd Lyons
1 vote Brandon Starcevich 

Q. Hull
3 votes: Zac Bailey
2 votes: Jarryd Lyons
1 vote: M Rowell

9 - Zac Bailey
6 - Jarryd Lyons
1 - Charlie Cameron
1 - Matt Rowell 
1 - Brandon Starcevich