SUNS AFLW Head Coach Cameron Joyce says side will relish this weekend’s QClash as a chance to put their collective improvement into practice.

The SUNS head to the Gabba on Saturday afternoon with a keen eye on turning the tables on its recent head-to-head record against the Lions, but know they face a tough test against one of the AFLW’s in-form teams.

It’s that challenge that has the SUNS buzzing to take the field on Saturday afternoon.

“We really enjoy the contest and the challenge, there’s none better than taking on Brisbane at full flight at the moment,” Joyce said.

“We got a bit of confidence in the last quarter against North Melbourne and we were able to put that into practice against West Coast. The players got some belief and confidence out of that so hopefully we can keep that rolling.


“That’s the great challenge about this weekend coming – playing against another really good side and seeing our improvement. We’re going to find out exactly where we are against a really good team.”

The Lions enter the contest as the league’s highest-scoring team with the SUNS ability to bring their best to the contest pivotal to determining the result.

The SUNS’ Round 2 victory was carved on the back of a high-pressure and high-tackle performance of which they are aiming to hang their hats on moving forward throughout Season Seven.

Joyce praised the performance of Claudia Whitfort against the Eagles and says it will be an exciting opportunity for his young and developing midfield.

“We’re pretty excited about the group coming through, that 22/23-and-under group. With the sprinkling of experience too who can lead the way, there’s some real talent and excitement in the group,” Joyce continued.

“Claudia’s game on the weekend was acknowledged by her peers during the week, and our midfield group is really gelling well – there’s certainly more to come from those girls.

“Most games start the same way – around the contest. They score heavily, but at the same time the main theme for us will be playing our way.

“Sticking to our identity, coming back to and centring around that – that’s what we want to do in terms of our role in this weekend’s game and if we do that for long enough, we’ll see where that places us.”