Queensland-born midfielder Jack Bowes is keen for QClash and plans to put friendships to one side for the big game.
The Cairns product and SUNS Academy graduate will take on the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba for the 2020 QClash showdown on Wednesday.
Bowes told SUNS Media after a strong year, he was keen to claim bragging rights over his Brisbane mates.
“I played against the Lions in the Academy and I am good mates with a few Brisbane players,” he said.
“A healthy rivalry is good for Queensland AFL. There have been some strong battles in the past and Brisbane have won the last couple of QClashes.
“It would be awesome to be on the other end of it and we plan to bring strength, intensity and a good strong four-quarter effort.”
Bowes said the SUNS’ recent 63-point victory over North Melbourne was fuel to finish the season on a high.
“We love the feeling of a win and we’re chasing that in the next three games,” he said.
“It was good to get some reward for effort last week against North Melbourne. Now, we want to finish off the year strong and gain some momentum for next year.”
In a major coup for Queensland, the Gabba will host this year’s 2020 AFL Grand Final, with the match locked in for October 24.
Reflecting on his childhood, Bowes said a Brisbane AFL Grand Final was a dream.
“It’s hard to believe it’s happening,” he said.
“As a kid, I always watched it and for it to be in Queensland is awesome.
“It’s a great opportunity for young Queensland kids to come and experience the pinnacle of AFL.”
Bowes said QClash and the Grand Final were great opportunities to showcase Queensland nationally as a beautiful part of the country and the best place for a holiday.
“A few different things have happened this year but spring is here, the weather is warmer, and these games will show that it doesn’t get much better than in Queensland,” he said.