|Brownlow Medal||3 Dayne Beams (BRIS)||2 Tom Rockliff (BRIS)||1 Stefan Martin (BRIS)|
While the second Q Clash of 2017 had no bearing on the final eight, Saturday's twilight match between Brisbane and Gold Coast was of some interest because it was the Suns' first match since coach Rodney Eade was 'shown the door' last week. With assistant coach Dean Solomon taking the reins on an interim basis, the Suns started like a house on fire, bursting out of the blocks to lead six goals to three at quarter time.
But the enthusiasm quickly waned after the first break, the Lions taking a one-point lead into the long break before blowing the Suns off the park in the second half, kicking 13 goals to four to record a resounding 58-point win. In the process, Brisbane kicked 22.10.142, its highest score in more than a decade, the Lions' last greater total coming way back in July 2007.
Seemingly energised by a change of coach the Suns burst out of the blocks to dominate the early minutes, but at first failed to capitalise with Peter Wright and Alex Sexton both missing shots before seventh-gamer Joshua Schoenfeld found the big sticks to give them an eight-point lead. Brisbane responded through Jake Barrett and the two sides each added another major before Gold Coast kicked three in a row - all to Jack Martin - to jump to a 20-point lead. Dayne Beams clawed one back for the Lions at the 25-minute mark, but a free kick and goal to captain Steven May saw the Suns ahead by 21 at quarter time.
Martin had a chance to extend Gold Coast's lead but his shot missed and a goal to Josh Walker at the four-minute mark had Brisbane back within 16 points. Aaron Hall took the margin back out to 22 for the Suns with his first major but Walker's second cancelled that out soon after. Wright's first goal again saw the lead back out to 22 but the Lions took charge from there, the last 20 minutes of the quarter seeing goals to Claye Beams, Eric Hipwood, Dayne Beams and Ryan Lester, giving Brisbane a one-point half-time lead.
The third quarter saw the Lions break open the match, although it looked as though Gold Coast would make a game of it in the first few minutes of the term. Jack Martin opened the second half with a mark and goal putting the Suns ahead by five points. From there, though, it was all Brisbane. Gold Coast did not score again, and the Lions poured in the goals, kicking six in a row - with Tom Rockliff and Lewis Taylor each getting two - and the three-quarter time siren saw Brisbane well in control, leading by 33 points.
Gold Coast managed to restrict the Lions' scoring opportunities for the first five minutes of the final term, but couldn't find a goal to create some scoreboard pressure. When a major finally did come, it was to Brisbane's Jake Barrett, his third stretching the Lions' lead and effectively killing the contest. The sides went goal for goal over the next nine minutes, but Brisbane closed out the match with five of the last six majors to record a 58-point win, its biggest of the year, and in fact the Lions' greatest winning margin since round 20, 2015.
Dayne Beams stood out like a beacon for the victors, leading the way with 32 touches and four goals, while Taylor (25 touches, two goals) was also excellent. For the Suns, Jack Martin (four goals, nine marks) and David Swallow (30 possessions, four tackles).
With two games remaining, against Melbourne at the MCG and North Melbourne at the Gabba, the Lions are equal on five wins with the Kangaroos and the Blues, with the Suns - who will play Essendon at home and Port Adelaide in Adelaide - on six wins. One of those four sides will take out the wooden spoon.
Brisbane: D Beams 4; Barrett, Rockliff 3; Walker, Lester, Taylor 2; C. Beams, Hipwood, Bastinac, Mathieson, Close, Zorko
Gold Coast: Martin 4; Schoenfeld, Lemmens, May, Hall, Wright, Currie, Miller, Swallow
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Brisbane: D Beams, Taylor, Rockliff, Bastinac, Rich, Andrews
Gold Coast: Martin, Miller, Swallow, Currie, May, Hall
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Brisbane: D Beams, Taylor, Rockliff, Martin, Rich, Bastinac
Gold Coast: Swallow, Martin, Hall, Miller, Currie, Rosa
Gold Coast: Lemmens (leg)
UMPIRES: O'Gorman, Nicholls, Ryan
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|37||Allison, Jacob||12||7||7||19||0||2||0||2||1||0||19y 118d||3||0|
|31||Andrews, Harris||10||8||3||13||0||0||0||0||0||1||20y 244d||56||8|
|43||Barrett, Jake||8||2||6||14||3||0||0||6||1||3||21y 277d||16||14|
|4||Bastinac, Ryan||14||6||7||21||1||0||0||2||2||0||26y 51d||157||90|
|17||Beams, Claye||7||5||8||15||1||1||0||1||1||2||25y 345d||52||26|
|9||Beams, Dayne||19||7||13||32||4||1||0||4||1||1||27y 181d||145||145|
|33||Close, Michael||4||4||2||6||1||0||0||2||2||1||23y 13d||25||22|
|20||Cox, Cedric||7||4||6||13||0||0||0||0||1||0||19y 358d||7||1|
|27||Gardiner, Darcy||7||2||8||15||0||0||0||4||1||1||21y 324d||60||3|
|30||Hipwood, Eric||6||3||3||9||1||1||0||2||1||0||19y 333d||29||40|
|35||Lester, Ryan||8||5||10||18||2||0||0||2||0||2||24y 351d||100||45|
|12||Martin, Stefan||10||6||13||23||0||0||34||2||2||2||30y 268d||134||39|
|36||Mathieson, Rhys||7||4||10||17||1||0||0||6||3||1||20y 214d||22||15|
|32||Mayes, Sam||15||9||6||21||0||0||0||1||0||0||23y 84d||93||26|
|6||McCluggage, Hugh||8||1||6||14||0||0||0||2||0||0||19y 162d||16||6|
|25||McStay, Daniel||4||2||6||10||0||0||0||3||0||0||22y 49d||58||31|
|10||Rich, Daniel||15||3||7||22||0||0||0||1||1||2||27y 66d||163||100|
|18||Robertson, Nick||10||7||8||18||0||0||0||0||1||3||22y 70d||45||7|
|38||Rockliff, Tom||18||7||6||24||3||1||0||4||1||0||27y 171d||152||83|
|28||Taylor, Lewis||13||4||12||25||2||0||0||1||3||0||22y 176d||83||64|
|14||Walker, Josh||8||5||3||11||2||0||5||3||1||2||24y 273d||58||66|
|15||Zorko, Dayne||9||4||13||22||1||1||0||4||0||2||28y 184d||120||132|
|Gold Coast||Match Stats||Career|
|13||Ah Chee, Callum||4||0||2||6||0||1||0||2||0||3||19y 307d||28||21|
|27||Ainsworth, Ben||8||4||4||12||0||0||0||3||4||1||19y 183d||11||11|
|29||Bowes, Jack||5||2||2||7||0||0||0||2||1||0||19y 198d||11||2|
|15||Currie, Daniel||5||3||6||11||1||0||34||2||1||4||28y 178d||10||6|
|33||Hall, Aaron||19||2||7||26||1||0||0||4||2||2||26y 276d||95||75|
|5||Harbrow, Jarrod||16||7||4||20||0||0||0||5||0||1||29y 25d||200||53|
|38||Joyce, Jesse||10||5||5||15||0||0||0||3||1||1||19y 360d||27||1|
|23||Lemmens, Sean||4||0||2||6||1||0||0||3||3||1||22y 283d||69||16|
|25||Lyons, Jarryd||5||1||7||12||0||0||0||8||0||0||25y 21d||72||41|
|44||Macpherson, Darcy||8||7||7||15||0||0||0||2||0||0||19y 287d||10||4|
|4||Martin, Jack||14||9||1||15||4||3||0||6||2||2||22y 195d||64||58|
|17||May, Steven||7||6||8||15||1||0||0||3||2||2||25y 214d||104||18|
|18||McKenzie, Trent||12||4||3||15||0||1||0||1||0||0||25y 131d||104||22|
|11||Miller, Touk||9||4||20||29||1||1||0||4||0||1||21y 171d||58||18|
|3||Rosa, Matt||14||4||12||26||0||0||0||2||1||2||30y 262d||200||44|
|42||Saad, Adam||9||5||8||17||0||0||0||2||1||1||23y 20d||46||3|
|36||Schoenfeld, Josh||4||2||9||13||1||0||0||2||1||0||20y 40d||7||2|
|37||Scrimshaw, Jack||3||2||3||6||0||0||0||1||0||0||18y 342d||4||0|
|6||Sexton, Alex||10||3||6||16||0||2||0||1||0||2||23y 252d||75||43|
|43||Spencer, Max||12||9||4||16||0||0||0||1||1||0||19y 312d||3||0|
|24||Swallow, David||12||3||18||30||1||0||0||4||1||0||24y 266d||95||49|
|30||Wright, Peter||5||4||3||8||1||1||3||1||2||0||20y 338d||40||56|