|First meeting||7 May 2011|
|Latest meeting||9 July 2016|
|Next meeting||25 March 2017|
|All-time series (regular-season only)||
Brisbane Lions 7 wins |
Gold Coast 5 wins
Brisbane Lions – 65 points (21 April 2012) |
Gold Coast – 64 points (2 May 2015)
The QClash is the name given to the Australian rules football rivalry match between the Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast Suns, who both participate in the Australian Football League (AFL). The first QClash was held in 2011, with Gold Coast winning by 8 points. The game established the highest pay TV audience ever for an AFL game, with a total of 354,745 viewers watching the game.
The QClash was promoted by the league, the clubs and the football media as a name for the game, in similar terms to the other local derbies that exist in the AFL, such as the Western Derby and Showdown.
"We wanted a name that embodied Queensland, one that was unique and simple. We also wanted to reflect the big scale of the matches. Speaking to the coaches and players, there is no doubt that both teams want to win whenever we come together, and the QClash will be a real battle for state pride." - Brisbane Lions CEO Malcolm Holmes.
The medal for the player adjudged best on ground is known as the Marcus Ashcroft Medal. It is named after former footballer Marcus Ashcroft, who played 318 games for the Brisbane Bears and Brisbane Lions between 1989 and 2003, and is currently a member of Gold Coast's coaching staff. He was the first Queenslander to play 300 AFL games. Gold Coast's Gary Ablett has currently won the medal twice, the most by any player.
The trophy awarded to the winner of the game is currently known as the "QClash Trophy". The trophy is a "traditional style" looking silver cup with a wooden base and a plaque. The plaque's inscription reads from left to right, "Brisbane Lions AFC", "QCLASH", "Gold Coast Suns FC".
QClash 1 - Inaugural Queensland Clash
The first edition of the QClash took place on 7 May 2011 at The Gabba. The Suns were required to host the inaugural meeting between the two teams at The Gabba as their home ground, Carrara Stadium, was unavailable until later that year. Despite the Lions not having won a game for the season leading into the game, they were considered strong favourites to defeat their Gold Coast neighbours. The Suns had recorded their first ever AFL win two weeks prior to the clash while Brisbane was winless leading into the first ever Queensland derby. Brisbane's triple premiership player Simon Black labeled former Lions Jared Brennan and Michael Rischitelli "mercenaries" in the lead up to the game because they had joined the Suns in the off season. The Suns got off to a hot start in the first quarter and led the clash by 19 points at first exchange of ends. The Gold Coast held that lead through the first three quarters and the tension rose early in the third term when Gold Coast's David Swallow unintentionally knocked Brisbane's Andrew Raines unconscious, who was taken off with concussion. Trailing by 19 points at the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Lions mounted a comeback off the back of six second half goals from Ashley McGrath, who was swung forward at half time. A Todd Banfield goal at the 15-minute mark in the fourth term equaled the scores late in the game but a spectacular pack mark taken by Gold Coast forward Nathan Krakouer a minute later stemmed the tide as he kicked truly for his fifth goal to give the Suns a one-goal lead. McGrath's sixth goal just seconds later again equaled the scores once again. The Gold Coast were awarded a controversial free kick for a high tackle a minute later which allowed small forward Brandon Matera to play on and kick the Suns to a seven-point lead that they wouldn't relinquish. The Suns claim the inaugural QClash 18.16 (124) to 17.14 (116). Former Lion and then-Sun Jared Brennan was awarded the inaugural Marcus Ashcroft Medal for his best on ground performance that included 30 disposals and 14 clearances.
QClash 11 - The bump
QClash 11 took place on 16 April 2016 at The Gabba. The Suns had compiled an undefeated 3-0 record leading into the game and were sitting equal top of the ladder while the Lions were winless sitting on the bottom of the ladder. The two teams traded goals for much of the first half as the Suns led by 2 points at the end of the first term and 8 points at half time. The biggest talking point of the night took place a minute before half time when Gold Coast defender Steven May elected to bump Brisbane ruckman Stefan Martin under his chin. Martin was knocked unconscious and was motionless for several minutes after the incident. May was a repeat offender as he had bumped Lion Tom Rockliff unconscious in QClash 9. Seemingly spurred on by what had occurred just prior to half time, the Lions gained the lead in the third quarter and eventually ran out 13-point winners at full time. The Marcus Ashcroft Medal was awarded to Irishman Pearce Hanley for his sublime 28-disposal, 2-goal performance. In the week following the match, May was referred straight to the tribunal where he later received a five-match suspension.
|Year||Date||Rd||Home Team||Score||Away Team||Score||Ground||Crowd||Winner||H2H||Report|
|1||2011||7 May||7||Gold Coast||18.16 (124)||Brisbane||17.14 (116)||The Gabba||25,501||Gold Coast by 8||+1|
|2||13 August||21||Brisbane||18.15 (123)||Gold Coast||8.13 (61)||The Gabba||23,565||0|
|3||2012||21 April||4||Brisbane||17.9 (111)||Gold Coast||6.10 (46)||The Gabba||21,980|
|4||21 August||17||Gold Coast||5.18 (48)||Brisbane||8.11 (59)||Carrara Stadium||16,550|
|5||2013||13 April||3||Gold Coast||13.14 (92)||Brisbane||13.16 (94)||Carrara Stadium||12,961|
|6||6 July||15||Brisbane||17.14 (116)||Gold Coast||12.11 (83)||The Gabba||27,170|
|7||2014||5 April||3||Gold Coast||17.12 (114)||Brisbane||9.7 (61)||Carrara Stadium||16,593||Gold Coast by 53|
|8||26 July||18||Brisbane||16.14 (110)||Gold Coast||8.8 (56)||The Gabba||27,167|
|9||2015||2 May||5||Gold Coast||18.10 (118)||Brisbane||7.12 (54)||Carrara Stadium||12,464||Gold Coast by 64|
|10||8 August||19||Brisbane||14.16 (100)||Gold Coast||17.12 (114)||The Gabba||20,025||Gold Coast by 14|
|11||2016||16 April||4||Brisbane||14.23 (107)||Gold Coast||14.10 (94)||The Gabba||20,041|
|12||9 July||16||Gold Coast||22.7 (139)||Brisbane||17.11 (113)||Carrara Stadium||13,528||Gold Coast by 26|
|13||2017||25 March||1||Gold Coast||Brisbane||Carrara Stadium|
|14||Brisbane||Gold Coast||The Gabba|
Timeline of results
Marcus Ashcroft Medal
The Marcus Ashcroft Medal is awarded to the player adjudged best on field during the QClash. It is named after triple Brisbane Lions AFL premiership player Marcus Ashcroft who played as a junior for the Southport Sharks.
|2011||7||Jared Brennan||Gold Coast|
|17||Gary Ablett, Jr.||Gold Coast|
|2014||3||Gary Ablett, Jr. (2)||Gold Coast|
|2015||4||Charlie Dixon||Gold Coast|
|19||Tom Lynch||Gold Coast|
|2016||4||Pearce Hanley (2)||Brisbane|
|16||Touk Miller||Gold Coast|
Up to date at the completion of QClash 12
Most goals in one game
|Charlie Dixon||2015||Round 5||Gold Coast Football Club||6||2||38|
|Tom Lynch||2015||Round 19||Gold Coast Football Club||5||2||32|
|Tom Lynch||2016||Round 4||Gold Coast Football Club||5||2||32|
|Jonathan Brown||2013||Round 3||Brisbane Lions Football Club||5||1||31|
|Nathan Krakouer||2011||Round 7||Gold Coast Football Club||5||1||31|
|Peter Wright||2016||Round 16||Gold Coast Football Club||5||1||31|
|Tom Lynch||2016||Round 16||Gold Coast Football Club||5||0||30|
Most career goals
|Tom Lynch||Gold Coast Football Club||22||9||10|
|Harley Bennell||Gold Coast Football Club||13||5||8|
|Jonathan Brown||Brisbane Lions Football Club||12||2||5|
|Brandon Matera||Gold Coast Football Club||11||8||8|
|Daniel Rich||Brisbane Lions Football Club||10||8||9|
|Dayne Zorko||Brisbane Lions Football Club||10||8||9|
Most career games
Most career Brownlow Medal votes
|Tom Rockliff||Brisbane Lions Football Club||7|
|Gary Ablett||Gold Coast Football Club||6|
|Simon Black||Brisbane Lions Football Club||6|
|Matthew Leuenberger||Brisbane Lions Football Club||5|
|Pearce Hanley||Brisbane Lions Football Club||5|
AFL Pre-Season results
Like both the "Western Derby" and the "Showdown" pre-season matches do not count towards the overall QClash results and statistics. However, The first ever match between the Brisbane Lions and the Gold Coast Suns occurred during the 2011 pre-season. To date three of the six fixtures have been held in either suburban or regional venues, as part of the restructured pre-season competition to see more matches being held in more non-traditional venues.
|Year||Date||Wk||Home Team||Score||Away Team||Score||Ground||Crowd||Winner||H2H||Report|
|1||2011||13 March||5||Gold Coast||0.7.12 (54)||Brisbane||0.17.10 (122)||Fankhauser Reserve||4,053|
|2||2012||25 February||2||Brisbane||0.2.6 (18)||Gold Coast||0.2.4 (16)||Carrara Stadium||5,150|
|3||2013||23 February||2||Gold Coast||0.3.6 (24)||Brisbane||2.6.3 (33)||Carrara Stadium||7,847|
|4||2014||23 February||2||Brisbane||1.14.13 (106)||Gold Coast||0.8.11 (59)||Tony Ireland Stadium||6,426|
|5||2015||20 March||4||Gold Coast||0.8.15 (63)||Brisbane||1.7.12 (63)||Carrara Stadium||5,581||Draw|
|6||2016||21 February||1||Brisbane||0.6.7 (43)||Gold Coast||0.9.14 (68)||Moreton Bay Sports Complex||3,807||Gold Coast by 25|
- Played at the Southport Shark's on the Gold Coast due to Gold Coast's home ground (Carrara Stadium) not being completed (Saturday, 28 May 2011).
- This match was played without the "Supergoal Rule" being enforced.
- This match was played under "Lightning Format" rules as part as the round-robin pool matches.
- This match was played under "Lightning Format" rules as part as the round-robin pool matches.
NEAFL Season results
|Year||Date||Rd||Home Team||Score||Away Team||Score||Ground||Winner||H2H||Report|
|1||2011||7 May||6||Gold Coast||14.19 (104)||Brisbane||9.9 (63)||Fankhauser Reserve||Gold Coast by 41||+1|
|2||23 July||17||Gold Coast||18.10 (118)||Brisbane||7.13 (55)||Carrara Stadium||Gold Coast by 63||+2|
|3||13 August||20||Brisbane||11.17 (83)||Gold Coast||12.7 (79)||Coorparoo Oval||+1|
|4||2012||21 April||5||Brisbane||11.11 (77)||Gold Coast||14.9 (93)||Leyshon Park||Gold Coast by 16||+2|
|5||16 June||12||Gold Coast||7.8 (50)||Brisbane||10.12 (72)||H & A Oval||+1|
|6||21 July||17||Gold Coast||15.13 (103)||Brisbane||14.11 (95)||Carrara Stadium||Gold Coast by 8||+2|
|7||2013||14 April||4||Gold Coast||10.10 (70)||Brisbane||28.12 (180)||Carrara Stadium||+1|
|8||25 April||6||Gold Coast||12.9 (79)||Brisbane||17.9 (111)||Harrup Park|
|9||1 June||11||Brisbane||10.10 (70)||Gold Coast||17.15 (117)||Giffin Park||Gold Coast by 47||+1|
|10||6 July||16||Brisbane||15.17 (107)||Gold Coast||13.7 (85)||Giffin Park|
|11||2014||5 April||2||Gold Coast||7.8 (50)||Brisbane||20.19 (139)||Carrara Stadium (C-R)|
|12||31 May||10||Brisbane||20.19 (139)||Gold Coast||12.6 (78)||Moreton Bay Sports Complex|
|13||26 July||17||Brisbane||13.11 (89)||Gold Coast||11.11 (77)||Giffin Park|
|14||16 August||20||Gold Coast||5.5 (35)||Brisbane||14.11 (95)||Carrara Stadium|
|15||2015||2 May||4||Gold Coast||10.14 (74)||Brisbane||6.13 (49)||Carrara Stadium (C-R)||Gold Coast by 25|
|16||27 June||12||Brisbane||14.10 (94)||Gold Coast||18.10 (118)||Giffin Park||Gold Coast by 24|
|17||8 August||18||Brisbane||9.7 (61)||Gold Coast||23.12 (150)||Giffin Park||Gold Coast by 89|
|18||2016||16 April||3||Brisbane||3.12 (30)||Gold Coast||21.12 (138)||Leyshon Park||Gold Coast by 108|
|19||28 May||9||Brisbane||22.18 (150)||Gold Coast||5.8 (38)||The Gabba|
|20||9 July||15||Gold Coast||14.15 (99)||Brisbane||15.7 (97)||Carrara Stadium (C-R)||Gold Coast by 2|
AFL Women's results
In preparation for the 2017 launch of AFL Women's the AFL held 10 Exhibition Series matches during the 2016 Season. The only match held in Queensland featured both a Women's side from the Brisbane Lion & the Gold Coast Suns, played right after the completion of the Men's QClash 11.
|Year||Date||Gm||Home Team||Score||Away Team||Score||Ground||Winner||H2H||Report|
|1||2016||16 April||6||Brisbane||5.8 (38)||Gold Coast||3.6 (24)||The Gabba (D/H)|
- Australian Football League (AFL): The highest-level professional competition in the sport of Australian rules football. Known as the Victorian Football League (VFL) between 1897 & 1989.
- AFL Queensland (AFLQ): The governing body of Australian rules football in Queensland.
- Western Derby: The AFL Intrastate Derby of Western Australia, first played in 1995. (West Coast Eagles Vs. Fremantle Dockers).
- Showdown: The AFL Intrastate Derby of South Australia, first played in 1997. (Adelaide Crows Vs. Port Adelaide Power).
- Sydney Derby: The AFL Intrastate Derby of New South Wales, first played in 2012. (Sydney Swans Vs. Greater Western Sydney Giants).
- QClash sets TV record - afl.com.au. Published 9 May 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2011.
- Stafford, Andrew (7 May 2011). "Jumping the Q". The Age. p. 11.
- Dampney, James (26 June 2012). "Rivals search for a name".
- Lions and Suns launch QClash
- QClash 1: Marcus Ashcroft Medal announced (1 May 2011)
- Greg Davis and Andrew Hamilton (21 April 2012). "Lions star Jonathan Brown issues rallying cry ahead of QClash". The Courier-Mail.
- Suns score first win over Port Adelaide
- Simon Black sledges former Brisbane Lions teammate Michael Rischitelli and Jared Brennan
- Hot Suns fry Lions
- Gold Coast Suns Steven May banned for three games
- QClash 11 - Brisbane Lions v Gold Coast Suns
- AFL Tribunal April 19th - The May Verdict
- AFL Women's 2016 matches
- Women's Lions
- Women's Suns
- Lions win Women's Licence