Australian Football League Pre Seasons NAB Challenge Cup Live Gold Coast Suns vs Brisbane Lions Stream AFL NAB Cup Week 04 match will be kick off at Carrara Stadium, Carrara, Queensland, Australia, Friday 20 March 2015 online, 20.40pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Foxtell.
Gold Coast Suns vs Brisbane Lions pre-season Q Clash featuring two sides that are on the up in 2015 with very deep midfields and inexperienced key position players. This one should be tight.
Gold Coast was 1-3 in 2012 and 2013 before going 1-2 last year.
The Lions traditionally perform well in the NAB Challenge/Cup format. They went 1-2 in 2014 after winning all going undefeated in the 2013 NAB Cup culminating with a big win over the Blues in the final.
2015 NAB Challenge Form
The Suns beat Geelong by 8 points in NAB1 before fielding a weaker side and losing to GWS by 36 points.
The Lions beat the Saints by three points in NAB1 before taking care of business against the Swans in NAB2.
The Lions are 6-2 against their local rivals winning those six encounters by an average of 40 points. Despite losing six games to Brisbane, the Suns are 4-4 at the line against them. The outsiders are 23-11 against the line in NAB Challenge games including the 2014 pre-season and the 2015 season – winning 12 of those games.
Taking the Lions on the strength of their midfield against a Suns side minus Ablett and O’Meara (who is in doubt for round 1). As with Brisbane all season, they will be relying on their young key position players to deliver but Daniel McStay and Michael Close are developing and their midfield should pump the ball in their enough to get the win in a tight one.
The Gold Coast SUNS can expect the toughest test of their NAB Challenge campaign on Friday night after the Brisbane Lions named a full strength squad for the final dress rehearsal ahead of the premiership season. Only Pearce Hanley, who won’t feature in the first-half of the season due to hip surgery, is absent.
Former Geelong premiership midfielder Allen Christensen will represent the Lions for the first time following his decision to elope from regional Victoria during last October’s trade period due to personal issues.
The exciting on-baller managed only eight appearances for the Cats last season due to a back injury which required surgery in February and then again in September. His signing was a massive recruiting coup for the Lions who will be hoping to see Christensen add another element to their midfield.
On top of that signing, Brisbane lured Collingwood premiership star Dayne Beams to the Gabba after he signalled his desire to relocate at season’s end for family reasons. Beams has shone brightly in the opening two games of the NAB Challenge series, gathering 25 possessions and seven clearances against St Kilda and 19 touches and four inside 50’s against Sydney.
Gold Coast Suns: 2. Zac Smith, 4. Jack Martin, 5. Jarrod Harbrow, 6. Alex Sexton, 7. Nick Malceski, 8. Luke Russell, 10. Dion Prestia, 11. Harley Bennell,14. Mitch Hallahan, 15. Daniel Gorringe, 16. Rory Thompson, 17. Steven May, 18. Trent McKenzie, 19. Tom Lynch, 21. Jack Leslie, 22. Tom Nicholls, 24. David Swallow, 26. Matt Shaw, 28. Kade Kolodjashnij, 32. Brandon Matera, 33. Aaron Hall, 34. Josh Glenn, 35. Michael Rischitelli, 41. Jarrod Garlett, 42. Adam Saad, 44. Touk Miller, 48. Seb Tape
Brisbane Lions: 3. Allen Christensen, 4. James Aish, 5. Mitch Robinson, 6. Josh Green, 7. Jed Adcock, 8. Rohan Bewick, 9. Dayne Beams, 10. Daniel Rich, 12. Stefan Martin, 14. Brent Staker, 15. Dayne Zorko, 17. Claye Beams, 21. Daniel Merrett, 22. Marco Paparone, 23. Matthew Leuenberger, 24. Liam Dawson, 25. Daniel McStay, 26. Tom Cutler, 27. Darcy Gardiner, 28. Lewis Taylor, 29. Jaden McGrath, 30. Jack Redden, 32. Sam Mayes, 33. Michael Close, 35. Ryan Lester, 38. Tom Rockliff, 42. Justin Clarke.