THE GOLD Coast Suns can now be considered the AFL’S top dogs in Queensland, after thrashing rivals Brisbane by 53 points at Metricon Stadium on Saturday.
Skipper Gary Ablett once again led his side to a dominant 17.12.114 to 9.7.61 victory.
It’s the Suns first win over their intra-state rivals since a shock victory in the inaugural derby clash against the Lions in 2011.
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Ablett booted three goals and had a game-high 38 disposals but this was far from a one-man show.
Sam Day’s four goals, including three in the second-quarter, showed he’s developing into a dangerous tall forward option with a deadly accurate kick.
David Swallow also chipped in with two majors in a seven-goal third-quarter blitz by the home team which killed off the Lions’ hopes.
Defender Steven May epitomised the Suns’ physical approach, bullying several of the Lions and keeping Brisbane veteran Jonathan Brown goalless and with just four disposals for the match.
In jury woes for Brisbane though with Daniel Rich suffering a potentially serious knee injury.
The 23-year-old midfielder will undergo scans on Monday with fears he’s damaged an anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee following a collision with Sean Lemmens.
Veteran defender Dan Merrett could also find himself sidelined after a high hit with his elbow on Swallow in the final term.
It’s not the best of starts to the season for Brisbane, who now sit 0-3 and face a tough trip to Adelaide to take on an in-form Port Adelaide next weekend.