Round 11 Thursday 17 February

Metricon Stadium
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    Red-hot Lions break club records in MASSIVE win

    BRISBANE flexed its premiership muscles with a record-breaking demolition of Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium on Thursday night.

    Four days after eking out a narrow win over St Kilda in Melbourne, the Lions were full of run in kicking the highest score in club history with a 12.13 (85) to 2.4 (16) triumph.

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    It was also their greatest winning margin, 69 points, and just two points shy of the AFLW record.

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    The reigning champions jumped out of the blocks, kicking three unanswered goals in the opening 10 minutes on the way to a fifth straight win.

    It sets up a mouth-watering contest against Melbourne at Metricon next Monday night.

    Smith snags her third to continue Lions' onslaught

    00:27 Feb 17. 2022. 8:49 PM

    Taylor Smith slammed home her third goal of the night which inside the first minute of the third term

    Livewire Courtney Hodder was back to her best, kicking two goals from 17 disposals and winning the QClash Medal for best afield.

    She left the field with two minutes remaining after a head clash with Viv Saad.

    Sophie Conway (17 disposals), Belle Dawes (17) and Emily Bates (23 and 14 tackles) were also instrumental in the win as the Lions had nine individual goalkickers.

    Brisbane was dominant from the outset, matching Gold Coast around the stoppages and then getting to the outside quickly and beating them for pace.

    Stellar O'Dwyer snap stuns Suns

    00:41 Feb 17. 2022. 7:57 PM

    Orla O'Dwyer extended her side's early advantage with this super snap finding the middle

    Dawes, Taylor Smith (who kicked three goals against her former club) and Orla O'Dwyer kicked early goals to open up a 19-point lead at the first change.

    Gold Coast's first goal came five minutes into the final quarter courtesy of Tori Groves-Little, while Sarah Perkins added another shortly after following a brilliant tackle.

    Perkins shows firepower with brilliant tackle and goal

    00:45 Feb 17. 2022. 9:20 PM

    Sarah Perkins gave Suns' fans something to smile about with this exceptional tackle and goal

    THE HERO
    Brisbane's little magician Courtney Hodder was on fire. After a season more defined by her defensive pressure than her incredible nous around goals, Hodder burst to life with a best on ground performance. She kicked two goals, set up another for Sophie Conway and had nine score involvements from her 17 disposals. A head clash in the final two minutes that will require stitches in her lip slightly soured Hodder's night.

    Hodder's second-effort powers through another Lions goal

    00:39 Feb 17. 2022. 9:07 PM

    Courtney Hodder missed the initial kick inside 50 but was sure to follow it up to give her side another early goal in a quarter

    THE DIFFERENCE
    After an even beginning around the stoppages, Brisbane got on top to dominate the clearance count 26-15. However, the big difference came with what happened next. With Sophie Conway and Orla O'Dwyer on the outside, the Lions burnt Gold Coast for overlap run and speed, able to get the ball inside 50 quickly to give their forwards plenty of chances. It led to nine individual goalkickers and a record team score.

    WHO'S THAT?
    Gold Coast was given a rude reminder why it should rue letting Taylor Smith from its grasp two years ago. The lanky Brisbane forward – who played one game for the Suns in 2020 before they delisted her – kicked three goals in one of her best games for the Lions. Her body work one-on-one was excellent, and combined with the impressive Jesse Wardlaw, the pair more than made up for the absence of Dakota Davidson (concussion).

    Scrappy Smith goal continues Lions' hot start

    00:51 Feb 17. 2022. 7:51 PM

    Taylor Smith did it the hard way with this goal continuing her side's quick start to the match

    SAY WHAT?
    "We were comprehensively outplayed. We know they're a really good footy team and we certainly respect that, but we've got a game in five days' time against the Dogs and we've got to get some respect back, which I think we'd earned in the first five rounds, but we lost a little bit tonight." – Gold Coast coach Cameron Joyce

    "Your dream game, how you want to set it up, they were terrific. They like the challenge. Coming down here tonight and making sure we put on a good show against our arch-rival but the big clubs that around us on the ladder, that seems to bring out the best in them, so we are really looking forward to Monday night."  – Brisbane coach Craig Starcevich

    WHAT'S NEXT?
    Brisbane has its sternest test since the opening round when it plays Melbourne at Metricon Stadium on Monday night at 6.10pm AEST. Gold Coast also has a short break, five days, before hosting the Western Bulldogs on Tuesday night at 6.10pm AEST.

    GOLD COAST   0.1          0.2          0.2          2.4 (16)
    BRISBANE         3.2          6.8          8.13       12.13 (85) 

    GOALS
    Gold Coast:
    Groves-Little, Perkins
    Brisbane: Smith 3, Hodder 2, Anderson, Dawes, Conway, Farquharson, O'Dwyer, C.Svarc, Wardlaw 

    BEST 
    Gold Coast:
     Surman, Howarth, Stanton
    Brisbane: Hodder, Conway, Dawes, O'Dwyer, Bates, Campbell 

    INJURIES 
    Gold Coast:
    Nil
    Brisbane: Hodder (head)

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