Brisbane’s Jed Adcock says the struggling Lions are fiercely motivated to proved a point when they face Queensland AFL rivals Gold Coast.
The battling Brisbane Lions have a week off but certainly aren’t relaxing as they aim to deliver a fierce backhander in the fight to be Queensland’s No.1 AFL club.
Ten days before their QClash against Gold Coast, the Lions surprisingly engaged in a closed session at the Gabba before their skipper talked up the importance of the local derby.
Not only are 17th-placed Brisbane looking to avenge a nine-goal thumping by the rising Suns in round three, Jed Adcock says they’re motivated to take ‘little brother’ back down a peg.
“It’s a massive game, and a massive game for Queensland,” he said.
“You always like to be classed as the No.1 side in whatever state you are in. It’s a nice little rivalry we’ve got.”
The Suns sit ninth, dropping from the top eight for the first time in three months following Saturday’s upset loss to the Western Bulldogs in Cairns.
In what is the Lions’ biggest game for the remainder of the season, Adcock felt it also possessed a different dynamic for the two clubs.
“They’re still trying to play finals footy, and realistically we’re not, so there’s more riding on it,” he said.
“I don’t know if the big brother thing has any motivation but it’s purely from being the No.1 team in the state.
“They will go in favourites but we have a chance to prove something and get one back on them from what they did to us earlier in the year.”
Although Gold Coast will be without captain Gary Ablett (shoulder) for the rest of the season, Adcock didn’t believe it would stop their shot at an historic finals appearance.
“Obviously when you lose your two-time BM (Brownlow Medallist) it’s going to hurt but the strength of their team is definitely their midfield and they will slot someone else in and they’ll still be dangerous.”