Gold Coast coach David Lake is adamant his side’s record-low AFLW score in a QClash drubbing from Brisbane won’t be a long-term setback for the fledgling club.
Best-on-ground Jesse Wardlaw and Dakota Davidson both kicked four goals for the Lions in the 10-5 (65) to 0-2 (2) win on Sunday at Hickey Park in Brisbane.
The Suns’ two points eclipsed Richmond’s three-point effort last season as the lowest score in the competition’s fifth season, and the Suns’ second.
“In the first quarter I thought we could flip it in the second quarter, but when we couldn’t it was like we lost our strength and confidence and you start to think all these things about what you are and what you aren’t,” Lake said.
“It’s about what we do next … if you think it’s not a true reflection of you, it’s what you’re going to do about it.
“There’s seven weeks to go and we want to be there at the end – I haven’t lost faith at all, it’s one game.”
Brisbane, who drew with the Suns in last year’s inaugural QClash, registered 21 marks inside 50 to the Suns’ one as they improved to 2-0 and the Suns’ dropped a second-straight game.
Ball-movers Sophie Conway, Nat Grider, Lauren Arnell and Greta Bodey (two goals) were all dominant for the hosts as they notched their highest AFLW score.
Conway gained 364 metres from her 13 possessions, most of which hit targets.
Wardlaw had a hand in two other goals to win the QClash medal, while Arnell weaved her magic down the left flank and the Lions’ defence intercepted whenever called upon.
The Lions led by 15 in their inaugural QClash last season but didn’t kick a second-half goal as they split the points with the Suns in a Queensland derby cliffhanger.
There were no signs of a repeat on Sunday though, Wardlaw kicking her second to begin the third quarter to end any hopes of a comeback.
“We did remind them about last year so it was really pleasing they kept working away,” Brisbane coach Craig Starcevich said.
“Everyone comes off the ground feeling good after kicking a few goals but the method, jumping at marks, clean in the air (were most pleasing).”