Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew fears his team has lost respect within the AFL industry, and the belief of their supporters, after a humiliating derby defeat to Brisbane.
The Lions simply smashed their Queensland rivals at Metricon Stadium on Saturday, at one point booting 14 unanswered goals to charge to a 19.10 (124) to 7.9 (51) win.
The 73-point hiding is the Suns’ second-heaviest defeat to the Lions and left Dew concerned his team had lost credibility for a performance that harked back to some of their worst displays in the club’s early seasons.
“Let ourselves down, definitely would have lost some trust within the competition, our supporters. We are working hard on building consistency but that just fell away tonight,” Dew said.
“We have to take it personal, we failed to compete.
“We opened the gate today
“We would have lost trust, no doubt … some gains that were there will now get questioned.”
Brisbane’s dominance was not just on the scoreboard, with the Lions’ boasting 119 more disposals, 25 more inside-50s, 90 more uncontested, and 138 marks to their rivals’ 81.
Gold Coast were missing the fight of suspended midfielder Touk Miller and concussed Nick Holman, but Dew said their absence should just have been viewed as an opportunity by those coming in.
“We had 10 guys with one or less tackles,” Dew said.
“We failed to put pressure on the opposition that the competition demands and got what we deserved – particularly in the third quarter.”
Life will not get any easier for the Suns next Saturday when they travel to Geelong to face the Cats.
“We have to front up and take it on the chin and look to this week,” Dew said.
“There’s two choices: we can fall away between now and the bye and reset, or we can get back on track immediately.”
There are fewer concerns for Lions coach Chris Fagan, although he did lose milestone-man Ryan Lester early in his 150th game to a hamstring injury, while defender Darcy Gardiner’s night ended in the third term with a dislocated right shoulder.
Brisbane’s fifth win in a row was set up by tall forward Dan McStay’s four goals, while Charlie Cameron had three majors and Lincoln McCarthy, Eric Hipwood, Joe Daniher and Zac Bailey kicked two each in the rout.
Ex-Sun Jarryd Lyons was the best on ground against his former club with 38 disposals, nine clearances and nine tackles, while captain Dayne Zorko (34 disposals, one goal, nine marks) and Hugh McCluggage (23 disposals, eight marks) were also excellent.
“It was a strong team effort. We played well in all the different phases,” Fagan said.
“Our team defence was fantastic and we moved the ball really well. Very efficient going inside-50, created a lot of scoring opportunities.
“It was a good all-round performance.”