Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Senior Lions Fire Up Fuse on New Rivalry

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Senior Lions Fire Up Fuse on New Rivalry

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Byline: JIM MORTON of AAP

AFL: Lions veteran Simon Black has taken aim at the Gold Coast Suns' silver spoon origins and labelled former teammates Jared Brennan and Michael Rischitelli mercenaries, lighting the fuse on the AFL's inaugural Queensland derby.

The normally mild-mannered Black said the Suns had benefited greatly from the AFL's generosity to ensure there was no repeat of the Brisbane Bears' years of struggle on the Gold Coast from 1987-93.

The 2002 Brownlow medallist admitted there was resentment at the Suns' spoon-fed existence.

He vowed the highly motivated Lions would attempt to stamp their authority on their new neighbours on Saturday night at the Gabba.

While the fledgling club has been on the receiving end of four hidings Co including Sunday's 139-point demolition by Essendon Co from its first five matches, the Suns are looking forward to a bright future, thanks largely to a raft of priority draft picks.

C[pounds sterling]The AFL has given them everything and some and they have been extremely fortunate the way they have come into the competition,C[yen] Black said yesterday.

C[pounds sterling]They have been benefactors of other clubs coming into the competition and not having immediate success, eg, the Brisbane Bears.

C[pounds sterling]So they've been handed plenty on a platter. No doubt in time, two or three years, they will be a very good footy side, but geez, they've been given everything and some.C[yen]

For the past decade, Black and fellow midfield star Luke Power have been regarded as the opening batsmen by Brisbane media for their unerring ability to play the straightest of bats to any questions.

But both got well and truly on the front foot yesterday as the winless Lions prepared to meet their local rivals for the first time.

Power claimed the meeting between the league's two bottom-placed teams was the biggest game on earth in 2011. …

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