Lions set to shake up Suns

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - AN­DREW HAMIL­TON

BRIS­BANE skipper Dayne Beams says the Lions have no sym­pa­thy for the Suns’ un­der- siege foot­ball depart­ment and want to cre­ate fur­ther dis­rup­tion with a big QClash win.

A derby loss has al­ready cost one Suns coach his job and Rod­ney Eade faces the prospect of fol­low­ing pre­de­ces­sor Guy McKenna out the door if he can­not en­gi­neer a win over the last- placed Lions.

Eade and the en­tire foot­ball depart­ment are out of con­tract and fight­ing to save their jobs.

Dean Solomon, the most highly rated of the Suns as­sis­tant coaches, has been linked to GWS.

Bris­bane are aware the pres­sure al­ready on their neigh­bours would mag­nify with a loss on Satur­day and in­tend on adding to the Suns’ woes.

Beams said with no fi­nals ap­pear­ance to play for, his young side had agreed to try to cause havoc on the rest of the com­pe­ti­tion.

“We’ve spo­ken about it as a group … that we could play a part in shap­ing the top eight, and that’s prob­a­bly talk­ing more about the game we just played ( against the Western Bull­dogs),” Beams said.

The Lions may have al­ready mor­tally wounded their ri­vals.

They am­bushed Gold Coast in the open­ing quar­ter of the Round 1 QClash at Met­ri­con Sta­dium with the first seven goals of the game and hung on to win by two points.

It set the scene for an­other year of un­der­achieve­ment by the Suns.

Bris­bane also have their own mo­ti­va­tion for win­ning, so they can avoid the wooden spoon.

They trail the Kan­ga­roos and Carl­ton by a game, plus per­cent­age, and will need to win at least two of their fi­nal three matches to avoid fin­ish­ing last.

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