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Lions praise Suns - for now

Laine Clark 27/04/2011 04:22:24 PM Comments (0)

Backslapping over the Gold Coast Suns' historic AFL win continued on Wednesday - at the Brisbane Lions.

As the young Suns tried to keep their feet on the ground after their last round victory over Port Adelaide, they received praise from an unlikely source.

Veteran Lions midfielder Luke Power had taken a cheeky shot at the Suns ahead of their 2011 debut, saying "there are two great teams in Queensland - the Brisbane Lions and the Brisbane Lions reserves".

But even Power sounded like a Suns fan on Wednesday after Gold Coast leapfrogged the win-less Lions on the AFL ladder thanks to their come-from-behind away victory.

However, Power hinted that the Suns should enjoy his praise while it lasted ahead of their first "Queensland clash" derby at the Gabba on May 7.

"Good luck to them, we hope that they do well - until they play us," Power said of the Suns.

"We are happy for them (but) we will worry about them when we come to them."

Power insisted the Lions' focus was on Saturday night's MCG clash with Richmond.

But the Lions clearly have one eye on the Suns' progress as they strive to become "Queensland's top team" in 2011.

The Suns success ensures the Lions need a win more than ever after four straight losses - however, three have been by 13 points or less.

"It (losing run) is frustrating I won't lie to you, but you have to man up and get your focus right for the next week - and our focus is all on the Richmond game," Power said.

"(But) Queensland is such a competitive market - not only in the AFL.

"You've also got NRL, union...lots of competition - we are looking to get our share of the market.

"(But) I think a lot of people out there who support us would be proud of our performances.

"They know they are going to get a hardy performance from us week in, week out."

Power said the Lions had been buoyed by the availability of attacking defender Josh Drummond, Matt Maguire (both quad) and ex-St Kilda wingman Xavier Clarke (knee) this week.

It has countered news that young forward Ryan Lester (foot) has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

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