Lions to play mind games with Suns missing Ablett
THE Gold Coast will be hoping the "No Ablett, No Suns" adage doesn't ring true this afternoon.
But it could be ringing in their ears if the Brisbane Lions have anything to say about it.
Lions goalsneak Josh Green has not discounted his side waging a psychological battle with the Suns at the Gabba in the eighth QClash.
The Gold Coast has lost all six games it has played without its sidelined skipper, Gary Ablett, but must break through and claim the four points today if it is to have any hope of contesting a first finals campaign.
"Obviously we're not going to play finals so it's hard to keep that motivation, but we've set a few targets," said Green, whose side sits second last.
"We're keen to finish off the last six games really well so we can go into next year with confidence.
"By no means are we going to throw the towel in."
And there will be extra incentive to upstage their "fiercest rivals" today after suffering a 53-point loss to them in round three.
"We want to beat them and kick them out of the finals," Green (pictured) said.
"We're really excited about this week, being back on our home ground and in front of our fans.
"We obviously had it over them for three years and then to lose by that much was pretty hard.
"They're without Gary Ablett and they haven't won without him."
Green said the Lions would probably try to get into the Suns' heads, especially with combative Brisbane vice-captain Tom Rockliff returning from suspension.
"We'll play a few cheeky games with them, a few mind games," Green said.
"But we'll just go out there and attack the footy ... just take the game on."
Along with his fellow "Mozzie Squad" members, Dayne Zorko and Lewis Taylor, Green will be a key to the Lions' chances of an upset.
With Suns Steven May and Rory Thompson capable of holding big blokes Daniel Merrett and Michael Close, Green and co will need to conjure plenty of goals.
The 22-year-old, who signed a new contract at the start of the season, tying him until 2016, looks certain to win the club goal kicking this year. He has 22 in 14 games.
"I didn't really expect it at the start of the year. I was just trying to get into the round-one side," he said.
LIONS V SUNS
At the Gabba, 4.40pm
Also: Hawks v Swans, 7.40pm