'I can't wait to face Leah Kaslar': Lions sharpshooter on QClash

BRISBANE sharpshooter Jesse Wardlaw cannot wait to face a few of her ex-teammates in the first-ever AFLW QClash.

The game will have some heat in it, with eight former Lions set to line up for the Suns on Saturday afternoon at Metricon Stadium.

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The second-year forward says she's had this game circled on her calendar for a long time.

"We've been looking forward to this game since the draw came out," Wardlaw told womens.afl.

"I can't wait to face Leah Kaslar."

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Wardlaw is expecting the Suns to be 'very physical' and with good reason too.

The Suns are averaging 77 tackles per game so far in 2020, a whopping seven more than the two next best teams in Fremantle and the Western Bulldogs.

The Lions might not be on that same level, but they will be looking to expose the Suns in the forward line.

Wardlaw has kicked the second most goals so far this year, with her three-goal performance against Geelong earning her a round two NAB AFL Women's Rising Star nomination.

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The 20-year-old was a little shocked when the news was delivered.

"I got a call from Bree (Brock, Lions AFLW CEO) and she put me on loudspeaker with Craig (Starcevich, Lions AFLW coach)," she said.

"You know something serious is about to happen when you get a call from them.

"I was over the moon when I found out."

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Wardlaw, like many of her teammates, had been a bit underrated heading into the season.

Just eight players remain from Brisbane's 2017 Grand Final side, leaving many in the media to downplay what the Lions could do in 2020.

"That fires us up," Wardlaw said.

"We're certainly not underestimating ourselves."

The Lions will be taking that confidence into round three as they hope to continue their unbeaten streak.