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Suns flaunt finals hopes

  • Suns flaunt finals hopes
  • Suns flaunt finals hopes
  • Suns flaunt finals hopes

GOLD COAST 5.4† 6.5† 7.13† 12.15 (87) def.

RICHMOND††† 3.1† 5.6† 6.7† 10.9 (69)†

GOALS

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Gold Coast: Day 2, Stanley 2, Ablett 2, Lynch 2, Prestia, OíMeara, Matera, Swallow

Richmond: Vickery 2, Vlastuin, Petterd, Riewoldt, Cotchin, Griffiths, Edwards, Martin, Deledio

BEST

Gold Coast: Ablett, Swallow, Prestia, OíMeara, Stanley

Richmond: Cotchin, Deledio, Martin, Hampson, Thomas

Last night the Suns had one of the most courageous and hard fought wins of their short existence.

Hindered by injuries to debutant Jack Martin and prolific goal scorer Charlie Dixon the young Suns dug deep to once again defeat their bunny side, the Tigers.

Led by a super fit midfield that ran the Tigers ragged the Suns showed class, pace and determination in their 18 point victory.

Gary Ablett yet again had more than 40 disposals finishing with 41 touches, 6 clearances and 2 goals.

The little masterís magic must be rubbing off on the rest of the midfield as David Swallow, Dion Prestia, Jaeger OíMeara and Michael Rischitelli were all superb picking up a combined 109 disposals.

Equally as impressive was an undermanned defensive unit from the Suns with Matthew Warnock, Steven May and debutant Clay Cameron were all stingy in their protection of the back half.

Jack Riewoldt and Tyrone Vickery managed just the 7 marks between them and only scored 3 of Richmondís 10 goals.

Taking the shine off the win were the injuries, Jack Martin looks to have done his AC joint in his shoulder, not a dislocation as feared, and the club is hopeful to have him back playing in a month.

Charlie Dixon on the other hand has a simple case of concussion and will be fine to take his place in a fortnight against the in-form Dockers in Perth.

Defender Rory Thompson managed to get through his return via the NEAFL after off season hip surgery and coach Guy McKenna has also touted the chances of returns from Harley Benell and Nathan Bock which will bolster the side even more.

It was a history making day in the AFL with both expansion clubs saluting in the same day and this may be a sight that we see plenty more of in years to come.

Watch the highlights of the Suns strong win below.

Who were your top 5 from last nights win? Will the Suns play finals this year? Is Gary Ablett on track for a third Brownlow? Can they defeat Freo in round 2?

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