The Suns came tantalisingly close to its biggest come-back of its existence only to fall short by ten centimetres.
That was the difference yesterday as Gary Ablett’s last minute Hail Mary from the forward pocket cannoned into the woodwork rather than finding daylight and slicing the big sticks.
It was a spectator’s delight at Patersons Stadium as the Suns came with a flurry in one of the most exciting finishes of the year.
Led by the young brigade in Dion Prestia, David Swallow, harley Bennell and Jaeger O’Meara they ran all over the established West Coast midfield.
They continued to pump it inside 50 as the Suns whacked on six unanswered goals to start the final term to turn a thirty-five point deficit into a one point lead.
The Eagles responded as the home crowd lifted and managed a last minute snag on the goal-line from third gamer Jeremy McGovern.
Not even some last minute magic from the Little Master could save the Suns as the Eagles scrambled and hung on for the four points.
A spectacular last term was the story of the match but what can’t be glossed over was the poor start from the Gold Coast.
The last quarter flurry should merely frustrate fans and have them thinking ‘where was that in the first three quarters?’
This was the Suns’ chance to make a stand and put their top eight position in concrete.
They have kept eighth position for now but should the Dons defeat the Dees this afternoon they will be chasing their tails in the second half of the year to get back in the hunt to be playing in September.
WEST COAST 4.3 9.7 14.10 15.13 (103)
GOLD COAST 3.3 6.4 9.5 15.10 (100)
Goals: Dixon 3, Lynch 3, Matera 2, Rischitelli 2, Hall, Bennell, Harbrow, Prestia, O'Meara
Best: Prestia, Bennell, Ablett, Swallow, Lynch
What are your thoughts on yesterday's match? Will the Suns still make the 8 despite losing 3 in a row?