21/04/2024

David Swallow post-game after the 62 point loss. Photo: @GoldCoastSUNS on Twitter.

Although it was a tough day at the office for the Gold Coast Suns, there was some resistance that suggests all is not lost in 2021.

It was beginning to look like a tough day at the office for Gold Coast at half time at Marvel Stadium on Saturday. Little did the Suns know it was going to get even tougher.

They were torn apart by a rampaging Western Bulldogs outfit in the first half. who piled on 11 goals in a row to start the match.

The Suns responded in kind with six goals in the third quarter, before a relatively even final term.

Coach Stuart Dew spoke about the minor fightback to, at the very least, stem the bleeding.

“Obviously the third quarter was the style we wanted to go in with,” he said.

“Credit to them, they threw the first punch and we were up against the ropes until the third quarter.

“They responded, but it’s not a position we want to be in every week. Highly disappointing.”

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Although disappointed with the overall performance, Dew pointed out some good individual performances.

“Jye Farrar, second gamer, [I] put a circle around his name and said if a second gamer can do it, other blokes need to step up,” he said.

“And obviously Josh Corbett, his workrate was super as well.”

Dew spoke about what they can take from this match going forward.

“I think we can give them the evidence that they can compete at the level, it’s for how long,” he said.

“Giving any side that sort of start, you’re really pushing up the hill. What we can say is a side that responds is a side that has some pride.

“They’ve got some confidence about where we need to get to, and we talked about it going into the match, this team’s red hot, number one in everything, undefeated.

“We wanted to take the game on, and that opened us up [they got] 13.11 from turnover, but in that third quarter we got six of ours from turnover.

“We were willing to go down, taking the game on, last week we were too slow.

“So I think that’ll hold us in good stead going forward.”

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