22/04/2024

Kate Surman of the Gold Coast Suns kicks on the run. (Photo: Daniel Cohen)

The Gold Coast Suns continue to rise in 2022, knocking on the door of the top six by the slimmest percentage margin after downing Geelong.

The Gold Coast Suns are continuing to build week to week, and after a solid all round performance against Geelong at Metricon Stadium, they’re missing out on a spot in the top six by the narrowest percentage.

It is a win that now stirs up the competition ladder. Gold Coast sits just below Collingwood on the ladder, falling short of taking its position by .04 percent.

This puts pressure on the Pies, who were touted as premiership contenders in the off season, with both teams have some tough games coming up next round.

Gold Coast will stay at Metricon to take on Brisbane in the QClash, while Collingwood head to Hobart to meet North Melbourne (after taking on West Coast in Perth this weekend), still undefeated in Tasmania after breaking Fremantle’s winning streak last round.

While most of last year’s finalists are looking very solid in their ladder placement, this leaves the door ajar for the Suns to come knocking.

Resilient Suns rise again

Geelong came out of the blocks early on and kicked the first two goals of the game in a quarter that demonstrated the similarity in both teams’ pressure-heavy play styles.

It was a late goal from the Suns’ Lauren Bella however that led them into the first break with all the momentum. 

The Suns came out looking different after the break, winning hit outs to advantage that saw them surging out of the centre square inside the forward. This brought Tori Groves-Little into the game for their best performance of the year so far. 

After battling concussion for some weeks, Groves-Little brought speed to the Suns forward group and helped them score in the second quarter.

They seemed to be in every moment that mattered offensively for the Suns in the quarter, winning loose ball contests and kicking a great goal to reward their strong effort. 

“The five shots at goal [was great] but the pressure, the speed that Tori possesses is just really good… [there’s been] so much development in Tori, which is great,” Suns coach Cameron Joyce told media post match.

The Suns continued to bring their intensity after half time, taking full advantage of their possessions by kicking three goals for the quarter.

Geelong had a small breakthrough in the third quarter from a smart kick to space by Georgie Prespakis, who was doing her best to keep her team in touch.

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The Suns were using the ball to their advantage in all positions. Whenever it hit the ground, they were first to the contest at either end of the ground, stopping any scoreboard pressure the Cats may have been able to apply with their limited forward entries throughout the last half. 

“We think we really want to put some heat on the opposition and make it difficult for them when they get the footy,” Joyce said.

In the last quarter, Geelong coach Dan Lowther made multiple positional changes to try and take the game away from the Suns.

It was a tactical move that paid off, with the Cats taking some control back and kicking three goals. The Suns stayed resilient as they had been for the entire match, and held off the surge to take the win. 

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