19/05/2024

The Gold Coast Suns recorded their first win of the season at Metricon Stadium. (Image: @GoldCoastSUNS - Twitter)

The Gold Coast Suns were a force to be reckoned with in their game against the West Coast Eagles on Sunday, applying the pressure to keep their opponents goaless until the second half.

Whilst the Eagles kept their heads into the game with an injection of goals from Aisling McCarthy and Kate Bartlett late into the fourth quarter, it had come little too late with the Suns holding them down from majority of the game.

The Eagles had possession of the ball for the opening minutes of the game. But from the moment the Suns broke through and gained control of the game, they left the Eagles trailing behind them.

Capitalising on the Eagles early woes, the Suns sprung into action to deliver a thrilling 33-point victory.

The Suns dominated on the ground. This was despite West Coast’s best attempts to shut them down, highlighted by a tackle count of 92 compared to the Suns 82. It saw that the Eagles were unable to use this against the Suns.

The West Coast Eagles were unable to mirror their performance from last week, struggling to overcome the strong form of the Suns. It also didn’t help that they lost Belinda Smith early in the first quarter. Smith was out for the rest of the game due to a mid-section injury.

Alison Drennan’s influence for the Suns was apparent during the game, with the midfielder finishing off the afternoon with 24 disposals, nine tackles and a goal.

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Also influential for the Suns, both Claudia Whitfort and Charlie Rowbottom provided dazzling performances on ground. Whitford 21 disposals, four tackles and two marks. Whilst Rowbottom had 19 disposals and five tackles to her name.

Gold Coast’s performance follows their loss against North Melbourne where they fell agonisingly short of claiming their first win of the season.

Debutants Courtney Jones (12 disposals, two goals) and Giselle Davies (one goal) also contributed to the win with their on-field performances.

However, the win for the Suns was soured after Jamie Stanton was ruled out from the game with a knee injury. Stanton’s injury occurred in the same passage of play where Belinda Smith copped her injury.

Next up for Gold Coast will be Brisbane, as they look to continue to notch up a second win. Whilst West Coast will play Essendon next Sunday.

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