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The Gold Coast Suns have gone 2-0 with a dominant win over the Carlton Blues, as Tom J Lynch kicked eight on Saturday at Etihad Stadium.
Carlton Blues 9.13 (67)
Gold Coast Suns 15.11 (101)
The Carlton Blues welcome the Gold Coast Suns to Etihad Stadium in a game that both sides will fancy their chances to come out with all four points. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 1:45pm (AEDT).
Carlton may not have got the win they would have wanted last week, but they were very impressive in the opening game of the season, where they were competitive against last season’s premiers, the Richmond Tigers.
Under Brendon Bolton, the Blues have been known to play a more defensive brand of football, but that went down the drain last week against the Tigers. They took the game on and played this attacking style of footy that any supporter would enjoy watching.
One of the shining lights was Charlie Curnow, who kicked five goals against the Tigers. Bolton no doubt will be looking for him to stand up again and give his side a chance of getting their first win of the season.
In team news for the Blues, Cam O’Shea will make his Carlton debut, and David Cunningham also comes into the side. Matthew Kennedy comes out of the team with an ankle injury, and Jack Silvagni is omitted.
As for the Suns, they come off a handy win against the North Melbourne Kangaroos. In those horrendous conditions they played up in Cairns last week, that game had the potential to go either way, so they will be pleased to come out with a win to start the Stuart Dew era.
It was difficult to take anything out of the Suns’ win against the Kangaroos due to the conditions, but the collective effort from the team is an encouraging sign for a side that have lacked team continuity in previous years.
In team news for the Suns, Aaron Hall replaces the omitted Matt Rosa.
This is a tough game to predict. Majority in the public feel the Blues will win this, but I’ve got a funny feeling the Suns will win in a close one. They will surprise a few come the end of this season.
Gold Coast Suns by 11.
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