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    Gold Coast Suns vs. Melbourne

    Gabba
    AFL Home and Away May 12, 2018
    Gold Coast Suns 77, Melbourne 146
    Gold Coast Suns Melbourne
     G B Pts G B Pts
    Q13523   4529
    Q25737   81159
    Q39963   131795
    Q4111177   2120146

    Match result:

    Melbourne have had a comprehensive win over the Gold Coast Suns at the Gabba, racking up a record-equalling 83 inside 50s and ultimately running out 69 point winners.

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    Final score
    Gold Coast Suns 11.11.77
    Melbourne Demons 21.20.146

    Match preview:

    The Gold Coast Suns finally get another game in Queensland, albeit not at their ground of choice, when they host the Melbourne Demons at the Gabba. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog from the match on Saturday afternoon, starting from 4:35pm AEST.

    Due to the interruptions at their own home ground caused by the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the Gold Coast Suns haven’t been able to play at Metricon even once so far this season.

    The Games of course are over now but the ground is still in the process of being prepared to once again be suitable for footy. Gold Coast’s return there is only a few weeks away.

    For the meantime they’ve been travelling around the country playing home matches in some interesting places – Cairns, Perth, and now here at the Gabba.

    They’ll be playing a home match in Shanghai soon also.

    All in all it hasn’t been the worst thing for them as they actually opened the season with two straight wins, and got a third at this ground recently against Brisbane.

    None of North, Carlton or Brisbane have been seen as particularly big scalps by the Suns, but winning at all is a nice change of pace for them, and they seem to play with a system and mental fortitude under Stewart Dew that is new at the club.

    As for Melbourne, they’ve had a pretty Melbourney sort of season – some games where they impress, some where they break your heart, and somewhere they do both.

    As things stand they have a 4-3 record and are firmly in the mix for a long-awaited return to finals, but it’s hard to ever feel confident in them.

    Join The Roar for live scores and a blog from the match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Melbourne Demons in Round 8 of the 2018 AFL season on Saturday afternoon at the Gabba, starting from 4:35pm AEST.

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    Events
    Quarter 1
    1' GOAL - Jack Martin (Gold Coast Suns)
    4' BEHIND - Jake Melksham (Melbourne)
    6' BEHIND - Max Gawn (Melbourne)
    6' BEHIND - Angus Brayshaw (Melbourne)
    10' BEHIND - Ben Ainsworth (Gold Coast Suns)
    11' GOAL - Charlie Spargo (Melbourne)
    13' GOAL - Tom McDonald (Melbourne)
    14' BEHIND - Christian Salem (Melbourne)
    15' BEHIND - Sam Day (Gold Coast Suns)
    16' GOAL - Aaron Young (Gold Coast Suns)
    20' BEHIND - Sam Day (Gold Coast Suns)
    20' BEHIND - Angus Brayshaw (Melbourne)
    21' GOAL - Tom McDonald (Melbourne)
    24' GOAL - Jack Martin (Gold Coast Suns)
    25' GOAL - Alex Neal-Bullen (Melbourne)
    29' BEHIND - Alex Sexton (Gold Coast Suns)
    30' BEHIND - Touk Miller (Gold Coast Suns)
    Quarter 2
    2' BEHIND - Charlie Spargo (Melbourne)
    3' BEHIND - James Harmes (Melbourne)
    4' BEHIND - Clayton Oliver (Melbourne)
    10' GOAL - Steven May (Gold Coast Suns)
    12' GOAL - Alex Sexton (Gold Coast Suns)
    14' BEHIND - Charlie Ballard (Gold Coast Suns)
    16' BEHIND - Alex Neal-Bullen (Melbourne)
    18' GOAL - Tom McDonald (Melbourne)
    22' BEHIND - Christian Petracca (Melbourne)
    23' GOAL - Mitch Hannan (Melbourne)
    25' GOAL - Tom McDonald (Melbourne)
    29' BEHIND - Jake Melksham (Melbourne)
    32' GOAL - Christian Salem (Melbourne)
    33' BEHIND - Alex Sexton (Gold Coast Suns)
    Quarter 3
    2' BEHIND - Tom McDonald (Melbourne)
    2' GOAL - Alex Neal-Bullen (Melbourne)
    4' GOAL - Sam Day (Gold Coast Suns)
    6' GOAL - Max Gawn (Melbourne)
    10' BEHIND - Alex Neal-Bullen (Melbourne)
    11' GOAL - Tom McDonald (Melbourne)
    15' GOAL - Jack Martin (Gold Coast Suns)
    17' GOAL - Nick Holman (Gold Coast Suns)
    19' BEHIND - Aaron Young (Gold Coast Suns)
    20' BEHIND - Mitch Hannan (Melbourne)
    22' GOAL - Aaron Hall (Gold Coast Suns)
    23' BEHIND - Mitch Hannan (Melbourne)
    26' GOAL - Michael Hibberd (Melbourne)
    28' BEHIND - Rushed (Gold Coast Suns)
    31' GOAL - Charlie Spargo (Melbourne)
    32' BEHIND - James Harmes (Melbourne)
    34' BEHIND - Jake Melksham (Melbourne)
    Quarter 4
    4' BEHIND - Aaron Young (Gold Coast Suns)
    6' BEHIND - Mitch Hannan (Melbourne)
    8' GOAL - Christian Salem (Melbourne)
    9' GOAL - Angus Brayshaw (Melbourne)
    11' BEHIND - Angus Brayshaw (Melbourne)
    13' GOAL - Mitch Hannan (Melbourne)
    14' GOAL - Jesse Hogan (Melbourne)
    16' GOAL - Jake Melksham (Melbourne)
    18' GOAL - Mitch Hannan (Melbourne)
    21' GOAL - Sam Day (Gold Coast Suns)
    23' GOAL - Jesse Hogan (Melbourne)
    25' GOAL - Jesse Hogan (Melbourne)
    27' BEHIND - Rushed (Gold Coast Suns)
    28' BEHIND - James Harmes (Melbourne)
    30' GOAL - Jack Martin (Gold Coast Suns)

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    • Roar Guru

      7:34pm
      TomC said | 7:34pm | ! Report

      Match report:

      Melbourne have had a comprehensive win over the Gold Coast Suns at the Gabba, racking up a record-equalling 83 inside 50s and ultimately running out 69 point winners.

      It took just thirty seconds for the Suns to kick the opening goal, but almost immediately the game set into a pattern where the Demons had control, but struggled to take advantage.

      Gold Coast looked every bit like a team battling to find cohesion and confidence after almost half a season on the road, missing targets by foot and hand, while Melbourne kept the ball locked for the most part in their forward area.

      But poor conversion prevented Melbourne from really getting on top early, keeping the lead at a deceptively low six points at quarter time.

      The second quarter continued much like the first, with the Demons threatening to pull away but missing several good chances. The Suns were effective enough on the counter to briefly take the lead, but weight of opportunities was always going to tell, and Melbourne began to wrest control back, taking advantage of defensive errors by Gold Coast to extend the lead to 22 points at half time.

      Melbourne continued to control the game in the third term. A brief flurry by the Suns appeared to give them a sniff, but their continued problems in clearing from defence made it hard for them in every way, and the Demons found enough scoring chances to push the lead out to 32 points at three quarter time.

      The fatigued Suns didn’t seem to really believe they had a chance of reigning in that lead. After a few minutes of stalemate the Demons clicked into gear and this game really opened up.

      Eight goals to two in the final stanza extended the lead out to 69 points at the final siren, a fair reflection of a game where it was really only the Demons’ sloppiness up forward that prevented the sort of embarrassing blowout the Suns might remember from their very earliest days.

      The biggest sign of the weight of Melbourne’s dominance around the ground was the inside 50 count, a lopsided 83 to 42. The Demons’ tally equalling the highest ever number by a team in a game, that record shared with the Kangaroos in their drubbing of the Giants in 2012.

      Frankly, that little tidbit is probably the only thing anyone might remember from this evening. It was a perfunctory win by Melbourne over a tired and outmatched Suns. Just over 6000 people turned up to watch this ‘contest’ and it’s hard to blame Gold Coast residents who don’t feel it’s worth the train ride up to Brisbane to watch this sort of game.

      At an individual level, Melbourne will be thrilled with the work of Tom McDonald, who kicked five goals, and James Harmes who was arguably best on ground with 33 touches.

      Touk Miller was the Suns’ best, while Aaron Hall had a successful return to the first term, collecting 23 touches and doing some good work in defence.

      At a team level, Melbourne get a healthy percentage boost, and Gold Coast kill one more week of this pointless, wasted season.

    • Roar Guru

      7:20pm
      TomC said | 7:20pm | ! Report

      And that’s full time:

      Gold Coast 11.11.77
      Melbourne 21.20.146

    • Roar Guru

      7:19pm
      TomC said | 7:19pm | ! Report

      It looks as though Melbourne might miss out on exceeding the record for inside 50s; with 20 seconds left the ball is in the Suns forward area.

    • Roar Guru

      7:16pm
      TomC said | 7:16pm | ! Report

      GOAL GOLD COAST

      Jack Martin with a bit of class, kicks his fourth goal with an Akermanis like left foot snap back over his head.

      Gold Coast 77
      Melbourne 146

    • Roar Guru

      7:14pm
      TomC said | 7:14pm | ! Report

      There’s the 83rd inside 50, and now the Demons have equalled the record set by North in 2012.

      It results in a behind.

    • Roar Guru

      7:12pm
      TomC said | 7:12pm | ! Report

      Melbourne currently have 82 inside 50s, and I believe the record for a team in a game is 83, so that record is likely to be broken in the remaining five minutes.

    • Roar Guru

      7:11pm
      TomC said | 7:11pm | ! Report

      GOAL MELBOURNE

      Hogan gets his third as the carnage continues.

      Gold Coast 70
      Melbourne 145

    • Roar Guru

      7:08pm
      TomC said | 7:08pm | ! Report

      GOAL MELBOURNE

      Weller is left one on one trying to defend against Jesse Hogan, and he gives away the free kick.

      From 45m out Hogan kicks his second.

      Gold Coast 70
      Melbourne 139

    • Roar Guru

      7:07pm
      TomC said | 7:07pm | ! Report

      GOAL GOLD COAST

      Sam Day is pushed in the back at the marking contest and is awarded a free kick. From 45m out he scrapes it through for a goal.

      Gold Coast 70
      Melbourne 133

    • Roar Guru

      7:05pm
      TomC said | 7:05pm | ! Report

      GOAL MELBOURNE

      Another one to the rollicking Demons, as Hannan takes a mark in the goalsquare and duly adds six to the total.

      GC 64
      Melbourne 133

    • Roar Guru

      7:04pm
      TomC said | 7:04pm | ! Report

      Oooh boy, Aaron Young has had a mad free kick paid against him. He gathered the ball at ground level, was collected late in the back by a Demons player, and then had the free kick paid against him for below the knees.

      Young was well and truly in possession by the time contact was made. The Suns have had a rough trot from the umpires today and that was an absolute shocker.

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