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A late fadeout has cost struggling Gold Coast yet again with North Melbourne cruising home to a 37-point AFL victory at Etihad Stadium.
North Melbourne Kangaroos 14.11.95
Gold Coast Suns 8.10.58
The Gold Coast Suns travel to Etihad Stadium looking to regain some respect against the North Melbourne Kangaroos. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 1:10pm (AEST).
The Kangaroos are coming off a tough loss to the Essendon Bombers where they uncharacteristically conceded over 100 points. North’s biggest strength this season has been their ability to defend and not concede large scores, but that went right out the door against the Bombers.
It certainly isn’t a time to panic for Brad Scott, but he needs to find a way to get his team playing more like the North Melbourne of the first half of the season. They haven’t quite been the same since that big victory against the Brisbane Lions back at the beginning of June.
This week presents an opportunity to find some of that sparkling form they showed at the beginning of the season, and potentially give themselves a percentage-booster, but they would need to be at their best for that to occur.
In team news for the Kangaroos, Mason Wood (injured) and Tom Murphy (omitted) make way for Ben Jacobs and Cameron Zurhaar.
As for the Suns, they are coming off a loss to the Collingwood Magpies. There’s no shame in that considering the way the Magpies are playing this season, but they would have liked to have shown more to their home crowd last week.
There’s no denying it’s a worrying time for the Suns and the AFL. I often sit back and wonder how different the landscape would look if they were able to retain key players that have walked out the door, but it appears as if it’s only going to get worse.
Tom Lynch looks like he’s played his last game for the club after his season was ended due to an injury, so with that being the case, it makes it difficult to mount a case for the Suns gaining anything out of this week.
There is a good story this week for the Suns who finally have a player to reach 100 games with the club in Rory Thompson.
In team news for the Gold Coast, Ben Ainsworth (injured) and Jacob Dawson (omitted) make way for Callum Ah Chee and Will Brodie.
It is a game the Kangaroos cannot afford to drop due to the competition for a spot in finals so even, so I expect that to be enough of a motivator to not let complacency kick in against a side that is seriously struggling in the Suns.
North Melbourne by 29.
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