It was an incredible result at the SCG today as the Gold Coast Suns are able to defeat the Sydney Swans for the first time in their history.
After dominating the first quarter, Sydney were held goalless until early in the last term, as the Suns piled on eight unanswered majors.
Gold Coast continued to apply manic pressure forcing a number of turnovers from the Swans for the better part of the match.
Skill errors remained a prominent feature of the match for both teams, but an overwhelming application was what allowed the Suns to run out winners in the end.
Gold Coast’s repeat entries in the last three quarters saw them finish the match with 61 inside 50s to 48, giving the Swans no respite.
Will Brodie and Touk Miller were the major ball winners for the Suns, while Aaron Young and Alex Sexton were the best in front of goal, with three and two respectively.
As for Sydney, they were unable to match it with the Suns for the majority of the match. Their skill execution fell away for large parts of the game and opened the door for the Suns to dominate the game.
This match was really a must win, percentage boosting opportunity, but it turned out to be a real embarrassment, as they were shown up by a vastly inexperienced Gold Coast outfit.
It does not bode well for Sydney, as their run to the finals does not get any easier – they take on Essendon, Collingwood, Melbourne and GWS in the next month.
Despite the result, the Swans can take heart from the performances of Allir Allir (who was crucial again) as well as their skipper JPK and Luke Parker who collected 33 and 29 disposals each.
Small forward Tom Papley was also impressive with another three goals.