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Gold Coast Suns
Gold Coast Suns
|3.6 (24)||Third Quarter [+]||12.12 (84)|
|3.4 (22)||Second Quarter [+]||8.8 (56)|
|2.2 (14)||First Quarter [+]||2.2 (14)|
Fresh off their biggest win of the year, the Essendon Bombers must still defeat the Gold Coast Suns to keep on track for a stunning finals berth. Tune into the action from Geelong with live scores on The Roar from 3:20pm (AEST).
The Suns have been forced to play their home game in Victoria, with the AFL unable to secure these two sides to and from Queensland safely to complete this match. It’s good news for the Bombers, who have been dealt a rough hand due to COVID-19 complications for much of the year.
The Bombers have surprised many this season in Ben Rutten’s first year in charge, and with two expected wins in their final fortnight, would be very unlucky to miss out on finals should they get the job done themselves. They’d need the Giants to beat Carlton in Round 23 and West Coast to knock over Fremantle and Brisbane in their last two games to fall short.
Last week’s win over then-ladder leaders the Bulldogs proved the Dons’ best is good enough to beat any side on their day. Seven goals from Peter Wright was the standout performance, and against his old side who let him go for virtually nothing at the end of last season, he has plenty of reason to want to torment his former teammates.
The Suns are far from perfect, but the latter stages of this season have shown plenty of ticker, last week’s win over a finals-hungry Carlton to eliminate them from the race possibly the sweetest of all.
With Stuart Dew’s future still far from certain at the helm, another finals-shaping win this week would do his chances of keeping the job long term no harm.
Captain Dyson Heppell and gun midfielder Andrew McGrath are both welcome inclusions, with underdone forward Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti finally given a badly needed rest. The Suns will sorely miss winger Brandon Ellis, whose year is done with another hamstring injury.
Gold Coast Suns
B: 27 Wil Powell, 25 Sam Collins, 23 Sean Lemmens
HB: 50 Jy Farrar, 10 Charlie Ballard, 24 David Swallow (c)
C: 8 Brayden Fiorini, 11 Touk Miller, 37 Jeremy Sharp
HF: 40 Joel Jeffrey, 13 Jack Lukosius, 6 Alex Sexton
F: 19 Josh Corbett, 34 Ben King, 9 Ben Ainsworth
FOL: 32 Zac Smith, 15 Noah Anderson, 18 Matt Rowell
I/C: 3 Jack Bowes, 21 Jacob Townsend, 29 Chris Burgess, 44 Darcy MacPherson
EMG: 2 Rory Atkins, 7 Will Brodie, 26 Sam Flanders, 30 Alex Davies
IN: Jack Bowes (R21 medical sub)
OUT: Brandon Ellis
B: 15 Jayden Laverde, 17 James Stewart, 12 Tom Cutler
HB: 19 Nick Hind, 14 Jordan Ridley, 27 Mason Redman
C: 1 Andrew McGrath, 7 Zach Merrett, 42 Sam Durham
HF: 40 Will Snelling, 10 Aaron Francis, 16 Archie Perkins
F: 25 Jake Stringer, 20 Peter Wright, 5 Devon Smith
FOL: 2 Sam Draper, 3 Darcy Parish, 37 Dylan Clarke
I/C: 9 Dylan Shiel, 21 Dyson Heppell, 35 Matt Guelfi, 45 Alec Waterman
EMG: 8 Martin Gleeson, 13 Nik Cox, 33 Brayden Ham, 34 Andrew Phillips
IN: Dyson Heppell, Andrew McGrath, Archie Perkins (R21 medical sub)
OUT: Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Nik Cox, Martin Gleeson