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Gold Coast Suns
Gold Coast Suns
|10.16 (76)||Third Quarter [+]||9.7 (61)|
|6.12 (48)||Second Quarter [+]||6.5 (41)|
|4.5 (29)||First Quarter [+]||3.3 (21)|
Fresh off two of their best ever wins, Gold Coast head to Ballarat full of confidence to face a Western Bulldogs outfit beginning to look close to their best. Join The Roar for live scores and rolling coverage from 1:45pm (AEST).
Both these sides sit just outside the eight with a 4-5 record, with only percentage separating the Bulldogs (9th) from the Suns (12th). While neither are likely to push in even with a win here, victory would ensure they remain on pace with the likes of Richmond, Geelong and St Kilda.
The Bulldogs badly needed their comfortable win last week over Collingwood, with their underperforming midfield finally lifting a gear to crush the Pies.
Bailey Smith, Jack Macrae and Adam Treloar found the ball at will all weekend, with Treloar also bagging three goals in a best-afield display. With the Suns one of the more ferocious sides going around at the coalface, that trio, plus captain Marcus Bontempelli and hard nuts Josh Dunkley and Tom Liberatore, will be utterly crucial for the reigning grand finalist.
The Suns have form on their side, too, with consecutive wins over finals contenders Sydney and Fremantle. Their win over the Dockers last week has claims to being their finest ever, holding Freo to just four goals despite a whopping 64 inside 50s.
Mabior Chol has been arguably the recruit of the year, with the former Tiger slotting seamlessly into the Suns’ forward line. He and former Blue Levi Casboult have formed a lethal combination in the absence of Ben King, with Chol’s four goals crucial in their Dockers upset.
Only one change has been made between these two sides for the clash, with Tim O’Brien coming in for the Dogs and replacing an ill Taylor Duryea in defence.
B: E. Richards, R. Gardner, T. O’Brien
HB: C. Daniel, A. Keath, B. Dale
C: B. Williams, J. Macrae, A. Scott
HF: B. Smith, Z. Cordy, T. Liberatore
F: M. Bontempelli (c), A. Naughton, B. Khamis
FOLL: J. Sweet, J. Dunkley, A. Treloar
I/C: R. West, R. McComb, L. McNeil, L. Cleary
EMG: H. Crozier, J. Schache, L. Butler, R. Smith
B: R. Thompson, S. Collins, S. Lemmens
HB: W. Powell, C. Ballard, J. Farrar
C: L. Weller, T. Miller (c), B. Ellis
HF: I. Rankine, L. Casboult, B. Ainsworth
F: D. Swallow, M. Chol, N. Holman
FOLL: J. Witts (c), M. Rowell, N. Anderson
I/C: B. Fiorini, C. Budarick, J. Jeffrey, M. Rosas
EMG: A. Davies, A. Sexton, O. Markov, C. Constable