Prediction Something special is brewing on the Gold Coast in 2022...

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Righteo

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Can't wait to see what they can do with a fit Ben King. They're going to be a huge pain in the arse for the foreseeable future
 

The Kings Ransom

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Really clean isn't he, great kick as you said but I like his hands in the F50 too.
Surprised Hawkins isn't among that lot, but then he's been a little quiet over the past month while Cameron has turned it on.

Another good return from Mabior Chol today too; perfect 2nd KF/back-up ruckman.
Hawkins 7th.
1.08 goal assists per game.

(rankine 1.36, Petracca 1.31)
 

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GC2015

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Today is probably the first time we've been in a genuine 50/50 away game while in the race for a top 8 spot. It's the type of game that answers a lot of questions about whether your players are up for the challenge of chasing a finals berth. Port Adelaide are in the same position in terms of the ladder so if either team can't get up for this game then that says a lot.

Theoretically, we can enter the top 8 with a big win today but I highly doubt we're going give Port a 10+ goal bath on their home deck. The prospect of a spot in the top 8 will have to wait until at least next week when we face the Pies at Metricon on Saturday night.
 

TheSunGod

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Today is probably the first time we've been in a genuine 50/50 away game while in the race for a top 8 spot. It's the type of game that answers a lot of questions about whether your players are up for the challenge of chasing a finals berth. Port Adelaide are in the same position in terms of the ladder so if either team can't get up for this game then that says a lot.

Theoretically, we can enter the top 8 with a big win today but I highly doubt we're going give Port a 10+ goal bath on their home deck. The prospect of a spot in the top 8 will have to wait until at least next week when we face the Pies at Metricon on Saturday night.
So have these questions been answered? Not a bad effort considering the players we had out.
 

GC2015

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So have these questions been answered? Not a bad effort considering the players we had out.
I think we answered a lot of questions yesterday about our finals prospects. We did everything you'd like to see a team do other than secure the four points but we're clearly able to perform in the hostile away environments while our season is on the line.
 

Milanista28

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Hand up. I didn't think they could perform at the level they are with Chol and Casboult, they've been 1st class. Really excited for the rest of the season and onto 2023 for them.

Also I think they'll be able to attract an elite talent now, players will want to get in on what's building.
 

Progressive Aggresion

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I don't personally believe in such thing as an 'Admirable loss' in sport, but last night's game was a true quality matchup and I'd hate to see the Suns losing any supporters after how far they pushed us at a venue they've had a nightmare record at. The ambition to take the game on though quick passages of play & ability to brake opposition tackles is at least finals worthy on paper.

With that said, history tells us that the Suns tend to run out of steam in the July / August period, so the next 2 games against Collingwood & Richmond will tell us a lot.
 

Jirik13

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I don't personally believe in such thing as an 'Admirable loss' in sport, but last night's game was a true quality matchup and I'd hate to see the Suns losing any supporters after how far they pushed us at a venue they've had a nightmare record at. The ambition to take the game on though quick passages of play & ability to brake opposition tackles is at least finals worthy on paper.

With that said, history tells us that the Suns tend to run out of steam in the July / August period, so the next 2 games against Collingwood & Richmond will tell us a lot.
Credit to Port. They brought top pressure for the whole game and had DE efficiency 10% higher.

Again, Suns had a slow start and did not convert opportunities similar to a lot of games this year. Ainsworth and Rankine are approaching AA quality. Ben still has to improve his set shots.

Team is maturing and looks hungry for success. I don't expect fade out as physically they look in good shape although injuries keep happening. It was the oldest line-up of the season, 25 years and 2 months but still inexperienced (79 games per player).

So far this season, I would say Suns were off only in one game (against GWS). Enjoyable to watch, finally.
 

Asapartyhat

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Near enough is not good enough.ducked my tips and if one more person says bad luck good effort I will spew up !
 
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Blue1980

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They’d be gutted losing yesterday and rightly so.

Golden opportunity blown.

However they are still a chance at the 8 this year and next year primed to make a big jump up the ladder to at least top 6 and possibly top 4.
 

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GC2015

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Still a huge chance for finals. Win the next 2 and they'll likely be well on their way.
Especially when you consider the next two opponents are 7th and equal 8th. It helps when you have the opportunity to stunt the run of your direct competition. In fact, back-to-back wins against the Pies and Tiges almost definitely results in a top 8 position. At least equal with a top 8 position.

It's a huge upcoming fortnight!
 

Dan26

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No team has been playing for their coach more than the Suns have been this year under Dew. You can tell they are united, their body language is good and they are all collectively on the same page. Hope they can make it.
 

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