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

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Rabish Binney

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Dew still needs to go. Clarko would be perfect for the Suns. GWS need a rebuild.
If the Suns manage to get 10 wins (or even make the 8), does Dew still stay on?

I reckon Gill is desperate to get Clarko up there. Clarko could name his own price and the AFL will pay it...
 

kreglze

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If the Suns manage to get 10 wins (or even make the 8), does Dew still stay on?

I reckon Gill is desperate to get Clarko up there. Clarko could name his own price and the AFL will pay it...
If Dew gets us to 10 wins and close to finals, he will probably keep his job.
 

Deeluded

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As a Dees supporter I've rated them this year since seeing what they did to us. We got the win but were lucky (they beat us in expected score if that's your thing). While they have let me down in my tipping, I think finals is not out of the question for them.

Metricon is starting to become a fortress - and they have started to get some interstate wins. Not many more matches against top sides to come for the rest of the season.
 

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TheSunGod

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Although your statement is true, it probably sounds a little better if you point out that we've knocked off 3 of the current top 5 and only lost to Melbourne by 2 kicks. Brisbane are the only current top 5 team to do a number on us this season.

Our draw has been really tough to date having to play all of the top 6 teams in our opening 9 rounds but the positive that comes with a draw like that is everything really starts to open up from here and we just needed to secure enough wins to stay in the discussion, which I think we have as of today. Our next 6 opponents are all placed outside the top 8 so the opportunity is absolutely there for us to climb the ladder.
Wondering if having a tough draw to start for probably the first time ever is more to our benefit than getting easy games early on. By playing better sides we are having to rise a level quickly to be competitive rather than getting shellshocked when we encounter the top teams in the middle and latter stages of the season as has traditionally happened.
 

Yoda_

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Having just stepped into this thread, the exclusion of King through injury is massive but on the other hand allows them to find other avenues to goal for season 2022. If they do that and then re add King in '23, they could very well be a decent football side by the end of 2023.

Posted this on March 13, 2022..


The injury to King has been a blessing in disguise. Good on Dew and the guys that have stuck fat and should now see a period of success, even if it doesn't start this year. They are on the way to some fun times.
 

PJays

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Gold Coast are a sneaky top 8 chance.

They'll be 4-6 after losing to Dogs this week.

But their last 12 games are quite nice. Only 3 you'd say they'll probably lose- Port in Adelaide, Haw in Tasmania, and Bris at Gabba.

Win 1 of those 3 (or this week) plus 7 of the other 9 (and they'll be favourites in virtually all of them) and that's 12 wins.
 

RUNVS

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I can't remember what year it was but the year Gold Coast looked like they were going to make the 8 and then Ablett got injured was their best year in the competition so far and I personally think their 2022 team is better and more well rounded than that team.
 

robo_1

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I can't remember what year it was but the year Gold Coast looked like they were going to make the 8 and then Ablett got injured was their best year in the competition so far and I personally think their 2022 team is better and more well rounded than that team.

2014
 

PJays

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Gold Coast's double up opponents- North Melbourne, West Coast, Collingwood, Hawthorn and Brisbane

Win most of their numerous matches against bottom teams, and then win a few against better teams or middle teams on the Gold Coast and that would be enough to get them into the 8
 

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Run n Spread

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That's right. All tracking for top 4. Game Ablett got injured was against Collingwood round 15-17ish. Won with no rotations left. Considered inspirational.
Barely won again. Sacked McKenna
Ablett came back too early blasted by Eade and never been the same since.
 

Run n Spread

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They look OK.
Don't know much of what goes on but need to target the Southern areas of the coast with the communities. Stadium is in Southport/Surface area with yuppies or tourists.
Really missing a trick by selling to Darwin and having 1 game in GC in 8 weeks.
GC is one of the best areas in Australia. Reckon there is actually a lot of goodwill for a dynamic hip cool club to succeed there as part of the narrative.
The western suburbs of Sydney are as boring as batshit and Canberra hardly screams exciting.
(I'm talking more as a neutral here. Gold coast just has more zing)
 

La Dispute

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Great signs so far.

Love their midfield mix. Been slowly putting games into a lot of young players and they’ve finally crossed the threshold into being genuinely good footballers.

Witts is having an elite season.

Collins is having an elite season.

Never paid a lot of attention to him while he was at the Tigers and assumed he was a spud, but Chol is actually a really solid footballer and just about the prototype pinch hitting 2nd ruckman. Really skilful for his size.

Casboult has been a strangely astute pickup.

Just nice to watch them forging on and developing into a competitive AFL side.
 

Juddernaut08

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Having just stepped into this thread, the exclusion of King through injury is massive but on the other hand allows them to find other avenues to goal for season 2022. If they do that and then re add King in '23, they could very well be a decent football side by the end of 2023.
can see casboult n king forming a deadly duo for the next decade
 

Corn Cobbers

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Gold Coast are a sneaky top 8 chance.

They'll be 4-6 after losing to Dogs this week.

But their last 12 games are quite nice. Only 3 you'd say they'll probably lose- Port in Adelaide, Haw in Tasmania, and Bris at Gabba.

Win 1 of those 3 (or this week) plus 7 of the other 9 (and they'll be favourites in virtually all of them) and that's 12 wins.
I think they're up and about now and will beat the Dogs
 

GC2015

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I think they're up and about now and will beat the Dogs
It's worth mentioning that we (Gold Coast) almost beat the Dogs in round 18 last year (lost by 11 points) and that was a week before the Doggies pulled off a huge 20-point victory against the Dees, so it's not like the Bulldogs were playing poor footy at the time. Tim English dominated in that game with 37 hit outs against a 191cm medium defender (we had no healthy ruckmen then) but this time around English isn't playing and Jarrod Witts is arguably in All Australian form at the moment. It's going to be very interesting to see how the midfield battle plays out, especially now that the ruck match up should favour us.
 

Cripps 'n' Blue Bloods

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I can smell what they're cooking.
I've always (in recent years) considered them a better side than their record suggests. I tipped them against us in round 4.
They've got quality players across every line. Sure, there's been some injuries, but they just don't quite seem able to put it all together for long enough. They have patches of brilliance.
Not sure what it is? Coach? Gameplan? Player attitudes?
 

The Kings Ransom

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I can smell what they're cooking.
I've always (in recent years) considered them a better side than their record suggests. I tipped them against us in round 4.
They've got quality players across every line. Sure, there's been some injuries, but they just don't quite seem able to put it all together for long enough. They have patches of brilliance.
Not sure what it is? Coach? Gameplan? Player attitudes?
In previous years?
I mean the injuries at times have been decimating.

Last year all 3 ruckman on the list were out injured after about round 7.
Our main ruck for the last 15 rounds was a 191cm swing man forward/defender.

Previous years we’ve been picking from 25 players by the end of the year. The NEAFL competition was at a level which didn’t prepare anyone in the 2’s for AFL level.

The inconsistency, late season fade outs and injuries even has been about young inexperienced sides most prominently.

most of the core (Anderson, king, lukosius, rankine, Powell, Ballard, rowell, Ainsworth, collins, bowes, fiorini, chol etc..) is at 40-80 games now.
You’d expect those issues to diminish further once they get to 70-100 games in the next year or two.
 

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