GOLD Coast Suns Coach Guy McKenna says he’s not daunted by the mammoth task that lies ahead for his team.
The Suns are coming up against tough teams Geelong, Hawthorn and Collingwood over the next few weeks.
With the Suns currently sitting in 8th spot on the AFL ladder, each game poses a do-or-die situation for the side.
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Four weeks ago, the Suns were considered an outside chance to snare a top-four berth after winning seven of their opening nine games of the AFL season.
But three losses on the trot have left them with an uphill battle to even make the top eight, with Saturday’s three-point defeat to West Coast proving particularly heartbreaking.
Gold Coast coach Guy McKenna was impressed by his team’s final-quarter display, but he was critical of what they produced during the first three terms.
And with season-defining games against to come over the next three weeks, McKenna knows his team will pay the price if they don’t start producing four-quarter efforts.
“Well, I would look at that last quarter and say we’re a good chance to beat the next three sides if we play like that,” McKenna said.
“But we have to play longer than 30 minutes.
“Physically the group has matured. Technically we’ve got some hurdles to get over with our ball use and composure.
“We’re 7-5 now. The season’s just over halfway done. It’s a big year still ahead of us. We’re looking forward to those three challenges coming up.”