Tom Lynch has successfully steered the Suns to a 26-point win over Carlton with a career-best seven goals in the 17.6 (108) to 12.10 (82) win at Etihad Stadium.
After a surprise win over the Hawks last week, Lynch kicked five goals in the first half and was crucial after the main break, too, with a seven-goal third quarter to set up the win.
The Gold Coast picked up 99 more uncontested disposals to get through Carlton’s disciplined defence.
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Lynch’s sterling solo effort overshadowed the excellent efforts of a midfield unit that is hard to stop when firing, as Gary Ablett (33 disposals), Aaron Hall (29) and Brandon Matera (29, three goals) outplayed their opposing on ball brigade.
Jarrod Harbrow (23) brings important class and skill to Gold Coast’s defence, while Jack Martin’s development has also been superb so far this season – his fourth at AFL level. He collected a career-best 30 touches against the Blues and made an impact with most.
The third quarter saw a change in the Suns, with six consecutive goals giving them a 32-point break by three-quarter time.
An early goal for Jack Silvagni at the beginning of the final term gave the Blues a glimmer of hope they might be able to mount a comeback, before Ablett bolted through the centre square to slot the long shot, sealing the win.
There are some injury concerns with key defender Steven May limping from the field with a hamstring injury with 10 minutes to play in the final term.
Recruit Michael Barlow also looked to injure his hamstring, with his night cut short in the last quarter.
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