Gold Coast Suns claim emotional win at Metricon

IT had been 253 days since the Gold Coast Suns won their last AFL game and when the final siren sounded at Metricon Stadium on Sunday afternoon, you could see how much it meant to the boys that they had finally broken that losing streak.

The Suns manage to hold on in the dying seconds to claim an upset three-point win over Fremantle and didn’t hold back in celebrating the victory in front of a delighted home crowd.


It wasn’t an easy victory for the side though with woeful kicking putting them in a difficult position heading into the final term but the boys managed to hold on to secure the 7.19 (61) to 8.10 (58) win over the Dockers.

The last time the Suns won at the AFL level was July 21, 2018 when they beat the Sydney Swans by 24 points in their Round 18 clash.

The victory also ends a 10-match losing streak at Metricon Stadium stretching back to 2017.

Gold Coast only led by three points at halftime and an error-riddled third quarter saw the Dockers score three quick goals, giving them a nine-point lead at the final break.

The young Suns were able to take the lead with less than five minutes to go thanks to a goal off the boot of co-captain David Swallow.

“When we went 0.7, I think it was, and then they went down and kicked three goals … individuals and teams have choices and I think our guys chose to compete,” coach Stuart Dew said.

“They kept running … stuck to task and composure.

“So we’re proud of the group, particularly after last week. A young group could potentially say, ‘oh well, not again and another close one’ but, for them, we’re all really happy they can sing the song.”

The Suns’ stars proved their worth in the clash with Swallow picking up 30 disposals.

Jarrod Harbrow was among the best on the ground with 32 disposals and nine marks. Alex Sexton also kicked a game-high four goals fresh off signing a new contract extension through to 2023.

Gold Coast next face the Western Bulldogs in Melbourne.