JUST FOUR seasons after entering the AFL, the Gold Coast SUNS have a major milestone in their sights.
The local club has taken another step towards reaching the finals after cementing their place in the top eight with a 38-point win over St Kilda at Etihad Stadium.
The boys sit in fifth on the ladder after a dominant first half overnight, before holding off a Saints comeback to claim victory 19.11.125, 13.9 (87).
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The SUNS website reports, before this season the fledgling side had won just one game in Melbourne, but they have now claimed all three of their matches there in 2014.
SUNS coach Guy McKenna said after the game that his team’s fast start had been pleasing on the back of their equally impressive start against North Melbourne in round seven.
“Certainly getting consistency in [our starts] that’s important,” McKenna said.
“As an interstate club, when you do play interstate you want to get on top of the opposition early and quieten the crowd and do all those sort of things,” Bluey added.
Skipper Gary Ablett was outstanding with a game-high 37 possessions and four goals. While Jaeger O’Meara also showed amazing form in the midfield with 29 possessions.
Dion Prestia and David Swallow each had 28 possessions, while small forward Brandon Matera was dangerous with four goals.
Ruckman Zac Smith also made an encouraging return in his first game since he ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament in round eight last year.
ST KILDA 3.2 4.4 10.7 13.9 (87)
GOLD COAST 8.4 13.7 16.9 19.11 (125)
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Round 9 – as at 00:00 AM, 18/05/14