SUNS rise into AFL top four

THE GOLD COAST SUNS have risen to third on the AFL ladder following a tough-fought win over the Western Bulldogs at Metricon Stadium yesterday.

The stunning form of the local side, after just four seasons in the AFL, continues to set tongues wagging on whether the SUNS can make the finals for the first time.

Yesterday’s 18.11 (119) to 10.14 (74) win was anything but easy.


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Skipper Gary Ablett was restricted to just eight disposals in the first half and even booted the ball out on the full at one stage.

He’s also in danger of being ruled out of winning a third Brownlow Medal, after apparently elbowing Bulldog Liam Picken during the second quarter.

It wasn’t noticed by the on-field officials, but could attract the attention of the match review panel.

Meantime, the SUNS’ website has credited the side’s three-pronged tall forward attack for pulling together for the win.

Tom Lynch and Charlie Dixon combined for eight goals, stretching the opposition’s tall defenders in Jordan Roughead and Dale Morris, along with key forward partner Sam Day.

Sunday’s effort was the second week in a row Lynch has booted four majors.

AFL Ladder

P W D L % Pts
1 Port Adelaide 9 8 0 1 145.84 32
2 Geelong 9 7 0 2 116.95 28
3 Gold Coast SUNS 9 7 0 2 112.65 28
4 Hawthorn 9 6 0 3 152.57 24
5 Sydney 9 6 0 3 124.89 24
6 Collingwood 9 6 0 3 107.90 24
7 Fremantle 9 5 0 4 117.58 20
8 North Melbourne 9 5 0 4 105.88 20
9 West Coast 9 4 0 5 125.55 16
10 Adelaide 9 4 0 5 102.28 16
11 Essendon 9 4 0 5 98.61 16
12 Carlton 9 4 0 5 86.72 16
13 Richmond 9 3 0 6 102.83 12
14 Bulldogs 9 3 0 6 84.28 12
15 Melbourne 9 3 0 6 78.70 12
16 St Kilda 9 3 0 6 68.10 12
17 GWS 9 2 0 7 68.61 8
18 Brisbane 9 1 0 8 54.84 4
Round 10 – as at 00:00 AM, 25/05/14

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