SUNS jump off the block
We only had six wins prior to this game but that was probably our best team win.
A crucial late-goal from exciting small-forward Aaron Hall has sealed the win for the Gold Coast SUNS, and provided the squad with a massive confidence boost as they kick started their 2013 Premiership campaign with a thrilling 13-point victory over St. Kilda at Metricon Stadium tonight.
Inspirational Captain Gary Ablett spearhead the Coasts final term revival after they trailed by 9 points at the final break. The codes best player igniting the 13,832 Metricon Stadium crowd with three goals during the final quarter.
“Yeah fantastic feeling, it’s always good to get a win, but to have a win at home first up was great for the boys confidence and we will now jump into recovery straight away and we have a big game in Sydney next week so we will get ready for that,” said Ablett.
The win providing Guy McKenna with his most pleasing victory as Coach of the GC SUNS who said he couldn’t have been more pleased from the effort of his players tonight.
“We only had six wins prior to this game but that was probably our best team win,” said McKenna.
“I thought our backline really stood up under pressure, our clearance team finished up on top around the clearances and our key forwards continued to provide a contest on a consistent level.”
Key tall forwards Charlie Dixon and Sam Day more than held their own up front for the home team with McKenna pleased with their ability to run the game out strongly.
“For the majority of the game I thought they could certainly hold their heads up high,” McKenna said.
“You hear of other key forwards emerging after five season, and obviously we don’t want to wait 5 years, and tonight Steven May and Sam day certainly provided a contest on the ground level”
But McKenna was quick to shift his attention towards the Sydney Swans, with the GC SUNS showing showing glimpses in their Round 3 NAB Cup clash that they can match it against the reigning AFL premiers.
“In six days time we play the premiers” said McKenna.
“The job now is on the gear up against the Swans because we have a five day turnaround, but it is great that we have it (win) in our back pocket – we've learnt from it and we can certainly get better.”