In a second successive game, the SUNS AFLW team has overcome a fourth-quarter deficit to run out winners, this time by five points over Richmond at Metricon Stadium.
The win gives the club its first stretch of back-to-back wins in AFLW history and lifts the team to a 2-1 record after three games.
In the last two matches, the SUNS have scored 44 points in fourth quarters and Head Coach Cameron Joyce said the team took belief from the epic fourth-quarter comeback against West Coast two weeks prior.
“Across the first three rounds we’ve been able to score which is just so important in this competition so that gave us a bit of belief and a bit of confidence that we could do that,” Joyce said post-game.
“We had a number of shots or good looks going forward and enough time in forward half and inside 50’s which is where you need to be, but hadn't capitalized.
“We had probably done a fair bit right but we didn't take our opportunities.
“We asked for a bit of extra effort and run in the last 20 minutes and they certainly delivered in spades which was great.”
Two of Gold Coast’s best players were key forward combination Sarah Perkins and Tara Bohanna.
Perkins kicked a goal and had a crucial goal assist in the fourth quarter thanks to some quick thinking and an even quicker handball, while Bohanna was immense again with two majors of her own and five scoring shots.
Joyce said the pair complemented each other well and were reliable for their teammates all day.
“Their work across the course the day was excellent,” Joyce said.
“When we need to go longer and put the ball up higher they give us a really good contest, if they're not marking it, it comes to ground a lot of the time and gives our smalls an opportunity.
“They both said to me after the game they’d like to kick a bit straighter but getting the opportunities is the first bit and we can certainly work on the accuracy.”
Alison Drennan also had a massive influence, recording 11 of her 27 disposals and five of her nine clearances in the final quarter alone.
“She just doesn’t stop running, she just gets from contest to contest all the time and just gives herself an opportunity to get the footy,” Joyce said.
“She's been working so hard across the whole pre-season and probably it came out today for her which was great.”
Key defender Jade Pregelj was ruled out at half-time with a knee injury and Joyce said she would be assessed this week.
The SUNS travel to take on Melbourne in Round 5 at Casey Fields.