A bounce-back win was just the cure for the SUNS AFLW squad, but stringing together another strong performance this weekend has quickly become top of the priority list.
The SUNS returned to the winner’s list with a 14-point win over St Kilda in Mackay on Saturday, built around unrelenting attack on the footy – a key pillar of the side’s identity that key forward Jac Dupuy says shows the SUNS can match it with any opposition on their day.
“We knew what St Kilda were going to bring and to be able to come out of that game and know that when we play our way and to our strengths that we can take it to the opposition, no matter where they sit on the ladder, was terrific,” Dupuy said.
“For us, it’s about knowing what we want to do. Joycey's been really clear to us about what our game plan is and the identity we want to play with.
“It’s about individually playing our roles knowing that if we do that, our best is good enough.”
Dupuy has been a key cog in the SUNS set-up so far in Season Seven, providing a key target in the forward line whilst also creating a formidable ruck pairing alongside Lauren Bella.
Nearing the halfway point of the season, the SUNS sit perched with a 2-2 record, including a 100% record in two home outings at Metricon Stadium and Great Barrier Reef Arena.
A third home venue is next on the agenda this week at Bond University, a venue not only familiar to the home side but a sprinkling of Round 5 opponents Port Adelaide’s list too.
Several former SUNS players are set to return to the Gold Coast for the expansion side, with Dupuy saying her side will thrive on the contest regardless of who stands in their way.
“We want to be consistent each week, it doesn’t matter on the opposition,” Dupuy added.
“We’re very clear on being hard at the contest and I don’t think anyone would be surprised in me saying that we have players who love that competition.”
Entry to Bond University this Sunday is FREE! Gates open at 12.30pm ahead of a 1.10pm start.