Contributions across the park and a complete performance were the most pleasing elements of the SUNS record breaking Round 2 victory against the West Coast Eagles for vice-captain Jac Dupuy.
The SUNS were 73-point victors against the Eagles in Round 2, breaking numerous records on its way to the club’s largest ever AFLW victory.
Attention has quickly changed to the next challenge ahead and unlocking the key to recreating that showing, this time in enemy territory against Collingwood at Victoria Park on Sunday afternoon.
“It was a great win, we were stoked to be able to play four quarters the way we want to and the way we’ve been training all pre-season,” Dupuy said.
“We have a few players who have been there through the tough losses and the winless season so it means a lot to show that we can play four quarters and score just as much as the top teams.
“I was most pleased with how we played as a team and the contributors that we had.
“It’s now about recognising that when we do what we want to do it does get us the scores on the board. We just need to be diligent and acknowledge that they’ll come at us and hard and we need to match that intensity.”
Dupuy was one of three multiple goal kickers for the SUNS kicking three majors alongside Jamie Stanton (six) and captain Tara Bohanna(three) with new recruit Jordan Membrey and midfielder Claudia Whitfort chiming in with one apiece.
Returning from a serious knee injury, Stanton has added a wealth of experience to a SUNS forward line with Dupuy saying the combinations being forged between the duo, alongside Bohanna and Membrey, are only just getting started.
“The footy IQ that Mems (Membrey) and Stanno (Stanton) bring to our lineup is phenomenal. For Tara and I to work in with them, it’s only getting better every week,” Dupuy continued.
“It’s something that defensively is pretty hard to play against and it’s something we’ll keep building at.”
The SUNS will need to take its opportunities against the Pies in what will remarkably be the first ever AFLW meeting between the sides.
Gold Coast’s midfield have gotten the better of its opposition so far in 2023 and will be looking to get an ascendancy at stoppages once again.
A number of tantalising match ups lie ahead with a Pies midfield, boasting the likes of Brianna Davey and Brittany Bonnici, up against an in-form SUNS engine room containing Charlie Rowbottom, Claudia Whitfort, Alison Drennan and Lucy Single.
“Obviously it’s a bit of an unknown in many ways, but we’re excited for the challenge and obviously on the back of a win we want to go out there and play the way we’ve been training.”
First bounce is at 3.05pm Sunday at Victoria Park. The match will be broadcast on Fox Footy, Kayo and the Seven network (check your local guides).