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Dew: The challenge is week after week

JLT1: Dew post-match Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew pleased with his side's performance in his first official game in charge
The challenge is week after week, year after year
Senior Coach Stuart Dew

Sunday afternoon’s 56-point win over Geelong had senior coach Stuart Dew pleased with his team’s effort and believes they delivered what they set out to do. 

Dew was happy with the level of intensity that his side showed over four quarters and is keen to challenge them to bring consistency week after week.

“The challenge is week after week, year after year,” Dew told the media after the SUNS’ first JLT Community Series game.

“When you look at the club we just played, they deliver year after year.”

“We’re building, and we can only do what we can do today, and we’re pleased.”

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Numbers were fairly even across key statistical areas, with the SUNS edging Geelong in clearances (33-24), inside 50s (46-41) and tackles (46-41).

The strong contested ball work has been a focus throughout the pre-season and Dew believes there is always more work to be done.

“It was a low inside 50 game for both teams…but I thought our defence held up.

“I think we ended up plus 14 for tackles which is good.

“I thought we were clean over the ball but got stripped a little bit in the contest, so there’s some areas to work on.”

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Gold Coast are set to return to Townsville to play for premiership points in 2019 or 2020, and Dew is more than happy to return to North Queensland at any time.

“It’s a fantastic surface. We’ve been here for a couple of days, which is great to spend some time up in North Queensland,”

“That’s first class out there (Riverway Stadium). I’ve seen a lot of footy grounds in my time and that’s spot on.,” 

“Absolutely, we’ll come back any day."