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NEAFL: Match preview, Round 19

   - Gold Coast Suns,NEAFL


Saturday, August 11, 2018

Gold Coast SUNS (8th) v GIANTS (7th) at Metricon Stadium, 10.30am
*Live Champion Data statistics available on the Official NEAFL App


The mini-finals series between the GIANTS, SUNS and Lions continues this weekend in the battle for sixth spot. The Lions look like they are most likely to snap up that sixth spot after a comfortable win over Sydney last week, plus having a good percentage.

However, Brisbane has played an extra game than the Gold Coast and the GIANTS, with the GIANTS four points behind the Lions and the SUNS six points behind with three rounds to go.

It is not quite an elimination final as both sides can still make it even if they lose, however, they would be relying on other results and making it extremely difficult for themselves.


Round 15, 2018: Gold Coast SUNS 10.10 (70) def GWS GIANTS 8.20 (68) at Spotless Stadium
Round 10, 2018: GWS GIANTS 13.17 (95) def Gold Coast SUNS 5.13 (43) at Spotless Stadium
Round 2, 2018: Gold Coast SUNS 14.9 (93) def GWS GIANTS 11.6 (72) at Harrup Park


1. When the sides met in Round 15 at Spotless Stadium, the SUNS were able to win by two points in a thriller. The GIANTS inaccurate goal kicking hurt, especially in the second term when they kicked 1.8, ending up with 8.20 for the day.

2. Unfortunately for the GIANTS, their AFL side had a horrific run of injuries last weekend, losing four quality players. This obviously impacts the NEAFL side as four of their better players will be pushed up to play AFL and will be a good test to see how they adapt. On the other side, Gold Coast is also battling their own injury woes, with both sides down on AFL-listed players this week. It might come down to the next generation, and which academy players can step up on the big stage.

3. Gold Coast is coming off the bye and will be looking to redeem themselves after losing to the Lions for the third time this year a fortnight ago. The SUNS had more contested possessions and disposals, however, were unable to make the most of it. They’ll want to make the most of their opportunities this time around.


Inside 50 efficiency has been an issue for the Gold Coast SUNS this year, as they are last in the competition for goals per inside 50 (20.2 per cent). On the other hand, the GIANTS are third for goals per inside 50, converting 24.4 per cent of the time they go inside 50.


Gold Coast by 15 points



52. Ryan Gilmore

55. Dirk Koenen

49. Brodie Foster


57. Kwaby Boakye

51. Bailey Scott

45. Jacob Dawson


40. Jacob Heron

20. Michael Barlow

18. Brad Scheer


43. Max Spencer

36. Josh Schoenfeld

54. Tui Lowah


60. Jackson Brumley

34. Cooper Portelli

46. Fitzroy Greenwool


58. Caleb Graham

50. Emmanuel Baru

42. Corey Beaman


53. Kane Haua

56. Dean Katsiris

47. Timakoi Bowie

48. Lachlan McDonald

2. Jack Scrimshaw


Jarrod Mills

Ari Miles