It was a promising third game in the AFL for SUNS forward Ben King on Saturday.

King put in his best performance against the Giants, kicking his first AFL goal while also taking an equal team-high seven marks. 

But despite his efforts, the SUNS weren’t able to challenge the red-hot Giants who ran away with the win in front of a home crowd.

Speaking to SUNS Media post-match, King said all the good work had been undone when the team couldn’t halt the Giants’ momentum in the final term.

“Stuey was pretty disappointed, especially with our last quarter,” King said. 

“We thought for the first three quarters we were in the game, we competed with them but then we just dropped off.

“That last quarter definitely wasn’t what we stand for as a footy club so we’ve got to get better.” 

King was finally able to play in conditions which suited his game style in Round 11 after a rain-affected slog against Port Adelaide on debut and dewy match under lights against Geelong last week.

He looked good in the dry, leading well and taking some impressive contested marks.

“I’m just getting my head around the difference from playing AFL compared to NEAFL,” King said.

“But I definitely felt more comfortable and was lucky enough to get on the end of my first goal. 

“It was a special feeling seeing all the boys even from the backline making the journey down there to get around me.

“That was probably the highlight of the game for me.”

Putting the loss behind him, King has turned his attention to this weekend against North Melbourne at Metricon Stadium.

“We’ll definitely focus on playing a four-quarter game and we’ll work through that during the week,” King said. 

“We’ll make sure we bounce back and get the win in front of our home crowd.”