Despite missing the final four games of the year with a persistent hamstring injury, Rory Thompson had his best season in SUNS colours in 2018. He provided stability in the backline as young players found their feet in the side and could be relied on to contain some of the competition’s best forwards.
Thompson’s best performance was arguably in Round 18 against Sydney. While the stats sheet didn’t show it, Thompson played a crucial role in shutting down Swans superstar Buddy Franklin, holding him goalless for the match.
Moment of the season:
Becoming the first local Gold Coast player to reach 100 games for the club in Round 16 would have to be the highlight for Thompson this year.
Thompson seemed to overcome the worst of his run with injuries in 2018 but still was held out of action by a lingering hamstring concern. His biggest concern will be making sure he is 100% fit through the pre-season to build on where he left off and continue his good form into 2019.
From the coach:
“This year might have been Rory’s breakout year. I know he’s had a lot of soft tissue injuries in the past, and he did miss a few games at the end of the year with his hamstring, but when he was fit he proved to be one of the toughest tall defenders to play on. He had some great performances throughout the year, including his role in keeping Buddy Franklin goalless against Sydney. Finishing fourth in the Club Champion is a great result for him.” – Stuart Dew
By the numbers: