Gold Coast’s reserves side continued their winning start to the season, recording a 21-point victory over the GWS Giants. 

Nick Malceski, SUNS’ NEAFL Coach, was happy with his team’s ability to control the game in Mackay despite the Giants battling hard.

As coaches, we were pleased with the team’s performance on Saturday against GWS,” Malceski told

“I thought we played the way we wanted for the majority of the game with the same focus as last week on Contest and Team Defence.

“We won the contested footy which was pleasing and thought we set up pretty well defensively for most of the game.”

Going into the game, Malceski said that his team were prepared for a hard-fought contest.

“We knew it was going to be a tough battle against them all over the ground but particularly in the midfield, 

“We thought our boys did a great job in there and were able to change it up with personnel at times which helped.”

For the SUNS, success was going to come from every player doing their bit, and that is exactly what the coaches got.

Following last week’s success as a tagger, rookie Jacob Dawson was given a similar shutdown role and played it to great effect.

There were solid contributors across the ground for the SUNS, with midfielder Michael Barlow’s leadership proving important for his younger teammates.

“Pleasing to have majority of the lads play their role. We gave Dawson another role on one of their classy mids and thought he did a super job.

“Barlow found plenty of footy and showed good leadership within the young group we have.

Josh Jaska was solid down back, while Brad Scheer was good in midfield provided good contests when forward.

Connor Nutting and Jacob Heron were good playing as forwards, applying good heat on their backs.”

The SUNS had a good spread of goalkickers for the second week running and Malceksi wants to ensure that continues. 

It’s critical that we have a good spread of goalkickers each week, it makes it harder for opposition to stop.”

Next up for the SUNS’ NEAFL side is a clash against the Brisbane Lions at South Pine Sports Complex at 12pm.