Veteran defender Jarrod Harbrow believes the support from the Gold Coast community at Metricon Stadium on Sunday afternoon was an important factor in the thrilling three-point win over Fremantle.
Speaking to SUNS Media in the dressing room post-match, Harbrow said the level of passion the SUNS faithful showed in the last quarter made all the difference to the players on the field.
“It was loud - I think that played a part,” Harbrow said.
“It certainly gave me confidence out on the ground.
“We love that, that our supporters bring that energy to our home games and yeah, let’s keep that up for the rest of the year.”
Harbrow was one of the most impactful players on the ground in the win, accumulating 32 disposals and nine marks, including two game-saving contested grabs in the final minutes.
He said it was a huge win for all involved.
“I think it’s more important for the whole football club in general,” Harbrow said.
“So happy for the boys, for the footy club and all the members and supporters that came out today.
“We worked so hard over the pre-season to be able to put in performances like that, so it’s good that we were able to finish off and get the win tonight.”
Backing up their first effort in Round 1 against St Kilda, Harbrow made it clear the team wanted to make Metricon Stadium a fortress for opposing teams.
The win against Fremantle was just the beginning, and the 30-year-old said it was great to be able to celebrate his teammates’ first win in SUNS colours at the same time.
“They’re the type of wins that you want to be a part of and it’s great that those boys got to be a part of such a great game like that,” Harbrow said.
“Especially on our home deck in front of all their families and the rest of the SUNS supporters, so good on them.
“We move on now and look forward to the Doggies down in Melbourne.”