First-year player Noah Anderson says the tenacity of Gold Coast in the dying minutes of the match against Fremantle on the weekend was the difference to get the team over the line.
Scores were level heading into the final quarter, but the SUNS lifted to kick the final two goals of the match and run out 13-point winners.
“They were a really good side and to be able to come out with a close win was super,” Anderson told SUNS Media post-match.
“We just kept going hard, it sounds cliché but we went harder for longer.
“We just watched those last two minutes again and boys are throwing themselves at the ball.
“You can find probably 50 examples of that in the last three minutes so just the willingness to go hard at the end (was the difference).”
Hard-nosed forward Nick Holman echoed Anderson’s sentiments and said the effort was a result of training those particular circumstances during the week.
“Freo came at us and we knew they were going to,” he said.
“It was good by the boys to have a strong last quarter and come home with the win.
“I think our contested work was really good and we have that focus every week.
“We dictate how the game goes so when we drop off, the team drops off, so I think it’s really important that we dictate the game and we can take that going into Geelong.”
Over 5,000 fans were allowed in to witness the SUNS record their third win this season at Metricon Stadium.
Anderson said the support over the past fortnight had been incredible and he hoped to see even more attend in the coming weeks.
“They’ve been super the last two weeks,” Anderson said.
“2000 last week was louder than I expected and then this week again, it just gives us such a boost.
“They’re so passionate and we love playing for them.”