Gold Coast
Suns
21.13 (139)
21.13
139
Hawthorn
Hawks
7.11 (53)
7.11
53
FULLTIME
2017-04-09T06:40:00Z
Metricon Stadium

Preview

Jaeger O’Meara comes up against his former side for the first time this weekend but all eyes will be on one particularly bald man on Sunday afternoon.

Gary Ablett has copped a lot of media criticism this past week on the back of his performances so far this season and will be out to prove a point this weekend.

For the Suns as a team, they may as well have gone home after quarter time in each of the first two games because that’s when the game has been put to bed. They’ve been terrible – barring a 45 minute stretch in the second half against Brisbane – and Rodney Eade will be simply looking for his side to compete.

The experienced Jarrod Harbrow could return this week while talented youngster Brandon Matera is also a chance following a four-goal haul in the NEAFL.

Touk Miller has been their best player so far this season while Jack Martin was also good last weekend with three goals.

For the Hawks, they’ve started 0-2 and a lot of people have jumped off them as a premiership contender but surely you have to have some faith in a four-time premiership coach!

Recruits O’Meara and Tom Mitchell have found enough of the ball, now it’s just a matter of putting it to better use.

Grant Birchall suffered a fractured jaw last week and will miss a month of football with Billy Hartung, James Sicily and Taylor Duryea all impressing for Box Hill last week.

The Hawks should be too good for the Suns and continue their perfect record against the expansion outfit however they will be a lot more that comes out of this game than the result.

Hawks by 35.

Team Line-Ups



Team Stats


498 Disposals 343
180 Contested Possessions 118
256 Kicks 190
242 Handballs 153
19 Free Kicks 14
51 Clearances 26
21 Centre Clearances 7
30 Stoppages 19
64 Inside 50 36
98 Marks 89
9 Marks in 50 9
6 Contested Marks 7
57 Tackles 74
48 Hit-Outs 39

Player Stats


Gold Coast Suns

PlayerKHDMHOFFFATGB
Aaron Hall209296010321
Adam Saad1310234000200
Alex Sexton169257002001
Brandon Matera127194010260
Brayden Fiorini810183000320
David Swallow1519344000601
Gary Ablett279363010421
Jack Bowes83114010400
Jack Martin1211235011530
Jarrod Harbrow1214267000410
Jarrod Witts581314001200
Jarryd Lyons1020302002400
Jesse Joyce910192010201
Kade Kolodjashnij1115267011100
Matt Rosa1213254012100
Michael Barlow1420344011101
Peter Wright78155810101
Rory Thompson75124011200
Sean Lemmens56112011210
Steven May158238011200
Tom Lynch117187051223
Touk Miller721285010420

Hawthorn Hawks

PlayerKHDMHOFFFATGB
Ben McEvoy27942810300
Ben Stratton99183001000
Brendan Whitecross84123011401
Cyril Rioli58134010311
Isaac Smith165214002701
Jack Gunston132159000303
Jaeger O'Meara77143000310
James Frawley93129005300
Jarryd Roughead104145221330
Josh Gibson1010201021300
Kaiden Brand116174010100
Liam Shiels912213020700
Luke Breust3471003301
Luke Hodge128205010300
Paul Puopolo3691000110
Ricky Henderson1415299000200
Ryan Burton134174001510
Shaun Burgoyne116178010401
Teia Miles5273001100
Tom Mitchell1116276021801
Ty Vickery3690901401
Will Langford69150001300

Summary

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