Suns vs Hawks – Round 3, 2017

2017-04-09T06:40:00Z - Metricon Stadium
Gold Coast
21.13
139
Hawthorn
7.11
53
FULL TIME
  1 2 3 4
GCFC 3.3
21
7.8
50
17.10
112
21.13
139
HAW 2.3
15
3.6
24
6.10
46
7.11
53
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


Gold Coast

Hawthorn

Disposals

Contested Possessions

Kicks

Handballs

Free Kicks

Clearances

Centre Clearances

Stoppages

Inside 50

Marks

Marks in 50

Contested Marks

Tackles

Hit-Outs


Player Stats


Gold Coast

Hawthorn


Summary


Best On Ground

Gold Coast

Hawthorn