Gold Coast
21.13 (139)
7.11 (53)
Metricon Stadium


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.

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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

Aaron Hall2092961321
Adam Saad13102342
Alex Sexton16925721
Brandon Matera127194126
Brayden Fiorini81018332
David Swallow151934461
Gary Ablett2793631421
Jack Bowes8311414
Jack Martin12112351153
Jarrod Harbrow121426741
Jarrod Witts581314012
Jarryd Lyons102030224
Jesse Joyce910192121
Kade Kolodjashnij1115267111
Matt Rosa1213254121
Michael Barlow14203441111
Peter Wright781558111
Rory Thompson75124112
Sean Lemmens561121121
Steven May158238112
Tom J. Lynch11718751223
Touk Miller721285142

Hawthorn Hawks

Ben McEvoy27942813
Ben Stratton991831
Brendan Whitecross841231141
Cyril Rioli581341311
Isaac Smith165214271
Jack Gunston13215933
Jaeger O'Meara7714331
James Frawley9312953
Jarryd Roughead10414522133
Josh Gibson1010201213
Kaiden Brand11617411
Liam Shiels91221327
Luke Breust3471331
Luke Hodge12820513
Paul Puopolo369111
Ricky Henderson14152992
Ryan Burton134174151
Shaun Burgoyne116178141
Teia Miles527311
Tom Mitchell11162762181
Ty Vickery3699141
Will Langford691513