Gold Coast Suns coach Stuart Dew is pleased with how his side was able to back-up last week’s win over Sydney with a “mature” performance in their victory over Collingwood.
The Suns were the better team for much of the game, as they dominated much of the overall possession and kept their foot on the gas even when the Magpies looked threatening at the beginning of the second half.
“We set our lads a challenge to backup the performance of last week,” Dew said post-game.
“It just felt mature, we’re still young but I think it shows the belief in how they want to play the game and how we want to play the game and our strengths to deliver on today was pleasing for us as a football club.”
At times, the Suns were hemmed into their attacking half by the way the Magpies set-up behind the ball but were able to play through it with daring attacking play via the corridor – a style of footy Dew said they look to promote internally.
“We found it hard to get through to be honest and we had to take some serious risks to get through,” Dew said.
“A couple of those were on the knife-edge, heart in your mouth a little bit when it’s coming through the corridor like that and you’re on the verge of a turnover and also on the verge of a score so we try and promote being brave with the ball.”
Dew was pleased with his side’s effort on Saturday afternoon. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)Source:Getty Images
Gold Coast’s win was their first at the MCG since 2017 and the first for many Suns players who had not only never won at the ‘home of football’ but were playing their first game at the venue.
Dew said their previous record at the ‘G is something the current group of players aren’t currently attached to and was something he didn’t address internally in the lead-up to the game.
“The club’s attached to it but this group’s not attached to our previous record which I think is important to note,” Dew said.
“It means nothing to the current group and even last year because there’s always a different system, different players but for our supporters it’s a nice one for them to see us to come to the MCG and see us win a game of football.”
One of the few players to relish the opportunity to play on the MCG was former Tiger Brandon Ellis, who won two premierships at the venue before jetting north.
Ellis was among the Suns’ best, tallying 35 disposals and taking a whopping 16 marks in a superb workmanlike performance on the wing.
“Brandon was looking forward to it,” Dew said.
“I remember him texting me actually from underneath the grandstand after the Grand Final, talking about looking forward to playing for us on the MCG so he’s had it pencilled in.”
Gold Coast return home for a clash against St Kilda next Saturday at Metricon Stadium.
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