Gold Coast Suns coach Stuart Dew is happy with how his aspect was in a position to back-up final week’s win over Sydney with a “mature” efficiency in their victory over Collingwood.
The Suns had been the higher workforce for a lot of the sport, as they dominated a lot of the general possession and stored their foot on the fuel even when the Magpies seemed threatening at the start of the second half.
“We set our lads a challenge to backup the performance of last week,” Dew mentioned 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 instances, the Suns had been hemmed into their attacking half by the way in which the Magpies set-up behind the ball however had been in a position to play by way of it with daring attacking play by way of the hall – a method of footy Dew mentioned they appear to advertise internally.
“We found it hard to get through to be honest and we had to take some serious risks to get through,” Dew mentioned.
“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.”
Gold Coast’s win was their first on the MCG since 2017 and the primary for a lot of Suns gamers who had not solely by no means received on the ‘home of football’ however had been enjoying their first recreation on the venue.
Dew mentioned their earlier document on the ‘G is something the current group of players aren’t at present hooked up to and was one thing he didn’t deal with internally in the lead-up to the sport.
“The club’s attached to it but this group’s not attached to our previous record which I think is important to note,” Dew mentioned.
“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 gamers to relish the chance to play on the MCG was former Tiger Brandon Ellis, who received two premierships on the venue earlier than jetting north.
Ellis was among the many Suns’ finest, tallying 35 disposals and taking a whopping 16 marks in an outstanding workmanlike efficiency on the wing.
“Brandon was looking forward to it,” Dew mentioned.
“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 residence for a conflict in opposition to St Kilda subsequent Saturday at Metricon Stadium.