North Hold Off Emerging Suns- AFL

A full recap of the North Melbourne-Gold Coast game.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Without stars Gary Ablett and Michael Rischitelli, the Gold Coast Suns played a great attacking game to stay with North Melbourne for the first half until the Kangaroos blew open the game in the second to win 14.22.(127)-13.15.(93).

Neither side played a lot of defense in the first half. Goals by Brent Harvey, Ben Cunnington and Drew Petrie helped the Roos get off to a 4.9-2.5 lead at the quarter time before Petrie kicked another to begin the second.

The defense was simply non-existent to open the second as both teams combined to kick seven goals in the first ten minutes.

Down by a lot, the Sun surged to kick three straight courtesy of Harley Bennell, Charlie Dixon and Sam Day, cutting the lead to less than two goals.

Aaron Edwards marked deep inside 50 when Robbie Tarrent smashed a long ball to add another for the Kangas but the Suns received another when Iles was able to goal with an instant reply from a Gold Coast win at the center bounce.

Kieran Harper ran into an open goal front when a teammate punched on a smart ball for a much needed North goal but Dixon kicked a second to respond when Andrew Swallow turned over a poor hand pass in a dangerous position.

Tom Lynch and Lindsay Thomas traded goals and the lead but the Sun’s David Swallow roved a boundary throw in to kick an easy goal and actually give the Gold Coast a one-point lead at the half, 62-61.

Unfortunately the Suns luck ran out as the third term began and North absolutely dominated all aspects of the game.

It took Petrie 30 seconds to mark directly in front, not far from goal to kick North’s first and Harper added the second with a long bomb off one foot from beyond 50.

McMillan added a second spectacular goal, smashing another from outside 50 during a period where the Kangaroos dominated the ball, kicking 3.6.

McMillan kicked a second amazing North goal, and their third in five minutes, smashing another on the run from outside 50

Edwards finally managed a breakthrough after a bunch of misses and another came soon after as Campbell Brown gave away a careless free kick for in the back.

Luke Russell got one back for the Suns, sneaking in a beautiful kick on the run but Leigh Adams still had time for another goal, giving North a 106-72 lead at the final break.

Petrie continued his early quarter success by marking in goal square 40 seconds in the fourth before Edwards and Thomas added two more nice majors.

Brown was able to kick to cheeky majors before while Bennell added another, leaving the final score at 34 points.