Rising Suns have hard draw ahead

IT has been a long time coming – and they did it the hard way – but it was worth the wait for the Gold Coast Suns and their supporters as they grabbed their third win of the season against the Tigers in Cairns on Saturday.

There was a howling wind at the open-ended Cazaly's Stadium, creating conditions the players are very rarely exposed to these days.

Richmond kicked six goals with the wind in the first quarter and the Suns replied with six in the second quarter.

The Tigers could only manage two goals in the third quarter and the Suns sealed their win with five goals in the last term.

The win moved the Suns off the bottom of the ladder, and they might fancy their chances to steer clear of the wooden spoon, despite a horror month coming up.



IT was shocking to see Brisbane Lions skipper Jonathan Brown suffer another horrific facial injury which has ended his season.

His injury against Geelong, which left him unconscious, was eerily similar to the one he suffered against Fremantle in Round 1.

The Lions will sorely miss him and his leadership as they fight to avoid the wooden spoon and he will be absolutely gutted to miss the second bout of the QClash, after missing the inaugural encounter.



CONGRATULATIONS to ‘Big Bad Bustling' Barry Hall, who announced he will retire at season's end.

Hall started his career with St Kilda before moving to Sydney and helping them to a drought-breaking premiership in 2005. He then moved to the Western Bulldogs to finish his career.

Hall managed to kick more than 100 goals at each of his three clubs – a monumental achievement.

While most will remember Hall for his famous punch on Brent Staker, which earned him a seven-match suspension, Hall was a fantastic footballer and gave tremendous service to all three of his clubs.



HUGE stakes in the Western Derby this weekend.

West Coast is continuing its push towards the top four and Fremantle, despite all its injury woes, is defying the experts and winning regularly on the road.

Fremantle has had the wood over the Eagles for the past four seasons, and needs as many home wins as it can to secure its spot in the finals.

Hopefully Aaron Sandilands can return for the Dockers to try and nullify the Eagles duo of Dean Cox and Nic Naitanui.

It should be an epic contest.

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