Gold Coast Suns players celebrate their win over the Swans at the SCG.
Gold Coast Suns players celebrate their win over the Swans at the SCG. CRAIG GOLDING

Suns rate Swans surprise

A BARBECUE breakfast in the front yard of Lachie Weller's beachfront apartment has formed the meeting ground for the Gold Coast to reflect on the biggest win in the club's history.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, the Suns gathered in Miami for what was a recovery session and celebration in equal measure following their historic first win over the Sydney Swans.

"It was good to get around and talk about the game," Suns defender Rory Thompson said after Saturday's 12.16 (88) to 8.16 (64) win at the SCG.

"(The neighbours) were probably still in bed but we had a few people walk by and give us a clap which was nice."

It had been 87 days and 11 games since the Suns last won and for the inaugural Gold Coast player, it was the best he has been part of.

"It's definitely the best win I've been involved in for sure," Thompson said.

"We have had a tough couple of months but to get a win against the Swans at the SCG is definitely the best win I've been involved in."

Rory Thompson leads the way for the Suns as Swans rival Will Hayward challenges.
Rory Thompson leads the way for the Suns as Swans rival Will Hayward challenges. CRAIG GOLDING

Gold Coast were listed at odds of $126 before the siren and blew out to $151 after going into the first break 29 points down.

Everything was against the Suns. They were on an enormous losing streak, the top five from last season's club champion award were absent and the club had never beaten Sydney who were gunning for a spot in the top four.

"We had a fair bit going against us but internally at the club we thought we had been building towards something," Thompson said.

"We just weren't able to put together four quarters of it over the last few weeks. There were good signs and we knew if we could put it together a bit more consistently then the results would come."

Lance Franklin had limited goal-scoring opportunities.
Lance Franklin had limited goal-scoring opportunities. CRAIG GOLDING

Thompson kept Lance Franklin to 0.3 to add another big scalp to his list in a season where he has taken on the best forwards the opposition has.

"The pressure up the ground and in the contest through the middle of the ground made my job a lot easier," Thompson said.

"The forwards and midfielders put so much pressure on and forced some dirty kicks inside 50m which gave us defenders a chance to get our job done."

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