Suns vs Giants R20, 2012


Suns vs Giants R20, 2012  (story added 16 Aug 2012)

By Pamela Sherpa

As the winter weather had been particularly cold in the Snowy Mountains, when I saw cheap flights to the Gold Coast, I didn’t think, I booked, ($30 one way Sydney to Gold Coast).  The Giants were playing the Suns at Metricon Stadium in round 20.

After a pleasant morning relaxing in the sunshine and wriggling my toes sock free, I caught the free bus out to Metricon Stadium for the twilight game.

The stadium with the wavy roof has a practical, friendly, feel about it. The training field at the back of the stadium is great. Fans can have a kick of the footy any time – before, during and after the game.

The Suns fans arrive with hope in their hearts. They are yet to win a game at their home stadium. They’re hoping tonight will be the night. The Giants have the chance to do a Usain Bolt and win back to back games.

I’d seen the first match between the two teams earlier in the year at Manuka so was interested to see how both had progressed as the season had worn on.

Naturally I was surrounded by Sun’s fans.  The gentleman next to me goes to the Sun’s games just for something to do on the Gold Coast. His mate is formerly from Ballarat and naturally we discuss the weather. Like many who have come north, he has stayed. By Gold Coast standards it is actually a cool night. People arrive wearing sun caps but have their jackets ready for the trip home.

As the sun sinks behind the clouds the lights go on for the twilight game.

The Giants score the first goal of the game through Tomlinson and there’s barely a sound. I can spot half a dozen Giants fans in the crowd. In contrast when Liam Patrick replies for the Suns the home crowd cheer loudly. You sense that they really want this one.  Campbell Brown takes a strong mark and goals for the Suns then Hoskin-Elliot gets two in a row for the Giants. Aaron Hall gets one back for the Suns. Scores are level at quarter time. 3.1 .19

Aaron Hall runs in to score the first goal for the Suns in the second quarter then Clifton receives a lovely pass from Scully and registers a goal for the Giants. Ablett is being Ablett – winning clearances and driving the ball forward to create opportunities for his teammates. He delivers to Patrick who scores another for the Suns to give them an 8 point lead.  Hoskin-Elliot gets his third for the Giants to bring them back to 3 pts down.  Matera goals and stretches the Suns lead to 8 pts again.  The Suns get 3 behinds in a row but then a mistake from the Giants gifts them a goal.

At half time the Suns lead the Giants 6.9 45 to 5.2 32

In the third quarter the Suns shift into another gear and race away. They score 6 goals for the quarter. The Giants take 20 minutes to register their first goal for the quarter through Cameron but then get another two through Scully and Bugg. The Suns have a healthy 29 point lead at 3 quarter time.

The Suns crowd are willing the last quarter to go quickly but the Giants haven’t gone away yet. Cameron gets the first goal before the Suns reply through Matera. They are 29 pts ahead. Hoskin-Elliot scores his fourth for the match and brings the deficit back to 23 points.  Smith gets a long goal for the Giants. The lead is back to 17pts then Aaron Halls scores for the Suns to give them breathing space again and a 23 pt lead. Hoskin-Elliot gets his fifth goal but when Ablett goals the Sun’s fans show their love out loud for Gazza. They seem to have it. To finish things off in style Ablett goals again.

The siren sounds and fireworks are released. The Suns were certainly prepared for this. Their fans enjoy the exhilaration of the win. I feel pleased for them and find it pleasing to see a good crowd of over 14,600 passionate Sun’s fans turning up to support their team.

For those on holiday on the Gold Coast, if you’re not interested in theme parks, golf or surfing, there is always the footy to consider!

Gold Coast Suns-16.13.109

GWS Giants       -12.7.   79

Gold Coast- Hall 3, Brown 3, Ablett 3, Matera 2, Patrick 2, Bennell, Caddy, Lynch

GWS Giants- Hoskin-Elliot 5, Cameron 2, Tomlinson, Smith, Clifton, Bugg, Scully

– Gold Coast Suns: Matera, Ablett, Bennell, Hall, Swallow

GWS Giants       : Hoskin-Elliot, Treloar, Smith, Scully

CROWD 14,657