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Dylan Buckley in action for GIANTS. Photo: Keith McInnes/NEAFL



Saturday, June 1, 2019
GWS GIANTS (5th) v Gold Coast SUNS (8th)
GIANTS Stadium, 10:05am


The NEAFL Round 9 will kick off bright and early when the GWS GIANTS and the Gold Coast SUNS go head to head in a curtain raiser on Saturday morning at GIANTS Stadium.

The GIANTS will head into the match seeking redemption after a seven goal loss to the Brisbane Lions last week, where injuries took their toll in the second half.

Similarly, the Gold Coast SUNS will head into the match keen to jump back on to the winners list after their loss against the Sydney Swans last week.

With both teams expected to feature plenty of AFL-listed players interested in earning a spot in their respective AFL teams, this match will be an interesting one to watch for spectators.


Round 3, 2019: GIANTS 14.10 (94) d Gold Coast 8.8 (56) at Blacktown International Sportspark
Round 19, 2018: GIANTS 20.9 (129) d Gold Coast 9.5 (59) at Metricon Stadium
Round 15, 2018: Gold Coast 10.1 (70) d GIANTS 8.2 (68) at GIANTS Stadium.


1. The GIANTS will be willing to prove that they shouldn’t be underestimated despite a plague of injured players. In their Round 8 match against the Brisbane Lions, the GIANTS were forced to play the final quarter with only 17 men on the field after losing Jye Caldwell, Zach Sproule, Kieren Briggs, Shaun Driscoll, Callum Brown and Jai Reed all to injury.

2. Despite their depleting players list and eventual loss last week, there is no doubt that some of the GIANTS players stood up to the challenge and demonstrated some impressive form. In particular, Jackson Hately and Aiden Bonar were very busy in the midfield whilst Connor Idun impressed in the backline.

3. If the Gold Coast SUNS are serious about making it into the top six to play finals football, what better place to start then with a win against the GIANTS this week? To do so, they’re going to need to harness the same impressive form that led them to their wins against the NT Thunder in Round 5 and the Aspley Hornets in Round 6.



The GWS Giants forward James Peatling will be the one to watch this week. With two NEAFL Rising Star nominations in as many seasons, the 18-year-old is a creative player who reads the game well, making him a threat given his great agility and speed.


Gold Coast averages seven more inside 50s per game than the GIANTS, yet conversion has been an issue for them all year. The SUNS are ranked ninth in the competition for conversion, scoring 42% of the time they go inside 50. The GIANTS are ranked third with 48%.


The GIANTS by 20 points.

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