Venue: Metricon Stadium, Saturday, April 23, 4.35pm AEST
Last 5 times:
R14, 2015, Gold Coast 19.11 (125) d North Melbourne 10.10 (70) at Metricon Stadium
R7, 2014, Gold Coast 18.12 (120) d North Melbourne 11.11 (77) at Etihad Stadium
R11, 2013, Gold Coast 9.12 (66) d North Melbourne 8.3 (51) at Metricon Stadium
R12, 2012, North Melbourne 11.21 (87) d Gold Coast 12.8 (80) at Metricon Stadium
R5, 2012, North Melbourne 17.25 (127) d Gold Coast 13.15 (93) at Etihad Stadium
Best SC Scorers from last game:
- Suns: KK 143, Rischitelli 137, GAJ 124, Dixon 124, Nicholls 108, Swallow 104, Hall 98
- North: Goldmember 149, Cunnington 124, McMillan 108, Higgins 104, Dal 104
- In: McKenzie, Russell, Wright, Grant, Currie
- Out: Nicholls (Omitted), Davis (Rested), May (Suspended), Brooksby (Omitted), Prestia (Illness)
North – No Changes
Game Notes: The only undefeated team in the competition travel to Metricon for a 1st v 5th clash. Plenty of outs for the Gold Coast Suns results in a very different line up we saw last week. May will begin his month-long holiday and Prestia will be a big loss in the contested possession stakes. Jarrad Waite v Tom Lynch will be an interesting dual at either ends of the ground, while as always Gary Ablett will be a delight to watch through the middle. Goldstein comes up against his former team mate, Currie and many will have him captain here this afternoon.
The 6 Points
1. Gold Coast’s win last season was largely due to an explosive 14 goals to seven second half. Skipper Gary Ablett starred with 31 disposals and three goals, while Charlie Dixon kicked a club record seven goals.
2. The Kangaroos are ranked first for scoring this season, and are in the top two for clearance and centre clearances. Gold Coast is ranked equal fourth in scoring.
3. Ablett has enjoyed his time playing against North Melbourne since joining the Suns, polling 12 Brownlow votes in five games with two best on ground performances.
4. Gold Coast is ranked second in 2016 for marks inside 50, averaging 16 a game, thanks largely to Tom Lynch, who is ranked first with a total of 18.
5. North Melbourne is no stranger to Metricon Stadium, playing the most games at the venue outside of the two Queensland teams. It has won nine of its 14 games there. The Kangaroos are chasing five wins to start the season for the first time since 2005.
6. Jarrad Waite’s four goals last weekend continued his rise up the AFL Official Player Ratings to a career-high 76th overall and 10th amongst key forwards. His 16 goals this season has him equal second behind Gold Coast’s Tom Lynch (18).
MJ’s tip: North by 17
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