WHERE AND WHEN: Cazaly’s Stadium (Cairns), Saturday, March 24, 6.25pm AEST
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R15, 2017, Gold Coast 18.10 (118) d North Melbourne 14.15 (99) at Metricon Stadium
R6, 2017, North Melbourne 16.11 (107) d Gold Coast 14.10 (94) at Etihad Stadium
R5, 2016, North Melbourne 18.11 (119) d Gold Coast 11.15 (81) at Metricon Stadium
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
Both teams finished in the bottom four last season, so this presents the perfect opportunity for both to get 2018 off to a winning start. While North Melbourne decided to show faith in coach Brad Scott at the end of last season by extending his contract, the Suns went in a totally new direction, hiring Stuart Dew to replace Rodney Eade as coach, Jon Haines to come in as football manager and Craig Cameron as list manager. In their two JLT Community Series wins, the Suns showed a willingness to pressure and work hard in both directions, something they’ll have to do to beat the Kangaroos. Scott’s men are strong-bodied, particularly in the midfield, and despite finishing low down last year, showed they were no easybeats. It’s only worth four points, but the winner of this match will feel like five months of pre-season has been validated.
Schwarz Suggests: Gold Coast by 32 pts
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