Game Chat – Gold Coast v Melbourne

Written by Thommo on May 11 2019

Where and when: Metricon Stadium, Saturday, May 11, 4.35pm AEST

Last time they met: MCG, round 20, 2018: Melbourne 21.17 (143) d Gold Coast 7.5 (47).

It was one-way traffic from the first bounce with the finals-bound Demons kicking nine goals to one in the opening quarter and never being challenged. Jesse Hogan kicked four goals and Clayton Oliver had 31 touches and two goals for the winners, while Alex Sexton kicked five goals for a Suns team missing leaders Tom Lynch, Steven May and David Swallow among many others.

What it means for Gold Coast: The warm and fuzzy feeling around the Suns after three straight wins earlier in the season is starting to wear off. After being soundly beaten by Adelaide and Brisbane they showed plenty of spirit to scare West Coast at the weekend and will want a similar showing in front of the home fans on Saturday.

What it means for Melbourne: Following a horror start to the year the Demons stopped the rot with a narrow win over Hawthorn and would see this match as an opportunity to build on that and continue reviving their season.

How Gold Coast wins: At their best – like the second half against West Coast – the Suns have been a hard team to beat at the contest and one that rebounds well from half-back. Beat Melbourne in tight and then be prepared to take the game on and play more directly.

How Melbourne wins: Even though they’ve been well below their 2018 form, the Demons have to win the ball in tight. These teams play a similar contested game, but Melbourne have bigger and stronger bodies around the contest. Gold Coast can also be pressured into errors if the intensity is up.

The stat: Melbourne generates the third most inside 50s of any team in the competition – trailing only Port Adelaide and the Western Bulldogs – yet is ranked 17th for total points scored. The team sitting on the bottom for points scored? Gold Coast.

The match-up: Max Gawn v Jarrod Witts

The battle of the ruck giants is an obvious one for teams that play such a contested game. Gawn (112) has the most hitouts to advantage of any ruckman in the competition, but Witts is also having a terrific under-the-radar season, ranked second in that category with 82.

It’s a big week for: Simon Goodwin. The relief in defeating the Hawks last Saturday was there for all to see, but a loss against the Suns would heap the scrutiny back on Melbourne’s coach

Thommo’s Tip: Melbourne by 10 points

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35 thoughts on “Game Chat – Gold Coast v Melbourne”

  1. Grundy came up short.

    Looks like Big Max is getting to Captain my side again.

    Go you good thing.

    Oh. and Oliver, you’re a Premium playing the Suns.

    Now is your time to shine.


  2. Change that…

    Grundy looks to have gone huge in the last Qtr.

    Hello Captain Bines 🙂


    1. Think Parker might struggle against the Eagles backline, would go Petruccelle.

      Then again, I’m an Eagles supporter- so take my advice with a grain of salt.


  3. Demand a BIG score from Satan Oliver today. Prove to me why I started you over Neale, you red devil.


  4. Was thinking I could loophole Corbett and Setterfield, but then realised Danger was a strong chance of a late out. If I went the loophole Id have no backup for Danger since Corbett plays now.
    He is on the field for me but needs to pick up his game as the Suns aren’t seeing much ball fwd


      1. Not sure what’s happened mate, accidental click in the phone app possibly, was shattered to log in and see this.


  5. Go maxy,travelling from gippsland to melb for mothers day, stuck in traffic and couldn’t take grundy vc score. Hope max gets a half decent score at least.


      1. so Did I but scrimshaw messed the loophole up….at least he will make a bundle of cash!!


    1. Same Thought he was going to get drop after Richmond game an be my d8 for the rest of the season


  6. Melbourne aint even VfL standard at the moment. What’s gone wrong. And Oliver kick the ball instead of trying to handball all the time. Petracca use your shoe instead of your shin thanx. Should of taken Lachies score Max looks sore.


  7. Not making the best decisions this week. Went Lloyd as VC then went Gawn as C since they were playing the suns. Gaff last week score 150 against them so I even though Oliver would do the same. Not enough confidence to captain him and now he has gone and exceeded the 140 with 10min to go.
    Gawn disappeared that 2nd half. Come on CD can I get another random 27 point scaling?


    1. 1 touch so far in the last quarter. Abysmal. I knew he would be a bit of a roller coaster but this is just crap…


  8. Oliver has a good day out!
    Who ever called it, congrats to you if you got the VC or C in him….. I’m envious I’ve got Gawn rather underwhelmed!



    GOLD COAST: 9.6.60 lost to MELBOURNE: 8.13.61

    Nick Holman 128
    David Swallow 116
    Darcy MacPherson 109
    Lachlan Weller 106
    Pearce Hanley 106
    Ben Ainsworth 82
    Wil Powell 71
    Samuel Collins 71
    Jack Bowes 69
    Jarrod Witts 67
    Touk Miller 65
    Jack Martin 64
    Anthony Miles 60
    Josh Corbett 59
    Peter Wright* 49
    Jarrod Harbrow 49
    Jordan Murdoch 42
    Jack Hombsch 41
    Sean Lemmens 41
    Charlie Ballard 33
    Alex Sexton 30
    Jack Lukosius 29
    Clayton Oliver 175
    Christian Salem 122
    James Harmes 119
    Nathan Jones 111
    Max Gawn 109
    Christian Petracca 92
    Sam Frost 92
    Marty Hore 89
    Tom McDonald 89
    Bayley Fritsch 83
    Jake Melksham 82
    Jayden Hunt 82
    Jay Lockhart 74
    Billy Stretch 70
    Jack Viney 70
    Joshua Wagner 70
    Angus Brayshaw 63
    Oscar McDonald 51
    Jordan Lewis 49
    Michael Hibberd 44
    Jeff Garlett 41
    Declan Keilty 35


  10. Flicked on afl app to watch end of game, it appeared maxy had been off for about 8 mins while game was in balance , is that correct or did I misread it?



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