Australian Football League Live Gold Coast Suns vs Carlton Blues Stream AFL 2016 Seasons Week 03 math will be kick off at Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, Saturday 09 April 2016 online, 07.20 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Gold Coast has been one of the surprise packets of the season so far, while Carlton have more or less played to type, with more structure under Brendon Bolton, but still no wins.
Gold Coast replaces small forward Callum Ah Chee with an experienced running defender/midfielder Matt Rosa.
Carlton loses Andrejs Everitt and Jed Lamb to injury and drops Simon White, but brings in Ciaran Byrne, Dylan Buckley and Mark Whiley. It’s a more running outfit, to counter the speed of the Suns.
Gold Coast handled Essendon as expected first-up with an effortless ten goal victory, but turned the AFL season on its head to some extent by dismantling Fremantle, thanks to a thrilling seven goal second term.
Carlton put up a good showing against Richmond in Round 1, and arguably deserved to win the game, but then just didn’t have the depth of talent to match Sydney last week, going down by 60 points.
Carlton hold a 4-1 advantage over Gold Coast in their meetings since the expansion side joined the competition. The Blues have won the last three by an average margin of 39 points, despite being in the doldrums during this time.
Key forwards like Tyrone Vickery, Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett have kicked the most goals in matches against Carlton in the first two rounds, indicating the Blues are having a problem with the talls. Tom Lynch has only met Carlton three times but has twice kicked bags of four, and has kicked nine goals in two matches this year.
Gary Ablett to get the most touches paying $3.50? Has the world gone crazy? Gaz loves playing at home and had 34 touches there in round one. The Suns should own this game from the first bounce and are paying $1.55 to lead at all changes.
Gold Coast would appear to tick all the boxes for comfortable victory here, given they are quick across the ground where Carlton are slow, and are in hot form where the Blues are merely battling valiantly.
But young teams can get ahead of themselves, and the Suns don’t want to take Carlton too lightly. The Blues almost rolled Richmond in Round 1, and Gold Coast don’t have anywhere near the midfield depth or forward options that Sydney did last week. This could be closer than many think.
Gold Coast Suns:
B: T.McKenzie, S.May, S.Lemmens
HB: A.Saad, R.Thompson, N.Malceski
C: K.Kolodjashnij, G.Ablett, J.Harbrow
HF: A.Hall, T.Lynch, J.Martin
F: B.Matera, S.Day, C.Cameron
R: T.Nicholls, M.Rischitelli, D.Prestia
I/C: M.Rosa, A.Sexton, J.Lonergan, R.Davis
EMG: J.Grant, L.Russell, K.Brooksby
OUT: C.Ah Chee (Illness)
B: K.Simpson, M.Jamison, J.Weitering
HB: D.Thomas, S.Rowe, Z.Tuohy
C: S.Docherty, B.Gibbs, M.Wright
HF: N.Graham, L.Casboult, C.Curnow
F: S.Kerridge, A.Phillips, B.Boekhorst
R: M.Kreuzer, P.Cripps, M.Murphy
I/C: C.Byrne, D.Buckley, M.Whiley, E.Curnow
EMG: D.Cuningham, S.White, J.Tutt
IN: D.Buckley, M.Whiley, C.Byrne
OUT: A.Everitt (Injured), S.White (Omitted), J.Lamb (Injured)