Dees’ late surge swamps Suns

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - AN­DREW HAMIL­TON and AAP

MEL­BOURNE pushed its way to the out­skirts of the top eight yes­ter­day with a dra­matic 35point come­back win over Gold Coast in Alice Springs.

Trail­ing by 24 points at half­time, the Demons stormed home to win 18.14 (122) to 13.9 (87) dur­ing in­dige­nous round.

Gold Coast missed cham­pion mid­fielder Gary Ablett who was out with an­other shoul­der in­jury, but this didn’t look to be a huge loss early on when the Suns led.

But Mel­bourne had other ideas at Traeger Park.

The Demons led on sta­tis­tics for most of the game but could not con­vert this to points – un­til the third quar­ter when they snatched the lead kick­ing five goals and two be­hinds.

The flurry of points came through a shift in tac­tics and lead­er­ship from their vet­er­ans.

Jor­dan Lewis stepped up when he was most needed, the for­mer Hawk record­ing 26 dis­pos­als and six marks.

Lewis acted al­most as a sec­ond coach, di­rect­ing traf­fic dur­ing the come­back quar­ter while re­main­ing gritty in de­fence.

The Demons con­tin­ued their var­ied ap­proach to cen­tre bounces, con­sis­tently chang­ing the num­ber of play­ers on the sides of the square.

This proved vi­tal as they recorded 71 in­side-50s.

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