Dees’ late surge swamps Suns
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.