The Sunday Mail (Queensland)



TEM­PERS frayed and punches were thrown as the Suns lost their last home game of a dis­ap­point­ing sea­son by 37 points to Port Ade­laide.

The old-school melee, com­plete with punches and torn jumpers, was the ma­jor high­light from a dour bat­tle for the 9343 who braved the rain at Metricon Sta­dium.

Port has also en­dured a tough year but will be heart­ened by a strong fin­ish.

The 12.16 (88) to 7.9 (51) vic­tory means they have now won five of their past six games, in­clud­ing last week’s stun­ning up­set of flag favourite Hawthorn.

Just like the last time these two sides met on the Gold Coast, there was heavy rain, mak­ing for a bruis­ing en­counter. Lit­tle sep­a­rated the sides around the con­tests – num­bers for pos­ses­sions, clear­ances and marks were pretty even.

The Power just adapted to the con­di­tions bet­ter. They were able to main­tain pos­ses­sion bet­ter and gave their for­wards more op­por­tu­ni­ties in­side 50.

Sam Gray was best for Port Ade­laide while Karl Amon was a con­stant dan­ger in at­tack and fin­ished with three goals.

Sun Jesse Lon­er­gan claimed another scalp, keep­ing Port skip­per Travis Boak to just 14 pos­ses­sions.

Suns coach Rod­ney Eade has faced some se­lec­tion headaches this sea­son but the fi­nal match com­mit­tee of the year may be the hard­est, with Luke Rus­sell subbed off with a rib in­jury and Clay Cameron un­able to play the ma­jori- ty of the sec­ond half with con­cus­sion.

Aaron Hall also limped from the field late.

The home side chal­lenged mid­way through the fi­nal quar­ter and ap­peared to be fin­ish­ing with more run­ning than their visi­tors be­fore Port kicked two late goals.

The Gold Coast were left to lament an ill-dis­ci­plined and sloppy third quar­ter, in which the Power kicked four unan­swered goals.

The fi­nan­cial fall­out from the brawl at half-time is ex­pected to be huge. A closer in­spec­tion of tele­vi­sion footage may also see some sus- pen­sions, although any punches that were thrown would have had low im­pact.

Suns en­forcer Tom Lynch flew into a mi­nor wres­tle to spark the stoush.

It be­gan when Port play­ers Hamish Hartlett and Matthew Lobbe took of­fence at Bran­don Mat­era’s tackle on An­gus Mon­fries.

As they be­gan to man­han­dle Mat­era, Lynch flew in to even the num­bers and be­came in­volved in a wres­tle with Cam O’Shea. It soon spread to just about ev­ery player on the ground and Lynch’s jumper was torn off and thrown into the crowd.

 ??  ?? PUNCH ON: Suns and Power play­ers go toeto-toe last night. Pic­ture: AAP
PUNCH ON: Suns and Power play­ers go toeto-toe last night. Pic­ture: AAP

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