Ruthless Demons put Suns to sword
RECORDS tumbled for all the wrong reasons at the Gabba as Melbourne scored a breezy 69point AFL victory over Gold Coast in front of a pitiful crowd.
Tom McDonald kicked a career-high five goals as the Demons ran away with the contest in the final term yesterday, 21.20 (146) to 11.11 (77), for their third win in a row.
Despite perfect conditions only 6060 punters turned up to watch it – and most of them were Melbourne fans.
It was the lowest attendance for a match in Brisbane, beating the previous mark from 1991 when the Bears also hosted the Demons.
It was also the eighth-lowest AFL crowd since 1997.
The match was played on neutral territory at the Gabba because Metricon Stadium is still being converted back to AFL mode after the Commonwealth Games. The empty stands did not inspire a great contest, with neither side hitting great heights in a clash that took on an eerie, almost funereal tone at times.
Melbourne dominated general play and entered their forward 50 a whopping 83 times – equalling North Melbourne’s recordposted against Greater Western Sydney during their debut season in 2013.
But the scoreboard did not reflect Melbourne’s domination until right towards the end, and they should have put the game away much earlier than they did.
The Suns were within 18 points late in the third term but were blown away thereafter, with the Demons piling on eight goals in the last quarter.
It got worse for the struggling Suns – midfielder David Swallow spent much of the match getting treatment on his knee while co-captain Steven May risked a possible suspension by making contact with umpire David Harris.
The Suns have one more match to play, against Port Adelaide in Shanghai next weekend, before they can return to their home ground.