It may be early in the Toyota 2018 AFL Premiership competition, but we want to jump on the Gold Coast Suns bandwagon early in order to get a good seat.
Others were already aboard, including Bob Murphy, the 312-game legend of the Western Bulldogs who unfortunately missed the Grand Final glory of 2016.
Murphy is of the opinion that Gold Coast are showing the sort of style that took the Richmond Tigers to last year’s Grand Final victory over Adelaide.
It is not the quality of the competition the Suns have faced. After all, since they finished so poorly in 2017, they drew North Melbourne and Carlton for the first two round of 2018.
The vast improvement in the Suns this year has been a jump from worst in the competition, at 61.6 tackles per game last year, to the top of the league, averaging 96.5 so far this year.
In Murphy’s words, the big difference is that the Suns are putting forth a degree of effort not seen in the past.
“It looked to me like a different Suns than any era. I think (new coach) Stuart Dew has really ignited them,” he told Fox Footy’s AFL 360.“They’re a young team, a young bunch of men, but a lot of them have played quite a bit of footy together. We know their talent has been there but there’s now a desperation from them, and that was part of my hunch about this group of talented young players.They’ve got the talent in the right spots, they’ve got spine, ruckman and a superstar key forward. But it was the tackling and harassing, the stuff that doesn’t take talent, that Gold Coast brought on the weekend.I’m not going to say they’re going to say they’re going to win the flag… although I really want to.”
Neither do we want to say the Suns will win the flag. We said that of the Crows last year and we have been dining on crow since.
When we do get aboard the bandwagon, we request any there ahead of us to save us a seat next to Nick Riewoldt, one of the chief boosters of new Coach Stuart Dew.