A thumping 59-point AFL win for Gold Coast over a pedestrian North Melbourne has been soured by knee accidents to Sam Day and Connor Budarick.
Tall ahead Day was subbed out of the 14.14 (98) to five.9 (39) win at Metricon Stadium at halftime, earlier than Budarick got here out of the sport within the fourth quarter.
Whereas Suns coach Stuart Dew stated the preliminary prognosis on Day is hopefully not as unhealthy as first feared, it appears like younger defender Budarick’s season could possibly be over with a suspected ACL damage.
“Total we’re actually happy (with the win),” coach Stuart Dew stated.
“Tastes a bit bitter with a few accidents, which is disappointing.
“Connor, it in all probability appears, the worst of the 2 and that is an actual concern.
“Connor’s come into the footy membership and performed from day one and we really feel for him as a result of he is clearly disenchanted and we expect that may be clearly on the extra extreme aspect.
“Sam can be just a little bit extra wait and see.”
After pushing West Coast for 3 quarters in Perth final weekend, the Suns had been just too good all through in opposition to a disappointing Kangaroos.
Within the absence of his good mate Matt Rowell, second-year participant Noah Anderson was excellent within the midfield for the hosts, choosing up 35 disposals and 7 clearances.
He was not the one standout, nevertheless, with Touk Miller (31 disposals) and Jack Lukosius (22 disposals, one aim) additionally vastly influential by the center of the park.
Izak Rankine and key ahead Ben King every kicked three targets for the Suns.
Alex Sexton (two) was the sport’s different a number of goalkicker.
North had been as unhealthy because the scoreboard suggests, and if new coach David Noble had any uncertainty over the magnitude of the duty at Arden St, he will not now.
Chairman Ben Buckley’s daring assertion that he desires the membership to be “competing usually” within the prime 4 inside two to 3 years appears a great distance off on this exhibiting.
“We’re aggravated. We’re disenchanted in the best way that we have offered tonight however we’re not simply right here to take 12 months to develop,” Noble stated.
“I daresay by the point we get again to the lodge it will be made fairly clear that what was delivered tonight shouldn’t be on.
“However I do suppose there is a component of sure traits that groups have to study to construct and develop, and with that comes bumpy roads.”
Kangaroos midfielder Jack Mahony limped off late within the sport with an ankle damage, whereas captain Jack Ziebell performed out the sport but additionally hung out off with an ankle knock picked up within the third time period.
The Suns head to Adelaide subsequent Friday to face the Crows whereas, on the identical day, North return to Melbourne and host the Western Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium.