A memorable Saturday of AFL action came to a close in surprising fashion as Gold Coast caused one of the biggest upsets of recent times at Metricon Stadium.
Having lost their previous 19 games, the Suns headed into the contest against premiership fancies West Coast as rank outsiders.
But someone forgot to send Gold Coast a copy of the script because, inspired by No.1 pick Matt Rowell, the Suns stunned the 2018 premiers with a 44-point victory – their first in over a year.
How badly has relocating to Queensland impacted West Coast’s mindset? That’s the $64,000 question, but that surely won’t be used as an excuse by coach Adam Simpson who watched his men get thoroughly outplayed by the wooden spoon favourites.
Earlier in the day, Melbourne looked headed for a 100-point victory against Carlton at Marvel Stadium after they booted the opening seven goals of the game.
But the Blues responded strongly to kick seven of the last eight goals and level the scores late in the final quarter.
However, a Bayley Fritsch behind proved enough for the Demons to hang on for a nail-biting victory after blowing a 42-point lead and giving their fans heart palpitations.
The other night game saw Port Adelaide register their biggest ever win over Adelaide (75 points) at Adelaide Oval in a very one-sided affair.
The Crows kicked the first two goals, but Port Adelaide piled on 13 of the next 14 majors to completely embarrass their arch rivals.
It certainly looks as though season 2020 will be a very long one for the Crows if their opening two games are anything to go by.
And in the early game, the Brisbane Lions survived a fast-finishing Fremantle to hang on for a two-goal win – their first of the year.
Thank you for joining us today, we hope you enjoyed the first Super Saturday of AFL action in three months. We certainly did!
Join us next weekend as we do it all again for round three.
The Suns haven’t had a lot to cheer about in their 10 years, but this will surely go down as one of the great moments in their short history.
Nobody picked them to beat West Coast, but they proved the doubters wrong by snapping their 19-game winning streak, and they did it by winning the disposals 337-287, marks 68-56, inside 50s 49-46, contested possessions 137-116 and scoring shots 20-16.
Port Adelaide ended up registering their biggest ever win against cross-town rivals Adelaide, and it’s easy to see why as they won the disposals 363-259, clearances 40-30, tackles 61-45, marks 105-39, inside 50s 57-30, contested possessions 138-119, free kicks 17-14, hitouts 40-30 and scoring shots 25-10.
Gold Coast 2.0, 6.2, 11.4, 14.6 (90)
West Coast 1.4, 5.5, 6.8, 6.9 (45)
Gold Coast: Day 2, Rowell 2, Ainsworth 2, Weller, Lemmens, Anderson, Greenwood, King, Holman, Lukosius, MacPherson
West Coast: Allen 2, Shuey, Kennedy, Petruccelle, Darling
Gold Coast: Rowell 26, Weller 24, Miller 22
West Coast: Gaff 29, Shuey 25, Kelly 24
Port Adelaide 4.2, 8.4, 14.7, 17.8 (110)
Adelaide 2.1, 3.2, 4.3, 5.5 (35)
Port Adelaide: Duursma 3, Dixon 3, Westhoff 3, Marshall 2, Motlop 2, Rozee, Butters, Ebert, Boak
Adelaide: Sloane, Fogarty, Smith, Crocker, B.Crouch
Port Adelaide: Byrne-Jones 25, Boak 24, Rockliff 24, Motlop 24
Adelaide: M.Crouch 26, B.Crouch 25
Westhoff joins Duursma and Dixon on three goals after earning a free kick for being taken too high and converting a set shot. The Power will surely now register their biggest ever Showdown win with their previous best of 65 points coming 19 years ago!
Burton will take no further part in the match due to a sore knee. The club says it’s just a precautionary measure.
PORT ADELAIDE GOAL
Dixon joins Duursma on three goals for the Power and Port Adelaide are closing in on their biggest ever Showdown victory! Their previous best is 65 points.
THREE GOLD COAST GOALS IN A ROW! GAME OVER!
Ainsworth becomes Gold Coast’s third multiple goalkicker with a lovely snap from the pocket!
This is going to take some beating for upset of the season!
BACK-TO-BACK GOLD COAST GOALS!
This game is as good as done!
Ainsworth collects the loose ball, slaps it on his boot and from 48m out directly in front, he surely gives Gold Coast an unassailable lead! The wooden spoon favourites are on track for a huge uspet against a flag fancy!
The Suns haven’t won since round four last year, will they finally break their 19-game losing streak? Surely they will!