Of course, that submission equally would have troubled Dew’s counterpart Matthew Nicks. It was hard to find a good player for the Crows, who looked even unhappier to find themselves on the Gold Coast than the West Coast Eagles. Their miserable tally of 1.4 (10) at the final change speaks to their impotence.
Young forward Ben King was a constant threat for the Suns and after a couple of behinds, kicked his first in the dying seconds of the quarter. Led by a dominant Jarrod Witts in the ruck, the Suns were quicker, better organised, and had a dynamism in their play that they’ve rarely possessed.
After the first break, the Crows briefly rallied, and scored their first major via a free kick to Darcy Fogarty. But the Suns steadied, Alex Sexton poaching a trademark goal off a forward pack, then ignited with a four-goal burst just before half-time to blow the margin out to 35 at half-time.
The last of them was the most impressive: Rowell received the ball from a clean centre takeaway by Hugh Greenwood, playing well against his old club, and drilled it on his non-preferred left foot. He kicked his second, also off the left, midway through the third quarter, to make the margin 53 points.
For Adelaide, it was a dark afternoon. Quality players like the Crouch brothers, Rory Sloane, Daniel Talia and Tex Walker had no impact on the contest. Most of all, they just looked tired, lost, and a long way from home.
Gold Coast 2.7 6.7 10.8 12.10 (82)
Adelaide 0.0 1.2 1.4 4.5 (29)
GOALS – Gold Coast: King 3 Macpherson 2 Rowell 2 Sexton Ainsworth Budarick Miller Weller. Adelaide: Fogarty Keays Walker Crocker.
BEST – Gold Coast: Rowell Witts Miller Greenwood King Ellis.
Adelaide: Laird B Crouch M Crouch.
Injuries – Gold Coast: Nil. Adelaide: Atkins (shoulder).
Umpires: Nicholls Williamson Glouftsis.