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AFL newcomers Suns given another hammering

By Guy Hand 17/04/2011 08:22:46 PM Comments (0)

It is becoming a familiar weekly hammering, as the Gold Coast Suns continue to learn their footy the hard way.

This time Melbourne belted AFL's newcomers, beating them by 90 points in Brisbane on Sunday despite lapsing in the third quarter.

While the Suns actually won their first quarter of football - outscoring the Demons by a point in the third term - they still look a long way from a maiden victory.

But Suns coach Guy McKenna was looking for the positives, believing his men are making steady progress.

"We leaked a bit but if you take away 20 minutes in the last quarter, I'd say it's a step forward," McKenna said.

"We started with the same intensity as Melbourne and looked okay, but in the second half of that (first) quarter we fell away with missed tackles, poor decisions - again probably because their older heads and body they can maintain their intensity.

"In the second quarter we did likewise."

Still, the numbers make ugly reading for the AFL's newest franchise.

They have lost their three matches by an average of 93 points, have a horror percentage of 38 and sit bottom of the ladder and red-hot wooden spoon favourites.

Melbourne's winning margin was boosted by an unanswered eight-goal run in the fourth quarter as the Suns ran out of legs.

Liam Jurrah and Cale Morton booted three goals each for the Demons, while midfielder Brent Moloney had 32 possessions after disciplinary action for a boozy night out.

Geelong and Collingwood remain the only unbeaten teams in the competition after the Cats' brave 27-point win in sodden conditions in Sydney on Saturday night.

The Magpies put Richmond to the sword in the final term to run out 71-point winners in their MCG clash and remain top of the ladder going into their Anzac Day clash with Essendon.

The Bombers played out a thrilling draw with Carlton on Saturday but lost midfielder Jason Winderlich and defender Courtenay Dempsey for the rest of the season with knee injuries.

Port Adelaide overturned a six-goal deficit to beat Adelaide by 32 points at AAMI Stadium.

Hawthorn beat West Coast by seven points in Launceston - forward Lance Franklin the difference with a six-goal haul.

And North Melbourne are still looking for their first win of the year, losing by 29 points to Fremantle at Patersons Stadium on Sunday.

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