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Suns to crash Boomer's party

Darren Cartwright and Jim Morton 06/06/2011 06:08:37 PM Comments (0)

Crashing North Melbourne skipper Brent Harvey's games record celebrations is part of Gold Coast coach Guy McKenna's game plan on Saturday night.

North Melbourne milked Harvey's personal achievement of equalling the club's games record of 311 last Sunday and will again pull out the party poppers when he eclipses Glenn Archer's mark at Metricon Stadium.

McKenna said the Kangaroos' lifted for their captain in burying Adelaide in the first quarter at Etihad Stadium and expected a repeat effort this weekend.

"The Shinboner spirit ... I think they certainly rose to the challenge of Brent Harvey equalling the record, this week he breaks it," he said on the Gold Coast.

"If you think they are going to back off after their performance on the weekend you'd be foolish to think that way."

The Suns continue to surprise in their debut season and were impressive in making West Coast fight all the way in an 18-point loss at Patersons Stadium on Saturday.

But McKenna did not want any of his players believing they enjoyed a moral victory after conceding seven goals in the opening term.

"The boys should be pleased but not proud of the effort," he said.

NRL recruit Karmichael Hunt is due back from suspension but his selection against North Melbourne will depend on the Suns match committee finding a suitable opponent.

McKenna is keen to send Hunt back to the reserves to continue his football education by giving him quality time in the midfield.

"He may sit down with (midfield coach) Shane O'Bree this week and get used to the stoppage structure so we can get him in and play in the seconds and get him around the ball so he can actually be offensively minded," he said.

"So he can get his hand on the ball maybe 20-30 times rather than maybe five or 10 down back.

"The sooner we do that it will be better for his all-round development."

A sub-plot to the match will be the sibling rivalry between the Swallow brothers - Kangaroos' club champion Andrew and the Suns' No.1 draft pick David.

McKenna tipped David would be desperate to ensure Andrew didn't have it all his way.

"I reckon that probably, being the older brother, (Andrew) may have run rings around David in the backyard," he said.

"I'm sure both boys will run through the midfield so I'm sure at some stage they'll be able to acquaint themselves like they did in the backyard in Perth."

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