The third game on Saturday for AFL Round 17 is between Western Bulldogs and Gold Coast Suns. The opening bounce is set to commence at 4:40 PM with the game to be played at Cazaly’s Stadium. The favourite for the match is away team Gold Coast Suns. View our preview and teams for the game between Western Bulldogs and Gold Coast Suns.
Round:Round 17 , July 12, 2014, 4:40 PM
Weather:26° Partly cloudy.
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The Bulldogs play the Suns on Saturday, 4.40PM at Cazaly’s Stadium. While the Suns will go into this game as slight favourites, the recent loss of Gary Ablett
leaves a huge hole in their lineup and is also likely to affect their confidence going forward. However, the Suns held off the Pies last round to snatch an inspiring
win, something which should give them some energy this weekend. The Dogs challenged the Cats for much of last Sunday’s game in difficult conditions, but
failed to capitalise on their good form and came away with nothing.
LAST FIVE TIMES
R17, 2013: Gold Coast 18.11 (119) d Western Bulldogs 10.14 (74) at Metricon Stadium
R8, 2013: Gold Coast 13.15 (93) d Western Bulldogs 8.13 (61) at Metricon Stadium
R8, 2012: Western Bulldogs 9.18 (72) d Gold Coast 4.10 (34) at TIO Stadium
R14, 2011: Western Bulldogs 17.8 (110) d Gold Coast 13.10 (88) at Metricon Stadium
R3, 2011: Western Bulldogs 18.14 (122) d Gold Coast 7.9 (51) at Etihad Stadium
THE SIX POINTS
1. In the Suns’ comfortable win over the Bulldogs in round 10 at Metricon Stadium, key forwards Charlie Dixon and Tom Lynch booted four goals each, while Dion Prestia starred with 35 possessions.
2.Gold Coast is no stranger to Cazaly’s Stadium, having played in Cairns three times for two wins, both thrilling victories over Richmond.
3. The Suns are the equal best clearance side in the competition along with Greater Western Sydney, averaging 41.7 per game, while the Bulldogs are ranked equal fourth at 40.4 per game.
4. The Bulldogs continue to be the No.1 tackling side in 2014, averaging 76.1 per game. Tom Liberatore is the best tackler in the League with a total of 136, 17 more the second-ranked player, Tom Rockliff.
5. Star Suns captain Gary Ablett will be a huge loss; this season he is ranked fourth for kicks, first for disposals, fifth for handballs, fourth for inside 50s, first for contested possessions and first for clearances.
6. Ablett the No.1 player in the competition according to the AFL’s Official Player Ratings; in his absence, the Suns’ highest-ranked player is midfielder Dion Prestia, who is now at No.40 after starting the year at No. 93.
B Liam Picken, Jordan Roughead, Mark Austin
HB Robert Murphy, Dale Morris, Easton Wood
C Marcus Bontempelli, Matthew Boyd, Mitch Wallis
HF Jake Stringer, Stewart Crameri, Mitch Honeychurch
F Luke Dahlhaus, Jack Redpath, Lachie Hunter
FOLL Will Minson, Ryan Griffen, Tom Liberatore
I/C Jack Macrae, Nathan Hrovat, Koby Stevens,Sam Darley
EMG Daniel Giansiracusa, Jason Johannisen, Tom Campbell
IN Sam Darley
OUT Shaun Higgins (Omitted)
B Tom Murphy, Steven May, Greg Broughton
HB Sean Lemmens, Rory Thompson, Michael Rischitelli
C Jarrod Harbrow, David Swallow, Alex Sexton
HF Jack Martin, Tom Lynch, Harley Bennell
F Charlie Dixon, Sam Day, Aaron Hall
FOLL Zac Smith, Jaeger O’Meara, Dion Prestia
I/C Danny Stanley, Matt Shaw, Kade Kolodjashnij,Jesse Lonergan
EMG Luke Russell, Matthew Warnock, Jack Hutchins
IN Tom Murphy, Matt Shaw
OUT Trent McKenzie (Hamstring), Gary Ablett (Shoulder)