Karmichael Hunt will miss Saturday's match with a knee injury. Image courtesy of couriermail.com.au/Herald Sun
West Coast v Gold Coast
Saturday June 15 – 2:40 PM (AEST)
Looking to get their seasons back on track, the Suns and Eagles clash at Patersons Stadium in a classic eight-pointer.
West Coast will be desperate to turn their form around, and quick. Three losses on the trot have seen them plunge to eleventh on the ladder, and desperate for a result. That may well play against the Gold Coast Suns, who haven’t been able to match it with the competition’s big guns in recent weeks. Adam Simpson will be relieved to see all of his players returning from Tasmania without any injuries after their loss to the Hawks. Key forward Josh Kennedy kicked five goals in the corresponding fixture last year, and he marks his return from injury this weekend, after recovering from a fractured cheekbone. He joins fellow injured Eagle Brad Sheppard and Callum Sinclair, who gets a run after a string of solid performances in the WAFL.
After going on a five match winning streak and breaking into the top four, the Sun’s momentum has all of a sudden ground to a halt. Back-to-back losses have caused Gold Coast to drop to eighth, and with a tough list of matches in the coming weeks, Guy McKenna will recognise the importance of this one. Karmichael Hunt won’t make the trip across the country as he focuses on recovering from a knee injury. Alex Sexton and Aaron Hall both get call ups, with defender Clay Cameron omitted.
This is an intriguing contest between two sides which need wins to get their seasons back on track. Patersons Stadium isn’t an easy place to win at, and the Suns would know that, having lost all of their matches there. West Coast might edge this one, but it really could go either way.