If there is something Izak Rankine can’t do, is it worth doing?
In just his second game, Izak Rankine once again delved into his bag of tricks to wow those watching the Suns in action. After three goals last week, his first against the Swans and commentators and spectators breathless with his quick thinking. Dermott Brereton stopped giggling long enough to describe it best. “He has no right to have a go at that, surrounded by opponents,” the Hawks champ said. “There are four Swans closer to the ball than him!”
He would hit the scoreboard again in the third quarter with a classy finish from 45-metres. Only two weeks removed from Matt Rowell seemingly having the Rising Star wrapped up, Rankine may well have left Sydney on Saturday a short priced favourite to win it instead.
How the Game Was Won
Remarkably, given how young their own list is, the Suns probably had a little too much experience for the Swans at the SCG on Saturday. In an open and free-flowing match the teams were separated by just 16-points at the final change.
The final quarter was a tense affair with the teams combining for just three points scored in 12 minutes. Sam Day broke the deadlock for the Suns, before David Swallow and Nick Holman put the finishing touches on a 32-point victory.
What the Coaches Said
Missing a number of stars, John Longmire admitted they needed to find players to fill these gaps. “We need to get that [support] from the new generation of midfielders coming through,” Longmire said. “They need to be able to pick up the slack that’s left and take it on board. I’m sure they’re learning a lot off Luke [Parker] but he needs a hand as well.”
After the criticism of a week earlier, the Swans increased risk taking was noticeable against the Suns. “We get some pay for it when it comes off. The other side of it is if you don’t execute, there’s scoring shots against on turnover,” Longmire said. “There’s some good signs when we did it. We have to make sure we do it a bit more often with a bit more efficiency.”
Stuart Dew hoped his teams performance would be appreciated by the football public. “After the last two weeks this trip away, three games away, to get one after a couple of losses to respond as a footy club hopefully everyone liked what they saw today.”
He credited a guest talk by Justin Langer for changing his teams mindset as they dealt with hub life in Sydney. “One of the things that resonated and we grabbed on to was when you are away, you want to make it worthwhile and get a win,” Dew said. “If you are going to spend time away, let’s make it count.”
SYDNEY 2.1 5.3 9.3 9.6 (60)
GOLD COAST 2.3 6.7 10.13 13.14 (92)
Sydney: McCartin 2, Aliir 2, Papley 2, Hayward 2, Clarke
Gold Coast: Weller 2, Rankine 2, Day 2, Anderson, MacPherson, Sexton, Lukosius, King, Swallow, Holman
Sydney: Hayward, Parker, Lloyd, McCartin, Papley
Gold Coast: Greenwood, Swallow, Weller, Lukosius, Miller, Ellis, Rankine
Sydney: O’Riordan (hip)
Gold Coast: Nil