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Blog log from R8 of 2023: Gold Coast vs Melbourne

Blog log for Gold Coast vs Melbourne, R8 of 2023

Oliver kicks OOTF 55m out from the Suns goals, Lukosius takes the shot but it’s narrow. (Q1 1:04)
Van Rooyen marks a McVee kick 40m out on a slight angle and sends through the first goal of the evening. (Q1 3:28)
Chandler picks off a clanger Powell rebound kick in the centre and gives to Oliver who passes to Pickett near the hotspot, he converts. (Q1 8:03)
Lemmens intercepts a pressured Brayshaw kick from deep in defence up the middle to 35m. He hangs it right, disappointingly. (Q1 8:03)
Oliver to Petracca on outer wing, Trac goes inside to Sparrow 45m out on a slight angle who misses. (Q1 13:01)
Chol flies for an intercept mark in the back pocket but the ump says he didn’t hold it long enough, Grundy roves and snaps an opportunist goal from 10m. (Q1 17:25)
Brayshaw baulks past Chol on the wing and passes to Viney 45m out in front. Viney runs in left and shoots left. (Q1 18:58)
Casboult roves a Witts contest near the hotspot and feeds Rosas a Joe the Goose special. (Q1 18:58)
Petty takes a contested grab on the HFF and gives outside to Petracca who misses on the lope from 45m. (Q1 22:30)
Atkins roves in defence and feeds Powell for the rebound kick to outer wing, Lukosius link play to set up Casboult’s pass to Rosas at the hotspot. Pretty play, another Suns goal. (Q1 25:02)
Anderson gives to Chol outside a pack at the hotspot, casual-looking left-foot snap across his body is through. (Q1 28:53)
Rowell is in a purple patch in midfield on Petracca, his fifth clearance results in a Flanders pass to Humphrey 40m out on the flank, who misses. (Q1 30:50)
Chandler beats Powell in a ground battle in the pocket with Powell and screws through a lovely finish off the left from 35m. (Q1 32:25)
Gawn boots the first goal of Q2 after marking a long Viney speculator from the HFF to the hotspot. (Q2 2:43)
Gawn contests again at the hotspot, can’t mark but tries to volley the crumb from mid-air… wide right. (Q2 3:08)
King marks a Powell pass 40m out on a slight angle but doesn’t make the distance as light rain is falling. (Q2 7:08)
Fiorini’s repeat inside 50 kick is to Casboult leading to 35m on the flank, he converts with a lovely drop punt. (Q2 7:23)
Lukosius is pinged for encroachment in the centre to bring Jordon to 40m in front, he converts. (Q2 16:43)
Viney gets a holding free on Rowell at the next bounce, long ball to a pack 35m out on a slight angle where Grundy marks in front of Chol and kicks his second goal. (Q2 18:23)
Macpherson runs up the guts on a rebound and spots up Lukosius at true CHF, he feigns a pass then goes back for the set shot… booming goal! (Q2 20:23)
Rosas snaps his third goal from 35m after a feed out from a pack following a stoppage by Anderson. (Q2 23:08)
Atkins roves a centring Chol ball 40m out, looks uncertain then goes himself across the body off the left off a step… wide left. (Q2 25:40)
Chol leaps in front of May to mark a Macpherson tumbler from a stoppage in midfield to 40m in the corridor. This to bring the Suns back within a point… it’s good! (Q2 26:39)
Petracca feeds Neal-Bullen for a classic small forward’s high snap goal from near the hotspot just seconds before the HT siren. (Q2 31:23)
Pickett roves a Fritsch contest and spins out of trouble from Collins to snap his second goal from 20m. (Q3 2:23)
After Anderson bounces away from a pack on the wing, Casboult takes a contested grab at the top of the square in front of his man Turner for his second goal. (Q3 4:56)
King has had a very quiet night so far, but gets a contact free on May at the top of the square for an easy goal. (Q3 11:16)
Bowey sharks a Powell handball 40m out in front and snaps a rare goal. (Q3 13:58)
Ellis has also had an anonymous night but he catches Hunter HTB 45m out on the flank… it’s a peach! (Q3 15:56)
Neal-Bullen snaps wide from half forward. (Q3 18:08)
Rowell wins a contact free on Viney on the boundary 40m out after a stoppage. His set shot is wide and rushed. (Q3 24:07)
Sparrow finally puts some finishing class on the board with a snap from the HFF, Oliver and Petracca linking up in the build up as usual. (Q3 28:01)
King gets another contact free 50m out just before the 3QT siren sounds, he levels the scores with a booming set shot for his second! (Q3 32:22)
Fritsch has done bugger all this evening but he marks 40m out on the flank in front of his man Lemmens… then misses. (Q4 4:32)
Petracca curls in a sensational snap for the go-ahead goal from the pocket 30m out after Chandler roves a Fritsch contests and fires out a goal assist give. (Q4 6:19)
Langdon misses a set shot from 45m on the flank. (Q4 9:19)
Petracca gives to Fritsch running to the boundary 25m out, he tries a left-foot-grubber… skids into the post. (Q4 10:16)
Gawn gets a charity goal from the square to kind of ruin what had been a tight tussle. (Q4 11:17)
Grundy feeds Harmes for a flying snap from 40m that floats across the face. (Q4 12:22)
A lull as Ballard is stretchered off. (Q4 14:34)
Anderson roves and tumbles through a goal from 15m in the pocket to bring the Suns back within touch with nine minutes to go. (Q4 21:17)
Oliver roves the next centre bounce, sprints ahead of Anderson and passes in ugly but effective fashion to Fritsch 20m out on a slight angle. Fritsch misses badly. (Q4 22:55)
Rivers roves in the back pocket but gets smothered by Casboult, crumb falls for Berry who feeds inside for Rosas to kick goal number four! (Q4 25:15)
Casboult arrives late to concede a downfield free inside 50 for catching Viney high, Langdon passes to Fritsch 40m out on the flank… who misses again. (Q4 30:05)
Series of stoppages on members wing, 1:22 to go and the Suns need to get a wriggle on. (Q4 33:20)
Rowell clears with a shank to Humphery, he has Ellis on the outside, Swallow links up, bit slow… (Q4 33:29)
Long ball, Chol taken out of it, no free but Lukosius roves and is bumped as he kicks… ball skews to Macpherson 40m out in front! This to tie the scores, 30 seconds left… (Q4 34:15)
Macpherson misses badly to the right, 14 seconds left, that’s just about the ball game! (Q4 34:15)
May bombs long, Witts roves and sends it to CHF, Viney takes the relieving mark, siren sounds, Demons hang on! (Q4 34:55)

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