AFL 2019 – Only Black Storm Clouds On Horizon At Gold Coast Suns
AFL tips and betting at iTipsports features all 18 teams in our FREE AFL Season Bonus Preview that will outline their fortunes for 2019 from our expert AFL tips analysis and introduces our method of AFL betting analysis the HBM Human Behaviour Model.
Our first team we analyse for the AFL tips and betting for the AFL 2019 season is the Gold Coast Suns.
Its fair to say that the passengers on the Titanic left in a slower fashion than the star players at the Gold Coast Suns when you lose your co-captains Tom Lynch and Steven May (supposed to be the fabric of the club) who are also your two best/key players in the spine. Then you lose senior players Michael Barlow, Matt Rosa, Michael Rischitelli and Jarryd Lyons to either retirement or delisting and it screams rebuild and culture adjustment.
Suns starting from scratch…7 years on!
This is essentially the Gold Coast Suns reborn as they are starting from scratch after seven years of relative pain and there is a lot more pain to come yet!
Stewart Dew gets his first real chance to get a run at things. The Suns had a terrible preparation and first 10 rounds as their home ground was being used for the Commonwealth Games in 2018 so training and home games were done/played elsewhere in a horrendous travel schedule to the start of the year.
How on earth could the AFL, losing money hand over fist in this expansion side, let the worst team in the AFL competition have this start? Surely they could have played elsewhere in Queensland.
Dew has also recruited his old teammate Josh Francou into the fold who was well regarded at the Sydney Swans and left Adelaide after one year. Francou has a teaching background and is a hard nosed competitor and he will not cop poor standards and might just be what a young group needs.
Gold Coast Suns…hope is what they are selling!
Hope is what the Suns will be selling to their fans/corporate partners, the off season was spent taking the pick of the crop from the young talent. but Buyer Beware as they have done this before (when they started) and failed dismally to capitalize.
They secured Jack Lukosius (now done hamstring), deemed to be a once in a generation player (pick 2) in the mould of Nick Riewoldt and has played at senior level in the SANFL. Izac Rankine (pick 3) is a very speedy customer who is smart around goals and is labelled an excitement machine and Ben King (pick 6) is capable in key forward or defensive roles can slot in and make a contribution.
We have one massive concern, the Suns have a terrible midfield and its one thing to recruit the key forwards but you need to be able to get it to them.
Obviously with being such a poor performer recently the Suns do get the benefit of an “easier” draw but even so for a likely wooden spoon team they have received only the fourth easiest draw (according to champion data).
It will not be about wins and loses for the Suns this year they are looking to build a foundation of competitiveness and a sense that there is some sort of bright future ahead and they need to start painting the picture but at the moment the canvas is bare!
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