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Sunday, 7 April 2019

Bulldogs stunned by Suns after last-second miss


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The Gold Coast Suns have escaped with a thrilling five-point win over the Western Bulldogs after Dogs forward Billy Gowers missed a game-tying goal attempt in the final minute.

With the Suns clinging onto a six-point lead, Gowers took a fantastic contested mark but could not convert his set shot from 40m on a 45 degree angle as the Suns ran out 10. 13. (73) to 9. 14. (68) winners.

Fresh off a thrilling Round 2 win against Fremantle, the Suns arrived at Marvel Stadium on fire, slamming six goals in the opening quarter before holding off a furious Bulldog charge.

The Suns looked comfortably home when Jack Bowes goaled at the nine minute mark of the final term, before the Bulldogs kicked three goals inside 11 minutes to take it down to the wire.

Gold Coast Suns

Universally tipped pre-season as this year's basket cases, the Suns have started impressively and it's the first loss for the Bulldogs.

Alex Sexton starred in his 100th game and Suns teammate Jack Martin was also outstanding, while Bulldogs midfield ace Marcus Bontempelli had a game-high 34 disposals.

The Suns dominated the centre clearances early and put the Bulldogs under immediate pressure, kicking four goals in 15 minutes for a 24-point lead.

Jarrod Witts was strong from the start in the ruck, while Martin and Chris Burgess were causing headaches for the Bulldogs defence.

Jack Bowes

The Bulldogs rallied with two goals late in the opening term, but were 24 down at quarter time.

Players repeatedly turned the ball over despite the perfect conditions and clearly struggled with the sun glare as the stadium roof was kept open.

After a strong opening quarter, it was the Suns' turn to feel the heat as the Bulldogs repeatedly went into attack.

Two goals reduced the margin to nine points, but the Dogs were struggling to find fluency in attack.

Inevitably, a Gold Coast counter-attack paid off and captain David Swallow kicked a crucial goal.

Summing up the Bulldogs' day, Ed Richards was running into an open goal when the halftime siren beat him by a second.

Swallow also kicked Gold Coast's only goal of the third quarter as they kept the Bulldogs at arm's length and took a 19-point lead into the last term.

- With AAP

The Gold Coast Suns have escaped with a thrilling five-point win over the Western Bulldogs after Dogs forward Billy Gowers missed a game-tying goal attempt in the final minute.

With the Suns clinging onto a six-point lead, Gowers took a fantastic contested mark but could not convert his set shot from 40m on a 45 degree angle as the Suns ran out 10. 13. (73) to 9. 14. (68) winners.

Fresh off a thrilling Round 2 win against Fremantle, the Suns arrived at Marvel Stadium on fire, slamming six goals in the opening quarter before holding off a furious Bulldog charge.

The Suns looked comfortably home when Jack Bowes goaled at the nine minute mark of the final term, before the Bulldogs kicked three goals inside 11 minutes to take it down to the wire.

Gold Coast Suns

Universally tipped pre-season as this year's basket cases, the Suns have started impressively and it's the first loss for the Bulldogs.

Alex Sexton starred in his 100th game and Suns teammate Jack Martin was also outstanding, while Bulldogs midfield ace Marcus Bontempelli had a game-high 34 disposals.

The Suns dominated the centre clearances early and put the Bulldogs under immediate pressure, kicking four goals in 15 minutes for a 24-point lead.

Jarrod Witts was strong from the start in the ruck, while Martin and Chris Burgess were causing headaches for the Bulldogs defence.

Jack Bowes

The Bulldogs rallied with two goals late in the opening term, but were 24 down at quarter time.

Players repeatedly turned the ball over despite the perfect conditions and clearly struggled with the sun glare as the stadium roof was kept open.

After a strong opening quarter, it was the Suns' turn to feel the heat as the Bulldogs repeatedly went into attack.

Two goals reduced the margin to nine points, but the Dogs were struggling to find fluency in attack.

Inevitably, a Gold Coast counter-attack paid off and captain David Swallow kicked a crucial goal.

Summing up the Bulldogs' day, Ed Richards was running into an open goal when the halftime siren beat him by a second.

Swallow also kicked Gold Coast's only goal of the third quarter as they kept the Bulldogs at arm's length and took a 19-point lead into the last term.

- With AAP

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