The 2016 season started out well for the Gold Coast Suns as they won their first 3 games of the season and look like favourites to make their first finals appearance in their short history. Since their round 3 victory against Carlton, they have lost 5 in a row including their last 3 games with an average losing margin of 94 points. Despite how poor the team has played so far, the current injury list has not helped this team develop and looks to have ruined their 2016 season.
They have a massive 20 people on the injury which includes Jaeger O’Meara, David Swallow, Trent McKenzie, Matt Rosa, Adam Saad, Rory Thompson and more. Steven May is also out for another couple of weeks due to suspension. To make matters worse, skipper Gary Ablett is out this weekend with a concussion and also Aaron Hall with a shoulder injury.
There is no doubt that Gold Coast would be a far more competitive team if they have all these players fit and firing. They showed that in the first 3 matches when they had most of these players and as a result, won those matches. The absence of Rory Thompson and Steven May has really hurt Gold Coast as they have been consistent key defenders that do their job and restrict opposition key forwards.
Their midfield depth has been tested and regardless of the rise of Aaron Hall, not many players have been able to help Ablett. Dion Prestia has had knee issuers recently and is showing on the field. Not having O’Meara, Swallow, Rosa, Rischitelli and even depth players like Mitch Hallahan, Alex Sexton and Luke Russell has hurt Cold Coast find continuity in this midfield.
There could be some positive news for this week’s match against the Adelaide Crows at Metricon Stadium. Rischitelli will play this weekend which will boost this team. However, no Ablett and Hall will hurt their team big time. It will be a tough challenge for Gold Coast to overcome the Crows this weekend and it will be a major upset if they do with the injury list they currently got.