Gold Coast can continue their push for the maiden finals when they face Essendon on Sunday, with both sides coming off impressive wins.
The Bombers (5-11, 82.4%) beat a scrappy Brisbane Lions team at the Gabba last week and are in good form after a terrible first half of the season.
Gold Coast (8-8, 108.9%) achieved their best win in club history last week, thanks to a goal from Noah Anderson in Siren to give the Suns victory and leave them with just one game out of eight.
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There were no late changes on either side. Brayden Hamm (Essendon) and Rory Atkins (Gold Coast) were on medical allowances.
Essendon got off to a good start when Nick Martin conceded a 50m penalty to score, with Sam Durham and Peter Wright scoring in quick succession.
It was part of an impressive series of counter-attacks from the Bombers as the Suns were dislodged from their reds, which made scoring from inside the 50s easier.
Wright kicked another goal to make it Essendon’s four goals in the quarter, with Ben Hobbs getting off the ground in a scrappy contest with David Swallow.
Mabior Chol stepped into an open goal after a marker race to hit a much-needed steadier for the Suns.
Chol’s goal kicked off an impressive run for the Suns as he and Levi Casbolt combined for the next four goals.
At quarter time, the Bombers were held by just three points.
Essendon started the second quarter well, thanks to goals from Harrison Jones, Andrew Phillips and then Jake Stringer’s quick penalty to make it 20 points.
Sam Day responded for the Suns and threatened to start another comeback, but it was not to be as Essendon repeatedly pushed forward.
Jack Lukosius made a crucial mistake when he ran too far from a free kick and converted a free pass from Stringer to give the Bombers a 29-point lead.
The Bombers took a 30-point lead into the break.
The game kicks off at 4:40pm AEST from Marvel Stadium.
Watch it live on Fox Footy (Channel 504) from 4pm AEST.
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