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Logan McDonald misses on the siren as Suns upset defending premiers

The sixteenth round of the 2024 AFL season saw the Logan McDonald miss a shot on the siren, the Gold Coast Suns their unbeaten run at home and the Power defeat St Kilda in a nail-biter clash.

McDonald fails to score on the siren

Down for nearly the entire match, the Sydney Swans nearly snatched victory from the hands of the Fremantle Dockers. One point behind them, Logan McDonald took a mark in the forward 50 to either win the game or to level up the scores. However, as the siren sounded, McDonald not only miss out of winning it for the Swans but also missed all posts altogether gifting the Dockers the one-point victory.

Just like every single week, the Swans came out of the doors slowly and trailed by as much as 27 points heading into the half-time break before they slowly brough the game back within one goal. The Dockers held star Swans players Errol Gulden, Chad Warner and Isaac Heeney to limited touches, while Luke Ryan and Joshua Draper were magnificent at the back of the field in the absence of captain Alex Pearce.

“Just have a shot and back your routine in, I guess that’s all we’re after,” Longmire said.

“It didn’t quite get there but those sorts of things happen. That’s one moment in many others that were probably more important for what we needed to get right, and take away that need of luck.

“Sometimes that happens over a shot like that, and there’s not much he can do about it. He’ll learn from that and we’ll all learn from that, but I’m not focused on that.”

Suns unbeaten run at home continues

The Gold Coast Suns have continued their unbeaten run at home defeating the defending premiers Collingwood Magpies by 11 points. With the Magpies trailing by 26 points heading into the final 20 minutes, the Suns withstood a classic Collingwood fourth-quarter comeback, which saw them with all the momentum and kicking the first five goals of the quarter to earn the four points.

Pies duo Jordan De Goey and Nick Daicos tried to unearth some magic to get Collingwood back into the match but left their run a little bit too late. Arguably Gold Coast’s biggest victory under coach Damien Hardwick, Noah Anderson had an astonishing 39 touches, with Sam Flanders (33) and Touk Miller (31) contributing over 30+ touches. Forward Ben King would also kick four goals and end up as the match-leading goalkicker.

“Anyone that’s watched us in the last couple of years knows we’re coming,” McRae said.

“But you’ve still got to do all that all the time. We’re really proud of that part of our culture, and we want to continue to celebrate that, but we don’t want to be in these positions.

“How many times do you want to put yourself in a position where you’re going to have to do this miraculous comeback?”

Port Adelaide defeat Saints in nail-biter

After rumours swirled surrounding the future of Ken Hinkley and his time as coach of the Port Adelaide Power, the club has managed to ease the pressure with a nail-biting victory against the Saints which saw them finish with a two-point win. Breaking a three-game losing streak, the victory means they remain in the top-eight of the competition, whereas the Saints falll to the bottom-four with a record of 5 wins and 11 losses.

Defender Aliir Aliir starred in the victory especislly in the last quarter as the Power managed to just hold onto the win and claim the four points. He finished wth 22 touches and 10 marks, while Jason Horne Francis, Connor Rozee and Jordon Sweet stood up for the Power when needed. Failing to go away, the Saints were led by 31-disposals from Jack Sinclair and three goals from Rowan Marshall.

“It’s been a tough week … they (his players) have stuck together,” Hinkley told Fox Sports.

“I don’t feel frustrated, I feel flat with the way we’ve been playing.”

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