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Six-goal Stanton leads Suns’ thrashing of Eagles

Gold Coast star Jamie Stanton has celebrated her 50th AFLW match in magnificent fashion by kicking six goals in the Suns’ record-breaking 73-point win over West Coast at Carrara.

The Suns not only kicked their highest score in the 15.9 (99) to 4.2 (26) hammering on Saturday, but also the third biggest in league history.

The final margin was also Gold Coast’s largest, comfortably surpassing their previous best of 34 points against Sydney last season.

Stanton had not kicked multiple goals in any of her previous AFLW matches, yet after 12 minutes the former Lion and Kangaroo had three to her name in a flash.

She headed into the match with just eight career goals and emerged from it as just the fifth player in AFLW history to kick five goals or more in a match, falling one short of Brooke Lochland’s all-time record of seven majors.

Gold Coast kicked the first nine goals of the match, three of which were booted by Jacqueline Dupuy (19 disposals).

Dupuy teamed up with Stanton and captain Tara Bohanna (four goals) to form an ominous attacking triumvirate.

But the forward line was not the only area where the Suns dominated the Eagles, who were completely outplayed all over the park.

Gold Coast smashed West Coast in disposals (295-182), contested possessions (141-88), clearances (43-16) and inside 50s (52-18) to ensure the lopsided scoreline.

The defeat was the Eagles’ eighth in a row and the struggling club has now lost 31 of their 37 matches since entering the competition in 2020.




Author: Russell White