With reigning champions, Richmond Football Club kicking off 2020 regular-season with a 24-point win over Carlton Football Club, the rest of the teams know they will have to keep pace with them early pacesetters. Certainly, the fast start is key for Gold Coast Suns who ended up with the worst return last season, while Adelaide also went into the dusk with the midtable team tag. So there's plenty of room for improvement for both these teams, and to some extent, the start to the season will define, or gauge either team's ceiling.
Host: Gold Coast Football Club
Visitors: port Adelaide Football Club
Competition: Australian Rules Football (AFL)
Match Venue: Metricon Stadium
Match Timing: March 21, @02:10 PM
Gold Coast Suns: They had a good pre-season. Despite a poor 2019 campaign, head coach Stuart Dew managed to hold onto his job, and this decision could reap rewards for the team as a while, as he knows the team, players and the club. The Suns had wins over Geelong and Adelaide in the Marsh Community Series with new players impressing the most.
Port Adelaide Football Club: Head coach Ken Hinkley is already under pressure following a less than convincing pre-season. It goes without saying that the first few games may make or break him as a coach of this team.
Plyers to keep an eye on:
Gold Coast made some remarkable changes to their roster for the 2020 season, bringing in new but quality players but none can match the profile of Brandon Ellis. And it was a statement signing from Gold Coast as well as the 26-year-old is a serial match-winner, after all, he won two titles with Richmond in 8 years.
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Jack Bowes: Had a marvellous pre-season. The 22-year-old kept Gary Ablett quiet in a pre-season game and is expected to start the game.
Robbie Gray: He will be ling up against Bowes in the midfield. He is more than capable of rising up to the challenge.
Matthew Rowell: You can say him Zion Williamson-Esque, in AFL, for he comes with big expectations and so much hype that he is being seen as a genuine NAB AFL Rising Star nomination.