Swingman Oscar Allen has booted a career-high four targets to attend West Flit overcome a principal dismay and beat Gold Flit by 25 points at Perth’s Optus Stadium.
The Suns’ hopes of victory looked bleak when big title midfielder Matt Rowell suffered a game-ending knee injury in the opening quarter of Sunday’s match in 34-stage heat.
However the traffic dug deep, overcoming West Flit’s early barrage to originate up a seven-point lead early in the final quarter.
West Flit sparked into tools from that point, booting the final 5 targets of the match to stable the 12.11 (83) to eight.10 (58) win in entrance of 38,493 fans.
Allen, who also spent necessary stints in defence, finished with 4.0 from his 13 disposals and nine marks, while Dom Sheed starred with 34 disposals and nine clearances in the absence of gun onballers Luke Shuey and Elliot Yeo.
“Hopefully he is going to be a extremely ethical player for us for a truly long timeframe,” Eagles coach Adam Simpson acknowledged of Allen.
“He is obtained versatility. I think you would possibly perhaps hang got obtained to hang some originate of alternate choices to head to with Oscar due to he is learning his craft.
“But when he is in ethical originate, properly we’ll slide away him forward. But he turned into foremost for us down abet at stages as properly. He’ll continue to grow. He is now not at his height yet.”
Emerging Suns forward Ben King turned into mandatory with three targets, while mature David Swallow finished with 29 disposals and a goal.
Rowell sent a principal dismay by contrivance of the camp when he limped off in the opening quarter after being pushed into the turf in a model out by Eagles forward Zac Langdon.
The 19-year-extinct’s left knee bore the brunt of the model out, however coach Stuart Dew acknowledged the Suns’ medical workers didn’t reflect the injury turned into season-ending.
West Flit made a blistering begin to the match, booting three targets from their first 11 possessions to originate up an 18-0 lead.
Allen booted two of them.
Completely 131 seconds of game time had elapsed by that point, and the Suns gave the look to be in agonize of copping an almighty drubbing.
Things went from spoiled to worse for the Suns when Rowell went off.
However the traffic effect the setback to 1 aspect to work their manner abet into the match, and by quarter-time the margin turned into easiest 5 points.
Gold Flit’s injury replace Nick Holman made his designate on the game when he kicked a goal in the opening seconds of the final term to offer the Suns a shock seven-point lead.
But it certainly turned into one-manner traffic after that, with a solid designate and goal by Allen giving West Flit the momentum they wanted as they went on a rampage.
“We started poorly – three targets in four minutes,” Dew acknowledged.
“That turned into disappointing. There turned into no horror on the bench. Guys came out, fought our manner abet in, had some in reality ethical looks to be to be like, especially the third quarter.
“And then unhurried, West Flit cranked up the heat and after they did that, we went searching for the ball and their skills and form behind the ball turned into too exhausting to penetrate.”